Teacher furloughs are bad for Georgia’s students, but with the current economic woes you may think there is no choice. Think again. Last session, DuBose Porter (D-Dublin), and candidate for governor in 2010, co-sponsored HB 356, which allows for the collection of sales tax at the point of sale. Thus allowing local governments to collect their own, as well as the state's sales taxes, instead of the Department of Revenue. Had this bill been allowed out of committee by the Republican leadership it would have brought in an additional 1 billion dollars in revenue without raising taxes or fees. It was not like this was an experimental or untried idea. Alabama has already passed a similar bill which, when implemented, brought them an additional 1 billion dollars without raising taxes.
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A U.S. district court ruling that Atlanta has no right to pull drinking water from Lake Lanier should serve as a wake-up call to state leaders concerned with economic development.
Peach State officials should respond with a three-pronged effort: Promoting other Georgia cities as potential sites for new and growing businesses; requiring stricter water conservation standards in new construction in metro Atlanta; and improving Georgia's water resource infrastructure.
Much has been made of President Obama’s repeated promise that under Democrats’ health care reforms, as he restated just Monday, “If you have health insurance, and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.”
The point is crucial to his claim that a taxpayer-funded health insurance program will be just a single, solitary, tiny, unobtrusive new option that you can totally ignore if you wish.
Several Chinese Internet sites and parts of popular Web portals went offline Tuesday amid tightening controls that have already left mainland Web users without access to Facebook, Twitter and other well-known social networking sites.
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"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights." [Full Story »]
They never knew what hit them, and I’m still not sure if that’s good or bad. They didn’t know they were about to die, didn’t know that morning would be their last here on earth, didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to anyone, goodbye to family, goodbye to friends.
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By Pam Geller:
I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied history all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis.
Yes, these exist but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.
It’s called the “Wall of Heroes.” On it are the names of some of the US service members killed in action in this part of Afghanistan. Mostly young, their ages range from 19 to 39. Among the names are men and women, all of whom were sons and daughters, and many of whom were fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, best friends to someone back home. [Full Story »]