Morning Reads for Friday, November 4th

“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” – Ronald Reagan

Here in Georgia…
– State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) is planning to introduce legislation requiring drug testing for welfare recipients.
– Warner Robins will lose more than 500 civilian jobs as result of “military reorganization.”
– Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is upset that Columbus was named one of the nation’s “brokest” cities, and is demanding that The Daily Beast delete the post that made the reference.
– Georgia has issued its 100,000 Peach Pass.
– Yahoo! News picked up on a podcast I did with Herman Cain back in 2007. It’s relevant given everything that has unfolded in the last week.

National stories of interest…
– Did you know that Multiple Choice Mitt has a plan to cut the deficit? Wish he’d talk about it more.
– House Republicans are divided on turning E-Verify into a cardless national ID.
– A new Quinnipiac poll shows that voters now have an unfavorable view of Occupy Wall Street.
– Michael Moore, who often complains about corporations stealing from taxpayers, received $1 million in film tax credits from Michigan after making Capitalism: A Love Story (the movie was really taking issue with corporatism, not capitalism). Hypocrite.
– Jim Pethokoukis explains that odds that Barack Obama will be re-elected.

A few that I like…
– It’s Punk Rock Friday.
– The Cato Insitute launched a new site yesterday,, geared toward promoting the philosophy and ideas.
– The McRib is back, but read this before you take a bite.
– Amazon has launched a free e-book borrowing program for Prime members, which costs $79 a year but comes with free two-day shipping. As my wife would say, “that’s a great value.”


  1. saltycracker says:

    The on again, off again Greecian Formula to delay the inevitable is causing the world’s hair to fall out.

    The Columbus mayor is no different than everyone else that wants to design statistical tests to see a situation as they want to see it. When you add back in public and charitable assistance the U.S. “poor” line is a goal for many in the world. 19% or some 1.85 million Georgians are on food stamps. And the restaurants are crowded.

    • saltycracker says:

      P.S. Had lunch with a couple of small businessmen yesterday who were upset over competitors paying cash to employees and/or hiring illegals. They favored a national ID to keep the playing field level.
      Some others got stupid.
      Example: Employees were asking for bail donations for a friend – The Feds improving computer system nailed a couple nitwits of associates for collecting disability or unemployment and using their ID & SS# to work.

      • saltycracker says:

        PPS – welfare drug tests – yes – but let’s randomly drug test ANYONE getting a check from the state – start with the House.

  2. Duke says:

    As I recall, Rep. Michael Harden introduced a drug-testing Bill two years ago, and again last year. Jason Spenser is fishing for votes in a tightly contested race…Just saying…

  3. Duke says:

    So, I’m subject to be drug tested at any point in my job, earning money to give to people who don’t have a job, and they have the right to smoke dope and spend the money I helped earn????? You two have lost your last friggin’ mind…

    • Duke says:

      Further, if you don’t have a job and are on unemployment/welfare/food stamps, how in the h*** do you have enough money to buy a joint/crack./meth/etc. ???

    • benevolus says:

      Fine. Throw them off welfare and they’ll have to break into your house when you’re not home and steal your stuff to get some money. Or we could just put them in jail and let them stay there for free.

      This is a case of the cure being worse than the illness.

  4. Three Jack says:

    brilliant, drug testing freeloaders at taxpayer expense.

    i have a better idea…introduce legislation that all individuals receiving tanf payments will be cutoff after 12 months. smoke dope, snort coke, whatever you want to do for that year, but no more handouts after your time expires.

  5. ckingtruth says:

    The current economic climate has driven more people to welfare rolls and you want to add insult to injury by insinuating that on top of everything else they maybe using drugs.

    Someone explain to me the huge leap from being unemployed during a recession and needing government assistance (that until recently you probably helped pay for) equals you being a doper? It’s disgusting that people even think this way.

    • Duke says:

      Just pee in the cup. Is it really that big of a deal to get free money that others earned? If you really need assistance, you really won’t mind the hardship. Geez…

    • KD_fiscal conservative says:

      So do you think insulting to get drug tested when you are applying for a job? On the other hand this is likely unconstitutional and would cost taxpayers even more money. So just like the anti-immigration legislation, this type of ideologically based pander legislation may be popular with the “base” but is bad policy.

  6. SallyForth says:

    Hey Jason, where’s the really important stuff – like whether Michael Jackson overdosed himself or not?! 🙂

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