Daily Archives: March 9, 2006

Illegals pay taxes?

That is what the Selig Center for Economic Growth says.

Mexicans in Georgia paid about $317 million in state taxes in 2004, according to a report by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth. The report was presented at a conference Wednesday hosted by the Mexican Consulate General in Atlanta and Emory University.

That tax money represents about 2.4 percent of the state’s collection of personal income tax, sales, use, and property taxes, according to the report.

So, how does that contrast with comments made in yesterday’s debate?  Can we say “Contradistinction“?

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Umbilical Stem Cells vs. Embryonic Stem Cells

Column for Wired takes Christian Right groups to task for not telling the whole story on the “success rate” for non-embryonic stem cell research. Continue reading

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Qualifications for Office

Rusty from Georgia writes in the Knoxville Sentinel about the low security used for the email server servicing Ralph Reed’s campaign.  So he asks:

Can someone who can’t even run an e-mail server preside over the state Senate?

And, speaking of e-mail, Jay Bookman takes Reed to task regarding his lapse of ethics and the Abramoff affair.

A group called DefCon (Campaign to Defend the Constitution) has paid for advertising to take Reed to task for his past alliances.  However, Reed’s campaign manager say we shouldn’t pay heed to these taxpaying Americans (see stories on immigration) as they are “left wing radicals.”

So, begging the question, do tax paying left wing radicals deserve any less voice than taxpaying illegal immigrants?

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Are information consumers, hmm, forming a group?

Article by Leslie Walker of the Washington Post on concerns over the New AT&T controlling content on the Internet:

EBay said restricted, or “pay for play,” Internet systems will increase costs for all Internet users, and some of the 90 million U.S. eBay users have started asking their legislators for “network neutrality” protections, said Hani Durzy, a spokesman for the San Jose-based company.

90 million eBay customers?  Calling their legislators?  That is more people than voted for President?  Could we be auctioning the next President?

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New AT&T vs. Old Utilities Commissions

Would you consider it a fair, nay, even an entertaining race for a Model T to challenge an F-22? That is the disadvantage government regulators face as they try to enforce 20th century regs and laws on 21st century organizations using the 19th century model of bureaucracy the agencies employ.

See the LA Times article, As AT&T bulks up, regulators shrink from task for more reading.

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