Morning Reads 3/4/2013

Happy Monday.

Could there be a passenger train between Atlanta and Macon? A new bill proposes just that. It’ll take a whole lot of spending money. And you know it’s going to take time.

Augusta elected officials want a pay raise, petition General Assembly for said raise. I also want a pay raise, does that mean I need to run for office?

Savannah to get a mega-mall? Like, gag me with a spoon. Let’s go hang-out. Meanwhile, folks have differing opinions about cruises ships and Savannah.

Well, we’re one of the top five states for syphilis! I blame Cordele. You should too. Though, they have a Chic-fil-a now.

The Tea Party is still pretty powerful here in Georgia. That’s a strong brew.

MJ may be fifty, but one of his sons may be only sixteen and in Georgia.

Democrats focus educational concerns on rural areas. Smart move.

Obama pardons two Georgia men. He’s not a dictator. Even if he was, he would be benevolent.

Mark Richt has five big worries. But he has a neat little contract now.

Nuclear power might not be in our future. Costs are raising concerns in both Georgia and Florida.

Sequestration hurts military schools, too. I bet some Student Council President is proposing three-month-long Spring Break.

Warner Robins turns 70. Some of the resident’s stories are interesting. I particularly enjoyed the part about LBJ visiting.

And because it’s me and a Monday; music.

23 comments

  1. mountainpass says:

    On the Obama Pardons…. http://nation.foxnews.com/obama-pardons/2013/03/01/obama-pardons-man-convicted-firearm-charges

    {Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., was sentenced to four years of probation for “possession of an unregistered firearm” and “possession of a firearm without a serial number.” }

    That’s not looked at as a “minor offense” under the law. I do think it’s a stupid law and I’m glad to hear that having a NFA regulated firearm without a stamp(that is the only firearms that require registration) and filing off the serial numbers is not a major thing to the president or media for that matter.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Atlanta-Macon: Planes and trains
    When subsidies (just revised essential airport millions) aren’t enough we’ll set up a new authority to own a railroad ? Megabus must not be able to handle the volume or do we just want ownership of another public employment mess ?

    • saltycracker says:

      One million moms agree but you might wait to hear from PETA. It’s on the Internet too.

  3. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    Thank you for the news, Mr. Daniels. Your efforts to compile the news from different sources are greatly appreciated.

    • Charlie says:

      There’s an impact, but it’s not always the same cause and effect.

      China will have huge problems with its domestic economy. They’ve overbuilt and they know it (as does most of the world). Further, much of the stocks and bonds that foreigners have been investing in are based on the kind of fraud that would make Enron executives look proud. A country that places no value on intellectual property protection should be looked at quite skeptically when deciding to invest resources there. The rate of Chinese growth should begin to slow dramatically.

      That said, what keeps their economy afloat is their ability to manufacture and produce at incredibly low wage rates. Enforcing what is essentially a slave labor policy will do that.

      Thus, while much of the world will be facing inflationary pressure over the next few years, China will do everything it can to keep it’s export prices low to ensure that they can keep their factories performing. They will act as a large brake on our and Europe’s domestic inflation pressures.

      But this also demonstrates why our national debt is an economic and national security issue. If we had our fiscal house in order, we could use the upcoming Chinese economic slump to pressure the Chinese to reform on intellectual property, workers’ rights, and environmental policy.

      Instead, we’ll quietly look the other way and be glad they will be able to hold the prices of what we buy from them at low levels while we watch the prices of everything else increase.

      • saltycracker says:

        There you go again – applying cool logic to an emotional market – it’s always heart thumping to see sound equities plunge in a selling panic as the investment companies liquidate to meet demands.
        On average : ) the good ones recover…..2000-2010 was a long time……and some don’t ……ever…..
        If we freak out over Greece, what will we do with China, even if they don’t liquidate U.S. treasuries ?

  4. drjay says:

    the idea of trying to lure a cruise line to sav’h has been quite the hullabaloo on the coast for the past couple of years really. one of the cities alderman has been pushing the notion very hard, but it seems like they study the feasibility of doing a study over and over and over again…

    • Charlie says:

      I like that Savannah Morning News piece. I’d call it very balanced.

      The key seems to be to get an up front committment from a cruise line. Anything less and it’s very speculative and probably going to favor those that build and manage the terminal over the taxpayers and businesses of Savannah.

  5. Will Durant says:

    “A Republican, Elliott also joked that when he was a child his mother “made him” shake Lyndon Johnson’s hand when Johnson, a Democrat, came down Ga. 247 during a stop at the base during his 1964 presidential bid.”

    I can relate. When Herman Talmadge showed up for a dedication of a new recreation park I happened to be on the same podium as a Young Republican. I offered to hold his overcoat for him.

  6. Three Jack says:

    Not sure if any other reps provide this accounting via their individual websites, but Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) does — http://www.caldwellforhouse.com/legislative-tracker/ — Not only does he show how he voted on each roll call, he also provides an explanation.

    The youngest member of a state legislature in the U.S. is leading by example, something the ‘leaders’ in Georgia should heed.

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