Morning Reads for Tuesday, May 26

Good morning! There is one actual week – which means four working days – left in the 2019 legislative session.

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Raleigh
Raleigh

Interesting, sovereign immunity has been a bedrock of western law from the time Kings ruled over their subjects. It has keep government (Since government is really us) protected from frivolous lawsuits. The other side of that coin is over intrusive government could hide behind sovereign immunity and not be required to pay damages. I guess time will tell if this helps or not

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The General Assembly is giving Kemp unfettered authority to expand Obamacare, except don’t call it that because Obamacare is socialism. Kemp has earned the trust, having protected the state’s voter registration database at least three times from complete exposure to anyone that sought it. He was personally accountable in that too, having firing a contractor the first go around. And don’t forget the transparency in how the SoS office explained how it warded off anyone that thought to add and “s” to http and DPG hackers.

http://www.walb.com/2019/03/26/state-house-gives-kemps-medicaid-waiver-plan-final-passage/

Gregs
Gregs

It’s the ACA expansion lite. I think that when it comes to health care something is better than nothing. This opens the door for complete expansion in 2 years when the legislature will flip.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Speaking of socialism, headway is being made on legislation that will largely tax metro Atlanta to provide transit in rural areas. Some people in rural areas are having difficulty in getting to their “No.1 in business” $8 / hr jobs.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20192020/HB/511

tiger
tiger

Sigh. Let’s say that you support single payer. Is it fair to point out how difficult it is to see a specialist in the UK’s NHS “single payer” system without expensive supplemental private insurance? Let’s say that you support EU’s economic and political model. Well that runs the gamut from Germany’s 3.2% unemployment rate and social stability … to Greece and Spain where the rates are 15% and 18% and any attempt to cut public benefits its met with street rioting. We like to pretend that Italy and France are closer to the former than the latter because it makes… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The subject is US healthcare, but when the general health metrics in Europe are better than those in the US while US per capita spending is much larger, bring up socialism.

Debate one day? Good luck with the GOP repealing Obamacare without a replacement while touting itself the party of healthcare.

I don’t know what the US public’s response to cutting social security would be.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Speaking of No.1 in business, how about that $300 million in assistance to SK Batteries for construction of a new plant? It works out to nearly $150,000 per average $40,000 a year ($20/hr) job. Exclude a few dozen of the highest paying jobs, and the average is more likely $19 / hr. That’s only a few dollars more than minimum wage in some states, but paying 3.5 years of the average wage for not very well-paying jobs is why Georgia is No.1 for business.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/what-did-georgia-promise-win-korean-battery-plant/VOFQc9fmGXvvjzIX7Ocm2M/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Speaking of good deals for taxpayers, Cobb County’s 2018 cost for Suntrust Stadium was $25 million, including $5.8 million from the general fund. But hey, the Braves paid $8.4 million, and besides, Cobb Schools got $6.5 million from sales and property taxes, so doing the math it’s a net positive.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/stadium-brings-million-for-schools-remains-cost-taxpayers/kV6x2ry4gZoPaXtjbdMVkJ/

tiger
tiger

What is the Beto O’Rourke bashing supposed to accomplish? O’Rourke is far from the least qualified person to run for president, even if you limit it to the Democratic side, and similarly wouldn’t be the least qualified to win (again even if limited to Democrats). There is also a line of thought that determining qualifications for president shouldn’t be a matter of seeing who has the most “job experience” boxes checked on a resume as choosing a president isn’t akin to hiring a middle manager for a large corporation or a bureaucrat for a state agency. Would Jimmy Carter, John… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Not sure what Beto bashing you are referring to. I haven’t seen anything directed at him that all the other candidates haven’t or will eventually face. Looks normal to me.

He’s a bit of an “it” boy right now, so he’s getting a lot of attention. He probably needs to so he can build his name recognition. Cory Booker on the other hand seems to be flying low to me, which I like- as long as he’s got good campaign staff lined up. You don’t want to go into something like this with the seeds and stems of consultants.

O_O
O_O

Arugula is a trendy, fancy-pants fad green. It doesn’t taste as good as spinach and it’s harder to harvest than kale, cabbage or lettuce. I do think it’s very cool that we are having discussions about the rising tides of produce though!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement after being chosen to serve as a co-chair of the Congressional Fragrance Caucus for the 116th Congress: ..Last summer, I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for Arylessence‚Äôs new state-of-the-art facility in Marietta, which is vital to the fragrance industry and has become an integral part of our Georgia economy. This billion-dollar industry supports thousands of American jobs and is a global economic force, yet its foundation is built upon small business ideals that foster innovation. Serving on this bi-partisan caucus will allow me to help strengthen the working… Read more »