March 24, 2016 6:05 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, March 24, 2016 Morning Reads – Thursday, March 24, 2016 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 53 Comments On this date in 1995, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a welfare reform package that made the most changes in social programs since the New Deal. Peaches Ralston: “Phantom voting is legitimate.” Rep. Joe Wilkinson stepping down because he was pushed out? More threats on the pending Religious Freedom bill Georgia working to make records less open, not more. Georgia sets another execution. Jimmy Carter Hillary headline of the year. What the Gettysburg Address Might Sound like from Donald Trump Latest bombings show ISIS is in distress Truth-o-meter for the remaining 5 presidential candidates Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s skull is missing. Liberty Drum Nixon created the drug war for political reasons The anti-establishment pundits have been rejected. “A third party vote is not a wasted vote.“ Child protective services crossing 63/64 lines Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 53 Comments Davo65 Florida Man; meet Georgia Man Walton County man loses leg after shooting explosive-filled lawn mower http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/walton-man-blows-leg-off-after-shooting-explosive-/nqrFg/ March 24, 2016 6:57 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Re: Truth-o-meter: Looks like the truth does have a liberal bias. It also seems to confirm my belief that Cruz is a pathological liar and Trump has zero clue what he’s talking about. March 24, 2016 7:27 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Excellent group of stories! Wish I had time to comment today! March 24, 2016 8:32 AM Log in to Reply John Konop I do think we need to crack down on our immigration and visa policy. Our visa program via lack of screening and motioning has been a common thread tracing back to terrorist. We do have an issue with the integration of Muslim communities in the west. With that said the Muslim community represents about 1.4 billion people. The vast majority of Muslim people want nothing more than the rest of us a better future for our kids. We cannot win without working with the Muslim community, which calls for engagement not treating, the community like we are at war with all of them. The key to this fight is human intelligence, treating the vast majority of Muslims like criminals will not help! FROM WP: Ted Cruz’s harebrained, harmful policy towards American Muslims …..Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz responded to Tuesday’s terrorist strikes by offering the campaign’s most destructive policy proposal since Donald Trump pledged to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. In an embarrassing race to the bottom, the Texas senator hatched an Orwellian plot to lay siege to American neighborhoods populated by worshipers of Islam. This harebrained scheme is every bit as harmful to the West’s fight against the Islamic State as Trump’s Muslim ban. Not only does the Cruz proposal send the worst signal to Muslims worldwide, but also it wipes away a natural advantage the United States has enjoyed over every other country since the Mayflower first set sail for the new world. Today, Europe finds itself locked in a perpetual war against Islamic terrorists because Belgium, France and other European Union countries cannot integrate Muslim immigrants into their cultures. Add a disastrous open borders policy to the mix, and a refugee crisis that has rendered European leaders incapable of balancing rational security concerns with noble humanitarian instincts, and you have the makings of a crisis that David Ignatius calls the greatest threat ever faced by modern Europe. If Americans want to inherit those problems, all they need to do is follow the Texas senator’s lead. But doing so would also be ignoring 240 years of American history…….. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/03/23/ted-cruzs-harebrained-harmful-policy-towards-american-muslims/ March 24, 2016 8:34 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Just FYI… 6000 Muslims serve in US Military 900 Muslims are NYPD Muslims are 2nd most educated group after Jews Muslims make on avg 100,000/yr in the US March 24, 2016 10:22 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Hmmm, a small percentage of any peoples are bad, it gets really ugly when a lot of supposedly good people protect “their own”. Muslims can do a lot to help themselves by doing a lot more to stop the very bad that want to blow up non-believers. Outsiders nodding so sorry will not work. Standing down police in scarey or riot torn neighborhoods and a lousy immigration program is destroying all America stands for. http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-brussels-molenbeek-20160323-story.html March 24, 2016 10:51 AM Log in to Reply John Konop Salty, The question is how do we best get the needed help by the Muslim community? March 24, 2016 11:50 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Whatever policies we have are actually working very well. I have read that you are more likely to be crushed to death by unstable furniture than be killed by a terrorist. Crushed by furniture doesn’t make good TV though. But if we can find a reason to be scared of brown people then the odds don’t matter! March 24, 2016 11:57 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Really, B?! Ummmm, those injured by substandard furniture are not the victims of premeditated murder. That reply is beneath your standards. March 24, 2016 12:35 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Well he’s right. The odds are actually higher that I’ll get struck by lighting than killed by a terrorist. I’ve been lobbying Obama to do something about the existential threat thunderstorms pose to our country but he hasnt returned my calls. March 24, 2016 10:49 PM Benevolus The point is that it is easy to get carried away with the threat and before you know we’re not the country we want to be anymore. March 25, 2016 11:50 AM John Konop Hillary will have real issue with Trump in the rust belt, the more blue collar workers understand her record. If Mich, Ohio….goes GOP a Dem cannot win. Hillary To Raise Money At Home Of CEO Who Makes Solar Panels Using Prison Labor Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/23/hillary-to-raise-money-at-home-of-ceo-who-makes-solar-panels-using-prison-labor/#ixzz43p7TGW9C March 24, 2016 8:41 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope John, that story has already been linked to. Here is a new link you might enjoy… http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/manufacturing-jobs-are-never-coming-back/ March 24, 2016 8:49 AM Log in to Reply xdog Women have blue collar jobs too and they ain’t voting for Trump, rust belt or not. March 24, 2016 8:56 AM Log in to Reply John Konop xdog and Andrew, Both of you are very naïve about this issue. March 24, 2016 9:14 AM Log in to Reply xdog John, thank you for your Thursday condescension. March 24, 2016 9:42 AM John Konop Why do you hate blue collar workers? March 24, 2016 11:48 AM Andrew C. Pope Well seeing as I posted a link to a well-researched economic analysis of American labor trends, I don’t think naive is the best word choice. Can we please cease with the myth that brining manufacturing back to the US is a desirable thing? Do you really want to pay $2000 for an iPhone? http://www.marketplace.org/2014/05/20/business/ive-always-wondered/how-much-would-all-american-iphone-cost March 24, 2016 9:57 AM John Konop Andrew, Henry Ford always paid his employees enough so they could afford the products they produce. This is basic concept taught in economics, it is concept based on proper distribution. If you have poor distribution ie wide gap between rich and poor, a demand problem will happen via lack of wages to buy things. Your philosophy of a race to the bottom with wages, and promoting slave labor conditions is not only morally wrong, but it will hurt an economy. March 24, 2016 11:46 AM Benevolus Henry Ford didn’t have to compete with China. March 24, 2016 11:59 AM John Konop Not true, history repeats itself. At the time Adam Smith came up with “Wealth of Nations” the blue print of free economics, Smith was one of the leading abolitionist of his times. Free market economics concept was designed to fight slave labor. As far as Henry Ford, it was him supporting the “Smith theory” of free economic verse communism and or fascism slave labor working conditions. It is all in your history books. March 24, 2016 1:19 PM Andrew C. Pope No. No. Sweet Lord, no. Reshoring labor and manufacturing in the US is about the worst thing you could do for these “blue collar workers,” because you won’t be able to pay them enough to afford a $2000 iPhone or any of the other consumer goods whose prices will inevitably skyrocket due to increased production costs and inefficiencies. That’s not even mentioning the fact that when manufacturing jobs do restore they’re highly automated. Meaning all you’re really doing by bringing a manufacturer back is giving Bill, the blue collar assembly line worker, the opportunity to lose his job to a robot. Since we’re taking trends in labor, are you going to mandate that all states adopt strict union protections? Because now Rust Belt Ron’s job is going to some toothless hick in South Carolina. My “philosophy” isn’t morally wrong, it’s called realism, dawg. This is how economic actors have behaved for centuries. I hate to keep bursting your bubble, but these jobs are gone, they aren’t coming back, and if you think that all blue collar workers are somehow going to oppoee a centrist Democrat all because of NAFTA, well you forgot Clinton and Obama’s success in the reigon despite their trade stances. March 24, 2016 3:43 PM John Konop Andrew, You obviously have never ran a business. Your example makes no logical sense. No way a phone would increase by 500% if you paid livable wages. Let me help you with basic math. Hourly labor is a small percentage of the overall budget in a business. Obviously a 20 percent advantage can help swing market share. But you realize that is all we are talking about. Have you ever seen a P&L before? You really think hourly labor could be a 500% factor on product cost? HUH? LOL March 24, 2016 4:48 PM Andrew C. Pope John, You clearly didn’t read the helpful link I posted above. If you can’t be bothered to perform the basic task of reading a short article which supports the iPhone figure I threw out, then there is no point in engaging in any kind of debate or discussion with you. So feel free to belittle what you perceive to be a lack of business sense (as if running a small business gives one an expertise in macroeconomics and the behavior of global labor markets) but until you can master the basic concepts necessary for the enlightened exchange of ideas, I hope you won’t mind that I take your criticism with a grain or two of salt. March 24, 2016 5:09 PM John Konop Andrew, I did read it, and it made no sense. Obviously, written by a person who never ran a business like you. March 24, 2016 5:46 PM Noway2016 Toothless hick? Really? Keep showing your ass, Andrew. March 24, 2016 6:00 PM Andrew C. Pope When talking about South Carolinians, I think it’s safe to assume they have poor dental health and general air of hickiness March 24, 2016 7:19 PM John Konop Andrew, …..When talking about South Carolinians, I think it’s safe to assume they have poor dental health and general air of hickiness…. Many of them would be smart enough to know, that a phone would not increase by 500% if you paid livable wages to hourly workers verse slave labor you support. March 24, 2016 7:44 PM Andrew C. Pope Go read the Marketplace article again. The figure comes from business analytics folks. You know what? Why bother? You’re just looking to troll me, you’re not in this for substantive discussion. I feel like Hamilton talking to Samuel Seabury. You simply want to modulate the key and not debate with me. March 24, 2016 10:53 PM Ellynn My family is almost all blue collar Wisconsin rust belt and farmers, with a 30/35/35 split of dem/no party/rep. The democrats are not moving to Trump. They are almost all pro-union, raised in a union house hold, or are retired on union pensions. The no parties are leaning towards Hilary if they HAVE to make a choice. To quote my cousin, “even if Hilary is a lying trader and is impeached, her VP would still be better then Trump.” The republicans… Well that’s a sad story. Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Republican Party. Many long term party members don’t want to see any of them in office. My mother, a life long republican told me she doesn’t even want to vote in the primary in two weeks. If Trump wins the Wisconsin primary, it will because the state has a open ballot, and the no party types will carry him over while the RINOs will stay home. March 24, 2016 10:41 AM ScottNAtlanta There’s the election in a nutshell. Anyone that thinks Trump can win in a general is beyond in a bubble…they dont have a grip on reality. When a portion of REPUBLICANS are trying to defeat him what on earth would make anyone think he can win. The question is how bad it will be for republicans down ballot. They will lose the Senate, and I’d guess lose about 22 seats in the house (Democrats would need 30 to flip) March 24, 2016 10:48 AM John Konop The exit polls show Dems like Trump in Michigan, Ohio…..NAFTA is a dirty word in the rust belt….Trump got more votes than Hillary in Ohio…And won Michigan…When the slut shamming of Monica Lewinsky by Hillary becomes public that will hurt her…Combine that with being supported by private prison industry, prison labor companies, Wall Street deals, Hillary taking 6 figure speaking fees in trade for cheap visa foreign labor…..it will get ugly….Hillary could win, but she has a lot of explaining….. March 24, 2016 11:40 AM Benevolus You sound like a cheap campaign ad. March 24, 2016 12:02 PM John Konop No, I am realist, I have been clear, early and often about my support for Kasich. As in business, I do not lie to myself about the facts. March 24, 2016 1:21 PM Ellynn If Kasich had a chance, he would carry the middle in the general in Wisconsin. March 24, 2016 1:40 PM Andrew C. Pope Scott Walker isn’t doing the GOP brand any favors up there. March 24, 2016 1:24 PM Ellynn It doesn’t help that the state pension system he said would never be affected when he got rid of collective bargaining have be reduced at least twice since then. Not all state workers and teachers are democrats. March 24, 2016 1:44 PM Andrew C. Pope Well trying to blow up UW in order to give the Bucks more cash for a basketball arena doesn’t help, either. Glad there’s a fellow Sconnie around here. March 24, 2016 2:20 PM Ellynn Holyland/Fondy chick, born and raised. March 24, 2016 3:06 PM Will Durant Fond du Lac, WI = 31°, Light Snow @ 2:10 PM CDT March 24, 2016 3:13 PM Ellynn Mom had 7 inches of the wet heavy snow at 7 am. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holyland_(Wisconsin) March 24, 2016 3:36 PM xdog You have to admire the moral flexibility of Alabama governor Robert Bentley, that great defender of traditional marriage, as details of his personal “social experiment” come to light. Posting a Daily Mail link seems appropriate. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3506701/Governor-Alabama-accused-having-affair-chief-adviser-cop-state-just-hours-firing-him.html March 24, 2016 9:03 AM Log in to Reply Three Jack Maddow did a 20 min segment on it to start her show last night. Another hypocrite GOPer busted. March 24, 2016 10:13 AM Log in to Reply gcp One day after a major terrorist attack in Brussels and Maddow does a 30 minute opening segment on a Republican governor’s affair. Maddow has weird priorities. March 24, 2016 12:40 PM Log in to Reply Three Jack I think the attack had just about been covered by 9pm last night after hours of showing the same loops of people running from the scene. March 24, 2016 8:18 PM Log in to Reply Three Jack Disney threatens boycott of GA if anti-gay legislation signed by gov – http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/disney-marvel-boycott-georgia-anti-gay-bill-1201737405/ EE says go – http://theresurgent.com/the-left-demands-georgia-bow-to-hollywood-values/ The real question now is whether Georgia can overcome the bad press we get no matter what the governor decides. Our legislature did the dirty deed by wasting an entire session to pass this discriminatory bill so as a state we are now on record just as Indiana was a couple years ago. Companies / industries looking for a state to do business will surely think twice about coming here even if Deal does the right thing by vetoing HB757. Foot meet bullet. March 24, 2016 9:04 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta …and how much money have we spent to attract these studios with their “Hollywood Values”? If Deal signs this bill it might as well have been flushed down the toilet. At this point perception is reality. Nobody’s going to believe some white guy with a southern drawl standing up to say it doesn’t discriminate is telling the truth. I guess (if it gets signed) it will take people losing their jobs to grasp what stupid choices they made when they last voted. Even now these studios inject quite a bit of money into local economies that will evaporate if they leave. Sorry but most Georgians dont want to hang on your cross with you guys in favor of this bill. March 24, 2016 10:29 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant I’m still maintaining that the bill’s compromise was the creation of an easily vetoed hot mess. Thus easing the reelection trail for the 98% or 99% of the legislators who choose to run again this year. Even though the only ones that it would really matter to this year are the ones being primaried, if then. Georgia can at least take comfort in the fact that North Carolina has not been happy with just shooting off their foot but has willingly stomped on a landmine. Also that no matter what we will always have Alabama to belittle. March 24, 2016 12:01 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Can I vent for a minute please? Remember last year when the SoS released all of our personal information out into the wild? Well I did the responsible thing and put a freeze on my credit reporting. Now I need a small loan because I need a new roof so I need to unfreeze that. Well apparently the credit agencies mail you a PIN number that you have to have in order to thaw your report, and I don’t have it. After 3 days of effort I have been able to get it fixed but it wasn’t easy. Equifax in particular doesn’t even make a phone number available to call about this- but if you Google ‘Equifax phone numbers’ you can get one. So that’s one thing. Now it’s late March and time to renew business registrations. They (the SoS website) has a “One Click Registration” that hasn’t work during business hours recently (overloaded). And it ain’t one click anyway. So I called because I couldn’t get the website to work and they steered me through a workaround, and I get to my record and they say I still owe for last year, despite the fact that they charged my credit card last year. So she says I have to pay for last year, and the late fee, and this year, and then apply for a refund. Are you kidding me? WTF is going on down there? It’s like a ship floundering on the shoals. You can hear the seams splitting and the the superstructure collapsing. Whew. Thank you. March 24, 2016 5:23 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 That had to be a real pain. Listening to Clark Howard advocating the freeze, I never once heard him mention the pin to unfreeze it. Thanks for the heads- up on that. March 24, 2016 7:11 PM Log in to Reply gcp If you freeze your credit online they send the pin to you online. If you freeze by mail they send you the pin via mail. March 25, 2016 9:08 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I’m usually pretty diligent about keeping login/PIN-type information, but I couldn’t find any record of having received anything. Maybe went into junk folder. I’m sure I got it some way- just a heads-up though. March 25, 2016 6:32 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Two f the best rated: Use dashlane.com or the app to store passwords and notes. Use key ring to store all cards but credit cards, – points cards, membership cards, grocery cards, med cards, everything with a bar Code…. March 25, 2016 9:52 PM Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.