Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: April 29th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “The fact is higher tax rates could increase total revenue or they could decrease it. Conversely, lower tax rates could decrease total revenue or they could increase it. It all depends on the specific tax and the size of the increase or decrease. And whether there are viable options (e.g., tax shelters) to avoid the higher tax rates. The president’s deficit commission seemed to understand this principle. And until the president does, we will make very little progress solving the federal debt problem.” – Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar, Institute for Policy Innovation Events – Thursday, May 12: Noon Policy Briefing Luncheon, “The Battle,” at the Georgian Club in Cobb County, hosted by the… View Article

Friday Facts: April 27th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “[President] Obama will participate in a town hall meeting hosted on Facebook. So just like everyone else in America, Obama will be on Facebook when he should be working.” – Conan O’Brien – “Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter.” – Benjamin Franklin Events – Register now for a May 12 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon, “The Battle,” at the Georgian Club in Cobb County, hosted by the Foundation and keynoted by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. The cost to attend this event is $35. To find out more and register, go to http://tinyurl.com/3c3kpdu – Saturday, April 30: Join me and hundreds of grassroots activists at Americans… View Article

Friday Facts: April 15th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – Today is the deadline to register for the Foundation’s April 19 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. Amid the back and forth over the federal budget “Getting the Funding You Want for the Transportation You Need” is keynoted by Samuel Staley, Ph.D., director of urban growth and land use policy at the Reason Foundation. The cost to attend this event is $35. To find out more and register, go to http://tinyurl.com/6eb7s3n. Quotations – “We have long had death and taxes as the two standards of inevitability. But there are those who believe that death is the preferable of the two.  ‘At least,’ as one man said, ‘there’s one… View Article

Friday Facts: April 8th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – As the first half of Georgia’s two-year legislative session reaches its climax with tax reform hanging in the balance, you are invited to attend “Grading Georgia’s Tax Reform Plan,” a Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon at noon on Tuesday, April 12, in the Empire Room of the Sloppy Floyd Building in Atlanta. Featured speakers are Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC) and Kail Padgitt of the Tax Foundation. Legislators who register attend free, all others pay $35. To find out more and register, go to http://tinyurl.com/3sg9tzr. – The deadline is Friday, April 15, to register for the Foundation’s April 19 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club in Cobb… View Article

Friday Facts: April 1st, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – Today is April Fool’s Day. Or, As Will Rogers put it, “The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.” Taxes and spending – Sunday is Tax Freedom Day in Georgia, the day that Georgians will have worked long enough to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels. According to the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day is April 12 for the nation overall. Unfortunately, Georgia lags most of its neighbors – Tennessee (March 27), Alabama (April 2) and South Carolina (March 29). Americans’ individual income taxes take the biggest bite (including federal, state and local) and require 36 days of work. Mississippi is first to celebrate,… View Article

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