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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: May 19, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note “The biggest problem with alarmist claims, however, isn’t the repeated falsehoods and false prophecies. No, the greatest damage is the way ‘addressing climate change’ has become the latest euphemism for denying billions of people access to affordable energy – with victims ranging from working-class Americans to the world’s poorest in sub-Saharan Africa. And while the vulnerable suffer, wealth and power is transferred to the likes of biofuel processors and the bureaucrats of the Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union.” – Steven J. Allen “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.” – John Paul Jones Transportation Moving ahead: New… View Article

Friday Facts: May 12, 2017

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson (1787) “Back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” – Ronald Reagan “Noise proves… View Article

Friday Facts: May 5, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note “When we’re dealing with big, intrusive government, we need to forget about good intentions. Instead, let’s focus on how it adversely impacts people at the lower end of the income spectrum.” – Ed Feulner “It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the publick to be the most anxious for its welfare.” – Edmund Burke (1769)  “The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.” – Edmund Murrow (1964)  Health care  Medicaid: Nationally, seniors and people with disabilities account for 23 percent of Medicaid enrollment but 64 percent of spending in the program… View Article

Friday Facts: April 28, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note Foundation President Kelly McCutchen was back at the White House and Congress this week to talk about state-focused health care reforms with national leaders, including Alabama Congressman Gary Palmer (left), who is the former head of a sister think  tank, the Alabama Policy Institute. “Each generation of humanity takes the earth as trustees. … We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.” – J. Sterling Morton “Your love of Liberty – your respect for the laws – your habits of industry – and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.”– George Washington (1789) “Hoodwinking Americans View Article

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

Thank you for the great work that the Public Policy Foundation is doing across our state setting a wonderful example. I first ran for the Senate in 1994, and the Foundation was that resource I called upon to be a great help to me as we were articulating positions and formulating public policy initiatives. We appreciate very much your leadership and all that you stand for.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle more quotes