Morning Reads for Monday, July 9th

Here in Georgia…
– The City of Atlanta is looking at implementing a smoking ban in public parks.
– With the Supreme Court’s decision on ObamaCare in, Gov. Nathan Deal is still uncertain about what path he’ll take.
– Beltline officials have spent taxpayer dollars liberally.
Pros and Cons of the TSPLOST
– Beer and win at Starbucks? Yup.
– In the latest of a series of great posts, Joanie Scott continues to look at ethical issues in Henry County.

National stories of interest…
Battlefield Iowa: Obama, Romney realize this state is key in 2012.
– Democrats are ramping up their attacks on Mitt Romney’s money.
– The U.S. is increasing its military presence in the Gulf as tensions with Iran rise.
– Conor Friedersdorf explains that the individual mandate isn’t the biggest threat to liberty in America.
– There has been a lot of tough talk about China lately, but that’s not going to help our economy.
– Dave Weigel explains that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson could make a difference in 2012.
– Republicans apparently support the death panels they’ve long criticized.
– Decriminalization does not mean more drug use.
– There is a lot of tension on the Supreme Court.
– Speaking of tension, relations between the U.S. and Canada have somewhat soured.
– Mitch McConnell gives the GOP a 50-50 chance of taking the Senate.
– BuzzFeed posted this clip of Barack Obama, then an Illinois State Senator, criticizing George W. Bush on jobs. Unemployment was under 6% at the time.
– Here are five reasons why Americans should care about the Eurozone crisis.
– The AP notes that libertarians could be a crucial swing vote in 2012.

Other links around the web…
– SCOTUSblog looks at the news coverage as the ObamaCare decision was announced. It’s long, but worth a read.
– The Olympics apparently means sexy times.
– Here’s a look at the new media operation ahead of the baseball’s all-star festivities.
– Liquor and wine prices have jumped by 79% in 30 years. Here’s why.


  1. John Konop says:

    Death panel debate is disingenuous politics that feeds the problem. First insurance companies use death panels everyday for profit. Second no matter what we do the long term solution for healthcare private and or public will have a form of rationing. Finally the longer we wait to have the adult conversation about the cuts the harder the medicine.

  2. Rambler1414 says:

    “Estimates are that the gas tax would have to be raised by about 25 cents per gallon to generate the same amount that would be generated by this referendum.”


    • John Konop says:

      The problem is the longer you wait to fix a problem the larger the bill, and it’s is agnostic ie healthcare, infrastructure………Also we hurting as well on the revenue side ie productivity. Less infrastructure less jobs, expensive employees based healthcare less jobs, lack of vocationally trained employees higher unemployment……..

    • saltycracker says:

      7% on gas or 1% on everything. Increasing gas prices might make folks focus a bit more on how they move about and get money where it belongs. That idea is just too sensible.

      • Rambler1414 says:

        Would a 7-8% gas tax raise get more support from GA Voters than a 1% sales tax raise?

        Is there enough support in the Legislature for a 7-8% Gas Tax raise?

        Can we as a region afford to fall further and further behind other regions and wait for our Legislature to tackle this problem again? (After all, Regional T-SPLOST’s was their solution 2 years ago after many years of hand-wringing)

        • Bob Loblaw says:

          There has been zero interest in the General Assembly for any tax increase enacted without a referendum. Regional T-SPLOSTs was Perdue’s idea and after two years of bickering between Cagle & Richardson over Statewide vs. Regional plans. This was the only thing that the legislature could squeeze out.

          • Calypso says:

            And even then they didn’t have the balls to pass the law themselves. Has to pass the buck to the constituents. The Gen. Ass. will come out smelling like a rose no matter the outcome of November’s referendum.

            Chickensh!t legislators.

            • Bob Loblaw says:

              If those chickensh!t’s raised your taxes you’d be just as mad and wanting to vote them out for doing so. At least they’re giving voters a list and a vote on that list.

              • Calypso says:

                Wrong, but that’s why we have a representative form of government instead of a democracy.

                • saltycracker says:

                  I might vote for yes if the question was “would you support casinos if a portion went to transportation” but another cause got to it first along with the lottery.

                  P.S. I have no problem with casinos but will vote no as the cause has enough money to waste.

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