Politics: It Isn’t even ABOUT “choice” – it really IS about “life”

I have seen a LOT of posts about abortion lately. News articles about the New York law that passed, constant articles of other states (including GA) trying to prevent access or availability to abortion options…. and people claiming it’s murder of a life. And as someone 7 months pregnant with a much-wanted child…. I don’t want to imagine the pain of a mother who has to make a choice at this point. To me, it goes way beyond the womb. 150 years ago (ok, probably more like 300+ years, but I bet it still happened in the 19th century) if a family had a child they couldn’t take care of, they might take it out and leave it exposed. If you ever read The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, there is a point where they have 2-3 kids and when the next one is born during a horrible famine…. it is implied that O-Lan kills her (I read it as “smothered” the

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Politics: AOC’s Plan

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex (AOC) has announced a proposal for a tax plan with a top rate of 70% on anything over $10 million. She is nicer than I am. I wrote two posts on the realities of costs & taxation in the 1950’s back in 2017 Part 1Part 2 In my research I found less than 20% of households in America break across the $100,000 mark. HOUSEHOLDS – not individuals. So for better than 80% of people an increase in taxes on over $100k (much less $1M or $10M) – DOES NOT IMPACT THEM AT ALL. I can’t express how confusing I find it that so many people who I am sure are NOT in that top 20% are upset when the taxes are raised on them. The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that there is something in their brain saying this: As much as I hope that someday I too am one of those rich people, I

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Politics: Ga Amendment 1, Portion of Revenue from Outdoor Recreation Equipment Sales Tax Dedicated to Land Conservation Fund Amendment (2018)

This is another easy one.  This initiative allows Georgia to use sales tax from sporting goods to be put in a trust fund for conservation.  Honestly, my mind was made up when I saw it was supported by The Conservation Fund, The Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Park Pride, and The Trust for Public Land.  Several of those organizations I would trust to support this law if they thought it would actually be useful –  not just a squeeze on people to get money for other uses. It also will expire in 10 years and can be extended in 10-year increments.  I like laws that expire.  I think there should be a constitutional amendment for any law to have to be re-written/extended in X time.  Any law older than N should be automatically expired (ie those funny laws from the 1800s that are just weird now).  Now, should that be 5, 10, 50, 100 years? I dunno.  I’d want to hear other

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Politics: Ga Amendment 2, Establish a State Business Court Amendment (2018)

This is an easy one for me.  The gist of this bill is to take businesses from elected judges and allow them to go into a court with appointed judges.  And yes, it has to get passed by the State house & senate.  The GA house is currently 115 R to 64 D; the senate is 37 R to 19 D – so I think unless those get pretty drastically changed we will get a “business court” that leans towards businesses. For me, this bill is 100% about the judges being appointed instead of elected.  I will grant, they only get 5-year “terms” and they have to be approved and blah blah blah.  I am 3-4 steps removed from them and frankly, I’m also kind of pissed the GA wants to build a special place JUST for businesses.  Why not a special court of rapists? Or murders? Or black people? Or women? Or…. it’s bullshit.  If “corporations are people” (grumble grumble grumble)

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Politics:Ga Amendment 3, Forest Land Conservation and Timberland Properties Amendment (2018)

I had no clue how to vote until I looked up what politicians were saying about this particular amendment.  It was so confusingly written (and honestly, that includes the original language they were editing.  UGH). Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to revise provisions related to the subclassification for tax purposes of and the prescribed methodology for establishing the value of forest land conservation use property and related assistance grants, to provide that assistance grants related to forest land conservation use property may be increased by general law for a five-year period and that up to 5 percent of assistance grants may be deducted and retained by the state revenue commissioner to provide for certain state administrative costs, and to provide for the subclassification of qualified timberland property for ad valorem taxation purposes? Who Do What??? Then I read what Governor Nathan Deal said, “Georgia’s working forests generate significant economic investment in our local communities due to the contributions of those

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Politics: GA Amendment 4, Marsy’s Law Crime Victim Rights Amendment (2018)

This one I struggled with.  On the surface it is a great idea and I 100% support it.  There are so many good reasons!  And yet… this is where I really struggle with the American “justice” system. So the text on the ballot will be: Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide certain rights to victims against whom a crime has allegedly been perpetrated and allow victims to assert such rights? The rights include things like telling a victim of a felony (rape, assault, etc.) of court dates; when the accused is up for parole or release.  And the tv ads I’ve seen focus on the idea of how a woman would feel seeing her assailant at the grocery store, at her work, or he shows up at her house.  OH! The humanity! Yes.  This happens.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) 29% of federal violent crimes convicted are arrested again.  BUT in this article the award-winning journalist Nancy Mullane

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Politics: Ga Amendment 5, School Sales Tax Referendums Amendment (2018)

Amendment 5 would amend the Georgia Constitution to authorize a school district or group of school districts within a county to call for a sales and use tax referendum. The referendum called by the school districts would then have to be approved by a majority of the qualified voters residing within the limits of the county. –https://ballotpedia.org/Georgia_Amendment_5,_School_Sales_Tax_Referendums_Amendment_(2018) When I first read this amendment, I felt annoyed.  It isn’t the job of the school board in a county to figure out taxes.  BUT – the argument is that Local Board of Education (LBOE’s) were empowered in the 1990’s for SPLOST projects already… ok, now I’m less annoyed. I STILL have a gut feeling that the legislative body is trying to foist responsibility onto the local politicians instead.  In the exact same breath, that might be good – the local LBOE in a place like Fulton County might be grateful to be able to process requests themselves.  Smaller boards however may find it more burdensome.

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Politics: Why I believe in legislation

I don’t believe legislation is the fix for everything, but I think it can help.  Specifically, when we are talking about the current beloved topic of “legislating morality.” And this isn’t simple to me – I have struggled a lot with the abortion topic over the years.  So setting that one aside (It’ll have to be another post someday), I want to talk about why I support some “morality legislation.” Ok, so first off, that is such a bullshit term in my opinion.  200 years ago, we thought putting out a child to die in the woods was an understandable if tragic choice people had to make. 100 years ago cutting off a limb to save a life was entirely “normal and acceptable” (again, tragic).  Today society allows black people to get shot when buying a candy bar.  Can we agree that it’s tragic at least??? (Do we really have to ask people to find death tragic?) As society, we agree “murder” is

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Politics: Memorial to McCain

I didn’t want to post while the emotions raged, but I DO want to talk about John McCain. For as long as I can remember – and as long as I’ve been voting (2004 was my first Presidential election), John McCain has been on my list of Senators I respect – even when I don’t like everything he says/does. In 2008 if he had chosen a better running mate, he might have been able to sway might vote.  It would have been hard because voting for the first black president was kind of amazing and special. And honestly, between the two I thought we needed Obama in the WH more – I wanted McCain to stay in the senate (my same argument why I don’t want Elizabeth Warren in 2020 -I want her right where she is doing what she’s amazing at doing). Anyway.  I won’t say I like everything he ever voted for or ever said. I didn’t.  Sometime I vehemently opposed

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History: Labor Day

I grew up being told Labor Day was started to honor workers and the rights fought for.  This isn’t 100% true and I didn’t know this until relatively recently.  In one my searches to argue with someone on the internet I ended up looking at https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history and finding out that probably isn’t true. So the holiday was passed nationally in 1894.  In 1882 there was the first “labor day” in New York was actually a day of strike: This was before there were protections in place for unions and strikes – this was a scary thing for workers to participate.  It wasn’t until 1935 when FDR got the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 passed that there was an actual law that guaranteed every employee the right to unionize.  This is over 40 years in which the country celebrated “workers” but not necessarily worker’s RIGHTS. Now, that said – I don’t think it’s an accident it passed on June 26, 1894.  For those that don’t remember, this

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