Three Questions on the Transportation Investment Act

This was originally published on the Civic League of Regional Atlanta's blog (and newsletter) and re-published on Peach Pundit. After serving on the Steering Committee for last summer’s “Get A Move On” Townhall, I was asked by the Civic League to respond to three questions regarding the upcoming voter referendum on the Transportation Investment Act of 2010. Originally, my responses appeared on their blog and in an e-mail newsletter. I’ve included the questions and my responses below: What’s good about the Transportation Investment Act? When the Transportation Investment Act pas...
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Which America Do You Want?

This was originally published yesterday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With great fanfare, Atlanta officials unveiled a new video surveillance center at a news conference last week. Atlanta police Chief George Turner expects the “cutting-edge technology” of the cameras to allow police to “stay one step ahead of lawbreakers.” But it does not appear that city leaders who approved this “video integration center” in July did their homework on costs or supposed benefits of the cameras or the accompanying surveillance. A grant of $2.6 million of taxpayer funds from the Department o...
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Where is the HELL NO option?

This was originally published on Peach Pundit. As the 2010 midterm elections drew to a close, Cobb County residents were in the midst of another political battle waged over the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) expiring at the end of this year. With what started as a six-year $750 million project list, the Cobb County Commissioners soon found that many fiscally conservative voices in the Georgia Tea Party, the Libertarian Party of Cobb County (of which I am the vice-chair), the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, and now the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, as part of a coal...
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Thank You, Neal Boortz! – An Open Letter to “The Talkmaster”

This was a letter directed at Neal Boortz after a post endorsing Republicans at all costs, originally published at LPGeorgia.com. Dear Neal, Since 1993, you have been sharing with Atlanta listeners your brand of libertarianism on WSB Radio, eventually becoming syndicated to reach over 5 million talk radio listeners nationwide each day. For those of us who have listened to you since 1993, your post on boortz.com on Good Friday about your thoughts on a “third party” came as no surprise, and the Libertarian Party of Georgia would like to thank you for going on record so early in this electi...
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Legislator Wishes To Suspend Civil Liberties To Show He’s “Tough On Crime”

This was originally published at United Liberty and blogged about at Peach Pundit. This week, I caught a story on the Atlanta news that immediately drew my attention.  A state Representative, MY state Representative, will introduce a bill during the next legislative session that requires every suspect arrested of a felony to submit to a DNA sample.  Without careful examination, along with a very friendly news report about the bill, this does not strike many everyday citizens as a “bad thing,” as seen in the first comment made about the story. As you saw in the video, suspects ARRESTED on...
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And I Am Not A Liberal

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This was originally published at United Liberty. Now that I have alienated all of the conservatives that read my articles, it is only fair that I explain how I should not be classified as a liberal either. I made my case for most of the tenets of liberalism I support in part one, so let’s see how I stack up against “the other side.” As with abortion for conservatives, gun control seems to be a definitive issue when considering one’s level of liberalism. I read the Second Amendment as an American’s right to possess a firearm for whatever reason they deem necessary. If guns are outlawed, t...
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I Am Not A Conservative

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This was originally published on United Liberty. A few weeks ago, I went to see “An American Carol” with high hopes for an atypical Hollywood film. It reinforced something I have been working on. When you look at the spectrum of topics I have written about, I am difficult to pigeon-hole by the average American. The two-party system forces people to consider politics in a linear manner, one is either a conservative Republican on the “right” or a liberal Democrat on the “left,” with no room for anything else. Interestingly, most Americans are not able to fit their beliefs into one of those tw...
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