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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: July 21, 2017

It’s Friday!  The Georgia Public Policy Foundation regrets to inform friends and supporters of the July 19 passing of Marcia Wade, 76, wife of Rogers Wade, the Foundation’s former president and current Chairman of our Board of Trustees. The couple, who met while students at the University of Georgia, had been married 54 years. A memorial service will take place Friday, July 28, at 11 a.m. at Sandy Springs Chapel, with visitation at 10 a.m. Quotes of note “The conflation of words with violence is not a new or progressive idea invented on college campuses in the last two years. It is an ancient and regressive idea. Americans should all be troubled that it is becoming popular again –… View Article

Friday Facts: July 14, 2017

It’s Friday!  Times change: In 2006, Foundation Board Chairman Brenda Fitzgerald and Gov. Sonny Perdue welcomed President Bush at an event hosted by the Foundation in Cobb County. Today, Fitzgerald is the new CDC director and Perdue is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture! Georgians in high places: Our congratulations to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, former board member and board chair of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, on her appointment as head of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Fitzgerald, an obstetrician and gynecologist, was commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health since 2011. Other Georgians holding top posts in the Trump administration include former Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary and… View Article

Friday Facts: July 7, 2017

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note “There is a place for government in the affairs of men, and our Declaration of Independence tells us precisely what that place is. The role of government is to protect individuals in their God-given individual rights. Freedom is the natural birthright of man, but all that government can do in behalf of freedom is to let the individual alone, and it should secure him in his rights by making others let him alone.” – Rev. Edmund A. Opitz  “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we View Article

Friday Facts: June 30, 2017

It’s Friday! Canada 150: Happy birthday, O Canada! Canada was created on July 1, 1867, by the British North America Act (now the Constitution Act) and celebrates its 150th anniversary Saturday. Georgia has an especially good reason to wish our friends well: 330,600 Georgia jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada, according to the latest trade information. Trade between our state and Canada is valued at $9.8 billion; Georgia exports to Canada are $5.8 billion and imports are $4 billion. Find out more here. Quotes of note “Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the… View Article

Friday Facts: June 23, 2017

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “Federal laws and regulations raise the costs and slow the construction of infrastructure such as highways and pipelines. Federal subsidies for infrastructure distort the capital investment choices made by state, local, and private owners. And federal taxes reduce the return to investment in private infrastructure across every industry.” – Chris Edwards, “Who Owns U.S. Federal Infrastructure?” “I’m no entrepreneur. I’m not likely to create a zillion jobs. So I should give to charity, and I do. I donate to the Doe Fund, Central Park Conservancy and other charities I can watch, so I see if they spend my donations well. But Bezos, Zuckerberg, Gates and all you entrepreneurs, stop feeling guilty. You,… View Article

Friday Facts: June 16, 2017

It’s Friday! Remembering the Heroes Many lives were likely saved by the actions of Crystal Griner and David Bailey, the Capitol Hill police officers who were on duty when Rep. Steve Scalise and others were shot on a baseball field this week in Virginia. Here in Georgia, Georgia Department of Corrections officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were killed by inmates in a prison escape. As we keep these individuals and families in our thoughts and prayers, let’s also remember the many other public servants who stand ready every day to step into danger to keep us safe. When Hank McCamish founded the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 1991, he encouraged us to focus on ideas and not to… View Article

Friday Facts: June 9, 2017

It’s Friday!  Events  June 15-17: FEEcon, a three-day gathering aimed at the nation’s young freedom lovers (students and young professionals) takes place at the Omni Hotel Downtown Atlanta. It offers 10 distinct tracks, 70-plus sessions and speakers including Lawrence Reed, Glenn Jacobs (former WWE wrestler), and Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia). Full details on the schedule can be found at http://www.feecon.org/.  Quotes of note  “The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.” – Vaclav Havel “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.”… View Article

Friday Facts: June 2, 2017

It’s Friday! Events There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is a free doughnut today! Today’s National Donut Day, the food holiday featuring free doughnuts at shops all over the country on the first Friday of every June. The celebration was founded during the Great Depression as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, which among other things provided donuts and coffee to American soldiers during World War I. Source: Money June 15-17: FEEcon, a three-day gathering aimed at the nation’s young freedom lovers (students and young professionals) takes place at the Omni Hotel Downtown Atlanta. It offers 10 distinct tracks, 70-plus sessions and speakers including Lawrence Reed, Glenn Jacobs (former WWE wrestler), and Jimmy… View Article

Friday Facts: May 26, 2016

It’s Friday! Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd (third from left) visited with the Republican Women of Gilmer County last week; she was invited to speak to the group by Foundation supporter Margaret Williamson of Ellijay (far right). Quotes of Note “Health-care reform is a test of whether Republicans, having been handed the gift of ObamaCare’s failure, can show voters that they can do better with conservative principles. The health-care market is at a crossroads. Either it heads in a more market-based direction step by step, or it moves toward single-payer step by step. If Republicans blow this chance and default to Democrats, they might as well endorse single-payer because that is where the politics will end up.” – Wall View Article

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

When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn’t changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!

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