Morning Reads for Friday June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012 8:04 am

by Obi's Sister · 15 comments

Here:
– Should our state legislators be paid more?
– If TSPLOST passes, will GRTA be able to deliver?
– Hey DeKalb School Board: No one is happy now.
Forum in Clayton County this Saturday on TSPLOST pros/cons.
– Tax activist Al Gray’s TSPLOST presentation before the Lincoln County Commission.
– Georgia gets a Top Ten again. But not in something you want to be known for.
– And look, here’s another Top Ten. But not in something you want to be known for. Again.
– A fund has been set up for the family of the Lake Lanier crash victims.

There:
– Don’t faint, but the US Senate actually passed a bill.
– Rep. Tom Price: Two can play that game.
– The “Blame Bush” mantra is really getting old there, sport.
Georgia Senators remind The President he can’t by-pass Congress.
Southern Baptist Convention on immigration issues.

Random Everywhere:
-The Ultimate Conspiracy Theory is TRUE! There is a secret government room full of …. treasures.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Luis Martinez says the skeleton will be moved to a government warehouse. He says the government cannot disclose the name or address of the storage site because other priceless antiquities are there.

High speed rail to JAX feasible. Jorts and mullets, optional.
“The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural…”

Charlie June 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

Dear kind folks at Citystink,

I forwarded your first email for the T-SPLOST video linked above to Ginny for inclusion in today’s morning reads.

If you attempt to astroturf our tipline again by spamming us with the same link multiple times, we will ignore any future requests.

Thanks, and have a great Georgia day.

Ed June 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

GSU will play at Duke on Nov. 9 and then flies out to BYU on Nov. 14.

Some are saying the Duke game will be an upset–I will not because I know GSU is the far superior basketball team. Just because you miss the juggernaut does not mean it was an upset…

I honestly believe though there is a gross inefficiency in college sports in Georgia w/r/t basketball and if GSU plays its cards right could be a major player soon enough…too bad CAA would have been the best conference to play in for that. Oh well.

saltycracker June 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

Living wage for legislators:
Working folks do not have an expense account to get to work or eat lunch.
Are we confusing elected public service expectations with those of a professional bureaucrat ?
Have we morphed the task from the occassional gathering to set laws into a complex game of micro-managing for special interests ?

This suggestion is the typical next step transition (grab) to have the best of all worlds, a professional career, good pay, lobbyist and special interest support, generous perks, a travel expense account including getting to work and of course, great early retirement pay. Next someone will suggest bonuses based on voter satisfaction surveys.

I’d agree there must be some effort to change the ratio of more money being spent to get and keep a public service position than will ever be earned. But not without tradeoffs.

Pay more with term limits. No gifting, no post service benefits.

ryanhawk June 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’ll second that. Representing the voters of your district in the General Assembly is a part time and temporary position of public service, an honor and a privilige, and not a $%^#$ career.

Calypso June 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love this part of the article on high-speed rail between ATL and JAX,
“Fares between Atlanta and Jacksonville would range between $119.41 and $152.24. Construction would cost from $5 billion to $16 billion, or $11.5 million to $41 million for each mile. That compared to $54 million per mile as the top range of the estimate on the Atlanta-to-Birmingham route.”

For something that is dozens of years in the future (if at all) and construction estimates ranging $5 billion to $16 billion, I find it terribly funny that they know the actual ticket costs to the penny!

Stefan June 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

It’s already on Scoutmob, but when I try to use the deal it says it is too far away.

Calypso June 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

I got a sweet 50% off round-trip ticket on Groupon! Problem is I have to use by the end of July 2012.

Ed June 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

Yeah, that rail line is such an absolute joke.

saltycracker June 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

Senate passes the Farm Bill – sort of – lots to work out – So the Senators worked out their cut of a trillion dollar food stamp bill……we threw out subsidies for the very wealthy farmers & kept the back door open for ineligible food stamp receipients……high five…..

High speed rail to Jax via Macon & Savannah….. taxpayer’s spend billions ($10, $15, $20 ?) and then travel for a a fare higher than direct airfare ?
Why not just subsidize a streamlined load & go commuter airline out of PTD ?

Just checked Megabus – Atlanta to Jacksonville – 6hrs.10min. $26……no subsidies required

saltycracker June 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

The high speed rail is an excellent example of wasting public funds even for further discusssions.

If the cost study and proposed rates are based on realistic usage are out of line when alternative private travel is considered then there is nothing more to talk about until the study is refuted.

No more taxpayer paid meetings, no more public expenses, no more public employees worrying about it, move on. The high speed rail lobbyists will provide us plenty of info (they can’t even make it look good) for free.

seekingtounderstand June 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Well there you go seeing the common sense approach to solutions.
The first reason that our leaders do not like to use common sense is
“They can not make a buck off it” so we are always going backward and wasting funds needed to help build America from the recession. Unless there is something in it for me, forget it!

Just watch my county commissioners with wet dreams of being the next “wayne Gwinnett”
Can not stand the fact that they might not be able to graft another million with a tighting budget. If only TSPLOST was coming…………..billions to move around and make disappear like vapors on a hot GA Day.

The Last Democrat in Georgia June 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Just some wild guesses, but it sounds like you live in either Hall County, Henry County or Paulding County.

saltycracker June 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

And while we are having fun – saw this referral to a CNN article last year – what changed for Obama was anything goes in an election year – its a “temporary” lie –

July 25, 2011|By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

President Barack Obama addresses the National Council of La Raza annual conference Monday in Washington.

America’s immigration system is broken, but only a bipartisan political movement can fix it, President Barack Obama said Monday.

“The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions,” Obama told the National Council of La Raza.

Speaking at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, Obama said passing immigration reform measures will require support from both sides of the aisle in Congress.

seekingtounderstand June 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

La Razza is an example why we should end all non-profit status for everyone. Every Amercian should take the IRS one day class on non-profits. This is why our country is broke.
This is why we are no longer United by special interest loyalists!!!!!!!!
Our Country will be destroyed by the Non-Profits.

Three Jack June 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Nothing says ‘southern sheriff’ like an old photo of said sheriff in KKK getup — http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/sheriff-says-kkk-costume-stupid-mistake/nPcqp/

According to the sheriff it was a ‘joke’ and he can’t believe somebody would stoop to releasing the photo during a heated campaign. My bet is the sheriff unfortunately gained support in Cherokee County as a result of the photo.

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