Two thousand years ago there was a thriving commercial center and port on the coast of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) called Ephesus. In order to maintain its viability, the port had to be regularly dredged of silt deposits washed in by the Cayster River. Over time, however, the Ephesian government lost the will to maintain its port’s infrastructure, and, as it turned to marshland, the once mighty commercial center withered into ancient ruins.
Transportation has been at the heart of Atlanta’s progress since its creation. In the 19th Century, that meant railroads. In the 20th Century it meant the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The question before us now is how to upgrade our transportation infrastructure to meet our growing needs created by our earlier successes, because urban areas – even historically great ones like Ephesus or Metro Atlanta – are perpetually either in a period of growth and greater prosperity or steady decline. There is no standing still. Either we meet the infrastructure needs of our community or we slowly wither and die. (more…)
The ERTA included a 25 percent reduction in marginal tax rates for individuals, phased in over three years, and indexed for inflation from that point on. The marginal tax rate, or the tax rate on the last dollar earned, was considered more important to economic activity than the average tax rate (total tax paid as a percentage of income earned), as it affected income earned through “extra” activities such as education, entrepreneurship or investment. Reducing marginal tax rates, the theory went, would help the economy grow faster through such extra efforts by individuals and businesses. The 1981 act, combined with another major tax reform act in 1986, cut marginal tax rates on high-income taxpayers from 70 percent to around 30 percent, and would be the defining economic legacy of Reagan’s presidency.
Reagan’s tax cuts were designed to put maximum emphasis on encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and creating incentives for the development of venture capital and greater investment in human capital through training and education. The cuts particularly benefited “idea” industries such as software or financial services; fittingly, Reagan’s first term saw the advent of the information revolution, including IBM’s introduction of its first personal computer (PC) and the rise or launch of such tech companies as Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and Cisco Systems.
The RNC passed a resolution Friday describing how an estimated 500,000 students take the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History course each year, a course it says is traditionally designed to present a balanced view of American history to prepare students for college-level history courses.
Yet the College Board, the RNC resolution states, has released a new framework for the course “that reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing the positive aspects.”
“In Cobb, we’ve got this covered because we would not be satisfied with only this broad framework, without identifying the historical components that kids should have exposure to.”
For example, for students enrolled in the AP History course, in addition to taking the AP exam, they also take the state’s End of Course Test.
“That is much more closely focused on more of the facts and historical characters,” [Cobb County Schools' chief academic officer] Davis said.
On Thursday, I’ll be speaking to The Georgia Tea Party during their meeting from 7-9 PM at the Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the big chicken at 900 Roswell Street, Marietta, Ga.
I’ll be discussing “Five things I learned in the 2014 Primary Elections.”
Nothing has done more to ruin young press operatives than Twitter. The basic blocking and tackling of press has been lost to the instantaneous food fight of the social media site famous for its 140-character delivery.
Snark, substance-less witticisms, and gotcha moments on social media have replaced the hard spade work of pitching stories, developing relationships with reporters, and the basics of an efficient press operation.
Social media has become the hot commodity for campaigns and like the snake oil salesman of the past, people are saying it will cure every political ill. But in the rush to rightfully develop a strong social media presence, too many young campaign operatives have lost sight of what actually moves persuadable voters.
Here’s some hard, foul tasting medicine: As all encompassing as Twitter seems in the Beltway Bubble, many voters, especially older voters who are your most reliable voting demographic, don’t use it. Some have no idea what Twitter is. And those who do are probably tweeting about the score of the latest baseball game, not the negative attack ad on TV.
Campaign communication plans need to be balanced with both traditional and new media, which means we need operatives who are balanced, and most importantly, know how to filter out the noise. As operatives we have to remember that Twitter is not a representative sample. One or two Twitter loudmouths can make minor issues seem tremendously important when they are, in fact, completely irrelevant.
Butterscotch is a 2-year old male, about 25 pounds, a happy guy with a great personality. His little nub tail is always wagging! He came in as a stray on 8/6/14 and no owner has come looking for him. He looks to be in good health. His eyes, ears, coat and skin all look good. He tested heartworm negative on 8/11/14 and was vaccinated (distemper/parvo) and dewormed on 8/7/14. He did very well interacting with another dog his size. He did the normal greeting, sniffing and wagging, and then showed play response when the other dog wanted to play. No aggression was seen. He’s got an excited personality, and is full of loves and kisses.
Mimi is about 9-10 months old, weighs 25 pounds, and is a little self-conscious of her underbite. But she doesn’t realize is that is what makes her so cute! She compensates her shyness with a gentle submission and just wants lovin’ and petting. She is very sweet and rolls over for belly rubs. She is on the submissive side with other dogs, but wags her tail and likes to play when she knows the other dog is a willing participant. She is only about 10 months old and is still a medium to small sized girl. She won’t be very big. She seems like a very good natured pup and will probably do very well with children. She was picked up as a stray on 8/11/14 and was vaccinated and dewormed here at the shelter the same day.
Your Ga Pundit correspondent interviewed SOS Brian Kemp about his new Georgia Votes app. This excellent app does many impressive functions including the MVP (My Voter Page), sample ballots, and polling locations – just to name a few.
Most Georgia voters oppose legislation pending in Congress that would let states collect sales taxes from online purchases made by out-of-state customers, according to a new poll.
The Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed the U.S. Senate last year and is now before the House of Representatives, would do away with a current law that limits states to collecting sales taxes only on purchases from businesses with a physical presence inside the state.
Brick-and-mortar retailers have been pushing for the bill for years as a way to give them a fair chance to compete with businesses that sell online.
But according to a poll of 400 likely Georgia voters released Tuesday by the National Taxpayers Union, 57 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” oppose the legislation, while 33 percent strongly or somewhat favor the bill. Ten percent were undecided.
“This is the biggest anti-taxpayer proposal that has a chance of passing Congress,” said Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union.
On August 12, 1908, Ford’s first “Model T” rolled off a Detroit, Michigan, factory floor. Within six years, the car, company and man were propelled to unprecedented success, thanks to the new Highland Park plant’s first-of-its-kind assembly line, which created the intricate product quickly and in large numbers.
“If it hadn’t been for Henry Ford’s drive to create a mass market for cars, America wouldn’t have a middle class today,” wrote [Lee] Iacocca.
Increased travel spurred appeals for better and more roads, the development of suburbs, the oil industry’s rise and a boom in gas stations, strip malls and motels.
But the assembly line itself had the biggest impact on American society, Hyde contended, in making possible the swift, mass production of everything from computers to “fast food.”
[T]he government of East Germany, on the night of August 12, 1961, began to seal off all points of entrance into West Berlin from East Berlin by stringing barbed wire and posting sentries. In the days and weeks to come, construction of a concrete block wall began, complete with sentry towers and minefields around it. The Berlin Wall succeeded in completely sealing off the two sections of Berlin.
Durango is a favorite among the shelter volunteers. This poor boy was brought in to AC after someone witnessed him being dumped on the side of the road. He was seen chasing the car that had just dumped him as hard as he tried he just couldn’t catch them or make them stop. Let’s find him someone to love him FOREVER!