Morning Reads for Wednesday, October 3

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  1. Calypso says:

    Any legislators want to tell me why the Georgia internet state sales tax is stated as 8%, but the Georgia state sales tax is only 4%? Seems like if one of the reasons to enact this tax was to level the playing field with brick and mortar stores, then the field just got tipped drastically the other way by charging twice the amount of tax on internet sales.

    Though we all know the true reason for the tax is merely to put more tax dollars in the hands of the tax dollar spenders under the gold dome.

    • The Georgia sales tax is 4%. Local governments charge additional taxes every time the State charges sales tax so I suppose that’s what the person in the article is talking about.

      Is there somewhere in Georgia that charges an additional 4% sales tax? Fulton or City of Atlanta perhaps?

        • Calypso says:

          So, what exactly is the rate for internet sales? Is it solely the 4% state sales tax? Or a new and improved 8% state sales tax? Or is it whatever the county/city the item is being shipped to the prevailing rate, i.e., 6% in Gwinnett at the present? Do the counties and cities get any cut of this internet sales tax?

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    I loved this Galloway quote from his Sunday column:

    “The center of power in the Senate has become so blurry that lobbyists don’t know whose names to put on checks.”

  3. AMB says:

    Okay God and Guns enthusiasts-you cannot keep calling these guns the Fast and Furious guns. All guns are wonderful and there should be no restrictions on second amendment rights.More guns, guns everywhere-it’s all for the good. Guns in bars, guns in schools, guns in the hands of minors.
    In other words-you can’t get your panties in a wad over these guns when you have been instrumental in the flood of guns at home. The height of hypocrisy.

  4. Three Jack says:

    I had to look this up as we head into the final weeks of election season; When was the last time a presidential candidate won the presidency without winning either his birth state or current home state:

    James Polk, 1844

    Michigan and Massachusetts will not be voting for Mitt.

    • I have a friend (shocking I know) who wanted to make it the law that if you didn’t win your home State you couldn’t be President. He’s glad that’s not the law currently.

    • Stefan says:

      That’s an interesting question to be sure. There is an entire theory of selecting candidates based merely on their home state. Democrats were enamored with the Mass/Tex combo.

      Gore was the last nominee not to carry his home state. McGovern, likewise, didn’t carry his home state. Nixon won in 1968 without carrying New York, his birth state, but he did carry California, who he represented in Congress.

      In a more limited question, the last nominee to win the Presidency without carrying either his home state or the state he represented was Woodrow Wilson. But since they were both New Jersey, that’s sort of cheating on my part.

      • Three Jack says:

        Only 3 candidates in history have won w/o carrying their home state, Polk, Wilson and Nixon. In Nixon’s case, he won his birth state (CA), but lost NY where he took up residence after losing a governor race in CA.

        Throw in the fact that no GOPer has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, and the historical odds are really stacked against Romney.

  5. Scott65 says:

    Seems Mayor Reed has been doing all the heavy lifting that should be the job of our congressional delegation. Last time I looked, wasn’t Congress supposed to appropriate money? When was the last time your (D or R) congressman brought home money for needed projects (emphasis on NEEDED…not pork). I cant remember any…although I do remember Cynthia McKinney getting appropriation for some kind of cultural hair braiding seminar thing (that is the truth…no lie), but that was a long time ago (thank GOD no more of her in Congress)

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