The reasons why are plain. Please check this out for yourself, and feel free to pass it on.
The reasons why are plain. Please check this out for yourself, and feel free to pass it on.
I have strong beliefs about the silliness on our 2010 ballot. I urge you to read and consider these.
Amendment #1: – No
“Allows competitive contracts to be enforced in Georgia courts.”
Amendment #1 is bad law.
First, intellectual property and proprietary information in a business are governed via non-disclosure agreements. Those are not in dispute here. Non-compete agreements are the wrong place to put non-disclosure language.
Second, there are many jobs that are “rank and file” in a company that deal with technical or proprietary information. As a software engineer, I have always had non-disclosure and non-compete agreements to sign. In fact, I am working here in metro Atlanta precisely because my non-compete agreement when I worked in Tallahassee was enforceable by stupid laws like Amendment #1. My employer there, as I found out later, regularly sued former employees (software engineers) who went to work elsewhere in Florida, and used the pressure of the suits to keep salaries and benefits low.
Third, very few workers who would most definitely be covered under this law can afford the cost of a lawyer to defend their leaving one employer for another. What good is having a court to decide this when you can’t afford a lawyer? Or being out of a job for the 2+ years it would take a court to hear the case and decide?
Fourth, since when is “business” pristine in motive? Just because the Chamber and NFIB are for this doesn’t make it good. Those organizations are too narrowly focused. This law only serves as a way to force employees to stay and work for lower salaries and benefits than are available on the open market. This law is a direct conflict between business interests and the free market. I, as each of you non-retired people, sell my services for a fee. This law interferes with my freedom to do so.
Amendment #1 is a Rockefeller Republican “gimme” to business to treat employees as indentured servants and circumvent individual freedom. Unions are highly in favor of this law. Passage of this amendment will ensure executives and high tech workers will avoid Georgia like the plague.
If you are a business owner, I understand why you want this to pass. You should have more honor than to want to attach your best employees to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis.
Amendment #2 No
“Adds $10 tag fee on private passenger vehicles to fund statewide trauma care expansion.”
We have a mechanism in place for government funding of essential functions that do not readily lend themselves to the private sector – the State Budget.
Why not have an amendment for a 3 cents sales tax on groceries to feed the poor?
Or a 2 cents per gallon tax on fuel to provide bicycles and raincoats for poor people so they can get to work?
Or a 5 cents per therm tax on heating oil and natural & LP gas to pay for heating for the poor?
Or that every Georgian is given all the food, water, housing, gas, and electricity they need to live?
This is not what a Constitution is for.
If the need is not sufficient to get a majority in both houses of the Legislature to fund it, then let’s not circumvent the established process. Going the amendment route is democracy, and this country and this state have never been, and I hope will never be, a democracy. We have a Constitution to protect the public from voters willing to use the tyranny of the majority to steal from others.
Amendment #3: No
“To allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to enter into multi-year construction agreements without appropriations in the current fiscal year for the total amount of payments that would be due under the entire agreement so as to reduce long-term construction costs paid by the state.”
Amendment #4: No
“Allow the state to execute multi-year contracts for projects to improve energy efficiency and conservation.”
For both of these amendments, this ability allows one legislature to encumber another with spending they may not want. This will put Georgia in the position of being obligated for spending when a time comes we cannot afford it, no longer need it, or a new legislature wants to end it. These amendments are big government at its worst.
Amendment #5: No
“Allows owners of industrial-zoned property to choose to remove industrial designation from their property”
If state rezoning laws do not allow property to be rezoned appropriately, then that should be addressed in the Legislature. This is not what a Constitution is for.
Referendum A: Yes
“Provides for inventory of businesses to be exempt from state property tax”
Taxing inventory does negatively affect business, and should be stopped. In reality, no business pays taxes. You, the consumer, are the ones who pays any business tax. Inventory tax, like all business taxes, are a scam to get your money and make you think someone else is paying it.
Much has been made in many circles about the Florida preacher whose small, 50 member independent Pentecostal congregation plans to publicly burn the Qur’an.
I would like to offer this five step process for the proper way for Christians to burn the Qur’an.
Remember what it was like as a child to use a magnifying glass to focus the sunlight on a dead leaf and burn it? Then use the magnifying glass of Scripture to focus the Sonlight on the dead Qur’an.
The way of Islam is violence and hate. The way of Christ is love and peace.
There is yet another process for burning the Qur’an. This process can be done every day, and doesn’t need a dedicated place to occur. The light of Christ can shine through you every day, in every place. How we live our lives in obedience to God, and insofar as possible, in harmony and peace with our unsaved neighbors, can burn away the grasp of hate the Qur’an and Islam have on your Moslem neighbor, coworker, or other associate. A Christian life lived in sacrificial love, honor, courage, virtue, and humility is the tool of choice for the Holy Spirit to do His work in the hearts of unbelievers.
As Christians, we know that Christ is the only way to heaven and the only way to know God. We know that the Scriptures are the only holy books, and that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the one and only true God. We know that other religions (Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, etc.) are false religions and serve false gods. But with Islam, many Muslims want to serve the God of Abraham, but have been misled as to who He is. The “Allah” of the Qur’an they serve is not Him – he is a false god. But they can know the true God through the Christ that shows in you.
The barbaric violence of Islam, the 7th century mindset, should never be underestimated. But the power of the love of Christ to transform is an even greater power, especially when used by Christians in love and service to God and through Him, love and service to others.
Want to see an end to budget deficits? Here are some facts you may not be aware of, and how they can be used to achieve a clear, simple, and doable end to the current dilemma.
First, you need to understand this: No business pays tax. Taxes are simply integrated into the cost of goods or services sold (COGS) as part of overhead, and passed on to the consumer.
Business taxes are a class-warfare con job perpetuated by liberals (Democrats and Rockefeller Republicans) to make people think “yeah, stick it to those evil businesses” when in reality it is those same consumers who are paying the tax, not the business.
The answer is a flat income tax rate with no exemptions. None. Nada. Zilch. You earn an income, you pay at the same rate as everyone else. To paraphrase Herman Cain, we are all pulling the wagon, not just a few pulling the wagon while everyone else rides.
Here are some numbers (FY 2009) that show how a flat rate income tax can work in both Federal and State:
US 2009 $12,015,534,968,000
GA 2009 $332,091,131,000 (2.76% of US)
US $3,100,000,000,000 (25% of US Personal Income)
GA $18,903,699,531 (5.7% of GA Personal income)
Thus, with a flat federal tax rate of 25% and a flat Georgia state tax rate of 6%, the budget deficits are eliminated, and business taxes go away, and prices drop since businesses no longer have the huge tax burden to pass on to you.
The only people who will not like that are 1) the freeloaders who don’t pay taxes now, and 2) the people who make money off the freeloaders not paying taxes.
You might ask, “Well, what about the Fair Tax?”
I am not against a consumption-only tax. In fact, I think, in theory, it is the best choice. However, implementing a flat rate consumption tax that is coupled with elimination of income tax, and minimizing the impact during transition, though possible, would take some serious work and require that political party interests and special interests be kept out of the design and implementation. That is a tall order, especially as gullible as many voters are when they go into a trance upon hearing the mantra “But its for the children.” Or “environment”. Or “my mortgage deduction”, or whatever phony excuse the piglets at the government sow’s teat come up with.
I figure that no one wins if we argue interminably about how to create a tax code the best way. Let’s take the steps we can. The first step for the right foot is a flat, non-progressive, no exemption, income tax replacing the current income tax scheme, and the first step for the left foot is to eliminate all spending that is not authorized by the Constitution.
If, after these steps, we can find a way, and the need, to implement a consumption-only tax, then do it. But, let’s at least quit drowning and get our heads above water – while we still can.
Obviously, it is morally wrong and a direct insult to America for Muslims to build a mosque (Cordoba House) that near Ground Zero that celebrates what the Muslims see as an “Islamic victory”. The very name is in honor of an Islamic victory over Christians in Cordoba, Spain in 711 A.D.
What I don’t get is the misplaced rage. You expect a dog to act like a dog, a cat to act like a cat, and a Muslim to act like a Muslim. One rightfully expects these 7th century barbarians to do exactly what they did in building a mosque at Ground Zero as a celebration of the heinous crime.
Why, then, is our anger (and media/blog coverage) not directed at the person and company who sold the land to them, the architect designing the buildings, and the subcontractors and suppliers? They knew what they wanted it for, and had every right not to lease it to sell or lease it to them.
The land was owned by Steven Pomerantz (who died in 2006) and leased by Burlington Coat Factory (the building they had at 45 Park Place was destroyed on 9/11). Pomerantz’s widow, Kukiko Mitani, sold the property to Soho Properties (a real estate investment firm who is also the general contractor for the mosque), who told Ms. Mitani it was for condos (but who supports building a mosque there) in July 2009 who then sold it to the Cordoba Initiative. In addition, half of the property (47 Park Place) is owned by Consolidated Edison (ConEd), who is trying to sell the property to the Muslims.
Soho Properties’ Chairman & CEO is real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal. His partner is Nour Mousa, the nephew of Amr Moussa, the Secretary General of the Arab League.
Why aren’t conservatives asking people to write Kukiko Mitani, ConEd, and Soho Properties in protest? Who is the architect for building the mosque? Who are their subcontractors and suppliers? Why are they not being publicly named, and blacklisted?
Folks, that is how conservatives do things. We find the people responsible for legalized wrongdoing, make the facts known, and ostracize them.
Listen to the so-called conservatives who express outrage, but never mention those who knowingly allowed this to happen. You have to wonder if these so-called conservatives are just stirring up the issue for their own selfish fund raising and ratings.
“My fellow Georgians, there have been some issues brought up about my past Congressional votes, and rightly so. I am a consistent conservative, and I want to address past votes that do not fit with that set of beliefs.
Yes, I did start my political life as a Democrat. I did so at a time when the choice was to run as a conservative Democrat or a Rockefeller Republican. When it was clear that the only home for conservatives was the Republican party, and that it was beneficial to both my district and my political life to do so, I switched to the Republican party. Having been re-elected several times, I surmise my constituents agreed. I was wrong to vote for bills that involved bigger government. I was wrong to vote for “No Child Left Behind”. I was wrong to vote for TARP. However, I was right to vote for Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and right each and every time I voted for smaller government and less spending. I have learned from my past errors, and I will not run away from acknowledging them. I also will not waste your time here with a laundry list of my honorable opponent’s inconsistencies and errors. To paraphrase the greatest President of the 20th century, I will not hold my opponent’s record of failure and inexperience against him.
If you elect me as Governor, I pledge to do all I can – and if you give me a conservative Legislature, all we can – to limit State government to what the Constitution requires (thus reducing spending and taxes), to focus on increasing liberty, to protect Georgians from an overbearing federal government, and generally get government out of the way so Georgians can improve our state in ways greater than we can describe.
I will not pledge to create jobs, because government cannot create jobs – only destroy them. I do pledge that once we have reduced spending to what the Constitution requires, then and only then will we look at significantly changing the state tax code.
I do pledge to support intermediate changes to the tax code that make sense. For example, no business pays taxes. That is a con job we politicians have pulled on the taxpayer for too long. Any tax on business ultimately, and rightly, is passed along as what it costs to provide goods and/or services. I will support the end of taxing businesses in Georgia, and allowing the free market to pressure businesses to pass along those savings to their customers.
I pledge to fight the negative effects of the teacher unions, and aim for the money we collect in taxes to follow the student to the schools their parents choose.
I pledge to find and push for the elimination of stupid laws that hurt business or favor certain businesses or organizations.
As for the accusations that I have illegally used my office in the past to line my own pockets, I state clearly that I have never done so. If I benefited from my business doing business with the government, as many businesses do, it has been because we were legitimately the best choice. I hereby pledge that if any criminal activity on my part is proven in a court of law, I will resign and take whatever punishment the court provides. However, I will not surrender to innuendo and false accusations that the left so often likes to resort to when they cannot win on the issues. I pledge to put my assets in a blind trust, effective the day I am elected, so that I can avoid the appearance of impropriety in the future.
I pledge to do all I can to resist illegal immigration in Georgia. If you are not here legally, you are a criminal, and not welcome in this state. My primary thrust will be to go after employers who employee illegal aliens, whether as a nanny, as farm workers, or a large corporation’s low paid workers – and to hell with what the Chamber of Commerce, George Bush, Obama or John McCain thinks about it. Once we put a few people in jail for hiring illegals, you will see the jobs go back to Americans and the illegals go elsewhere. I will direct the Sheriffs to do all in their power within the law to detain any person found, in the course of processing them for another crime, to be here illegally until such time as they are deported.
I will do all I can within the law to protect the lives of unborn babies, and to not allow government to sanction or affirm immoral lifestyle choices, such as homosexuality or adultery.
However you choose to vote, I implore you to vote your conscience. That is not just your right, but your duty as a citizen of the State of Georgia.”
I will try to explain something in hopes that those of you who don’t think abortion and homosexuality belong in the mix of issues will understand why a lot of us do. I do not expect you to change what you think is important, but to understand why we do.
Underlying fiscal-based conservative beliefs is an immutable moral code that says it is wrong for government to be too big, too powerful, too controlling, and that it is wrong to confiscate – by force – the private property of individuals beyond what is minimally necessary to carry out the Constitutional duties of government.
Underlying security-based conservative beliefs is an immutable moral code that says it is right to defend the citizens and property (public and private) against outside and inside threats.
Underlying personal liberty-based conservative beliefs is an immutable moral code that establishes what individual rights and responsibilities are, and government’s role in protecting them and not infringing upon them.
Without a comprehensive, immutable, moral code, which traditionally and historically in the United States has been Judeo-Christianity, those beliefs can be redefined to fit whatever the shifting moral values of a people’s lower natures dictate.
In that immutable moral code, the killing of an unborn child, aside from a direct and imminent threat to the mother’s physical life, violates the right to life of that child.
In that immutable moral code, homosexuality is an unacceptable behavioral choice that harms both the practitioner and those who love them, in the same way that adultery and fornication are and do.
Once we decide that we can take God’s place and rewrite that moral code to fit our image, we no longer have a reliable moral code on which our rights, liberties, and responsibilities rest. The government becomes god, and then decides – without limit – what is right and wrong, what is just and unjust, and what our rights, liberties, and responsibilities will be. We build our nation on shifting sands rather than solid rock.
We as a nation may well go that direction, and when and if we do, the natural consequences will be another age of darkness and the loss of our rights, freedoms, and property.
If you do not consider social issues of any consequence, that is your right to do so. However, why do you think you have the right to tell others that they cannot, and should leave off the abortion/gay comments ? I respect that some of you may not wish to discuss social issues, but you cross the line into intolerance and liberalism when you tell others not to.
I don’t know any conservative that focuses only on social issues, or elevates them to the exclusion of other issues. Every social conservative I know is strongly for small government, less government spending, less government control, and fewer taxes – just as much as they are for not having the government sanction the killing of unborn babies or the practice of homosexuality. I do not know any social conservative who wants a theocracy, but instead favors the original American concept of a civil government that does not inhibit the practice of religion, and where no religious sect as an organization has any governmental authority.
However, here is an example of what secular conservatism has brought us in Georgia, and I suspect there is more to come, when we ignore the “social issues”.
Without that immutable moral code, liberties are always in danger.