Morning Reads for Wednesday, November 16th

November 16, 2011 7:07 am

by Jason · 8 comments

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – Ben Franklin

Here in Georgia…
– Let the Pandering Begin: Prefiles are rolling in for the next legislative session, including a bill that would require “In God We Trust” on Georgia license plates.
– Lobbyists spent over $5,000 on a recent golf outing for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
– After his most recent gaffe, Herman Cain is planning to make clear his views on foreign policy.
– Farmers and restaurants, industries that have been hit with labor shortages, continue to take issue with Georgia’s new anti-immigration law and calling for a guest-worker program.

National stories of interest…
– It’s now a four-way race in Iowa between Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney.
– The iPhone was mostly responsible for retail gains last month.
– Shikha Dalmia explains that restrictionist immigration laws are likely to hurt the economy.
Newt Gingrich is no conservative, writes Gene Healy at the Washington Examiner.

A few that I like…
– Instead of taking on an American League team at Turner Field for their final Spring Training games, the Braves will this year play their AAA farm team at CoolRay Field in Gwinnett.
– According to a new study, Gamers have more grey matter in their brains, which is likely to cause addictive behavior.
– ICYMI: SNL spoofed Rick Perry’s recent gaffe last weekend.

Buzz Brockway November 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

I’m excited the Braves will play at Coolray Field. Maybe it will help show more people where the stadium is so they’ll return and watch the GBraves.

kyleinatl November 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’m hoping Sean Gilmartin makes it up there this year, another good starting pitching prospect…if only we could get another good position player out of the system, I’m not convinced about Pastornicky yet.

David Staples November 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

I refuse to pay $1 just to cover up “In God We Trust”. Instead I’ll just opt for a piece of duct tape. As they say – it fixes everything! :-)

Three Jack November 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

i think somebody should introduce the nascar bill whereby legislators will be required to wear the logos of all their corporate contributors while in session. cagle’s $5k golf outing is just the latest example showing these folks have lost touch with reality.

and i agree with david, where’s my duct tape?

saltycracker November 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

Looks like Cagle got in golf, room & board, face time with potential contributors and a Cancer charity got a few thousand plus exposure for a Lt. Gov. showing up.

If we didn’t like lobbyists we’d fix the tax code, forbid elected to ever work as one and/or, foremost, implement term limits.

A lot more concerning was the Sixty Minutes piece Sunday on legislators not considered “insiders” as they process laws having a significant impact on public corporations or public expenditures. They are making millions on stock trading and land deals, legally.

The chances of increasing one’s net worth in the seven figures has to make political office a very smart career move.

Rambler1414 November 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Jay Bookman posted a great column on infrastructure funding this morning,

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2011/11/16/toll-roads-a-sign-of-political-failure-cowardice/

“China, for example, invests 9 percent of its GDP in water and transportation infrastructure; Europe invests 5 percent. We invest 2.4 percent.”

“Yet rather than make the tough decision to raise the gasoline tax a few pennies at a time, our elected officials chose to punt the question to voters through the proposed regional transportation tax, with uncertain results.”

“In the end, we face three alternatives: 1., a small, steady increase in state and federal fuel taxes until their buying power is restored; 2., a significant increase in the use of tolls and other mechanisms to raise revenue; or 3., a continued lack of investment in infrastructure, with a significant decline in economic competitiveness.”

saltycracker November 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

agree that #1 is the right choice.
The way we spend Government money would incite Keynesians to riot.
They would have spent the last trillion or so on infrastructure before passing it out in checks for non-productive causes to continue the malaise.

Herb November 17, 2011 at 7:35 am

“a bill that would require “In God We Trust” on Georgia license plates.”

AKA state forcing religion on we the people.

“Lobbyists spent over $5,000 on a recent golf outing for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.”

Bed buddies helping each other out, eh?

“Herman Cain is planning to make clear his views on foreign policy”

As if they weren’t clear enough.

“Farmers and restaurants, industries that have been hit with labor shortages, continue to take issue with Georgia’s new anti-immigration law and calling for a guest-worker program. ”

So do I, but the difference here is I can win the argument.

“It’s now a four-way race in Iowa between Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney.”

RONPAULRONPAULRONPAULRONPAUL!!!

“restrictionist immigration laws are likely to hurt the economy.”

You bet they will! Quite frankly, though, we deserve it for implementing such repressive laws as these.

“Newt Gingrich is no conservative”

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Being to the left of Bachmann, Perry, and Santorum doesn’t qualify as Liberal. Newt has a long history of far Right Wing policies that will bite him in the well rounded quarters when facing a Left Wing electorate such as this.

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