Morning Reads – July 31, 2015

Georgia joined the United Nations 23 years ago. Not our Georgia, of course.

Riddle: A man lives on the 14th floor of a building. Everyday, he walks down to the elevator, hits the ‘lobby’ button, and rides it to the bottom and then goes to work. When he comes back from work, he only takes the elevator up to the 7th floor and walks the rest of the way on the stairs. Why doesn’t he take the elevator all the way to the top


The Yonder



  1. Noway says:

    As I posted last night…

    Just listened to Erick. 528pm. Babies are being delivered alive then killed by the doctors…for their parts. Some of you abortion supporters please tell me they aren’t doing that. Not snark. Christian, Muslim, Buddist, Tree Hugging Druid…they all call that murder. Tell me Erick and his recording are mistaken. Otherwise, it’s time for arrests for premeditated murder.

    Any comments this am? And please don’t shoot the messenger….Or is the topic just too toxic?

  2. Charlie says:

    Riddle answer: Because it’s Jessica’s birthday, the only appropriate answer is “A nation that valued liberty would know that it’s none of our damn business.”

  3. saltycracker says:

    Tax free weekend: another gimmick to throw the masses a bone while saying we can’t afford that minor road fix.

      • Ellynn says:

        I’m aware of how big a deal it was. I’m a turtle watcher and live on the Savannah River basin and marsh border. I enjoyed both stories and thought it interesting an unusual moat rescue and a rare breed rescue in the same area was done in a 48 hour time period. It’s not like every place has a moat or a Kemp’s Ridley.

        • saltycracker says:

          There was no saracasm in my remark – I too am a turtle lover – well until my local turtle watch goes into hyperdrive anti-human ?
          Good post

        • ATLguy says:

          In a state where a much larger percentage of the population actually makes $100,000 a year (like those in the far west and northeast) that might actually be revenue neutral. Instead, in Georgia and similar states, unless you significantly raise sales taxes, then the revenue that you collect would plummet. The problem with significantly increasing sales taxes: it would hammer discretionary spending in blue collar, working class, middle class etc. households, and discretionary spending is a major driver of the economy (and generator of – you guessed it – tax revenue, especially when you consider the people working at restaurant, sales, service etc. jobs because folks who make less than $100,000 a year like to go to movies, go play miniature golf, buy some clothes and a lawn mower at Target … all that stuff).

          Now maybe your actual goal is to cause tax revenue to plummet, causing spending to be curtailed and forcing government to be smaller. Now that was the goal of Neal Boortz with his FairTax. As a small government libertarian, Boortz is no supply-sider like John Kennedy and Jack Kemp whose position is that tax cuts would stimulate the economy and tax revenue. Instead, Boortz wants to lower tax revenue, lower tax spending, and reduce the size of government regardless of its effect on the economy.

          That is one of the issues with fiscal conservatism: there is no uniform agreement of the actual goal. Is lower taxes the end, or the means to another end? Is smaller government the goal? A less powerful government? A better government? Put it this way: would you support paying more in taxes if it meant being able to hire the few very highly talented, skilled and motivated people needed to actually make government run properly … and thereby make it smaller?

          The problem is that there isn’t a whole lot of deep thinking about these issues. Just a bunch of “taxed enough already”, “government is the problem not the solution”, “force those affirmative action welfare queen types off the government trough and make them work for a living” slogans.

          • gcp says:

            My 100,000 plan is one of several options. The plan introduced at the close of 2015 legislature is another. All options should be considered.

            Several reasons to change our tax system; broaden the base in that everyone would contribute, be competitive with states w/o income tax such as Fla. and Tenn., reduce burden on income tax payers.

            I am not advocating “tax cuts” w/o reducing size of government as many Repubs advocate. These are two seperate but related issues.

            • ATLguy says:

              “be competitive with states w/o income tax such as Fla. and Tenn.”

              Tennessee should be doing things to be more competitive with Georgia’s economy. Georgia’s economy is better and more influential than Tennessee’s in almost every way.

              As for Florida: I lived in that state for a number of years. If Georgia wants to eliminate the income tax like Florida, it needs Florida’s weather and beaches to make out of state tourists so we can get $75 billion from that sector a year. (It is not dissimilar from how people wanting to emulate the Texas economic model oft do not consider that their states lack the Lone Star State’s oil and gas reserves.)

              An area where Georgia SHOULD be more like Florida is to develop more actual cities. Whereas Florida has 8 major metropolitan areas (more or less evenly distributed throughout the state) Georgia has 3, and that is ignoring the fact that the Augusta area is mostly in South Carolina, and the Columbus area mostly benefits Alabama. But hey, economic development takes more money than the laissez faire limited government types are often willing to spend.

              • gcp says:

                “economic development ” The primary purpose of taxation should be to fund government, not economic development.

          • saltycracker says:

            I believe if we didn’t screw around so much with sales tax and apply it uniformly across the board we could reduce the rate while raising revenue.

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