Category: Friday Facts

Friday Facts

September 30th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – October 24: Invitations have been mailed for the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award dinner, scheduled for the evening of Monday, Oct. 24, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. Speakers include Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia. To join in this milestone celebration with the Foundation, please register athttp://tinyurl.com/3kwyxf6.   Quotations – “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frederic Bastiat – “As government regulations grow slowly, we become used to the harness. Habit is a powerful… View Article

Friday Facts: September 23rd, 2011

It’s Friday!   – Space is limited! Don’t miss the second annual Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Register now for the daylong event, which  includes keynote speakers Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, on entrepreneurial leadership in Georgia; John Goodman, founder and president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, on health care reform, and Michael B. Horn, national expert on digital learning. Last year, more than 250 people attended to hear nearly three dozen state and national experts discuss Georgia public policy. Topics this year include education, transportation, tax reform, criminal justice and health care. Information and registration are online athttp://gppf.org/pub/legislative_briefing_agenda.htm.   Quotations – “You may… View Article

Friday Facts: September 16th, 2011

It’s Friday!   Quotations – “The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices – paid by others.” – Thomas Sowell – “Man is not free unless government is limited. … As government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan   Events – September 30: Don’t miss the Foundation’s second annual Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Cobb Energy Centre. Keynote speakers include Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, on entrepreneurial leadership in Georgia and John Goodman, founder and president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, on health care… View Article

Friday Facts: September 9th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – September 30: Don’t miss the Foundation’s second annual Legislative Policy Briefing on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Cobb Energy Centre. Keynote speakers include Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, on entrepreneurial leadership in Georgia and John Goodman, founder and president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, on health care reform. Last year, more than 250 people attended to hear nearly three dozen state and national experts discuss Georgia public policy. Topics this year include education, transportation, tax reform, criminal justice and health care. Information and registration are online at http://tinyurl.com/3kqlfck. – October 24: Invitations will be mailed soon for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration and Freedom Award dinner, scheduled for the evening of Monday,… View Article

Friday Facts: August 26th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “We are fast verging to anarchy & confusion! … They are determined to annihilate all debts public & private, and have Agrarian Laws, which are easily effected by the means of unfunded paper money which shall be a tender in all cases whatever.” – George Washington – “As to the assumed authority of any assembly in making paper money, or paper of any kind, a legal tender, or in other language, a compulsive payment, it is a most presumptuous attempt at arbitrary power. There can be no such power in a republican government: the people have no freedom – and property no security – where this practice can be acted: and the committee who shall bring… View Article

Friday Facts: August 19th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “The more the state ‘plans’ the more difficult planning becomes for the individual.” – F.A. Hayek – “Civilizations in decline are consistently characterized by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.” – Arnold Toynbee – “In both England and in the United States, whole generations have been fed a steady diet of grievances and resentment against society, and especially against others who are more prosperous than they are. They get this in their schools, on television, on campuses and in the movies. Nothing is their own fault. It is all ‘society’s’ fault.” – Thomas Sowell Events – September 1: “Celebration of Service and Sacrifice:” Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,… View Article

Friday Facts: August 12th, 2011

It’s Friday! Government – It’s that time again: Redistricting discussions start Monday in Georgia’s special legislative session. As we noted in 2004, redistricting is an inherently political process and this will not change. But we held up states such as Iowa and Arizona for successfully limited the partisanship by passing laws requiring political districts to meet clear, measurable criteria. For example, Iowa requires contiguous districts, unity of counties and cities and compactness. Although the Iowa legislature has the final responsibility for enacting both congressional and state legislative district plans, a nonpartisan advisory commission has initial responsibility. And Iowa law states, “A district shall not be drawn for the purpose of favoring a political party, incumbent legislator, or member of Congress… View Article

Friday Facts: August 5th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association –  the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” – Thomas Jefferson – “People who say they want a government program because ‘I don’t want to be a burden to my children’ apparently think it is all right to be a burden to other people’s children.” – Thomas Sowell – “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that… View Article

Friday Facts: July 29th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “The effect of the people’s agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want to go; with the result that they may all have to make a journey which most of them do not want at all.” – F.A. Hayek – “We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.” – Milton Friedman Education – With the media spotlight on the efforts to grow Georgia’s public universities amid state budget woes, serious questions should be raised about the cost of a postsecondary degree to taxpayers and students. Nate… View Article

Friday Facts: July 22nd, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.” – Milton Friedman  – “Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.”  –  F.A. Hayek – “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution … taking from the federal government their power of borrowing.” – Thomas Jefferson (Letter of November 26th, 1798) Taxes and spending – There’s no need to panic despite the hype about the debt ceiling – the total amount of money the… 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