Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 21st

February 21, 2012 7:44 am

by Jason · 16 comments

Here in Georgia…
– Mike Klein reports that the criminal justice reform legislation should be filed this week.
– Gas prices continue to rise.
– Cobb is weighing a smoking ban in county parks.
– AFP Georgia rolled out a list of legislation they’re backing this year. You can read about the bills here.
– Andre Walker has the latest early voting numbers for Georgia’s presidential preference primary.

National stories of interest…
– New papers show that Newt Gingrich was critical of Reagan and not all that big a fan of limited government.
– Here’s a look at the latest fundraising numbers in the GOP race.
– Rick Santorum has a libertarian problem.
– A new Gallup poll shows that Republicans are against the idea of a brokered convention.
– Japan has suddenly found itself in a debt crisis.
– On the same subject, The Economist weighs whether the United States will default on its debt.
– Veronique de Rugy warns that military spending continues to be a drag on the budget.
– Here’s a great writeup on a debate over libertarianism between Ann Coulter and Nick Gillespie.
– Nearly half of Americans don’t pay income taxes.
– Steve Chapman explains why China-bashing is pointless.
– Recent rhetoric aside, Rick Santorum has forced taxpayers, through his votes in the Senate, to pay for contraceptives.
– I’m actually looking forward to reading former Sen. Russ Feingold’s new book.

A few that I like…
– Immigration does not have an impact on jobs.
– It’s looking like an “above-normal” year for tornadoes.
– Learn the truth about cat allergies, something I suffer from (thanks to my wife).
– Seth Emerson weighs possible position switches on the Georgia football team.

saltycracker February 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

And after a 17 day ($4 million dollar ) holiday in Hawaii the first family needed a bit of a wind down.

WASHINGTON – First Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters on a ski trip to Aspen over President’s Day weekend, the 16th trip the first family has taken since President Obama took office.

Here is a full list of the 16 vacations, first compiled by The Washington Examiner:

— President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the girls go to Aspen to ski.
— Christmas 2011, the first family goes to Hawaii for an extended vacation.
— Summer 2011, the family visits Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
— June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters travel to South Africa and Botswana.
— President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
— Christmas 2010, the first family goes to Hawaii.
— August 2010, post-BP oil spill beach trip to Panama City Beach, Fla.
— August 2010, Obama travels to Chicago alone for a weekend 49th birthday bash (and fundraiser).
— August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha travel to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
— August 2010, the family spends summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
— July 2010, the first family goes to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
— May 2010, the first family takes a four-day trip to Chicago.
— March 2010, first lady and daughters spend spring break in New York City.
— Christmas 2009, the family goes to Hawaii for the winter break.
— August 2009, everyone heads to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
— August 2009, the first family takes its first vacation from the White House at Martha’s Vineyard.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/21/first-ladys-aspen-trip-marks-16th-vacation-in-3-years-for-obama-family/

drjay February 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

meh, i would guess that’s pretty typical, (would have to look it up, but i seem to remember bush on the ranch quite a bit while in office) and my guess is the overtly “political” trips like going to a fundraiser have some of the bill picked up by his campaign, some of the others are working vacations, it’s not like a teacher on summer break without a care when they are outside their classroom…

saltycracker February 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

Run the taxpayer cost numbers and get back with us for an apology for the dig…..
Not counting how it looks in some of our nation’s toughest times to head on an African safari, Vail, Aspen, Hawaii, Spain….multiple places @ year…..vs. the ranch…

drjay February 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

i see no need to apologize, he is the president after all. there are static costs associated with that like secret service and access to the technology that allows him to keep abreast of things, regardless of where he goes or why. and if the american people don’t like where he goes when, well that’s a political calculation he’ll have to deal with. and some of those “vacations” had important cultural or symbolic signifigance (going to the gulf after the oil spill, the wife of a president with african heritage going to africa…) i would still contend it’s a tempest in a teapot…

David C February 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

He’s the President, it’s the toughest job on the planet, he deserves a bit of time off with his family. It just happens that the President doesn’t have a ranch or compound like some of his predecessors usually decamped to for vacation, so his family goes around the country. (Bush and Bush had Kennebunkport and Crawford, I think, and Reagan his ranch in California, but Clinton vacationed around the country as well. Not sure vis a vis Carter, Ford, or Nixon.) Realistically, anytime the President goes anywhere there’s huge sunk costs for security and the infrastructure that connects the President with his job 24/7. The former is a necessity when 4 of his 43 predecessors were assassinated, and plenty more (FDR, Truman, Nixon, Ford, Reagan) nearly were. The latter is a necessity for a commander in chief in the Nuclear Age, not to mention the age of terror, when military decisions may be needed in minutes. As to overseas trips, those are often as much public diplomacy as any relaxation. Put on a good face to the world, make America look great and welcoming and be a walking advertisement for the goodness of American Democracy and Commerce. That’s a bit of global strategy we’ve done since World War II. I had no problem with the Bushes going anywhere either. If McCain had won and his family were going on vacations, that’d be fine with me too. It’s part of the job, it’s part of the Presidency, and it transcends parties or partisan leaders in my book. As to the tax cost or whatever, it’s a small drop in a very large bucket, overall.

Three Jack February 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Here’s hoping he has all the time in the world to take as many vacations as he and his darling wife desire in about 10 months.

saltycracker February 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

“Put on a good face to the world, make America look great and welcoming and be a walking advertisement for the goodness of American Democracy and Commerce.”

Oops, that isn’t going so well except for those looking for sanctuary and our money.

taylor February 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Not surprising that the FoxNews did not include the following paragraph from the original story:

According to presidential watcher Mark Knoller of CBS, George W. Bush, at this time of his presidency, had made 30 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 220 days. The Obama’s vacation day count is less than half of that.

KD_fiscal conservative February 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

“According to presidential watcher Mark Knoller of CBS, George W. Bush, at this time of his presidency, had made 30 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 220 days. The Obama’s vacation day count is less than half of that.”

While I don’t support Obama for policy reasons, I agree it is dishonest and stupid for one of the GOP talking points to include the number of vactions Obama takes or rounds of golf he plays, b/c that EXACTLY what the liberals did during the Bush years, and the EXACT SAME GOP minions(Limbaugh, Hannity, most people on the RNC) that were out defending W are now attacking Obama for the doing the same thing, and are so blind in there own partisanship, they don’t even realize it.

Also, it distracts from real issues, like tax reform and energy policy, but I have a feeling, these people don’t really want progress in this country, just blind attacks so do-nothing fools with R’s after there name replace all of the do-nothing fools with D’s.

Calypso February 22, 2012 at 6:28 am

“…these people don’t really want progress in this country, just blind attacks so do-nothing fools with R’s after there name replace all of the do-nothing fools with D’s.”

Hey KD, you know your big ol’ boots stepped on a lot of toes with your reply. Good on ya!

saltycracker February 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

The immigration article was about H-1B immigrants. Immigrants who hold at least bachelors
degrees. These immigrants are identified and in the tax system with limited government assistance.

Isn’t that the group of immigrants welcomed by most ?

The 1/2 of Americans that don’t pay taxes aren’t just the low income and unincorporated.
The solution is not to add another 1,000 pages to the current regs but overhaul it.

A 10% flat tax with no exceptions, exemptions, deductions, subsidies or rebates from say $1,000 up would clear a lot up.

But more than half of America’s public & corporate and 100% of lobbyists would hate it.

John Vestal February 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

From Jim Galloway…. Democratic Women Seek State Ban on Vasectomies

Two words….. Too Chez. :-Þ

Daniel N. Adams February 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Stupid Dems better be careful… I can see the SoCons of this State co-sponsor and vote for such a bill…. every sperm is sacred, you know.

Daniel N. Adams February 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Stupid AT&T droid phone messin’ up my link and joke.

Three Jack February 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

Late story about dems fighting back against male GOPers who just can’t stop trying to dictate how a woman should handle her body during pregnancy — http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/02/21/democratic-women-seek-a-state-ban-on-vasectomies-for-men/?cxntfid=blogs_political_insider_jim_galloway

Great response from the dems…no more vasectomies. Even better response from the OK legislature where dems introduced legislation to make it a felony deposit sperm any place other than the man’s wife’s vagina (should be called the Santorum Amendment).

Stay diverted my friends.

John Vestal February 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

They were never going to figure out how to do the ‘online banking’ thing, anyway.

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