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Government can work. It has worked. And it can work better. We have made it work in the past and we can make it work in the future. But we have to keep working at it. When the far right (and the media catering to them) throw up their hands and give up on government when the slightest thing goes wrong, we have to say "get real."
Nothing is perfect. No one has all the answers. But our lives are better than they were 100 years ago because government got better at interacting with the free market. Protections were put in place to protect workers. Monopolies were broken up. We do not want to go back to the 19th Century. We need to move forward and keep making government better. To do that, we have to admit that government can be better.
We are all better off when we are ALL better off. Not just when a wealthy few are better off. We need to pick each other up when we fall down, because we will all fall down at some point in this life.
Cutting unemployment in NC is not only cruel, it is bad for everyone. It increases the numbers of people who will go bankrupt or into foreclosure. That is bad for the economy. And a worse economy is bad for the wealthy as well as the poor and middle class.
Let's stop trying to kill every government program. Let's start making government better.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on North Carolina’s model of consensus is slipping — giving Georgia leaders a chance to unite and move forward
Abandon the Downtown Connector! Let the City continue its come back. The fact that we are comparing beautiful Sidney Harbor with an ugly highway shows a failure of priorities. The highway is an eyesore and nothing will fix that. The pedestrian experience is what needs to be enhanced. Not that of people passing through at 70+ mph.
5 months ago on Beautification of Peachtree Street bridges the first step in vision for adorning Downtown Connector
No one is talking about taking out a $1 billion loan up front. According to the story, the city was considering $250 to $750 million last March. Now it is only considering $250 million to $300 million.
That means most of the $922 million backlog will not get done. Anyone who owns a house knows about backlogs. You do what you can when you can.
It sounds like the Mayor is being realistic about how much money is available. Next will be hard choices about what parts of the backlog get addressed and what parts don't.
Making those decisions will require us all to be adults and not misrepresent the facts.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on An infrastructure puzzle — Atlanta leaders keep working on solutions
It is worth noting that Ross Mason is a Fellow with Newt Gingrich's healthcare "think" tank.
This provides some context to Ayn Rand like statements about abolishing the income tax and worshiping the 3,000 "innovators" who are allegedly driving the U.S. economy while the rest of us are - presumably - freeloading.
2 years, 3 months ago on Georgia can enact strategic public policies to emerge as a leading innovation center