Morning Reads–Perfection?

March 5, 2014 8:33 am

by Ed · 17 comments

One of my many fans asked me if these Morning Reads would be perfect. I said: “no, because nobody is perfect. And I am Edward.”

Drowners “Luv, Hold Me Down”

THE GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY REPORT 

Other stuff. 

saltycracker March 5, 2014 at 9:11 am

Did Biden happen to mention his last promise on the Savannah Port and now explain why “we got nothing for you” in the budget ? Maybe so Nunn can promise she will get ‘er done ?

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/capitol_vision/2014/03/federal-budget-ignores-savannah-harbor.html

zedsmith March 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

Ed:

Atlanta isn’t abandoning plans for parcels related to the stadium, it’s abandoning parcels *for* the new stadium plan.

drjay March 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

this is close enough to perfect for me!!!

Ellynn March 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

Damn, I just used my last red fur male mountain hare from France. Time to send the baby brother off hunting again.

Harry March 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

I think one of the biggest problems we have in the country is this rampant cronyism where all these large companies are into smash-and-grab, short-term profits, (saying) how do I get a regulation, we don’t want to export natural gas because of my raw materials … well, you say you believe in free markets, but by your actions you obviously don’t. You believe in cronyism. And that’s true even at the local level. I mean, how does somebody get started if you have to pay $100,000 or $300,000 to get a medallion to drive a taxi cab? You have to go to school for two years to be a hairdresser. You name it, in every industry we have this. The successful companies try to keep the new entrants down. Now that’s great for a company like ours. We make more money that way because we have less competition and less innovation. But for the country as a whole, it’s horrible.

And for disadvantaged people trying to get started, it’s unconscionable in my view. I think it’s in our long-term interest, in every American’s long-term interest, to fight against this cronyism. As you all have heard me say, the role of business is to create products that make people’s lives better while using less resources to do it and making more resources available to satisfy other needs. When a company is not being guided by the products they make and what the customers need, but by how they can manipulate the system — get regulations on their competitors, or mandates on using their products, or eliminating foreign competition — it just lowers the overall standard of living and hurts the disadvantaged the most. We end up with a two-tier system. Those that have, have welfare for the rich. The poor, OK, you have welfare, but you’ve condemned them to a lifetime of dependency and hopelessness. Yeah, we want hope and change, but we want people to have the hope that they can advance on their own merits, rather than the hope that somebody gives them something. That’s better than starving to death, but that, I think, is going to wreck the country. Is it in our business interest? I think it’s in all our long-term interests. It’s not in our short-term interest. And it’s about making money honorably. People should only profit to the extent they make other people’s lives better. You should profit because you created a better restaurant and people enjoyed going to it. You didn’t force them to go, you don’t have a mandate that you have to go to my restaurant on Tuesdays and Wednesdays or you go to prison. I mean, come on. You feel good about that?

- Charles Koch

Jon Lester March 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

It’s kind of hard to find actual quotes like that from the Koch brothers, probably because most career journalists are inclined to cronyism and protectionism, too.

Mike Stucka March 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

Please keep in mind Georgia has two “Cong. Scott”s. And while we’re on the subject, “Forsyth” doesn’t always refer to a county. =)

Ellynn March 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I like my Forsyth as a park… with a fountain, and a bandshell, and a farmers market on Saturday… but that’s just me.

Lea Thrace March 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I am with you on that! One of the more annoying things to adjust to when I moved away from Savannah was understanding that Forsyth wasnt just the park but also a city and county. All these other Forsyths are just pretenders.

Ed March 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

The heuristic to use for my posts is that I don’t acknowledge anything out of Atlanta.

Ellynn March 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Except Russia… You seem to visit there often.

Ed March 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I’m sorry, what place?

Ellynn March 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

You need to look at the Wednesday reads you don’t do…

gcp March 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Anyone heard David Scott’s radio commercial where the speaker praises Scott for “free health care”, getting money for roads, money to help pay mortgages and more scholarships? No mention of cutting anything, just more money to spend on everything.

Noway March 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

And therein lies the problems, gcp. Everybody loves Santa Claus!! We will never, ever have any meaningful cuts. Period. We’re supposed to feel better because our deficit is ONLY half a trilion this year? Good Lord! We are, indeed, a dying nation.

Al Gray March 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm

There has been an earthquake in Republican-controlled Columbia County!

Resigned commissioner Charles Allen is the brother of 12th District candidate Rick Allen.

John Vestal March 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Just wanted to mention that it’s only 4 days until St Baldrick’s!…this Sunday, March 9, at The Harp! Thanks to the fellow PP’ers who’ve donated, both this year and past years!

Festivities will start at 1:00pm, a full half-hour after The Harp can start pouring pints! ;-)

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