As a movie lover and a father of two teenagers, our family recently ventured out to the midnight showing of the new Harry Potter movie. I came away with several thoughts that night.
Hopefully, the November election sent a ripple through the transportation community and provided a wake-up call to leadership in Georgia that our current solution to transportation funding is in jeopardy.
Recent legislative sessions have provided ample opportunities for those of us charged with the duty of educating the next generation to develop a high tolerance for ambiguity. Given Georgia's current political and economic climate, I expect no less during the upcoming session.
As Gov.-elect Nathan Deal prepares to assume his responsibilities for Georgia, he faces many challenges. Unemployment, the budget and economic growth clearly head the list.
Georgia's incoming General Assembly faces a projected budget shortfall of more than $1 billion for Fiscal Year 2012. This is a daunting challenge, and after several years of budget cuts the pressure will grow to use tax hikes to fill some of the gap. A comparison of Georgia's taxes to those of neighboring states, however, suggests that legislators should increase taxes only as a last resort.
Dr. Paul D. Davis, grass-roots tea party leader in Gwinnett County throws down the gauntlet: "When we fight for Georgia's rights, we all had better be ready to stand firm with our loins girded and our resolve intact. The 10th Amendment is the cure to a tyrannical federal government; The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Much has been made recently of the manner in which entrenched interests have settled their differences in France. Yet, with this week's election results, Americans will likely face similar political deadlock as our own governing bodies grind to a halt.
Georgia Democrats have a rich history of business and political leadership providing vision for a better Georgia.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." - President Ronald Reagan, first inaugural address
BY JIM PILGRIM
As a fiscal conservative, I dislike taxes and debt; I abhor wasteful spending. In the voting booth, I generally vote against raising taxes and adding fees. As a rule I don't trust the legislature to spend our money wisely.
Faye Bush knows the Newtown Florist Club is more than flowers and environmental justice - it's about taking care of the community.
Libertarians are polling higher than ever as interest in the party grows. People should be interested. Libertarian Party activism has saved the taxpayers millions.
On Thursday, a host of new measures associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect to increase access to health services.
Fall came early Sept. 4. On that crisp Saturday morning, I was up before sunrise in Gainesville, loading up gear for a bike ride.
FLINT, Mich. - At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA's vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A portrait of stagnation! That's how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summarized the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international rankings in reading, math and science.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Yes, we have failing schools in the United States. And yes, there are schools that any American with an ounce of patriotic blood should be ashamed of sending a fellow citizen to.
WASHINGTON - Wherever we were born and however we got here, workers need certain basic protections and opportunities in order to provide for our families and fully contribute to the American economy.
WASHINGTON - In a global economy, investment follows talent. When we draw top talent to our shores, investment dollars follow because companies want to be near the best workers.
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