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macon.com MIDDAY UPDATE: Chambliss says he would have voted for bailout; Jekyll Island makeover plan criticized; historic Roosevelt speech on display at Georgia university

Rep. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss blamed what he called "a failure of Democratic leadership" for the defeat of a sweeping financial bailout bill on Capitol Hill.

Speaking to reporters in Atlanta Tuesday, Chambliss said he would have voted for the recovery proposal. He said it contained safeguards for taxpayers that the initial plan did not.

The House rejected the plan 228-205 Monday, with Democrats and Republicans voting against it.

Chambliss also said the Bush Administration fumbled the plan's rollout, scaring voters with a high $700 billion price tag and labeling it a Wall Street bailout.

Chambliss is up for re-election next month. He faces Democrat Jim Martin.

Associated Press

Jekyll Island makeover plan criticized

Critics attending a public meeting on the future of Jekyll Island say they’re skeptical of a consultant’s suggestion that the state park needs 1,400 new hotel rooms and condos.

The consultant, Bleakly Advisory Group, says the new amenities are needed for Jekyll Island to raise $99 million in revenues in the next 15 years. The money would go toward renovating of aging roads and historic buildings.

Critics of the proposal spoke up at a public meeting that drew 75 people Monday. They said new hotel rooms aren't a guarantee of more tourists. They also questioned whether too much new construction is being called for since Jekyll Island is a state park.

Associated Press

Historic Roosevelt speech on display at Georgia university

A historic speech delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression at Oglethorpe University will be on display at the school this week.

The original document, typed in blue ink and signed by Roosevelt, was given as the commencement address at Oglethorpe in 1932 and will be on display at the college's Museum of Art on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The speech's message has resonated today, and has been quoted in the media in recent weeks.

Among the famous lines from the speech is his urging to the country's leaders not to succumb to "the invitation to sit back and do nothing," but instead, "to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."

Associated Press

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