Wednesday Morning Reads

Economic news:

Well, a few Georgians are voting for T-SPLOST:

More from the Savannah area:

Other stuff:

7 comments

  1. GTKay says:

    Bucky Johnson, mayor of Norcross and chairman of the Atlanta Regional Rountable, was quoted this morning on WSB saying that Chip Rogers had an opportunity to influence the project list as a non-voting member, but he failed to show up to any of the roundtable meetings. He says he wants a new list, but I’m not sure how much motivation he’ll have to act next session after having been challenged by a GDOT board member-that is, if he’s still there.

  2. We’re hoping for and pushing hard for a YES vote in Douglas, Coffee County, the Capital of the Other Georgia. With the vote appearing dead on arrival in as many as 3 of the other regions, here’s to hoping a majority of the remaining 9 have a good day for Georgia.

  3. eburke says:

    I wonder if the General Assembly will impose sanctions on its members who do not back the T-SPLOST like they will on the Counties that do not vote for it. If Counties will lose state funding, the Senators should lose chairmanships or leadership positions for not supporting the proposal that they pushed through. #hypocrisy

  4. John Konop says:

    I find it rather bizarre how so many lawmakers are screaming about Obama/care yet voted for Medicare Part D. Both sides are great at pointing fingers and tell their base what they want to hear over solving the problem. I saw so called conservative Erick Cantor telling us he wants to give the American people what they want via healthcare, and I saw Pelosi spewing the same BS……….. Why not start with what can we afford?

    …………Medicare Part D will cost $1 trillion.

    Moreover, there is a critical distinction–the drug benefit had no dedicated financing, no offsets and no revenue-raisers; 100% of the cost simply added to the federal budget deficit, whereas the health reform measures now being debated will be paid for with a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, adding nothing to the deficit over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (See here for the Senate bill estimate and here for the House bill.)

    Maybe Franks isn’t the worst hypocrite I’ve ever come across in Washington, but he’s got to be in the top 10 because he apparently thinks the unfunded drug benefit, which added $15.5 trillion (in present value terms) to our nation’s indebtedness, according to Medicare’s trustees, was worth sacrificing his integrity to enact into law. But legislation expanding health coverage to the uninsured–which is deficit-neutral–somehow or other adds an unacceptable debt burden to future generations. We truly live in a world only George Orwell could comprehend when our elected representatives so easily conflate one with the other……….

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/19/republican-budget-hypocrisy-health-care-opinions-columnists-bruce-bartlett.html

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      The fight that Reed has shown as of late after weeks of seemingly being absent from the campaign is very admirable, but, unfortunately for Mayor Reed and Company this aggressive approach is likely too little, too late and likely was so from the moment that people started reading the project list.

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