Morning Reads for Oct. 28, 2015

The scariest costume idea for 2015 is going as a Mike Hassinger.

“Black and White Town” by Doves. 

What would be scarier than going as Mike Hassinger? MISSING TONIGHT’S PEACH PUNDIT ROADSHOW AT MELLOW MUSHROOM BUCKHEAD! (I will not be there.)

  1. Morehouse trying to regain firm footing for future. 
  2. HIV epidemic in Georgia is a “public health emergency”. 
  3. Regular commentator Baker Owens, others, still blocked by Mayor Reed on Twitter. 
  4. GSU launches its first capital campaign in school history.
  5. Please give to the “This Money is Only Being Given to Get Album 88 Back on the Air” Fund.
  6. How UPS hopes to avoid last year’s holiday shipping snafus. 
  7. R.J. Hunter is doing well in the NBA.


  1. Raleigh says:

    The truth is out on the multimillion dollar fishing center pushed through by former Governor Sonny Perdue. For the fiscal year 2015 it returned only 11 cents on every dollar spent to run it. Unfortunately we will be paying the note on this government, no Republican caused disaster until the year 2027. Couple it to the funding issues with Joshua’s Law, the tire disposal fee, the 911 call center tax, the Equani Spa at Brasstown Resort huge cost overrun, and the failed Music Museum at Macon is it any wonder some of us have no trust in state government. If you want to know why I was against the transportation tax realignment that’s why. Let’s see if any of it gets spent on infrastructure maintenance. It is also the reason I am no longer a card carrying Republican. Republicans took over this state with the election of Sonny Perdue promising lower taxes and smaller government and we have got anything but. I read where some Republican official said “well we didn’t grow government or raise taxes as fast as the Democrats. That is a very sad statement. I see very little difference between the 2 parties. I forgot who said government is like a baby, big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other but it is so true and it doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat.

    • Three Jack says:

      Ronald Reagan – “Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

      I saw this story last night, posted in yesterday’s news feed. Is it a shock that Perdueless left us with a financial boondoggle disguised as a program to promote fishing? This is the same idiot who upon taking office immediately called for a huge tax increase while stopping a major economic development project north of town. His 2 terms provided early warning signs that the GA GOP was no better than those they replaced (of course Perdueless like the current crook governor was a dem until he realized he couldn’t win again unless he switched parties).

      • Raleigh says:

        That’s right, Thanks it was Reagan. I couldn’t remember who it was this morning. Ah, that may be because I’m heading toward having the same issues as I get older although I’m not in Depends quite yet 🙂 . Charlie wants us to stop using the term RINO but seems to me it’s more valid now that it ever was. There was many who switched parties just after Perdue was elected. If we can’t use RINO any more maybe we can use Republicrats and Demicans to better describe the prevailing political thought today.

        • Charlie says:

          Or, maybe…here’s a crazy thought….we could actually take the time to debate individual policies at a deeper level than bumper sticker slogans and name calling.

          • saltycracker says:

            Well let’s talk fishing:
            Keep in mind the state park budget cuts and Perdue diverting wildlife tag money to the treasury.

            And make sure it is catch and release and don’t eat them without these guidelines, particularly bass:


            And for now, Maybe not on Tybee

            Aquariums and zoos and visitation memorials keep us safe from nature.


          • Raleigh says:

            Hey I agree, so lets stop using the “Smaller Government and Lower Taxes” and maybe stop publically degrading conservatives as tea baggers etc. etc……. Lets don’t just be one sided about it.

            • Charlie says:

              If “Lower taxes” is sufficient then why don’t we just go ahead and make it “eliminate taxes”? Because that’s the logical conclusion of bumper sticker policy.

              • Raleigh says:

                Why not? Anytime someone even mentions Smaller Government and Lower Taxes they are ridiculously accused of being for “No Taxes” and No Government”. So I guess the prevailing logic is we must accept such things as “Go Fish” museums and taxes collected and not used for their intended purpose because the “party” accepts it as good government and you shall not disagree with the party. Charlie for someone who doesn’t like bumper sticker clichés you use a lot of them.

                • Charlie says:

                  Why not? Because it’s a logically fallacy that sets up a bidding war, where the only way to be the “most conservative” is the candidate that promises zero taxes will be the winner.

                  Reagan dropped top marginal tax cuts from 70%+/- to about 28%. Bush cut them from about 29 to 26 if I recall. The original Reagan plan was based on the Laffer curve. Now, we have Republicans running around (many on these pages) saying “We’ve proven every time we cut taxes we’ve proven it raises revenue”. We’ve bailed on the logic of the Laffer curve and created a truism that “less is more”

                  We at the state level pushed zero based budgeting forever. I remember asking the question of unimpressed politicians “What happens if ZBB shows we need more spending?” We’ve been doing ZBB for years. Where are the drastic cuts?

                  The “lower is always better” at the federal level has supplanted “fiscal responsibility” with total disregard for balanced budgets and debt.

                  The “lower is always better” at the state level has us in a status quo mentality with many of our policies and tax structures set anywhere from post-depression to the Nixon era. And somehow that’s supposed to be a magic cap for a state that is the 4th fastest in the nation and is becoming decidedly urban/suburban.

                  There’s a huge difference in wanting limited government and turning over governing to merchants like Grover Norquist. Self-governance requires more than putting your brain on auto pilot with a fixation on the bumper in the car ahead of you.

                  • Boredatwork says:

                    Not to mention the Laffer Curve is not scientific and has largely been rejected for taxes anywhere near current levels, especially for the top bracket (they don’t spend a high enough portion of their marginal income for it to work). We have had multiple tax increases and decreases at the top bracket to test it, and it’s predictions have never come to fruition. But since he drew the curve on a cocktail napkin, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

                  • Scott65 says:

                    From Politifact on the Reagan Tax record…

                    Let’s start by noting that if you recall Reagan as tax cutter, your memory is good. Reagan campaigned in 1980 on reducing taxes. During his administration, the top income tax rate decreased from 70 percent in 1981 to 28 percent in 1986.
                    But to combat a rising deficit and debt burden, Reagan also approved increased taxes.
                    In 1982, The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act raised taxes by $37.5 billion per year, and the Highway Revenue Act raised the gasoline tax by $3.3 billion.
                    In 1983, Reagan signed off on legislation to raise payroll taxes and tax Social Security benefits for some higher earners.
                    In 1984, the Deficit Reduction Act included increases in taxes on estates and distilled spirits and ended some business tax breaks, to the tune of $18 billion per year.
                    In 1985, Reagan signed legislation making permanent a 16-cent federal excise tax on a pack of cigarettes, then worth about $2.4 billion a year.
                    In 1986, the Tax Reform Act lowered the top income tax bracket from 50 percent to 28 percent. To pay for the reductions, however, the legislation closed a number of tax loopholes.
                    In 1987, Reagan signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act that extended the telephone excise tax and eliminated a real estate tax deduction loophole.
                    So it’s accurate to say Reagan increased levies during five years of his administration, but there’s a caveat: The overall tax burden on businesses and individuals went down during his presidency.
                    We examined data from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center that computes the nation’s tax revenues as a percentage of its Gross Domestic Product — the total of all goods and services produced.
                    When Reagan took office in 1981, federal taxes were 19.6 percent of GDP, the highest level since World War II. That figure dropped to 17.3 percent during his first term and rose to 18.2 percent at the end of his second term.
                    For comparison, federal tax revenues for this fiscal year are estimated at 15.8 percent of GDP.
                    Reagan’s efforts to cut top income tax rates at the same time he was increasing defense spending created strain, and the federal debt rose from $994 billion at the start of his first term to almost $2.9 trillion at the end. As a result, Reagan was willing to accept and sometimes promote proposals that would close loopholes and create a broader tax base, according to C. Eugene Steuerle, who organized the Treasury Department’s 1984-86 tax reform effort and is now a fellow at the Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center.
                    This April, President Barack Obama said Reagan “understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal, he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases.” PolitiFact National rated the claim Mostly True, noting that Reagan did not repeatedly propose increases but agreed to tax hikes put forth by Congress.

                  • Raleigh says:

                    Boy how much we scream when anyone brings up silly things like wasteful spending on “Go Fish” museums and taxes collected and not used for their intended purpose. I mention wasteful state spending and you politicos launch into Laffer Curves and an even more dysfunctional Washington. How about we stick to just the state level right now.

                    Lets start simple. Close or sell the wasteful Go Fish museum it is a money looser and do not build another one. Then pass a law that any money/taxes collected for a specific purpose be spent only on said purpose or it must sunset and end.

                    If we could be reasonable about actual waste in state government and do something about it there might be less resistance from someone like me about real needs like transportation bills for infrastructure improvements. Not spending the money on fishing museums and putting it toward a real need might signal a step in the right direction. I know it was only 30 million but did you need a fishing center or a bridge repaired. But it seems the need to marginalize those that may have a different viewpoint far outweighs the need for logic or reasonable discourse.

                    Come on guy’s why do you think Grover Norquist exist in the first place. You caused it and created his job.

                  • Andrew C. Pope says:

                    It’s comments like this that keep me coming back to this site, Charlie. Just wanted to throw that in there.

          • Scott65 says:

            Thats a wonderful thought Charlie…less name calling and some real discussion about policy. If only more people thought that way.
            Aside from the Go Fish boondoggle that Perdue hoisted upon the state, the real travesty was that he gutted what could have been a real force in alleviating the traffic nightmare we have now. GRTA was set up to be a “super agency” that could guide us as a region. We will never know if it would have worked. I suspect it would have and at a far less expense. Now GRTA just pretty much runs express buses.

  2. blakeage80 says:

    The author of the HIV article is looking in the wrong places to combat The spread of AIDS. It’s not southern culture or lack of a Medicaid expansion that has somehow, mysteriously allowed this underground spread of the virus but rather the attitude expressed by Mona Bennett. “Drug users are gonna use drugs…People that want to have sex are gonna have sex.” I don’t see that as fighting on the front lines but the last redoubt.

    Black and White Town is the best Doves song by a large margin.

  3. Noway says:

    Since some posts and comments here mention music themes, Cory Wells, one of the lead singers for Three Dog Night, died a few days ago. They were genuine 70’s icons. RIP.

  4. gcp says:

    Morning Atl Business Chronicle reports Cobb will spend over three million (80% federal money) to buy six buses to transport folks to/from Braves Stadium. Fed money should not be used. If Cobb wants stadium buses, let Cobb pay.

    • Scott65 says:

      It will be interesting in 5 years to see what the financials of the stadium have done for Cobb’s financial health. Was it a good investment, or a poor use of the public’s taxes. I think it could go either way…but a traffic apocalypse will be a foregone conclusion every time the Braves have a game scheduled.

  5. Baker says:

    Ed! Sorry I missed this. Thanks for the shout on the Kasim Reed Twitter article.

    I totally understand that the mayor doesn’t want to or shouldn’t be fooling around with people on Twitter but just blocking everyone in town that says anything negative is not the way to go and ends up bringing way more attention than their otherwise would be to a mayor that doesn’t/can’t listen to criticism.

    Reed is a real sensitive fellow it seems but at the same time refuses to even make attempts to be honest and open and work on building coalitions. He just plows forward, knowing the machine will bring him the minimum city council votes required, and does whatever he feels compelled on.

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