Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013 8:18 am

by Stefan · 8 comments

National and Georgia in semi-alternating fashion:

  • Why the Founding Fathers Loved the National Debt (Echoes)
  • The day Wonkette and Chip Rogers met (Wonkette)
  • Georgia’s Birthday Tax law overly taxes leases and now needs tweaking (AJC)
  • How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail (arstechnica)
  • What Living without the Post Office Would Entail (Esquire)
  • Gainesville, Latino group at odds over fall elections (Gainesville Times)
  • Exports key to Georgia agribusiness growth projections (Athens Banner-Herald)
  • Rogers job offer hints at a corrupt patina (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
  • Rep Morgan calls South Cobb a good choice for Falcons’ Arena (Marietta Daily Journal)
  • But Blank looks toward LA to satisfy new stadium lust (FOX5)
  • On Humans and our Delight in Disgust (The Chronicle)
  • Inside Obama’s Administration (Frontline)
  • Cobb GOP chair is worried about conspecific predation (Marietta Daily Journal)
  • To see fairer sex leadership at the Cap, you’ll have to squint (Macon Telegraph)
  • The onus is on the Tea Party by Kerwin Swint (KSBLOG)
  • A Defense of Parking Meters (Collectors)
  • The Placebo Phenomenon and why we’re self-cheaters(Harvard Magazine)


Dave Bearse January 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

The notion that industry expertise and lobbying is very important to a part time General Assembly is dispelled by therecent change in car tax legislation crafted and paid for by the automobile retail lobby. The lobby spent years promoting its own legislation that was so inept it didn’t even properly consider the ramifications on 42% of new car sales.

Charlie January 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

But therein lies the expertise of lobbyists.

Despite getting the auto makeres their holy grail, now they must be back this year fighting again to fix a problem of their own creation.

It’s the Gold Dome circle of life.

Mike Hassinger January 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

Kind of depends on what you mean by expertise. “If you’re not part of the solution, there’s money to be made in prolonging the problem.”

Dave Bearse January 31, 2013 at 1:58 am

Yeah maybe it was on purpose. Reopening the legislation, besides another round of paychecks for the industry experts and the auto dealer’s lobbyists, provides another opportunity for the dealers to further feather their nests.

And since it’s a title “fee”, why aren’t boats and planes and anything else titled by the state subject to the same “fee”?

Stefan January 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

Another interesting question is why is leasing so much more prevalent in Georgia than in the rest of the country? 42% versus 17% is certainly significant. Perhaps GADA intended to make car purchasing more attractive?

cheapseats January 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm
Will Durant January 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I think he’s on to something. Will the Winner’s Touting The Teens would more than offset his liability to the future pledge drives. Even fits with the educational goals of GPB, what with all that ciphering and such.

John Vestal January 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm

“Touting The Teens”….

And, somewhere, a former gubernatorial candidate’s ears perked.

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