How to attract industry
I have never agreed with our Houston County commissioners all being against the recent T-SPLOST. To even think that our biggest business, Robins Air Force Base, doesnt have transportation problems now and then defies logic and common sense. They talked about the 1 percent added by the T-SPLOST, bringing the total to 8 percent and the next SPLOST, but it was always about their re-elections. We would be happy with the 8 percent SPLOST if it helped attract new industry and jobs for our children.
They seldom mention our county redevelopment agency and land purchases to attract new industry but they are batting zero. Everyone knows that its all about better transportation if we want more jobs and industry.
All of our pathetic, absurd, low 19.3 cents per gasoline sales tax should go to transportation. Thats only $200 million a year. The feds give us $2 billion a year. Yet our locals say the federal government cant do anything right. But they do an excellent job with Medicare and Social Security.
Gov. Nathan Deal cannot even get things right before a pathetic snowstorm paralyzes our state capitol and he blames the National Weather Service. The national Today Show weatherman Al Roker publicly proved our governor wrong.
Our county commissioners need to get their priorities right and improve our county transportation and attract new industry. But dont hold your breath.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
End the evil
Taking property by force is evil whether done by law (slavery and now the income tax), or with a weapon. Slavery and income tax have characteristics in common: both benefit the powerful, both rely on force and fear for continuation of the system, both claim to be necessary for economic survival of government. Many FairTax HR25 advocates focus solely on the spectacular economic growth that would occur with passage of FairTax HR25 as the primary justification of ending the current tax structure. Such focusing allows the evil of the income tax to be ignored as advocates and opponents do battle.
Numbers and studies can be twisted; not so with moral truth. The moral truth embodied within the income tax structure is this: men are not free who are forced to surrender their treasure either by law or through threat of violence. Worse than the theft of treasure is the silencing of the citizen who finds himself or his business targeted because of personal opposition to those in power. With new regulations, the IRS intends to silence 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organizations who oppose government.
FairTaxHR25 ends the IRS and income tax. Learn more at: www.fairtax.org Tell your congressman to support HR25 and end the evil.
-- Beverly Martin
They know better?
The Congressional Budget Office recently announced that Obamacare is creating a disincentive to work by reducing the number of full-time jobs available, and by lowering the cost of health care for many families. The former is caused by a provision in the Affordable Care Act that excludes management from mandatory health-care coverage for part-time employees, and the latter by an advanced tax credit available to purchase health insurance for families earning less than 400 percent of the established federal poverty level.
The CBO predicts this tax benefit will cause many to work less and business to grow slower because the fewer hours an employee is on the job, the fewer federal benefits he will receive. In many situations a worker can add $1,000 a month to her paycheck by working fewer hours. That benefit is defined by Sen. Chris Van Holden, D-Md. as worthy because it allows a worker to spend more time with his family or pursue their dreams. More conservative members of Congress view the ACA benefit as nothing more than a poverty trap and a government ruse to swap a few dollars for yesteryears American dream.
Perhaps the liberal think tanks that germinated the policy of rewarding part-time workers and low wage earners with more government benefits is on spot, and such a give away program is in our best interests. Maybe they can see further along than most of us and know that the American work ethic, for many, is no longer achievable. Most of our assembly jobs sailed away to other countries long ago and few will ever return. Those kinds of jobs suitable for most of our youth are gone forever.
Our STEM students, those proficient in science, technology, engineering and math, still have a good future in America if properly educated, as will others choosing law and social studies, especially with a bent toward providing services to our aging population. Criminal justice majors and substance abuse counselors will also be in demand because the old adage of idle hands is the devils workshop has not vanished from our planet.
As a lifelong student and worker in vocational habilitation and rehabilitation I know how unfriendly the job market is toward an unprepared applicant and how difficult it is to change the bent of those without motivation. It is a slow process and the placement success rate of those with little education or a criminal record is discouraging. If we had the key to making every person a valuable employee today it would take a generation or two to fully take hold.
Perhaps the framers of the Affordable Care Act wisely added the advanced tax credit to our table of welfare benefits for the specific purpose of providing more income for those in America unable or unwilling to search for jobs that no longer exist. Hopefully in the bowels of that yet unread law is a formula for the constructive use of the idle time many now have, else our country will face more unrest in the name of inequality.
-- John G. Kelley Jr.
Prayer for today
Father, you are the light of the world and deserve all of our love. We feel your presence every day from sunlight to sunset. You calm our fears and give us hope. We are so grateful to you for taking care of us. We love you because you first loved us. Amen.
-- Alice M. Pritchett
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