Bio not provided
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.
1 week, 6 days ago on City of Atlanta’s income divide of rich and poor – it didn’t have to be this way
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.
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on DeKalb County’s interim CEO outlines plan to restore pride, performance
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!
1 month, 1 week ago on Atlanta Regional Commission wrestles with citizen member vote
...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).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on State of the State is between a rock and a hard place
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Atlanta’s sewers releasing rising amounts of hazards into waterways, city says repairs may cost $40 million
@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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on MARTA defies the odds — seeks new metro partners as it improves service
@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
2 months, 3 weeks ago on MARTA defies the odds — seeks new metro partners as it improves service
@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)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Mayor Reed in 2014 may try to trigger up to $250 million in public works construction projects across city
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism
@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
@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.
@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.
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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Cobb Commission welcomes Atlanta Braves stadium in 4 to 1 MOU vote
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?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Cobb County’s coliseum authority may have capacity to fund Braves stadium within its existing powers
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
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Braves in Cobb: Traffic, transit access to stadium near Cumberland Mall may be less a nightmare than some predict
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.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wishes Atlanta Braves well in Cobb County
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.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on As Wall Street buys houses as investments, local leaders plan response to protect affordability
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
5 months, 1 week ago on Historic Fourth Ward Park – mixing green and blue – parks and storm water – a model for a greater Atlanta
@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
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