Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future

Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future
By Benita M. Dodd

The metro Atlanta region came to a standstill this week, its interstates, highways and side streets glazed over with ice after a sudden snowfall, and thousands of commuters left stranded. Children spent the night at school, people bedded down in churches, restaurants, hotel lobbies and grocery stores.

The rest of America chuckled good-humoredly at those silly Atlantans who can’t even drive in a dusting of snow.

The fingerpointing and soul-searching began early. Whose fault? Why didn’t government learn from the last ice storm? What can policy-makers do better next time? What is wrong with motor-centric Atlanta that it won’t embrace mass transit? Why isn’t Georgia spending more on (fill in the blank)?

None of that matters. Although, tell those Northerners time and again that it’s not about the snow but about the ice that follows … they just won’t hear you.

What does matter is the mettle of Atlanta that was polished and shone through in the trying hours that followed. Every way you turned in Atlanta on Tuesday night, January 28, 2014, the examples of kindness and character were heartwarming. Continue reading “Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future” »

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Gingrey responds to final Keystone XL Environmental Impact Statement

Phil Gingrey

Gingrey responds to final Keystone XL Environmental Impact Statement

After today’s U.S. State Department release of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, again called on President Obama to move the project forward.

“After more than five years of being held hostage to partisan politics and fringe environmental groups, the Obama administration still doesn’t have an excuse to stop this project,” said Gingrey. “To no surprise, the State Department again found that Keystone will bring energy independence, decrease the security threat on relying on oil from unstable nations, and put workers who’ve been hardest-hit by the recession – welders, mechanics, pipefitters, and others – back to work. With even more proof that this project is environmentally safe, authorizing this project will bring the opportunity President Obama continuously promises and will finally give him something useful to do with his pen.”

Keystone XL pipeline background:
Since the application was submitted to the State Department in 2008, this project has been one of the most studied pipeline construction efforts in U.S. history. According to an Energy and Commerce Committee report, Canada’s growing oil production holds the potential to provide the U.S. with a much needed additional energy supply from a reliable ally and trading partner. However, the existing pipeline system linking the two countries is close to capacity and thus unable to take advantage of this opportunity. TransCanada, a Canadian energy company, has proposed the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project to carry nearly a million additional barrels of oil per day. The pipeline would create 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs. Despite this, the Obama administration has repeatedly delayed and attempted to derail this vital infrastructure project. View the Keystone XL timeline and read more here.

 

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Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST


Promoting Individual Liberty and Limited  Government

Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST Bill in Georgia General Assembly requires more fiscal responsibility 

Marietta, Georgia – Feb. 3, 2014 – The Georgia Tea Party™ (GTPI), a non-partisan advocacy group headquartered in Marietta, has endorsed Senate Bill 99 and House Bill 153, which are being considered in this session of the Georgia General Assembly. Both bills would allow for enactment of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) of less than one percent. SB 99 passed the Senate last year, and HB 153 is being considered in the House.

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-East Cobb) introduced SB 99, and state Rep. John Carson (R-East Cobb) is the sponsor of HB 153. Under current law, all SPLOSTs must be one percent. A lower rate would give counties the flexibility to conserve precious tax dollars by funding only projects that are truly needed, such as replacing bridges, repairing roads or building new ones. Continue reading “Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST” »

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McCallum Posts Big Fundraising Numbers, Outpaces Opponents

McCallum for Congress

MCCALLUM POSTS BIG FUNDRAISING NUMBERS, 

OUTPACES OPPONENTS 

(St. Simons Island, Georgia) – Entrepreneur and former Newt Gingrich aide John McCallum submitted his first fundraising report today as a candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District.  After filing his report with the Federal Election Commission, which showed the campaign raising over $360,000 in the 4th quarter of 2013, the following statements were released:

“America is at a tipping point, and the American Dream hangs in the balance,” said John McCallum.  “These numbers reflect that Americans are ready for bold, new ideas, not business as usual.  We can’t keep sending the same kind of people to Washington and expect different results.  We need a new generation of bold, conservative leaders who will fight to defend the Founder’s vision, regardless of the political consequences.”

“We are overwhelmed by the strong support from those in Georgia’s 1st District and beyond,” said Rachel Dodsworth, Campaign Manager for John McCallum. “John has a proven track record of helping others build businesses, create jobs, and pursue their dreams.  We need bold, conservative leadership like his in Washington to preserve and protect the American Dream for future generations.”

With $363,658.67 in contributions (including a $100,000 loan from the candidate) and $304,562.80 Cash on Hand, McCallum raised more money than all of his opponents.  In fact, McCallum raised more campaign cash in Q4 than any other Republican candidate for an open U.S. House seat in Georgia.

For more information on John McCallum and his campaign for Congress in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, visit www.JohnMcCallum.us or on Facebook, www.FB.com/JohnMcCallumGA.

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 31, 2014

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Discover the Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT
February 26, 2013
Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org

Discover the Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment

Atlanta – Are you tired of out-of-control federal spending? Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday, February 26 for “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Galleria Centre featuring constitutional scholar Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute.

This event is open to the public. The charge is $25 to attend. Register online by Monday, February 24 at http://bit.ly/LewuTz.

Dranias will discuss the non-partisan effort to promote and seek legislation by the states and the U.S. Congress to ratify a balanced budget amendment into the U.S. Constitution via Article V.

Nick Dranias is Director of Policy Development and Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix, Arizona-based public policy advocacy and research organization established in 1988. He led the Institute’s successful challenge to Arizona’s system of government campaign financing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Using an emergency motion invoking the archaic All Writs Act, Dranias was able to persuade the Court to block campaign subsidies from being paid to government-funded candidates during the 2010 election cycle. Continue reading “Discover the Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment” »

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DPG Chair DuBose Porter Issues Statement on Winter Storm

Georgia Democrats

DPG Chair DuBose Porter Issues Statement on Winter Storm

Porter calls Nathan Deal’s response “unacceptable”

Dublin, GA – Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter issued the following remarks in response to Georgia’s recent snow storm.

“First, our thoughts and prayers are with the men, women, and children who still haven’t made it home. I also want to commend Georgia’s first responders, teachers, and unexpected guardian angels who have demonstrated the strength of community in our state,” said Chairman Porter.

While the Chairman lauded the extraordinary acts of Georgia citizens, he also addressed the anger expressed by many.

“People are furious, and rightfully so. This is as big and bad a dumpster fire I’ve seen. Deal’s lack of leadership to manage GDOT’s resources and subsequent failure to competently respond to the aftermath of the storm is appalling.” Continue reading “DPG Chair DuBose Porter Issues Statement on Winter Storm” »

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The President’s State of the Union Address: Unpopular and Harmful For Georgians

The President’s State of the Union Address: Unpopular and Harmful For Georgians

By Joel Aaron Foster

President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address resembled a man speaking to himself more than anyone else in the room, a desperate effort to convince himself of his own relevance at a time when his approval ratings are in the toilet. 51% disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president while 43% approve. 63% of Americans have some/no confidence in Obama to make the right decisions for the country’s future and 49% say Obama is not honest or trustworthy. Despite President Obama’s soaring rhetoric, this is his fifth State of the Union Address; Americans have heard these promises before. It is time for the President to take ownership of his record and be held accountable for the results.

On Obamacare

The President had the audacity to speak of the hope that Obamacare is bringing to millions, conveniently ignoring the story of women like Emilie. Emilie voted for Barack Obama, and believed that ObamaCare would make things better. Sadly, Emilie’s insurance plan was cancelled because of ObamaCare. Emilie had pre-existing conditions and still lost her coverage. [Watch her story here] The simple fact is that despite the promises, Obamacare is delivering higher costs, fewer choices, cancelled plans and mass confusion on the part of patients, insurers, hospitals and the administration. According to McKinsey & Company, only 11% of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were uninsured to begin with. Continue reading “The President’s State of the Union Address: Unpopular and Harmful For Georgians” »

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Kingston: What You Need to Know About a Government Shutdown

Press Release from Rep. Kingston:

Why Are We Here?
In accordance with Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, “no money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of Appropriations made by law.”  The law under which government is currently funded expires at midnight on Monday, September 30.

What Has the House Done?
The House, committed to preventing a government shutdown, has passed three temporary spending measures called ‘continuing resolutions’ which would keep the government open.  The first continuing resolution repealed Obamacare, while the second delayed the plan for a year and included conscience protection.  The House passed a third compromise measure  including a one year delay of the individual mandate, pushing the President, Vice President, and political appointees into the system and removing all taxpayer subsidies for the President, Vice President, Members, and staff.

What Has the Senate Done?
The Senate refused to work this weekend while the House remained in session and Senate Democrats have refused to work with the House to reach agreement.  Instead, they have flatly rejected the House’s efforts to prevent a shutdown and refused to offer compromise. Continue reading “Kingston: What You Need to Know About a Government Shutdown” »

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“I have a dream that Americans will increase their financial capacity by changing their relationship with money”

I am reposting this from an article I read in National Review Online. It was part of a “symposium” they did on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. National Review does these symposiums regularly about different topics. The gist of it is a lot of thought leaders and politicians from around the country weigh in with a paragraph or two on a given topic.

This particular one really hit home for me and I wrote an email to Dr. Soaries for permission to post it here. He graciously replied:

Thank you for your comments and your kind request. Of course you may repost my comments. Keep doing what you do. A fellow once told me that “a drop of ink can make a million think.” Now that ink has gone digital that may be more true than ever. God bless. 

DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.

I want to give a big thanks to him and hope you all find it as accurate and thoughtful as I did. In these comments lies at least part of the answer to what I think is a broken political and economic system. Continue reading ““I have a dream that Americans will increase their financial capacity by changing their relationship with money”” »

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Presidential Elections: The Cool-guy Factor

Challenged by a commenter on Peach Pundit about national elections, I laid out my theories on presidential elections. I repost them here because I don’t post my own thoughts enough. Feel free to argue below:

Should’ve run in 1980

Should’ve run in 1956

As far as national elections go…I am extremely cynical. You may say it’s Republicans bad policies, I think it’s the “cool guy factor”.

Presidential elections come down to 5-10% of voters in this state or that. 80-85-90 of voters are already decided before the candidates are even picked. Then you’ve got the others. And the others don’t know what they’re talking about. They jump on board towards the end and know very little about actual issues. And to that group, consciously or not, a big reason for them voting for guy over another is who is cooler.

Barack Obama was way cooler than a billionaire Mormon and a crotchety old Navy dude. George Bush, despite what you may think of him, was way cooler than an elitist from Massachusetts. He was also cooler than a robot, with weird spatial issues, “from” Tennessee (he’s really from Washington).

Clinton was obviously cooler than Dole and Bush I. Bush I was cooler than Dukakis. Reagan was cooler than Mondale and Carter. Carter was cooler than a Nixon-pardoning Ford. The theory doesn’t exactly hold up, or can’t be applied the same way, during the Vietnam era. So let’s go back to 1960. Kennedy v Nixon? Come on.

Ike v Adlai? The General from WWII versus a guy named Adlai? 1952? Same thing. 48? Roosevelt 5 in the first election after WWII? Then you have Roosevelt who was very cool and a brilliant speaker and politician.

The theory pretty much ends pre-1932 because no one had a radio or television. Before that it was all newspapers which is a totally different animal.

Chris Christie 2016! Hillary versus a tough-talking Jersey dude. I like his odds.

Chris Christie for President?

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