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@Burroughston Broch @ScottNAtlanta 

" It is not government's job to protect citizens from the consequences of their poor decisions"

I did not say it had anything to do with bad decisions.  Its the governments job to make sure everyone is operating within the boundaries of the law...which the banks were not doing.  They were defrauding their customers

1 week, 1 day ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@Burroughston Broch @ScottNAtlanta 

It is, however, the governments job to prevent fraud.  Judging from the huge settlements these banks have been paying to avoid having to answer for defrauding their customers I'd say you're trying to make something cut and dry when it is not.  Its not that simple and you should know that.  You can commit fraud with a signed contract.  Just because you have a contract doesn't make it valid under the federal laws governing fair housing.

1 week, 1 day ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@Burroughston Broch @ScottNAtlanta 

Yet it is governments job to police the bad actors.  Thats what this is about.  Lenders knowingly selling to buyers that they knew did not have the ability to pay just to turn a profit.  Thats fraud and its not legal.  Yes a lender is entitled to foreclose, but it shouldn't have a financial incentive to do so.  Its easy to blame the borrower, they cant defend themselves like the banks.  The banks loaned to these people making them think they could pay it back.
If a person doesn't qualify and the bank lends to them anyway, the bank is at fault just as much yet they dont bear the loss...thats not right

1 week, 1 day ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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What these institutions are doing is foreclosing on these homes in an effort to make profit in the rental market.  They are even concocting new "derivative products" lumping these properties (and their value on the rental market) into rated securities.  Any guesses how that ends?  Well, when you got away with it once...why not go for two.  

Also, as I recall it was the wise men under the gold dome that took Georgia's payout for foreclosure relief  and diverted it to attracting new corporations to the state instead of helping the families it was designed to help keep in their homes. Any word of how that worked out?  I'm sure somebody who has connections profited from it. So, regardless of the messenger...facts are facts, whether spoken by MLK III or the Queen of England. "The truth will stand when the worlds on fire"...nice little phrase from the old south.

1 week, 2 days ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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Then there is the #WeKnowNathan debacle on Twitter.  What on earth were they thinking???  This is a campaign thats looking like its imploding...and thats not to say that Carter has been all that good at taking advantage of it.  If I was advising the Carter Campaign, I would be holding campaign events in front of every hospital that has closed due to Deals really stupid refusal to expand medicaid...every one.  Get the press talking about that...its a clear winner for him.  The

Deal campaign is starting to thrash around desperately trying to change the story line...shame on Carter if he lets them.

2 months, 1 week ago on Steady drip of bad news prompts Deal to circle the wagons

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If this is the same process that the city went through when the original stadiums were built, guess what, that didnt work so well.  There needs to be some sort of new process for these things that makes the area livable and includes the current residents, who to say have been screwed in the past would be understatement.  I guess the talk of GSU purchasing the land is no longer out front...its a shame, because that would be a good use of the property that be helpful to all involved.

2 months, 1 week ago on Turner Field: Community taps brakes on signs of fast-track redevelopment

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There is no way these trade deals should be passed.  They are NOT about free trade.  They are about forcing a corporate "wish list" that corporations want but cant get through normal channels.  These agreements have chilling IP sections that would criminalize taking content that you legally purchased and changing it so that it would play on another device you own (it would be a felony).  We only know that because that section was leaked.  These agreements have been negotiated in secret.  No consumer advocates have been given access to the process or the draft text.  However, if you are a large corporation like UPS... you get a seat at the table (as long as you dont tell whats in it...you know, state secrets).  This agreement is kept so secret because if people knew what was in it, it would be stopped dead cold in its tracks.  Hint for lawmakers...if something you want written into a treaty  is so bad 90% of people (across the political spectrum amazingly) would be against it...perhaps its a treaty that should not be written.

Then there is the whole thing about corporations being able to override a nations law in arbitration settled by...a panel of corporations...which would gut any kind of consumer safety or environmental laws.  Just Google TPP...there is a wealth of info.  This is NOT an agreement UPS should get behind...because it will end up biting them on the behind when its finally revealed whats in it.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Incoming UPS CEO Dave Abney strongly backs new free trade agreements

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@Burroughston Broch @ScottNAtlanta I think we are on the same page then...if they block this going on the ballot, they have to know there is no way they will be re-elected.  Someone has promised to "take care of them" when they lose, or someone is paying them to vote no...the railroad is my best guess...time will tell, and there are many eyes watching (and investigating) these three...

3 months ago on Clayton County Commission urged to vote for full penny MARTA sales tax

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I still think there is a deep pocketed interest that doesn't want transit in Clayton Co that is paying these 3 off.  There is no reasonable argument as to why this shouldn't be passed easily.  Clayton Co governance has a long history of blatant corruption, and these 3 have to know they wont ever be elected to anything in the county if they block this...so there is strong evidence right there someone has promised to "take care" of them when they are voted out...I have no proof...but pay attention as this all shakes out.

3 months ago on As Clayton board gets MARTA vote ‘do-over’ on Saturday, spotlight shines on Commissioner Gail Hambrick

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@Burroughston Broch You say that partially in jest, but the no votes and the timing of the RR letter makes me want to see who is "donating" to the campaigns of the 3 no votes...this isnt passing the smell test...at all

3 months ago on Clayton County Commission urged to vote for full penny MARTA sales tax

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I'd say that the campaign contributions of the 3 no votes need some EXTRA scrutiny.  Something smells foul...RR all of the sudden coming out with its conflicting cost estimate (being against commuter rail in general) right before the vote...and 3 no votes whose explanations dont make sense...thats called bribery.  Clayton Co is famous for it too.

3 months ago on Putting MARTA on Clayton ballot could help Democrats this fall

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The Clayton County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Boardroom at 112 Smith Street, in Jonesboro, Georgia, to consider matters pertaining to public transportation in the County. All citizens are welcome to attend.

This will be the FINAL meeting that determines whether Clayton County gets a MARTA referendum this November!

(per Friends of Clayton Transit Facebook page)

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1448058735447368/?ref=22

3 months ago on MARTA and Clayton County in midst of high drama with uncertain outcome

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As I have said on numerous occasions, never underestimate the blatant stupidity of the Clayton.Co board that screwed the residents to start with.  If there was a legal way to remove these people it should be explored because it seems that the "no" votes are needed to consent to a special meeting.

I think it takes a hell of a lot of gall for these commissioners to think they deserve special treatment with their dedicated 1/2 penny.  Last I checked...it was Clayton that needs MARTA not the other way around.  The no votes are so stupid as to believe that 1 cent on their sales tax will kill more business than no transit?  Hows it been workin out for ya so far you idiots!!!  This is just insane and hopefully the majority of those in Clayton will make their voices heard.  These 3 should be chased out of town...regardless

3 months ago on MARTA and Clayton County in midst of high drama with uncertain outcome

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Clayton commissioner  Sonna Singleton says that the full penny sales tax raising Clayton Co to 8% "scares her".  Let me articulate what she should be scared of...not being re-elected (if that does scare her).  Because if she and the other commissioners screw this up they will be ushered out of office so fast their head will spin.  They need to quit thinking of themselves and vote for the wishes of their constituents...which is overwhelming in favor of the 1 cent.

3 months ago on Clayton County Commission urged to vote for full penny MARTA sales tax

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I'm sure elected officials in Clayton Co are busy trying to find an alternative to MARTA so they can put their friends into positions that are over-paid and require no work while getting a huge salary.  If MARTA provides the transit, they wont be able to do that...that is probably why they keep delaying.

The overwhelming majority of voters want this...but never underestimate the power of Clayton Co officials to screw this up.  I'll believe it when they vote to put it on the ballot.

3 months, 1 week ago on Vigil precedes transit tax meeting in Clayton County, as vote to extend another sales tax looms in 2015

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia Not going to happen at least in our lifetime.  There is 0 appetite to take hard things like this up under the dome

3 months, 2 weeks ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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@atlman @ScottNAtlanta I wasn't making any comparisons...you are.  I was talking only about Cobb.  You even admit (kind of back handedly) that parts of Cobb are urbanizing.  My point is Cobb is taking no actions to address it.  Businesses might be growing now, but that wont continue with bad planning and stick your head in the sand politics.  As traffic worsens...the area becomes less and less desirable.  If you cant get good talent that increasingly wants to live in urbanized environments...you lose.  That talent prefers transit options.  I grew up in suburbia and it was a wonderful childhood...but things change, and the suburban dream is not like it used to be.  We've grown up in the Atlanta Region and its time people realize that and plan for what it means

3 months, 2 weeks ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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@maketransitregional

Bad MARTA bad bad bad...I really get tired of seeing it, especially since the facts currently say otherwise.

Fact...the credit agencies just raised MARTA's credit rating...with the caveat that hopefully the State wont screw them up again. This, because they now have a sustainable budget.

Fact...the new MARTA CEO has done a remarkable job of balancing the budget while being able to increase service back to levels before the cuts.  He has made MARTA a sustainable entity with no help from the State.

Fact...speaking of the State...he has created some actual good will with the legislature (which should qualify for sainthood)

You can find an incident thats not positive for anything (and I have no idea if what you said is true), but MARTA is much better than it was...which is making people like you seem a lot more petty. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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@atlman 

You did a lot of writing there but never disproved the statement that you singled out.  If you owned a large corporation, you wouldnt relocate to an area with lots of traffic that is going to get radically worse sooner than later and offers no choices in how their employees can get to work other than a car and with no real public transit solutions available that connect the parts of the metro.  Where on earth you got the Detroit comparison I have no idea.  Atlanta is nothing like Detroit.  As for the "Cobb Lifestyle"...that train left the station (no pun intended) years ago.  Thats the problem with sprawl...what was once the fringe becomes more urbanized whether the leaders want to acknowledge it or not.  I'd say the new Braves stadium is more damaging to that lifestyle than anything else.

Nobody (at least I speak for myself) was "dictating" anything...just pointing out the facts.  Cobb will suffer for its illusion that the "Cobb Lifestyle" as you call it is still attainable in most areas of the county...its not.  You can make it more desirable, or you can do nothing...in which case nobody is happy.  Also, if you got your wallet stolen because you were ITP...sorry...but thats a dog whistle right there which has nothing to do with problems in Cobb other than thats whats kept progress from coming to Cobb.

I personally cant wait till the stadium is complete, if only to watch all these "car only" politicians   squirm under their own hypocrisy when they have to come up with transit solutions they spent so much time railing against


3 months, 2 weeks ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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The big problem that Cobb is going to face with the new stadium is TRAFFIC which is bad as is and will be off the scale when the Braves play.  Businesses will not want to be located anywhere near that mess (at least a business of any size).  Call it what you will, but without a dedicated right of way their vision is just a regular old bus like any other bus that will be tied up in the same traffic.  The future is transportation choices...and without them, Cobb will not be the choice of any relocating company.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia @ScottNAtlantafyi...they dont really "print" money for the most part...its done on a computer where they credit the money to the reserve bank.

5 months, 1 week ago on ARC to Ga. congressional delegation: Help end impasse over transportation funding, GDOT official concurs

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia @ScottNAtlantaYou will have to ask your congressional rep why...I dont read minds.  If you read my comment you'd have the answers to the questions you asked...as I said people have been taught to think these questions are a valid concern now.  Again...one more time

Low inflation...debt doesn't matter...period.

As long as there is more supply of goods than money available to purchase there isnt inflation.  To have inflation, wages would need to be rising across the board (they are not).

Take some time and do some research (unbiased is preferred).  Google 'Fiat Currency'.  Its sad what the propaganda machine has done to Americans.  In their all consuming wrath against the poor, they are hurting us all in the process.

One more thing to ponder.  Why in the past have we always seemed to have the resources to build things but suddenly not now...we did after WW2...its propaganda that makes sense so people buy into it...

Oh, and tell me how that debt is going to impact anyone in a future generation...it wont.  As the economy improves debt will go down on its own...in fact, its going down too quickly now...it doesnt sound logical but its the truth

...and the debt alarmists...Simpson Bowles said debt crisis in 6 months...3 yrs ago.

Reihart-Rogoff who said debt would hurt growth at 90% totally discredited (seems they need a lesson in excel). Point is they have all been proven wrong in time or by peer review.

Also...Google Pete Peterson.  He is the money behind the debt fetishism, why?  to line his own pocket.  He is the founder of Blackstone.  He wrote the book on the Bain Capitol model.

5 months, 1 week ago on ARC to Ga. congressional delegation: Help end impasse over transportation funding, GDOT official concurs

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@writes_of_weigh You know...you can post that comment in every single thread and its just as stupid as the first time you did it...give it a rest, nobody seems to really care about whatever point you think you are making

5 months, 1 week ago on ARC to Ga. congressional delegation: Help end impasse over transportation funding, GDOT official concurs

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia The problem has absolutely nothing to do with money.  The problem is that the Republican party has propagandized this false notion that we are going broke in their effort to dismantle all aspects of the New Deal and their war on the poor.  Its that simple.  As a nation that has its own currency, that it and only it can issue, and that owes any debts in that currency, it is impossible to go broke.  In other words, we print money and can continue to do so and spend freely in the absence of inflation.  The pressures now are deflationary not inflationary so the debt doesn't matter...period.  Anyone that says different either doesn't grasp the concept of fiat currency or is lying to you on purpose.  As long as there are more sellers trying to sell goods than money chasing goods to buy, debt is irrelevant.  This debt fetishism is a big lie.  Its easy to hoodwink people into believing this fallacy because it sounds like it should be true.  I cant spend money I dont have why can the government?  Well...if I could print money, I could spend all I wanted.  Now if there aren't enough goods to buy and you keep printing money...you get inflation and the value of currency goes down.

Now the republicans have been so successful with their propaganda, its hard to justify the real spending that needs to happen.  In other words their chickens have come home to roost and they either have to be seen as hypocrites or liars.  I wont even go into the fact that infrastructure spending is a net positive investment...it doesn't really matter if you take the above into consideration...so in other words LDG...your whole premise is wrong.  Georgia does indeed have limited assets (GA doesn't print money)...the feds do
have unlimited resources in today's economy

5 months, 1 week ago on ARC to Ga. congressional delegation: Help end impasse over transportation funding, GDOT official concurs

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@atlman  

"The idea that all problems are rooted in economics and can be addressed by government managing and allocating economic resources more equally has been disproven time and time again."

Well you are wrong on that.  The New Deal would prove otherwise, as would WW2 and government mobilizing of resources for that war.  So, your whole rant is based on a false premise...and I really have no need to read it.  When you make sweeping generalizations like that, you cant possibly come up with a policy thats coherent and works

How can you make an argument that's "rooted in economics" when you're main premise isn't.  Sorry, that dog dont hunt.

7 months, 1 week ago on City of Atlanta’s income divide of rich and poor – it didn’t have to be this way

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@atlman @RSGiolito 

Ok...now that you have given your "politically incorrect" diagnosis (which has a lot of problems but for the sake of time we will give you your premise), what is your solution?  Let them rot in substandard housing?  Create a desperate class of people who have no option but to turn to crime because YOUR vision of society has turned their back?

Yes, people make bad choices all the time...and I'm sure you have made a couple as well.  The problem is you cant possibly know who has and for what reason.  Thats the problem with the conservative approach to things these days.  You dont try to target and fix the problem as is...you look for blame and then place it on everyone...so everyone pays for your supposed morality.

7 months, 1 week ago on City of Atlanta’s income divide of rich and poor – it didn’t have to be this way

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Thats all fine and dandy, but to improve permitting you need people to process them.  I used to have to pull permits in Dekalb and there were 2...yes TWO people in charge of processing ALL building permits.  Needless to say moral was nonexistent in that office.  Enforcement is nice but you have to have INSPECTORS to check code violations.  The county workforce has been so decimated that there isnt anyone to do the jobs the chairman says will get done.  You can have the best processes in the world but if you dont have people to run them it really is a waste of time, and I didnt hear anything about mass hiring either.

8 months, 1 week ago on DeKalb County’s interim CEO outlines plan to restore pride, performance

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In my mind Leithead should not serve on a "regional" board because of his anti-regional involvement in the Braves move to Cobb.  That is not regionalism.  I agree with Steve Brown (you dont hear me say that often) that Dekalb is vastly under represented on this board, and with new fights over cityhood resting squarely in Dekalb Co. we need to be represented!

8 months, 1 week ago on Atlanta Regional Commission wrestles with citizen member vote

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...and lets no forget we are near 50th in transit and infrastructure spending.  Makes you wonder how we could be so "business friendly" with healthcare at 38 and infrastructure spending near 50th.  That doesn't sound good for business.  Business needs more than low taxes (or no taxes as is the case for some).

8 months, 1 week ago on State of the State is between a rock and a hard place

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The best way to deal with these problems is also aesthetically pleasing.  Retention ponds (like in the 4th ward park) serve not only as a focal point for a park, but also aid in runoff which keeps the sewage lines from being overwhelmed during heavy rain events.  It would be nice if this was taken into consideration in the design of new parks being planned.  In fact, I believe Maria has written about this in the past.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Atlanta’s sewers releasing rising amounts of hazards into waterways, city says repairs may cost $40 million

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia@ScottNAtlanta The only argument I would have with your assessment is that you have to follow the money.  These "anti-transit" people are getting their message out because in the previous couple of years the Tea Party wing has enjoyed good financial backing (and they are vehemently anti-transit).  That is coming to a remarkable end (remarkable in how quickly).  The anti-transit group can only get messaging out currently by getting more extreme (example would be some of the remarkably stupid comments from Cobb's elected officials and non-elected "civic" groups).  That way they get press coverage, stoke fear which is politically expedient, and more people hear it.  As it gets more extreme, it in turn becomes less believable.  The haters will always hate, and some people will never believe anything positive about MARTA...that has to be understood.  Also, there is a growing backlash by businesses against the "anti" groups...again, follow the money.  You need money to attain political office, and if someone is going to fund your competitor because you show preference for the "anti" groups, your tune is probably going to change.  I'm pretty sure thats somewhat behind Rep. Jacobs new praise.

9 months, 1 week ago on MARTA defies the odds — seeks new metro partners as it improves service

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@The Last Democrat in GeorgiaIt seems these days opinions change at light speed.  Just last winter Rep Jacobs was making Jill Chambers look like a softy, now he cant sing MARTA's praises loud enough.  Where as I dont particularly think Cobb will buy in anytime soon since you have ideologues running the show who see MARTA as a way to stoke republican fear (even though I doubt many of them believe what they say...it politically expedient).  Clayton and Gwinnette, however, might be doable soon er than later if the ice under the dome continues to thaw at the same pace as it seems to be now.  You also have to remember how long any expansion not already in the planning stage will take.   It could be 10 years before there is rail to these counties if the planning has not begun.  Also, Rockdale might even be a willing partner for a rail extension (I'm just speculating on that one).  Bottom line is, even if those counties joined MARTA it would be a long time before anything was completed...I dont think it would take as long as you think to prove MARTA's bonofides.  Planning takes time...a lot of time, and it needs to start ASAP

9 months, 2 weeks ago on MARTA defies the odds — seeks new metro partners as it improves service

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@GuestLast I checked it was 200 million from a dedicated stream (hotel/motel tax) not the general fund, so you should get your stories straight.  You obviously dont remember Bill Campbell if you think Mayor Reed is bad (which he isnt)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Mayor Reed in 2014 may try to trigger up to $250 million in public works construction projects across city

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@Reinvent_ED"However, what's missing here is the business side of this transaction.  Turner Field never became the place where people stayed before games or after games.  No economic development happened there.  And that is the fault of the City of Atlanta."

I'm sorry but that is incorrect.  The stadium is controlled by the Fulton Co. Recreational Authority...an entity of Fulton County, NOT COA.  So you cast blame in the wrong direction.  FYI, it would also take an act of the State Legislature to amend that agreement (or for that matter to dissolve the FCRA), so laying any significant blame (at least the way you framed it)with the COA is not correct.

Also, the Braves were demanding complete control of any development adjacent to Turner Field.  Last I checked, they were not elected nor were they too bothered by the adjacent residents needs either.

10 months ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia Even though it is 10 miles a way, they will still need the hotel rooms in the COA, since the number of hotel rooms in Cobb is grossly inadequate, and in 3 years that is not going to change...so, they will be paying the hotel/motel tax in COA...and ironically helping us build the Falcon Stadium.  This will also be of great benefit to Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.  It shows how flawed the financing deal is on Cobb's end.  Most of the tax revenue they are projecting will end up in either Fulton or COA in the near term.  They wont be able to add enough hotel rooms to meet demand in 3 years in Cobb

10 months ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism

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@gtalum06 I would argue that the problem is more of a Fulton Co gov. problem than a City of Atlanta problem.  COA has no control over Fulton Rec.  In fact, it would take an act of the State Legislature to make any changes to it or eliminate it.  I dont think there are many people here who would say that Fulton governance is not a hot mess (just follow the track record of Emma Darnell if you want good examples of cronyism and patronage).  The COA while not perfect is miles ahead of Fulton.

10 months ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism

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@War Eagle '77 It would be nice if just once you had your facts straight.  The falcons stadium is going to be paid for by the hotel/motel tax that is already a funding stream.  There is no such funding stream for Turner Field, and it would come at the expense of many of the other infrastructure projects that Atlanta has to "go it alone" on because of short sighted small minded people.  I love how fiscally conservative everyone is when it come to Atlanta, then WHOOSH it vaporizes when it benefits them (stadium/cobb).

I think we are quite a ways from any kind of regional thinking here...too much "where's mine" around.  Got to get rid of the "mememe" by doing what so many people just dont do in the city...VOTE.  

War Eagles Comment is but a symptom of the lies and mistrust, us vs them..."MARTA is corrupt"...aka we dont want minorities (guess what, they drive too), "political corruption rampant" yeah from the Cobb County board who took 2 years to decide if people could have chickens yet rammed a 300 million project down the throats of their residents in just a couple of weeks, like it or not.  

This might actually be a good thing, the stadium in Cobb.  They are going to learn real fast that they wont be able to go it alone on this.  They will need state funding to expand/improve infrastructure...and it wont be coming all that easily.  They will have to work with Fulton, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Atlanta on a traffic plan.  Anyone who has had to cross the river from Cobb to Fulton to get to work over the last several years knows what happens when they dont.

10 months ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism

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The money quote...

“We spent two years discussing whether we could have chickens in our backyards, and we are spending two weeks on how we’re spending $300 million,” one Cobb County resident told the Commission who called the deal “taxation without representation.”

What a bunch of hypocrites...no transit by God...guess what...black people are still gonna go to the games...better get used to it.

10 months ago on Cobb Commission welcomes Atlanta Braves stadium in 4 to 1 MOU vote

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The problem is that The Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority ran a 1.5 million deficit last year, and the stadium would be very close to Sandy Springs and Dunwoody which would siphon off quite a few hotel guests, and hotel tax revenue. I would assume until there are more available units in the Cumberland area that might be a big problem.  If they cant cover current expenditures, how will they cover this?

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Cobb County’s coliseum authority may have capacity to fund Braves stadium within its existing powers

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There is another point to address and it is sort of misleading in the article.  The new managed I-75 lanes will come online about the same time as the stadium is completed.  The problem is during the evening rush these lanes (which originate at 75/285) will be headed north...AWAY from the stadium, so they will be of no use really as far as traffic to the stadium goes

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Braves in Cobb: Traffic, transit access to stadium near Cumberland Mall may be less a nightmare than some predict

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I personally want to see what the voters of Cobb have to say about spending 600 million on a new stadium (when you account for cost over runs and surface improvements).  Aren't these the same people who screamed that we couldn't spend any money or that we were broke?  Where is the Tea Party now...that sound is crickets...get used to it.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wishes Atlanta Braves well in Cobb County

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There is another big problem here.  Georgia has very "bank friendly" foreclosure laws, and home owners have few protections from unscrupulous bank practices.  This, to me, looks like it gives banks an incentive to foreclose so they can then flip the house to a hedge fund like Blackstone (which by the way is one of the top spending firms on lobbying in DC).  The other problem not mentioned is upkeep. My guess is they are just sitting on a lot of this property before they do anything with it, and that helps nobody.  If you look at the numbers, very few home sales are to the actual inhabitants of the home, and the rise in property values is not indicative of a recovery in housing...just another bubble.  If people cant buy...many wont be able to rent at a break even rate either.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on As Wall Street buys houses as investments, local leaders plan response to protect affordability

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You've been advocating for this type of solution for flooding in the urban areas for a long time.  Nice to see a working model prove you were right!  Too bad be had to build all those tunnels first

1 year ago on Historic Fourth Ward Park – mixing green and blue – parks and storm water – a model for a greater Atlanta

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@moliere Sorry, but you are wrong.  Federal money spent on social programs absolutely causes growth.  The government pays for the majority of these programs so they inject liquidity directly into the economy.  After all, the money that the government spends doesn't go into a vacuum.  It pays providers, hospitals, device makers, etc.  They in turn pay their employees who go buy things.

As for the government going broke...its crap and you should quit repeating it.  Fiat currency nations whose debts are valued in their own currency cannot go broke.  If you understood that, you would understand just how bat shyt crazy this debt ceiling fight is...The Fed has as much money as they need to pay our "bills" (most of which are owed to ourselves).    Everything stated above is fact, and if you can prove otherwise go ahead. 

These policies of screw the poor are not just morally wrong but are anti growth.  The poor spend a much higher % of their income than other groups.  A dollar out of their pocket is a dollar out of the economy...plain and simple.  Grasp these facts and you might not be so quick to judge.

As for how the state administers medicaid, I cant speak to that I dont know...but I do know that indigent care in an emergency room is a WHOLE lot more expensive than preventative care...just sayin

1 year ago on What the Savannah River dredging project and the Medicaid expansion say about our priorities

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@SteveBrown I wish that people made smarter decisions when it comes to zoning as is being played out with the Glenwood development.  Sometimes you have to make zoning laws that work with the community, but not even that is being demonized (UN conspiracy...need I say more).  The city needs more density, and in fact, thats what many younger people want.

As for working poor transport.  Steve, thats even a bit much of a generalization dont you think, even for you.  That multi-billion dollar INVESTMENT has paid off multiple times in development and the taxes that development generates.  Do you think Lindbergh, or many of the North line developments would have been possible without MARTA rail?  The fact is, transit by and large returns 1.7  dollars for every dollar spent.  I wish I could get that kind of return on my investments.  Making it poor vs middle class gets us nowhere...especially when this "facts be damned" mentality reins supreme.

1 year ago on Poverty grows to Atlanta’s suburbs as researchers show it “taxes the brain”

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia @SteveBrown  I dont see many impoverished riders on the line to North Springs or to Doraville for that matter, and not many impoverished people are taking MARTA to the airport to catch flights.  So, the generalizations dont really work.  Clayton Co.  which has long past Fulton as the most dysfunctional, had transit when these people moved there.  If they were allowed to join MARTA as 70% of the residents voted they wanted to do, they would have transit there now.  I'm sorry to have to continue to drive this point, but if a private solution was there, it would be operating now.  Two years is more than enough time to get it off the ground if it was viable.  We call it PUBLIC transit for a reason...its for the public.  The objective is not to generate a profit.  Its to provide a service to residents.  Private solutions goals are profit, and nothing else.  They are there to make money.  That may conflict with the public good.  What is the point of having transit if the people that need it most are priced out?

1 year ago on Poverty grows to Atlanta’s suburbs as researchers show it “taxes the brain”

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I'm not sure why the commissary at Dobbins has not been built.  I thought there was funding already set aside for it.  If the sequestration is the reason it has not been built, there are several extreme hypocrites who signed that letter.  They scream on one side of their mouth "we're going broke" (which by the way is 100% FALSE), then when their projects lose funding the complain about that.  You cant have it both ways people

1 year ago on Georgia delegation to military: “Keep … promise” to provide Atlanta vets a commissary at Fort Mac or Dobbins

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Every time I read something about Mr. Parker, it sounds more and more like he's got a handle on whats going on at MARTA and is going to be way more effective in his position than the last manager.  This is good for MARTA and good for Atlanta.

1 year, 1 month ago on A new MARTA: Good news highlighted by GM Keith Parker

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I heard this movie was awful.  The people who were around during that time said it was awful.  I'll take their word and skip this one

1 year, 1 month ago on ‘Jobs’ — a chronicle of Steve Jobs; not a deep look at his complexities

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"The Republican Party has always been the party of small business. Small business has typically been very Republican, and a lot of these Tea Partiers are small business people. They’re a 60-year-old guy who owns a laundry or a grocery store or whatever, who got so afraid of Obama he got up off the couch with his wife and decided they had to do something to save their children.”

He doesn't mention that the reason they got up off the couch was because they were lied to, manipulated, and used by big money interests that had absolutely no interest in their problems or their concerns...just look at NC and Art Pope if you need an example.  At least in NC they are getting up off the couch to protest for their own well being

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