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Friday Facts: August 23, 2019

 It’s Friday!  Quotes of note  “Freedom brings men rudely and directly face to face with their own personal responsibility for their own free actions.” – Frank Meyer “Conservatives pride themselves on resisting change, which is as it should be. But intelligent deference to tradition and stability can evolve into intellectual sloth and moral fanaticism, as when conservatives simply decline to look up from dogma because the effort to raise their heads and reconsider is too great.” – William F. Buckley  Events REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TODAY! Register here for “Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction,” the Foundation’s August 27 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club. The speaker is Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the… View Article

Going from Trees-R-Us to Trees-Or-Us

By Harold Brown Trees are ubiquitous. Most of us love them; a few hate them. Homeowners can be ambivalent, at least about some trees. Modern cities are fixated on trees. In Athens, a tree actually owns itself – really, officially – but it’s not a new landowner; it (or its predecessor) inherited its space in the 1800s! “Forest” is a concept that shifts with people, time and place. Trees have always grown in town and required attention. In 1901, The Atlanta Constitution reported on a city park commission meeting about the damage caused by “persons who hitch their horses to shade trees.” And in 1921, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the Farmer’s Bulletin 1209: “Planting and Care of Street… View Article

Friday Facts: August 16, 2019

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note  “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” – Thomas Jefferson (1781) “What we need is a coming together, not taking advantage of a crisis or, as one politician just said, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’ I think that’s the worst advice for our society that we could ever have because as it comes down to it, we’re all Americans. We all love our freedom. We all love our liberty and we expect the government to do what the government can to ensure our rights are protected.” – Barry Loudermilk, U.S. Representative for Georgia Events The registration deadline is View Article
This commentary is excerpted from a column by John C. Goodman that appeared in Forbes on August 13, 2019: “We Aready Know What The Trump Health Plan Is.” Access the full column here By John C. Goodman For the past two years the Trump administration has been pushing the limits of executive authority to make fundamental changes in our healthcare system. If Congress would do its part, the system would be radically different than it was the day Donald Trump was elected president. So why doesn’t anyone seem to know about this? It’s not for lack of trying on the part of the administration. The vision behind the Trump reforms can be found in Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through View Article

Friday Facts: August 9, 2019

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note  “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, quoting criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764 “Growing revenues does not mean growing the size of government. Instead, we should seek to keep as many dollars in taxpayer hands as possible to grow our economy instead of state government.” – Kelly Farr, Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget “I speak at many U.S. conferences… View Article
By Morgan Worthy It’s a cultural phenomenon that many Americans have helplessly watched unfold: the dissolution of respectful political dialogue and the rise of the culture of contempt. Contempt, “an enduring attitude of complete disdain,” has become the modus operandi of American political life and sometimes spills over to other parts of our lives, writes Arthur Brooks in his latest book, “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.” A scholar, author and, until recently, president of the Washington-based think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, Brooks wrote “Love Your Enemies” because of his dissatisfaction with the false choice between ideology and relationships that many face today, and as a guide to change… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Sunday edition of August 4, 2019, published an op-ed by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: “Gov. Kemp’s right to pursue health care waiver.”  The op-ed can be accessed on the AJC.com website here and is reprinted in full below.  Gov. Kemp’s right to pursue health care waiver By Kyle Wingfield Imagine you owned a widget factory. Making widgets has gotten more expensive, but you are unable to raise prices for the vast majority of your customers and lose money selling to them. Yet, the law requires you to sell a widget to anyone who wants one. Some lawmakers come to you with a plan. They will still make you… View Article

Atlanta Streetcar’s Gone Off the Rails

By Benita M. Dodd Since the day it went into service on December 30, 2014, the Atlanta Streetcar has been nothing but consistent. It opened over deadline and over budget and its performance has been astoundingly underwhelming, yet city officials continue to explore expansion. The project was scheduled to start service in early 2013; it opened in late December 2014. It was projected to cost $72 million, including a $47.7 million TIGER II grant from the federal government. Costs ballooned to $99 million, according to city officials. That was the city’s cost estimate. Not known is the cost to the numerous companies who expected reimbursement for having to relocate utilities along the 2.7-mile route; a Fulton County judge rejected AT&T’s… View Article

Friday Facts: August 2, 2019

It’s Friday!  Events August 27: “Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction” is the Foundation’s August noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club. The speaker is Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. $35. Register here. September 26: “The Student-Loan Debt Dilemma” is a Higher Ed Happy Hour discussion on student loans and debt at No Mas! Cantina in Atlanta, with keynote speaker Jenna Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. $10. Register here. November 15: The agenda is live and Early Bird registration is open for the 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, November 15, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. The… View Article
By Jared Cooper Public transportation is a highly debated topic in Georgia and, specifically, in metro Atlanta. Central to this debate is the allocation of federal funding through grants and tax revenues of transportation developments, both statewide and regionally.   This system of federal funding is used across the nation. And, nationally, public transportation infrastructure is often overlooked and taken for granted. So the question is whether there is an alternative funding solution. The answer is yes: a free-market approach. The first point to recognize is that the current system of public transportation is heavily subsidized by the federal government and there is an ever-growing demand for more efficient, safer and equitable systems. An example of this subsidy is in the… View Article

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