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Editor's note: Hello, Georgia.

We're all in this together. That's the new mantra, from DC to wherever the money flows, like here. Tom Baxter, one of Georgia's best and best-known political writers, believes that the big change in this country is not a move toward socialism but a new willingness to think differently about who the government should help and who it shouldn't.

Money is also at the heart of our other two stories today. There is legislation percolating around the Capitol that would charge the state's inmates a copay and also for certain medicines. And while it may cost money to care for a new pet, it takes a lot of soul too, especially in this tough economy. We have stories on both.

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Today's GONSO

All Together Now: 'We' is the New 'They'

by Tom Baxter
In our country, major shifts in public philosophy are announced with big, dumb overstatements – "The era of big government is over" – and then augmented by a battery of much more subtle, cultural-commercial messages that define the change more precisely. So too it is with the New American Groupthink.
Full Story

Georgia Prisons: Department of Collections?

by Maggie Lee
Time in prison is supposed to reform inmates. Tacking on a bill for certain medications or room and board, and the reform might go further. So goes the thinking behind some draft laws winding through the Capitol this session.
Full Story

Bad economy. Good dog.

by Michelle Hiskey
We remember well the dogs we grew up with, back in the 1970s recession. No matter how high the food prices or how long the gas lines, they reminded us of a basic truth: All we really need is food, shelter and love.
Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
Going Green? Then Spend St. Paddy's Day in Savannah
by Dindy Yokel
'Tis a Pity He's a Money Manager
by Bill Osinski
Some Lions, No Tigers, and a Bit of Oh My!
by Eleanor Ringel Cater
The Fairness Doctrine: GOP shocked by common ground
by Jon Sinton

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