Morning Reads for Thursday, April 5th

April 5, 2012 5:39 am

by Jason · 7 comments

Here in Georgia…
– Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour, ever the center of controversy, has reimbursed taxpayers for $800 questionable expenses.
– Georgians have mixed feelings about the Internet sales tax.
– Parents in Atlanta are trying to save G.A. Towns Elementary School.
– Fayette County is the healthiest in the state.

National stories of interest…
– It looks like Obama is running his re-election campaign similar to Clinton’s campaign in 1996.
– The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is headed back to court.
– So what would retaliation by Iran after a strike on its nuclear sites look like?
– Antony Davies argues that a high corporate income tax is passed on to consumers by businesses.
– Is the federal government trying to spy on you through your game console?
– Nancy Pelosi predicts a 6-3 decision by the SCOTUS to uphold ObamaCare.
– The DCCC is targeting businesses, including Coke and Wal-Mart, that give money to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
– House GOP freshman apparently urged their leadership to accept a comprehensive deal with Democrats last year during the debt ceiling debate.
– Jacob Sullum goes over the three things people don’t know about the Trayvon Martin shooting.
– Yahoo! is slashing 2,000 jobs.

A few that I like…
– The Atlanta Braves kick off their season tonight in New York.
– Do you think it’s time for the US to get rid of the penny?
– 59% of Americans think Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.
– Sony will release the Playstation 4 sometime next year.
– The new iPhone is coming in June.
– The Baltimore Orioles lost to a community college baseball team earlier this week.
Riley Breckenridge v. Bud Light and Clamto

Dave Bearse April 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

Ah, yes. Amending reimburesement expensse. It’s all so transparent!

Dave Bearse April 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

“I can be in Atlanta working all day long at the capitol and I can fly to New Orleans that night or San Antonio that night and have dinner with a lobbyist,” he said. “Yes, that’s normal business practice.”

What a statement! It’s evident there’s not even a shred of concern with respect to perceptions.

Padded expense accounts and jet-setting to four star lodging and meals on the company or vender’s dime is routine in the business exectuive’s world—-so Balfour is simply doing what many advocate, running government like a business.

CobbGOPer April 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

Running government like a business would be great if the investors – we the people – actually saw a useful ROI in return. That is rarely the case, however.

Dave Bearse April 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm

There transparency to be able to prove it is lacking, but it may be that Balfour (and others for that matter) charge the state per diem and mileage when only meeting lobbyists for dinner and/or entertainment paid for by the lobbyists.

Imagine that, the State of Georgia actually paying legislators to receive gifts!

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

“What a statement! It’s evident there’s not even a shred of concern with respect to perceptions.”

Hey, after all Senator Balfour and the boys have been doing this for 20 years and they still keep getting re-elected, so they obviously must be onto something really good….as in good for them and not-so-good for us.

CobbGOPer April 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

And didn’t they just release a new iPhone six months ago or something? Why do they feel the need to make their addicts (of which I am not one, seeing as I’m still rocking an iPhone 3 I didn’t even pay for) spend thousands of dollars every six months on new iPads then new iPhones? Is this their new business model, push devices like it’s crack?

benevolus April 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Of course corporate taxes are passed on to consumers. Everything is passed on to consumers. How else could it be? Corporations will charge whatever the market will bear even if their taxes were low. They may pay dividends to their shareholders, but that cost too is passed on to consumers.

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