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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: April 21, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note Georgia Public Policy Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd attended Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Seminar in Atlanta this week, which was also attended by Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens (center) and attorney Jason Shepherd, chairman of the Cobb County GOP. (Read Hudgens’ April 14 commentary on insurance regulation here.) Tax Day: “Countries, therefore, when lawmaking falls exclusively to the lot of the poor cannot hope for much economy in public expenditure; expenses will always be considerable, either because taxes cannot touch those who vote for them or because they are assessed in a way to prevent that.” – Alexis de Tocqueville Election Day: “An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes… View Article

Friday Facts: April 14, 2017

It’s Friday! Viewed from I-75 South, the sign at the Atlanta Braves’ controversial new baseball stadium in Cobb County is a reminder of today’s home opener at SunTrust Park. Below the sign, raw dirt marks the spot where the Northwest Corridor reversible toll lanes, under construction, will open in 2018. Welcome to a special “By the Numbers” Friday Facts to mark Tax Day on April 18! Quotes of note “Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – Thomas Jefferson “If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and… View Article

Friday Facts: April 7, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note “Governments create nothing and have nothing to give but what they have first taken away. … Every vote given for Protection is a vote to give Governments the right of robbing Peter to pay Paul and charging the public a handsome commission on the job.” – Winston Churchill “This is the history of governments, – one man does something which is to bind an other. A man who cannot be acquainted with me, taxes me; looking from afar at me ordains that a part of my labor shall go to this or that whimsical end, –  not as I, but as he happens to fancy. Behold the consequence. Of all debts men are least… View Article

Friday Facts: March 31, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note “Problems arise when political decision-makers attempt to distort what scientific studies conclude, but also when scientists and others attempt to exert influence on policy decisions by selectively presenting, or even distorting, scientific findings. While there is extensive media coverage of the former, the examination of how science may be politicized inside federal regulatory decision-making processes has been largely limited to academia and the scientific community.” – Susan Dudley “The government’s monopoly is what has allowed it to produce so bad a product for so long.” – David A. Henderson “The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm… View Article

Friday Facts: March 24, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” – Voltaire “A good judge doesn’t give a whit about politics or the political implications of his or her decision.” – Neil Gorsuch “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” – Thomas Jefferson  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price met this week in Washington with Foundation President Kelly McCutchen and several state think… View Article

Friday Facts: March 17, 2017

It’s Friday!  Traffic is picking up in the reversible I-75 South Metro Express Toll lanes. This photograph was taken southbound, out of Metro Atlanta, on the afternoon of February 24. Given the condition the general purpose lanes, Friday afternoon traffic won’t be this sparse for much longer! Events March 23: The deadline is Tuesday to sign up for the Foundation’s March Leadership Breakfast, “Capitol Insight,” with keynote speaker Lynn Westmoreland, who retired recently after six terms as a Congressman from Georgia. Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration here. Quotes of note “One single object … [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.” – Thomas Jefferson, View Article

Friday Facts: March 10, 2017

It’s Friday!  Condolences  Dudley Rochelle Carter, who served as a board member for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, passed away on March 4 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s syndrome. We were honored to have her counsel and support and offer our sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.  This screenshot captured this week shows 14 online viewers of the live streaming video at a House committee hearing as Larry Williams, president of the Technology Association of Georgia, testifies. Senate committee hearings are not streamed, as Benita Dodd points out in today’s commentary on Sunshine Week. Joe Rogers Sr., the founder of Waffle House, died March 3 at age 97. The son of a railway crane… View Article

Friday Facts: March 3, 2017

It’s Friday!  Have you visited our social media sites lately? The Foundation has 3,185 Facebook “likes!” Our Twitter account has 1,719 followers at twitter.com/gppf. Follow us on Instagram, too!  Events March 23: Register now to attend the Foundation’s March Leadership Breakfast, “Capitol Insight,” with keynote speaker Lynn Westmoreland, who retired recently after six terms as a Congressman from Georgia. Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration here. Quotes of note “All too will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect,… View Article

Friday Facts: February 24, 2017

It’s Friday!  Events **Late-breaking Friday Fact!!! March 23: Mark your calendar!  The Foundation’s March Leadership Breakfast will be keynoted by former U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, who served six terms in Congress before announcing his retirement in 2016. Details to follow. March 23-24: The Heartland Institute hosts the 12th International Conference on Climate Change at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme of the two-day conference is “Resetting U.S. Climate Policy.” Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen (rear) was at the White House this month, where he and representatives of sister think tanks met with White House officials to discuss health care reform. Quotes of noteCosts can be concealed but not… View Article

Friday Facts: February 17, 2017

It’s Friday!  Events  February 22: Register by MONDAY to join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Institute for Justice for, “Bottleneckers,” Wednesday’s Leadership Breakfast and Book Forum with Dick Carpenter, co-author of, “Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. C-SPAN BookTV will be recording this event. Information and registration here. March 23-24: The Heartland Institute hosts the 12th International Conference on Climate Change at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme of the two-day conference is “Resetting U.S. Climate Policy.” Quotes of note “[U]nlike much of the Left, most conservatives handle despair like mature adults. Most obviously, we didn’t riot. In fact,… View Article

The best way to make a lasting impact on public policy is to change public opinion. When you change the beliefs of the people; the politicians and political parties change with them.

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