Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: October 8th, 2010

It’s Friday! Quotable – “What progressives want to do is take money from some – by force – and spend it on others. It sounds less noble when plainly stated. That’s the moral side of the matter. There’s a practical side, too. Taxes discourage wealth creation. That hurts everyone, the lower end of the income scale most of all. An economy that, through freedom, encourages the production of wealth raises the living standards of lower-income people as well as everyone else.” – John Stossel – “The Senate has passed a new bill that requires TV stations to lower the volume level on commercials. This is great, a hundred of the most powerful people in the nation have managed to… View Article

Friday Facts: October 1st, 2010

It’s Friday!   What’s happening at the Foundation – Mark your calendar: Saturday, Nov. 13, is the Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing, a daylong event featuring national and statewide experts on the top issues facing the state’s elected officials. Don’t miss a day of dynamic speakers and innovative ideas, sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute. Reserve your spot now to get the early registration discount. Keynote speakers include former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise on, “The Power of Digital Learning for Georgia and the Country” and the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore on, “How to Make Georgia the Most Economically Competitive State in the Nation.” – It’s good, it’s fresh, it’s free! Have you… View Article

Friday Facts: September 24, 2010

It’s Friday!     Notable – “When normal people hear about a budget cut, we assume the amount of money to be spent is less than the previous year’s allocation. But that’s not what bureaucrats mean. ‘They are not comparing current year spending to the previous year’s spending,’ [Cato Institute’s Andrew] Coulson writes. ‘What they’re doing is comparing the approved current year budget to the budget that they initially dreamed about having.'” — John Stossel   News – We are very excited to announce the “soft launch” of a new interactive policy community at Forum.GeorgiaPolicy.org. Feel free to join as the goal of the community is tocreate a place for thoughtful policy research, governing ideas and vigorous but respectful debate… View Article

Friday Facts: September 17th, 2010

It’s Friday!     Quotable – “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” — C. S. Lewis – “A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land, is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.” — Georges Clemenceau   Education – Congratulations to Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), who has been named as a member of the  Digital Learning Council, chaired by former Governors Bob Wise of West Virginia and Jeb Bush of Florida. The Council will work to identify policies that will… View Article

Friday Facts, September 10th, 2010

It’s Friday!  Quotable – “Uncertainty is the enemy of capital formation.” – Thomas F. Cooley – “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw   Health Care – Sticker shock: Individual and small business health care premiums could increase more than 20 percent come October. Aetna Inc., some BlueCross BlueShield plans and other smaller carriers have asked for premium increases of between 1 percent and 9 percent to pay for extra benefits required under the new federal health care law. Many carriers also are seeking additional rate increases that they say they need to cover rising medical costs. While the increases apply mostly to the new policies insurers write after Oct. 1, consumers could… View Article

Friday Facts: September 3rd, 2010

It’s Friday!     Quotable –  “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis – “One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.” — Vincent T. Floss Health Care – Doctors around the nation were enlisted this week to post a “Dear Patient” letter in their waiting rooms urging repeal of the new… View Article

Friday Facts: August 27th, 2010

It’s Friday!     Quotable – “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” — Ronald Reagan  Profiles in Courage –  “We are already at the bare minimum of our resources and any new programs are going to be at the expense of others.” — Fulton County Commissioner Lynne Riley, on her vote against a $26 million bond package that included $5 million for a new community center and aviation museum near the Fulton County-Charlie Brown Airport.Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution – The 165-acre former General Motors factory site in Doraville is “one of the most attractive pieces of property in the Southeast,” DeKalb County Commissioner Lee View Article

Friday Facts: August 20th, 2010

August 20, 2010 It’s Friday!   Quotable “At times I am happy when Congress does nothing. But in this case, doing nothing will increase taxes and damage the economy.” — Lee E. Ohanian, professor of economics at UCLA, on the federal tax increases scheduled to take effect in 2011. Taxes and spending – U.S. Debt Load Among World’s Worst. This year, U.S. public debt is projected to reach 62 percent of the economy — up from 40 percent in 2008 and nearly double the historical average, according to recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. By 2030, the CBO projects that debt will more than double to 146 percent of gross domestic product.   – Taxes are at unsustainably low View Article

Friday Facts: August 13th, 2010

It’s Friday!   Quotable “The U.S. Postal Service reported a $3.5 billion loss in the last quarter, which established it as the federal government’s most successful enterprise.” – Jay Leno   Notable – From the outrageous regulations department: In Florida, it is illegal to work as an interior designer without proper government licensing; even if the designer has a college degree in the field, performing interior design services without a license is punishable by up to a year in jail or $1,000 in fines. In Texas, every computer repair technician must obtain a degree in criminal justice or have a three-year apprenticeship under a licensed private investigator to legally fix computers. On July 29, 7-year-old Julie Murphy committed the “crime” of View Article

Friday Facts: August 6th, 2010

It’s Friday!     Quotable – “The great variable in the federal balance sheet has been spending, not revenue. Debt comes from spending more than you have, not from having too little. Does anyone really believe that the feds (or the states, who have similarly overspent for years) have been frugal or wise or cheap in their spending decisions since the Truman administration?” – Nick Gillespie, Reason Foundation   Health – Foundation unveils new health care tool: If you’re wondering what the new federal health care law has in store for you or your employees, you are not alone. Few have read the 2,700-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and even fewer are able to absorb its full… View Article

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