Category: The Forum

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

Friday Facts: July 30th, 2010

It’s Friday!     Quotable – “Facebook now has more than 500 million users, which may help explain why unemployment is around 10 percent.” – Jimmy Kimmel – “Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands.” â€“ Thomas Jefferson   Health – Experience keeps a dear school … Britain’s National Health Service, is rethinking the importance of the doctor-patient relationship just as the USA is taking a sharp left turn toward more centralized government control over health care, Grace Marie Turner writes in the National Review Online. Responding to consumerism, Britain is proposing more power to local doctors and… View Article

Friday Facts: July 23rd, 2010

It’s Friday!   Quotable – “The king’s cheese is half wasted in parings; but no matter, ’tis made of the people’s milk.” –  Benjamin Franklin – “According to a study by the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., has the highest concentration of smart people in the United States. Let’s see: We have a mess in the Gulf, we have a dysfunctional Homeland Security, and we are $13 trillion in debt. Imagine how bad it would be if these people weren’t geniuses.” –  Jay Leno   Education – Back to school: Georgia’s new retirement opportunity has some teachers considering a classroom return, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Some Georgia charter schools will offer a new perk –  a 401(k) retirement plan with immediate coverage â€“… View Article

Letter to the Editor on the Falcons Stadium

Dear Editor: As a life-long fan I am thrilled to see the Atlanta Falcons succeed on the football field, but that is no reason for taxpayers to subsidize a new stadium. Most importantly, study after study finds that sports stadiums rarely offer taxpayers a positive return on investment in terms of economic impact. If anything, entertainment spending is simply shifted from other activities. They have been playing football in the same stadium at Georgia Tech since 1913 and at the University of Georgia since 1929 thanks to continuous renovations. The Georgia Dome was completed in 1992. What does it say to the taxpayers who subsidized the $214 million investment in the Dome if it is demolished and another $300… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd For years, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International and Chicago’s O’Hare airports have competed for the title of nation’s busiest airport. Last year, Atlanta won. As the official temperature stations for their respective cities, however, it seems the two airports tie – for the dubious honor of distorted data. And they’re not the only ones. In 2008, meteorologist Anthony Watts wrote in the Illinois-based Heartland Institute’s Environment and Climate News: “The community around O’Hare was much smaller during World War II, when the airport was built, than it is now. The area had a significantly less-urban population and lacked the acres of concrete and asphalt that exist there today.” You could replace “O’Hare” with “Hartsfield-Jackson,” and the same would… View Article

…One of the best things about the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is that it has such a broad membership base.

Dr. Wendy L. Gramm, Former Chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission more quotes