Category: General

What’s A Market-Oriented Think Tank?

Alejandro Chafuen writes in, “Thinking About Think Tanks: Which Ones Are The Best?” in Forbes magazine A “market-oriented” think tank is grounded on the reality that respect for private property within a context of rule of law with limited government has been the path for  the wealth of nations. Think tanks that are not market-oriented study how to redistribute wealth, how to increase taxation, or  the optimum rate of monetary debasement. Governments have typically relied on their own internal think tanks for that research, and complemented it by research from state-subsidized universities. Market-oriented think tanks focus on finding private solutions to public problems. Read more here.… View Article

Stifling Debate: Transparency vs. Privacy

By Kelly McCutchen  Would you respond honestly at a public meeting in your community if the speaker asks you to raise your hand if you support gay marriage, a ban on abortion, restrictions on gun purchases or legalization of marijuana? What if the meeting was being videotaped?  For some individuals, expressing their honest views in a public forum could threaten their friendships, their business … even their jobs.  Thankfully, citizens who feel strongly about an issue but concerned about the repercussions of speaking out personally have an option: pooling their money with others who share their views to fund organizations that can make their voices heard in the public debate.  Our long history in America of protecting the privacy of… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd The lineup is complete for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Thursday, October 15, with a theme and speakers that live up to its description as “the opening shot” to the Georgia legislative session. Hundreds of attendees, from interested citizens to legislators and their staff, attend the daylong forum each year. Why? Because organizers invite outstanding state and national experts to outline limited-government policy proposals that can be applied in Georgia. This year, the goal is to advance opportunities in health care, education and work across the state. To that end, three sessions and two breakout sessions reflect the event theme, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity,” a take on the state motto of “Wisdom, Justice,… View Article

The Rule of Law and Its Equitable Application

By Brad Raffensperger America is at a crossroads. In fact, it is at the midpoint of the teeter-totter. Perhaps it has been at this point before – perhaps it has been here for a while – but since 2008 it has become glaringly evident that two oppositional forces are vying for the hearts, minds, emotions and votes of the American public. Look no further than recent Supreme Court rulings on major matters of import to the American public, recent revelations about barbaric practices at Planned Parenthood, and recent violence of a heinous nature against peaceful citizens. On one hand is the Rule of Law and on the other side is the Rule of Man. On the face of it, “rule… View Article

Policy Forum Early Bird Registration Ends Sept. 4!

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION INVITATION August 25, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org 6th Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is Oct. 15; Register By Sept. 4 to Receive Early Bird Discount Early Bird Registration ($100) is open until Friday, September 4 for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Thursday, October 15 at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta.  Don’t miss this exciting daylong event (8 a.m.-3 p.m.), which focuses on educating policy-makers about Georgia-specific solutions that advance economic opportunity in the state. This year, the theme is “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity,” (from the Georgia state motto, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation”). State and national experts will discussing opportunities for Georgia’s workforce, education and health care.  Hosted annually… View Article

The Dignity of Work

By Kelly McCutchen For most people, chronic homelessness among men would not be the first choice among problems to tackle in inner-city Atlanta. Millions of dollars in government and charitable programs give some of these men a warm bed at night, but that hasn’t changed the underlying challenges that keep them on the streets. Yet that’s exactly where Bill McGahan started. McGahan had an audacious idea: Create a program where “upon graduation the goal is a permanent job and permanent housing for each man.” “When men enter the program they are typically dependent on drugs and handouts. When they leave, the goal is to never be dependent again.” In 2013, he created Georgia Works, a nonprofit organization, to implement his… View Article

Making Military Lives Matter

  By Benita M. Dodd Memorial Day Weekend, as you’ve heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces. Two encounters in the week before the holiday have reinforced how times have changed in the military but, in many ways, they remain the same. They highlight the positive changes brought by technology. And they’re a reminder that even though military service may be voluntary, families still make heart-wrenching sacrifices. The first was a Facebook post on… View Article
Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute participated in a May 12, 2015 panel discussion on poverty. Panelists at the Georgetown University event included President Obama. Read the transcript of the entire discussion here, from the White House; below are some of Brooks’ comments: MR. BROOKS: Look, no good economist, no self-respecting person who understands anything about economics denies that there are public goods. There just are public goods. We need public goods. Markets fail sometimes — there’s a role for the state. There are no radical libertarians up here, libertarians who believe that the state should not exist, for example. Even the libertarians don’t think that. So we shouldn’t caricature the views of others because, in point of… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen  As expected, transportation funding and the Governor’s proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia’s legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.  Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on how the 2015 legislative session affects the average Georgian.  Transportation: You will be paying about 3 cents per gallon in gas taxes more than you did over the last four years. This tax increase, along with annual fees on alternative fuel vehicles and heavy trucks and a $5-a-day charge on hotel and motel rooms, adds up to more than $900 million a year in needed transportation funding.  Legislators also fixed many problems with the Transportation Special Purpose… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

Dan Amos, CEO, AFLAC more quotes