Morning Reads for Friday, December 30th

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” – Brooks Atkinson

Here in Georgia…
Creative Loafing gives us a look at the players under the Gold Dome. Sorry, Buzz, you’re not on the list.
– Gov. Deal is facing criticism for an outgoing member of the DNR board.
– Atlanta police are working hard to ensure the safety of people attending the annual Peach Drop.
– Fulton County officials are floating the prospect of a “major” tax hike.

National stories of interest…
– BREAKING: Barack Obama is a liberal.
– Today doesn’t exist in Samoa.
– John Stossel explains that advocates of limited government have there work cut out for them in 2012.
– Tim Carney notes that conservatives too often confuse cronyism will capitalism.
– Karl Rove offers his predictions for the next year.
– Despite promises of spending cuts, voters aren’t expecting too much from either party.
– Despite Ron Paul doing well and Rick Santorum’s recent surge, Mitt Romney may well win the Iowa Caucus.
– Users of the popular site, Reddit, are targeting supporters of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA).
– Voters still like capitalism more than socialism.
– Puerto Rico will vote on a referendum last next year that could change its political status.
– Froma Harrop explains how the middle class has hurt itself.

A few that I like…
– Here’s a look at how bad trade policies have affected how toy makers market their products.
– What restaurants are opening in Atlanta next year?
Forbes looks at the best college football teams for the money.
– Can a Christian be a libertarian? In short, yes.


  1. John Vestal says:

    So today doesn’t exist in Samoa, yet BYU will still play a football game at noon. Hmmmm.

    Also, of course a Christian can be a libertarian. A Christian can even be a “Constitutional conservative”. A theocratic Christian, however, can be neither.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    Concerning the DNR Board…

    Deal’s politics, style and methods in many ways resemble Perdue’s. Oakey Woods is an example of Perdue’s handling of conservation.

    Perdue took a hands off approach that increased the value of a personal holding during fat times. When things go south and with state budget pinches on the horizon, Perdue greenlights the taxpayers stepping in to bail out developers by paying tens of millions more than would have been paid had Perdue authorized purchasing Oakey Woods when it was first proposed.

    It’s the free market, GaGOP style. You may be seeing a similar thing play out across a broader time frame in transportation, and at much, much greater cost to taxpayers than Oakey Woods. Hands off transportation (outer perimeter, commuter rail) when proposed, then a later change of mind after prices have significatnly escalated.

    Deal in favor of a CAPCO? Sheesh.

  3. Andre says:

    I just read the AJC article on the proposed tax hike in Fulton County.

    This millage rate increase only affects one portion of Fulton County; unincorporated south Fulton County.

    It isn’t lost on me the pure irony of unincorporated south Fulton facing a massive tax increase.

    And I say that because, in 2007, unincorporated south Fulton rejected cityhood based upon an email from Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards that read in part, “It’s abundantly clear now that a City of South Fulton will require huge tax increases just to stay afloat. Unless you want to pay the piper for someone else’s political science experiment, make sure you come out and vote no to the City of South Fulton, GA on Tuesday, September 18th.

    As I said, it’s ironic that remaining unincorporated brought on the “huge tax increases” predicted by Commissioner Edwards four years ago.

    Four years ago, the millage rate in unincorporated south Fulton was 5.659. Now, according to the AJC report, the unincorporated south Fulton millage rate is estimated to be 10.469 in 2012. That’s almost a 5 mill increase in the last four years.

    But the funniest thing is that this tax hike will be approved by several county commissioners who do not live in unincorporated south Fulton.

    None of these Fulton County Commissioners –Commissioner Liz Hausmann (R – Johns Creek), Commissioner Tom Lowe (R – Sandy Springs), Commissioner Joan Garner (D – Atlanta), Commissioner Robb Pitts (D – Buckhead), Commissioner Emma Darnell (D – Atlanta), and John Eaves (D – Atlanta)– live in unincorporated south Fulton County. But all of them are voting on tax increases in unincorporated south Fulton County.

    It’s a classic example of taxation without representation.

    Unincorporated south Fulton County is being taxed by people we can’t vote for.

    It’s the same basic principle that lead to north Fulton creating the cities of Sandy Springs, Milton, and Johns Creek.

    If the folks in north Fulton County didn’t want people like south Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards voting on their property tax rates, why in the world would people in south Fulton County want north Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe voting on its property tax rates?

    Four years ago, Commissioner Bill Edwards wrote in an email, “Unless you want to pay the piper for someone else’s political science experiment, make sure you come out and vote no to the City of South Fulton, GA on Tuesday, September 18th.”

    Four years later, unincorporated south Fulton County is paying the piper for Commissioner Edwards’ power trip. If unincorporated south Fulton incorporated in 2007, Bill Edwards would be sitting on his butt, collecting a paycheck, with no control over planning and zoning in what has now become his personal fiefdom.

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