Failed Economic policies getting closer to home ...
For several years the Southern Party has been pointing out the
long term effects of our country's failed economic polices. These
are of course complex issues and require some digging to understand
how the Republican and Democratic leadership and parties are both
failing to solve the problems.
Instead of political debate about the established economic
policies, the Republican and Democratic parties are more concerned
with campaign contributions from special interests and using scare
tactics to convenience you to vote for them to " ... Save America."
Meanwhile our mountain of debt grows unabated, jobs, factories
and facilities continue to move to foreign countries and the
economic burden of illegal aliens (read cheap labor) continues to
We have seen nothing in the current elections this coming
November that indicate much will change on these issues.
The article below is just an indication that the effects of the
failed policies are coming closer to home ...
Today's political system is broken. Instead of political
competition we have two factions of the Special Interest party and
you - the citizens - are going to continue to pay the piper.
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Meanwhile American families will continue to suffer. Lets just
give one example of rhetoric from this years campaign - NAFTA. The
Republican candidate says it has been great for our country. The
Democratic candidate only wants more job training for our citizens
who lose their job. In other words, ... nothing will change as long
as our political system is limited to just the Republican and
Democratic factions of the Special Interest Party.
Here is how much our country - that is you the citizens - have
benefited from NAFTA - THIS YEAR!
2008 Trade with
NAFTA partners (Millions)
Our trade deficit with Mexico and Canada
(the two countries in NAFTA) has been negative to the tune of
$74,370,000,000.00 or 74.3 Billion USD through June.
It is hard to see where we benefit from a trade deficit of
$74,370,000,000.00 with these two countries in just six months!
Possibly a truer statement would be that both Canada and Mexico
have many thousands of families that now benefit from jobs that
used to support families in our county.
So when you vote for either the Republican Presidential
nominee OR the Democratic Presidential nominee this year, be sure
and say a prayer for the American families that will lose their
income from continuing unabated the great American jobs
sweepstakes known as "Free Trade Agreements."
The now empty and vacant facilities (and the ones that will
become empty) that used to produce these
products in our country do not employ very many people.
You can sit in the parking lot of a vacant facility at shift
change time and you do not see many employees leaving or coming to
You can sit in the parking lot of a vacant facility and you do
not see many trucks leaving to take products to market.
However in some foreign country, for NAFTA this would be Mexico
or Canada, the story is different:
At shift change time you will see a lot of employees both coming
and leaving, and on certain days they will have paychecks, many paid
Sitting in the parking lot you will see trucks leaving - loaded
Soon you will be able to follow these trucks as they roar through our country on the NAFTA Super
Corridor (paid for by you) to an "inland port" (paid for by you) and
then to your local store.
So as you read the article below,
just remember that the failed economic policy known as "NAFTA" is
just one, just one example. This one example is on track to add
$150,000,000,000.00 (150 Billion USD) of debt this year. Thousands
of the citizens of Mexico and Canada will use our money to pay their
bills, while a growing number of our citizens can not pay theirs.
When will your
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counties swamped by garnishment filings
Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb and
Gwinnett struggle to process claims
As if anyone needed another sign
of the slumping economy: creditors are filing so many
garnishments in Georgia�s largest counties that payouts are
By far the biggest problems are
found in Fulton County, which is on pace for a record of
nearly 30,000 cases filed this year. Filings have been rising
about 15 percent for each of the past five years.
Similar increases are being
reported in Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.
"It�s just so sad," said Tom
Lawler, clerk for Gwinnett. "People who are normally able to
pay their bills are not doing so. This is one of the things we
don�t like doing."
Mark Harper, Fulton state court
clerk, said the county has fallen so far behind on processing
claims that payouts required by state law to be made within 16
days are now routinely handed out in eight weeks or more.
Cases with complications can wait up to a year before they are
resolved and payments begin, he said.
"The bottom line is we have a
record number of garnishments," Harper said. "We struggled
along trying to keep up as the numbers increased. But we
crossed the threshold in 2007. We�ve been falling behind since
In Cobb County, State Court Clerk Diane Webb is projecting
more than 9,200 cases in 2008, up about 20 percent over last
year. The county is about four days behind on making payments.
"We are not perfect, but we are
close to getting things paid out on time," she said.
Charlotte Bailey, chief deputy
State Court Clerk in DeKalb, said she expects her county�s
garnishment caseload to jump about 16 percent this year to
8,500 cases. Still, she said DeKalb is making its payouts on a
"When that 16th day comes along,
we issue the check," Bailey said.
Lawler said the numbers in
Gwinnett have also been rising rapidly. He created a special
team of 11 staffers just to deal with the rising number of
garnishments. Still, Gwinnett is running as many as 10 days
late making payments, he said.
Fulton County records show the
number of garnishments filed have been increasing annually by
about 15 percent each of the past five years. Fulton�s on
course for a record number again at year�s end.
At the same time, Fulton�s already
posted record numbers in June and July with about 2,700
filings each month.
Lawyers who work in the field say
staff are overwhelmed and delays in processing cases have
become intolerable. Several lawyers approached Fulton
commissioners earlier this month, urging the county to hire
more clerks to process cases.
David Kleber, a Decatur-based
debt-collection lawyer, said delays processing garnishments
hurt both creditors and debtors.
The creditors, Kleber said, aren�t
getting their money in a timely basis. And debtors are not
getting credit for the payments they�ve made. Meanwhile,
interest is accruing on the original debt until it�s paid.
Kleber said while many counties
are struggling to keep up "Fulton is by far the worst."
"I don�t think it�s for lack of
trying," Kleber said. "There�s just more work than the people
are able to do."
Kleber said his firm represents
banks, car dealers, credit card companies and retailers. The
amount of work, he said, typically tracks the economy.
Several lawyers said all the
counties should expect more work over the next year or so
because garnishments often appear 18 months or more behind
when the debt was incurred.
"Folks are getting squeezed to
where they can�t pay their bills," Kleber said.
The problems in Fulton run the
gamut from processing the claims to depositing the cash from
debtors� employers to disbursing the money to creditors. Any
interest that accrues while cash sits in the county account
flows to the Fulton Indigent Defense Fund.
"We are looking for ways to avoid
using Fulton County," said Atlanta lawyer John Swann. "If we
can file it somewhere else, we are doing it."
Harper had requested five new
full-time staffers at a cost of $250,000. Other clerks said
they�ve made similar requests.
There may soon be some improvement
at least in Fulton.
Fulton County Manager Zachary
Williams said he instead will allow Harper to hire three
temporary, full-time staffers by using salary savings from
other positions inside the office.
"I�m not disputing the need,"
Williams said. "I would not be proposing anything if I didn�t
think this was a legitimate need. I�d just like to see what we
can get done with 40 hours a week without paying benefits."
Harper said he wasn�t sure how
much the temporary help will cost yet or if they will be able
to help Fulton catch up and comply with state law.
"I certainly think it will help,"
Harper said. "We�ll have to see if it is enough."