Larry Savage spoke to the Madison Forum on Saturday, February 27th. The topic was the new Cobb County hotel taxes and whether the new special tax districts have the authority to make some hotels charge higher taxes depending on their location.
Serious students of the Constitution know that the federal government is operating well beyond the bounds of the powers the states delegated to it. Those who defend this extra-constitutional power expansion argue that the Founders could not have envisioned the complexities and advanced technologies of the 21st century and therefore the need for corresponding additional federal powers.
In fact the Framers did anticipate the need to modify the Constitution to meet unforeseen future circumstances. That is the purpose of Article V which provides two methods for the states to amend the Constitution. (Congress may propose amendments, but … Read more...
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The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact continues on its way toward Congressional consideration. President Obama and the 11 other heads of state will formally sign the agreement in New Zealand on February 4, paving the way for Obama to send the agreement to Congress. Once he does, Congress has 90 days to make its “yes or no” choice.
Whatever the agreement’s impact on the American economy, the odious Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions, alone, argue for a decisive “no” vote. ISDS allows the establishment of three-member panels of international lawyers to rule on disputes between foreign … Read more...
by Ted Metz
At the first of many more to follow, the NWGA 912 Project in conjunction with The Madison Forum, The John Birch Society, The Freedom & Liberty Coalition, The Constitution Party, Restore and Preserve the Constitution, and the Canton TEA Party invited Mr. Tom Barksdale to present the many issues surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership.
In October, the United States and 10 other Pacific rim countries, after five years of secret negotiations, reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free-trade agreement ever concluded. President Obama must wait 90 days after the formal announcement of the final TPP agreement before signing the pact and sending it to Congress; that could happen by Feb. 4. Lawmakers would then work with the administration to determine when a vote would take place. However, media reports on December 10 reported that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had told the White House that the TPP agreement … Read more...
By Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 passed in the U. S. House and Senate this week.
After fighting this bill for almost a year, activists are wondering how it passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.
Democrats call it a civil rights victory. Republicans claim that it returns authority to the states and ends federal control through waivers. No Child Left Behind wasn’t working; the rewrite is not “perfect” supporters said, but something needed to be done.
Is there evidence to support these claims? Reading the bill is the only way to know for sure.… Read more...
Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.
The U.S. Senate Education Committee met with House members and approved a compromise version of the Every Student Succeeds Act last week. They plan a full vote on the bill shortly after Thanksgiving. The “Sense of Congress” as expressed in the House version, flies in the face of the 10th Amendment. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lists the enumerated powers of the federal government. Education is not on the list. The 10th Amendment addresses this. Specifically, “The powers not delegated to the Unites States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it … Read more...
Judge Paul Nally, Madison Forum Secretary and Chairman of Legal Education, spoke to a full house at a graciously arranged dinner and talk sponsored by the Canton Tea Party Patriots and The Madison Forum on November 12, 2015. The topic was the function of the Grand Jury, and Judge Nally is the acknowledged expert in Georgia.
The Judge led the audience through a reasoned litany of what our civic responsibilities are as jurists in Georgia. He placed the hierarchy of power in proper perspective by demonstrating through the words of the Georgia Constitution and the relevant case law that the … Read more...
The Madison Forum was very pleased to have Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, Madison Forum Member, speak at the Luncheon Meeting, Monday, November 9th at the Rib Ranch Restaurant.
Given the negative press targeted toward law enforcement lately, this was an excellent chance to meet Sheriff Warren and understand his policies. The Madison Forum recognizes the outstanding job Sheriff has done in keeping Cobb safe.
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The Madison Forum was pleased to have Timothy Furnish, Ph.D., Madison Forum Member, as our Guest Speaker at the Luncheon Meeting on October 12th at the Rib Ranch restaurant. Dr. Furnish gave us an informative session on “Wars, Holy and Secular: Putin v. Obama in the Middle East.”
Furnish holds a PhD in Islamic, World and African history from Ohio State University. He currently works as an author, analyst, guest lecturer, and consultant to US Special Operations Command on Islamic world issues. He has written for “PJ Media,” “The Weekly Standard,” “History News Network” … Read more...