Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: July 31, 2015

It’s Friday! Events August 7: Join the Foundation’s Benita Dodd at “Due Process Denied: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Undermines Freedom,” a 12:30 p.m. breakout session at Red State Gathering, (Hope Room, Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel) Moderated by Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ Director of Justice Reform, the panel will include Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Lance Lemmonds of the Coalition for Public Safety. October 15: The Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum takes place at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 15. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate… View Article
By Harold Brown Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Charity is from the noblest of impulses. But it must come from the heart; governments can’t do it. Most democratic governments have representatives who feel it, but charity can’t be built on taxes. Charity is not giving away someone else’s goods. The two main problems with the government urge to care for the needs of its citizens are making it fair and knowing when to quit. It is bad enough to pay taxes to the federal government to fix roads, airports, foreign dictators and commerce. The ever-increasing use of tax dollars to give as cash or benefits to individuals is enough to push us over the psychological (and fiscal)… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 28, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The new school year begins Monday for some Georgia school systems and over the next week or so for most. Thousands of children are headed to school for the first time. Are you prepared? I’m not talking about backpacks and boxes of Kleenex and crayons and lunch money. (Don’t even get me started about the new school lunch rules that force a one-size-fits-all lunch on children who grow at vastly differing rates with vastly different nutritional needs. …) What I mean is this: Is your child up to date on his or her shots? Have you decided you won’t subject your child to whatever risk is involved in… View Article

Time for a Do-Over on Dodd-Frank

By Dorothy Jetter In 2010, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which claims to “help consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives.” In reality, Dodd-Frank and the resulting government interference have done more harm than good for American consumers by crippling small businesses and stunting job growth.   Five years later, small businesses are struggling to comply with this complex legislation. According to The Wall Street Journal, the United States is losing, on average, one community bank or credit union a day because of Dodd-Frank. American Action Forum released a… View Article

Friday Facts: July 24, 2015

It’s Friday! Flags flew at half-staff over Georgia’s U.S. Senate offices in Atlanta this week to mourn four Marines, including one from Marietta, and a sailor killed by a Muslim gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. Monday is the deadline! Register now for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day event at Vic’s on the River in Savannah. The Policy Briefing Luncheon on Wednesday, July 29, is keynoted by Dr. Ben Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost expert on education funding. He will preview education issues in the 2016 Legislature and review the legacy of Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and school choice champion. Sponsored by the Friedman Foundation and the Georgia Charter Schools Association. $30. Find out… View Article
This commentary is excerpted from testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. By Todd Zywicki An animating premise of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was the belief that a primary source of financial instability was an inadequate consumer financial protection regime at the federal level.  Dodd-Frank sought to address those perceived deficiencies by creating the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) and vesting that new super-bureaucracy wielding an unprecedented combination of vast, vaguely defined substantive powers with no democratic accountability.  At the outset, allow me to stress that I personally agreed with the proposal to combine the administration of federal consumer financial protection laws under one agency’s roof. The preexisting system was too… View Article

Dodd-Frank’s Dire Legacy: Durbin Amendment

By Iain Murray This week was the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, better known as Dodd-Frank. As the Mercatus Center revealed this week, it may be the biggest law ever written, because it gives the administration so much discretionary power to make secondary law. It has harmed consumers by reducing choice in financial services and failed to solve the problems it was purported to solve, as I outline in my new paper, How Dodd Frank Harms Main Street. One of the worst examples of this stems from the Durbin Amendment, a last minute addition to the bill that gives the Federal Reserve the power to cap interchange fees charged… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 21, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The Internal Revenue Service’s tax subsidies for individuals in federally run exchanges are now allowable, thanks to U.S. Supreme Court justices who have now become adept at reading minds and can divine the intent of politicians and bureaucrats despite what laws declare in black and white. What happens next in ObamaCare? As long as President Obama is in the White House, little will change. He’s vowed to veto any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The high court’s ruling is not the last word. It can’t be: Problems with the legislation abound. Responsibly run government program is a pipe dream. Government exists to perpetuate itself, and its… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE July 20, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Hosts Friedman Legacy Day in Savannah July 29 Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia’s only free-market, state-focused public policy research organization, at the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City on July 29: a Policy Briefing Luncheon at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. This event, sponsored by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and the Friedman Foundation, celebrates the birthday of Nobel Prize winner and school choice chamption Milton Friedman. Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost education expert, will keynote the event, providing a preview of education issues at the Legislature and a review of the legacy of Milton Friedman.… View Article
Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd wrote an op-ed on civil asset forfeiture in Georgia for the July 17, 2015, edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It appeared behind the paywall (link here); the complete text appears  below. Theft by another name By Benita Dodd Dictionary.com describes “theft” as “the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another.” That also describes “civil asset forfeiture” by law enforcement authorities. Law enforcement agencies have argued civil asset forfeiture is a necessary crime-fighting tool; others admit, more honestly, it’s a cash cow. Seminars list the profitable items to seize. News reports highlight agencies’ abusive spending on parties and vehicles, and even how police stop suspects’ vehicles in the cash-carrying… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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