Morning Reads for Monday, March 19th

March 19, 2012 6:14 am

by Jason · 11 comments

Here in Georgia…
- With just a few days left in the session, tax reform is suddenly on the table.
- The offices of Georgia OB/GYN, which has opposed anti-abortion bills in the legislature, were burglarized on Saturday. Computers stolen contained vital information, including membership lists.
- Teacher implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal have resigned rather than face a tribunal over their actions.
- The AJC highlights how ex-bureaucrats and legislators are using their experience and ties by becoming powerful lobbyists.
- Newton County is debating allowing restaurants to sell beer and liquor.
- According to the Center for Public Integrity, Georgia is last in public corruption laws.
- Roy Barnes and Glenn Richardson have come together to sue Georgia Power.

National stories of interest…
- Bank settlement money is finding its way into state general funds.
- Paul Ryan previewed his budget, which should be released tomorrow, in this video last week.
- Consumer confidence has dropped off as gas prices have risen.
- Rick Santorum could theoretically win his home state, but gain no delegates.
- James Pethokoukis explains why the weak recovery has nothing to do with the financial crisis.
- Barack Obama’s budget, according to the CBO, will add more than $6 trillion the deficits.
- Does the Stock Market play a role in predicting who will win the presidential election?
- The CIA is now going to spy on Americans through their TVs.
- Could the conservatives on the Roberts Court save ObamaCare?
- More spending on transit doesn’t mean more ridership.
- PJ O’Rourke weighs in on the drama at the Cato Institute.
- Test your knowledge on gas prices with this quiz.

A few that I like…
- Don’t expect the Herschel Walker statue to be put up at UGA anytime soon.
- James Madison’s notes from the Constitutional Convention are now available online.
- They’re making another Home Alone movie.
- CNet reviews the new iPad.
- Here is the recap from the season finale of The Walking Dead.

Calypso March 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

“- Roy Barnes and Glenn Richardson have come together to sue Georgia Power.”

Whoa. Did they ask Don Balfour if they could do this?

Engineer March 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

Loved last night’s episode/season finale for The Walking Dead. I can’t wait for the next season.

kyleinatl March 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I did too until everyone opened their mouths at the end, I think Lori might be the worst written character on tv.

Engineer March 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I agree about Lori. Personally, I can’t stand her.

Max Power March 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

- More spending on transit doesn’t mean more ridership.

From the linked article:
According to O’Toole, “thanks in part to the high cost of rails, transit systems in Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and the San Francisco Bay Area carried fewer riders in 2005 than two decades before. Los Angeles lost 17 percent of its bus riders when it began building rail transit.” The fact that transit workers are generally members of public sector unions hasn’t helped either.

Someone needs a fact check. San Francisco’s BART carries 361,000 passengers daily. Bank in the mid-80s, that number was about 200K. MARTA’s daily ridership is about 400,000, and while I don’t have the numbers in front of me I’m fairly confident that number is bigger than it was in 1985 when the total metro-area population was what only about 2 million.

The fact is public transportation is just that a public good. We shouldn’t expect it to make money and should just accept the fact it will always have to be subsidized. A small price to pay for the rewards it produces.

Rambler1414 March 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

“The fact is public transportation is just that a public good. We shouldn’t expect it to make money and should just accept the fact it will always have to be subsidized. A small price to pay for the rewards it produces.”

The people that demand rail pay for it’s cost out of fare increases,
are the same people that don’t realize how much we’re already subsidizing our roads. (Hint: the gas tax alone isn’t enough for widening and resurfacing, especially in GA)

saltycracker March 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

In all the years I lived in Roswell I knew not one person that rode Marta bus or rail to work. Occassional event, yes, but not frequent. Unusual ?

Don’t think $2-$5 ITP, $10 from the far reaches of Marta to downtown or $15 the airport will cover it but it is more in line. Thankfully there is plenty of parking downtown. The low gas tax has always been absurd and our politicians keep looking for sly revenue gimmicks.

Maybe businesses would be wiser to move the jobs they can to the ‘burbs. What is the business community saying about the lack of more rail (for their employees not p.c. statements for the car-less) ? Delta, UPS, Coke, Wells Fargo, IBM….?

saltycracker March 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

Tax reform ? Nah, winner/looser musical tax chairs. Time to pay for advice on how to get in the right chair.

The rising stocks and good feelings in the economy are from rolling in a lot of freshly printed money.

Voters are intent on diverting their eyes from the costs of obamanomics, particularly by Republicans focused on social and “me first” issues. Led by Santorum.

Health: Obamacare will soon be as irreversible as Medicare with inherent government driven higher costs and fraud. Government “cost controls” are through restrictions, less competition and picking winners and losers.

Housing: No taxpayer bailout. Let the market fix it by refi’ing the responsible and raising the rates the banks pay to borrow money. And stop encouraging debt through tax deductions of interest.

Education: Forbes:
“The bipartisan consensus that the federal government must devote more tax dollars to education is belied by economic reality. Despite massive education spending increases in recent decades, the return on investment has plummeted.
http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2012/0326/capital-flows-gdp-education-solyndras-in-classroom-woodhill.html

elfiii March 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

- The CIA is now going to spy on Americans through their TVs.

When did watching TV become a “terrorist activity”?

Charlie March 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

In Rick Santorum’s America, it was the moment you changed the channel to Cinemax.

saltycracker March 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

They can monitor who is watching softporn too !
Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction was a Fed scandal – and Santorum is going to raise the bar ?

Amazing that a charred, gruesome, cut-up, splayed out body, blood splurting or graphics on wounds is ok in prime time but a normal bare boob is porn ? only in the U.S., that’s sick.

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