Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: August 27th, 2010

It’s Friday!     Quotable – “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” — Ronald Reagan  Profiles in Courage –  “We are already at the bare minimum of our resources and any new programs are going to be at the expense of others.” — Fulton County Commissioner Lynne Riley, on her vote against a $26 million bond package that included $5 million for a new community center and aviation museum near the Fulton County-Charlie Brown Airport.Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution – The 165-acre former General Motors factory site in Doraville is “one of the most attractive pieces of property in the Southeast,” DeKalb County Commissioner Lee View Article

Friday Facts: August 20th, 2010

August 20, 2010 It’s Friday!   Quotable “At times I am happy when Congress does nothing. But in this case, doing nothing will increase taxes and damage the economy.” — Lee E. Ohanian, professor of economics at UCLA, on the federal tax increases scheduled to take effect in 2011. Taxes and spending – U.S. Debt Load Among World’s Worst. This year, U.S. public debt is projected to reach 62 percent of the economy — up from 40 percent in 2008 and nearly double the historical average, according to recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. By 2030, the CBO projects that debt will more than double to 146 percent of gross domestic product.   – Taxes are at unsustainably low View Article

Friday Facts: August 13th, 2010

It’s Friday!   Quotable “The U.S. Postal Service reported a $3.5 billion loss in the last quarter, which established it as the federal government’s most successful enterprise.” – Jay Leno   Notable – From the outrageous regulations department: In Florida, it is illegal to work as an interior designer without proper government licensing; even if the designer has a college degree in the field, performing interior design services without a license is punishable by up to a year in jail or $1,000 in fines. In Texas, every computer repair technician must obtain a degree in criminal justice or have a three-year apprenticeship under a licensed private investigator to legally fix computers. On July 29, 7-year-old Julie Murphy committed the “crime” of View Article

Friday Facts: August 6th, 2010

It’s Friday!     Quotable – “The great variable in the federal balance sheet has been spending, not revenue. Debt comes from spending more than you have, not from having too little. Does anyone really believe that the feds (or the states, who have similarly overspent for years) have been frugal or wise or cheap in their spending decisions since the Truman administration?” – Nick Gillespie, Reason Foundation   Health – Foundation unveils new health care tool: If you’re wondering what the new federal health care law has in store for you or your employees, you are not alone. Few have read the 2,700-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and even fewer are able to absorb its full… View Article

I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones more quotes