Morning Reads for Wednesday, October 3

October 3, 2012 8:10 am

by saba · 28 comments

@pwgavin :Psyched for Twitter tonight

Here in Georgia:


 National Stories of Interest:

& Other Stuff:


greencracker October 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

Well, what’s on for tonight?

Calypso October 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

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.

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

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?

Charlie October 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

City of Atlanta. State + ELOST + LOST + MARTA + SEWER

Calypso October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

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?

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

Someone can correct me if I’m wrong but it’s my understanding the rate will vary according to whatever other taxes local governments have and local government will receive the revenue for those local taxes.

Calypso October 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

ummm, you’re the one who voted on this legislation, not us.

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

I scanned through the bill and didn’t see that specifically spelled out and not being an expert on tax law I thought it best to tell you what I understood to be correct leaving open the possibility I’m wrong and inviting someone who might really be an expert to weigh in.

If you’re looking for an elected official who thinks he knows everything about everything I’m not your guy. Sorry to destroy your exalted opinion of me. I pray the pain I’ve caused will not be permanent.

John Konop October 3, 2012 at 11:36 am


I have different take on this, the performance of Georgia Tech football team or should I say lack of performance has thrown you off your game. :)

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

Ouch. 😉

Chris Huttman October 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

How can they be expected to compete with Middle Tennessee – they don’t have an income tax up there.

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Good point Chris. We’re not playing on a level field.

benevolus October 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

I wonder if Hank Johnson can fix that.

saltycracker October 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

What happened to “we’ll just have to pass it to see what’s in it” ?
now it is “we’ll just have to send it to the courts for translation” :)

Calypso October 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

So it’s true, your feet really are made of clay? Others have alluded to such, but I insisted they were wrong. I’m shattered I tell you, shattered.

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

As I said, I hope the pain isn’t permanent. The sun will rise tomorrow.

Dave Bearse October 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

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.”

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

Speaking of Fast and Furious, anyone see the report on Univision? Fast and Furious guns used in massacres that killed 60 Mexican teens. Wow.

mountainpass October 3, 2012 at 9:50 am
AMB October 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

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.

Three Jack October 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

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.

Buzz Brockway October 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

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 October 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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 October 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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.

Stefan October 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

well, yes, but chin up Romney backers, Ohio has fewer electoral votes now.

Scott65 October 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Oh man…I’m gonna have to pay tax on Amazon…that sucks bigtime…where’s the anti-tax furor now??? (said with a wee bit of sarcasm). If Grover wants to make good use of himself he needs to get off the hospital bed tax and fight the Amazon tax! Fyi…interesting piece about Grover, Ralph , and Jack…

Scott65 October 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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)

Three Jack October 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Olens ‘orders’ local school boards to stop campaigning against charter amendment —

Meanwhile the governor and all supporters of the amendment may continue their campaigns in favor….seems fair enough?????

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