Tag: Benita Dodd

Checking Up On Health: August 25, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The amount of conflicting nutrition data out there is enough to give anyone heartburn. Last week I had my annual routine physical exam and was talking to the doctor about my exercise and diet routine. For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet: Everybody lies, and every physician knows you’re lying … about how much exercise you’re getting, how much wine you’re drinking and how healthy you’re eating. Three drinks a week? A social smoker? Exercising four days a week? Low-fat, low-salt diet? Laying off the sugar? Lies, lies, lies. Physicians each have a multiplication factor they build into every one of your responses, I’m guessing.… View Article

Friday Facts: August 14, 2015

It’s Friday! Events October 15: Just added to the list of experts at the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum: Nevada Sen. Scott Hammond, sponsor of that state’s Education Savings Account law. Register now to attend the event at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 15. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate ($100) applies until Friday, September 4. Register here. Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. Quotes of Note “That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty… View Article

Snake Oil in the Clean Power Plan

By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help,” Ronald Reagan famously said. After new energy regulations were announced this week, Americans should ask government, “With friends like you, who needs enemies?” This nation has never been sold a bigger, costlier bill of goods than the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (climate action plan) to reduce carbon emissions, which the administration has fervently tried to relabel as carbon “pollution.” According to President Obama: With this Clean Power Plan, by 2030, carbon pollution from our power plants will be 32 percent lower than it was a decade ago.  And the nerdier way to say that… View Article

Friday Facts: August 7, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Today: GOP presidential candidates and the Foundation’s Benita Dodd are at Red State Gathering! Join Benita at, “Due Process Denied: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Undermines Freedom,” a 12:30 p.m. breakout session at Red State Gathering, (Hope Room, Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel). Moderated by Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ Director of Justice Reform, the panel will include Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Lance Lemmonds of the Coalition for Public Safety. October 15: The Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum takes place at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 15. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 4, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD On Sunday, colon cancer took the life of a very dear, longtime friend and former colleague at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The tributes to Frank Hyland, a fine author, sportswriter, editor and all-round classical journalist are both poignant and hilarious. It’s consoling when someone leaves you with the finest of memories. I have a feeling Frank’s busily reviewing obits and checking game stats at the Pearly Gates while we’re still here chuckling about his shenanigans. And if you haven’t read his book, “The Sportin’ Life of Lewis Grizzard,” you’re missing some great, irreverent newsroom tales! It got me thinking again about colon cancer and screenings. My mother-in-law, too, succumbed… View Article

Friday Facts: July 31, 2015

It’s Friday! Events August 7: Join the Foundation’s Benita Dodd at “Due Process Denied: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Undermines Freedom,” a 12:30 p.m. breakout session at Red State Gathering, (Hope Room, Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel) Moderated by Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ Director of Justice Reform, the panel will include Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Lance Lemmonds of the Coalition for Public Safety. October 15: The Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum takes place at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 15. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 28, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The new school year begins Monday for some Georgia school systems and over the next week or so for most. Thousands of children are headed to school for the first time. Are you prepared? I’m not talking about backpacks and boxes of Kleenex and crayons and lunch money. (Don’t even get me started about the new school lunch rules that force a one-size-fits-all lunch on children who grow at vastly differing rates with vastly different nutritional needs. …) What I mean is this: Is your child up to date on his or her shots? Have you decided you won’t subject your child to whatever risk is involved in… View Article

Friday Facts: July 24, 2015

It’s Friday! Flags flew at half-staff over Georgia’s U.S. Senate offices in Atlanta this week to mourn four Marines, including one from Marietta, and a sailor killed by a Muslim gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. Monday is the deadline! Register now for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day event at Vic’s on the River in Savannah. The Policy Briefing Luncheon on Wednesday, July 29, is keynoted by Dr. Ben Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost expert on education funding. He will preview education issues in the 2016 Legislature and review the legacy of Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and school choice champion. Sponsored by the Friedman Foundation and the Georgia Charter Schools Association. $30. Find out… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 21, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The Internal Revenue Service’s tax subsidies for individuals in federally run exchanges are now allowable, thanks to U.S. Supreme Court justices who have now become adept at reading minds and can divine the intent of politicians and bureaucrats despite what laws declare in black and white. What happens next in ObamaCare? As long as President Obama is in the White House, little will change. He’s vowed to veto any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The high court’s ruling is not the last word. It can’t be: Problems with the legislation abound. Responsibly run government program is a pipe dream. Government exists to perpetuate itself, and its… View Article
Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd wrote an op-ed on civil asset forfeiture in Georgia for the July 17, 2015, edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It appeared behind the paywall (link here); the complete text appears  below. Theft by another name By Benita Dodd Dictionary.com describes “theft” as “the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another.” That also describes “civil asset forfeiture” by law enforcement authorities. Law enforcement agencies have argued civil asset forfeiture is a necessary crime-fighting tool; others admit, more honestly, it’s a cash cow. Seminars list the profitable items to seize. News reports highlight agencies’ abusive spending on parties and vehicles, and even how police stop suspects’ vehicles in the cash-carrying… View Article

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