Election didn’t solve any of Georgia’s challenges

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Gov. Nathan Deal

Yes, Georgia Republicans did well in the 2014 midterms, but now that the votes have been counted and the victories celebrated, they still preside over a state with the highest unemployment rate in the country.

Yes, they were re-elected by substantial margins, but they have yet to confront the fact that a state with an economy highly dependent on transportation still ranks 50th in per capita spending on transportation, a situation that cannot plausibly be sustained. One or the other must change.

Yes, they won by promising prosperity was just around the corner, but in a global economy that places a premium on education, prosperity does not come to a state that ranks 48th in high-school graduation rate.

And while they won on a conservative message, they are also being told by business leaders that the metro Atlanta region — the engine that drives the state’s economy — can no longer compete for growth without a major investment in public transit. In a survey conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission, citizens in the 10-county region told them the same thing. They identified transportation as metro Atlanta’s primary challenge, with 42 percent saying that the best long-term solution was expanding public transit. Just 28 percent said the best long-term solution was more spending on highways.

Eight years ago, the Georgia Republican Party enjoyed a similar moment of grand opportunity. Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue had just been re-elected by a healthy margin, and the party had won then-historic highs in state Senate and House seats. The economy in 2006 was still going strong, although in hindsight the signs of its collapse were already there.

And I will never forget sitting in the back of the Georgia House as Perdue announced that the big initiative of his second term, the signal accomplishment of his tenure, would be Go Fish Georgia, an effort that would “turn Georgia into a fisherman’s paradise.”

I don’t think that’s going to happen again. Gov. Nathan Deal is sending signals that he will be a much more activist governor than Perdue in his second term, and more activist than he himself had been in his first term. In addition, a state commission established by Deal will soon deliver recommendations on how to increase state funding for transportation. Indications are that its agenda may go beyond minor, piecemeal steps and include significant funding increases, also known as tax hikes.

The commission would not include such recommendations in its final report unless it has at least tacit approval from the state’s power structure. However, it’s also true that getting support for tax increases from an appointed commission is a very different thing than finding votes for it in a legislature dominated by newly re-elected Republicans. Frankly, having witnessed too many failures of will on this issue from Georgia’s elected leadership, I’m not optimistic.

In addition, there’s no reason for metro Atlanta legislators or business leaders to support a new transportation funding source that is not at least available for use on transit, including MARTA. Nobody on the planet has succeeded in creating a modern, prosperous metropolitan area without extensive investment in transit, and no, Georgia won’t be the first.

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gwmac
gwmac

Fixing the University System of Georgia where it operates more like a mob operation or a soap opera would be a good place to start. Check out this motion for an injunction just filed. It looks like the AJC jumped the gun and may have taken the wrong side as open record have now revealed. This could be a major story and likely national if a forensic audit is conducted due to possible misuse of federal funds as well. Sam Olens is doing his best to make sure no actual investigation or audit moves forward. Ego, vendettas, power trips, greed, ambition, lies...this story has it all. Amazing what a man will do to make himself a university president when he lacks a doctorate. 


A Motion for Interlocutory Injunction filed in Dekalb Superior Court in Georgia Perimeter College Case
Via: http://gwmac.com/gpc-injunction/#ixzz3JjDO5aNt


Jke
Jke

The President got the ACA passed despite all the naysayers and a past failure (Clinton). Why not be optimistic rather than pessimistic?  


"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."

Elbert Hubbard 1856-1915

gotalife
gotalife

This issue polled in the President's favor with a mandate to act so he will act.


Issue is over.



LeninTime
LeninTime

So can you imagine the howls of protest from the Washington Post, the New York Times and their ilk if the preparations for martial law were happening in Hong Kong, Beijing, Iran, or Russia? 

We would never hear the end of it.

Oppression!  Police state!  Putin!!! 

LeninTime
LeninTime

Ah right wing trash.

Immune to the ravages of time.

Like c*o*c*kroaches.

kayaker71
kayaker71

The wrong guy shot gentle Michael.  It should have been that little Jewish or Pakistani owner of the convenience store he robbed.

kayaker71
kayaker71

So, I can rest assured and be confident in the fact that as my store is burning or all of these thugs are rambling through my store taking what they want, I can at least say that I was not racist.  What a bunch of friggin idiots. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@kayaker71 you have a store in Ferguson? And you can say whatever you want. As with most of us, however, your actions will speak much louder than your words - and we're hearing you loud and clear.

Dorian616
Dorian616

@kayaker71 I would say this, If you treated ALL your customers with the respect that you would like, no one would touch a thing in your store. In fact most individuals would protect it. Now if you treated them like, let's say, "thugs" you might want to search for your policy. Only the criminals will do these things not the people of Ferguson. They don't want this no more than you do. Get to know your customers as if they were your neighbors.

Hamdog
Hamdog

@consumedconsumer @LeftisnotRight He's a right-winger. He's never wrong - but 

you are always wrong. Even when you're right! That's how that particular brand of ignorance works.

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Everybody is waiting to see what everybody else does......

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@LeftisnotRight @consumedconsumer i believe his plan is to make congress do something. what is the gop's plan? to continue doing nothing for another 2 years and hope, once again, the Democrats get blamed? it has worked recently, so I'm guessing y'all are going to double down on stupid. ol' gruber might be on to something after all - most american voters are idiots. see the 2014 election (not that the Ds gave them much of an option).

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

An economic plan can not be made because nobody follows the plan......

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Still an open question regarding Jay's question.

Let's turn this around. 

Election of Obama didn't sovle any of America's problems.  No one has answered in that the bamster has solved any problems--at least not successfully. 

True or false, and why? 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@consumedconsumer @Yes_Jesus_Can 

I would also point out it's a failing strategy.  It got clobbered in the election. 

Besides Dems were too worried about running away from bamster, who himself was blaming the GOP. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Yes_Jesus_Can you mistakenly assume i agree with the Democrats. they screwed themselves - again. The GOP is toxic, however. And very, very, very bad for the long term prosperity of this nation. 

Mamouian
Mamouian

@consumedconsumer @Yes_Jesus_Can  You have it exactly backward.  The GOP isn't very good, but the Democrats is the truly toxic party.  The voters are figuring it out, despite the furious help being provided via the vast majority of the media.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@kayaker71 

New billboard in a St. Louis suburb ........ "#Up Pants, Don't Loot" 

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So you'll be pleased to know your racist views of a dangerous black Ferguson population needing to be watched closely and intimidated with the threat of military force is shared by the DEMOCRAT governor of Missouri, who's now declared a state of emergency, and standing behind him Barack Obama himself.

You do take note of that, don't you? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LeninTime 


Atrios, yesterday.



Governor Nixon will bring in the National Guard in order to pacify the restive province of Ferguson.

"We must use state violence in order to put down peaceful protests of unlawful state violence"- Nixon, probably.

Large numbers of white people (especially) in this country see black people as inherently criminal, as irrationally violent, as a problem to be dealt with. Not as citizens who sometimes have very legitimate grievances.

It's all very depressing.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@LeninTime Obviously, that was not your business that was burned to the ground in Ferguson or your store that was looted or your life threatened during all of those protests.  Perhaps if some black thug was in your face threatening you or your family, you might look at things a bit differently. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@kayaker71 @LeninTime Yeah, well perhaps if those business owners demanded better from their government and police some of those black thugs might be doing something else than threatening . . . which after all is about all they can do - 2nd amendment or not. That's the reality they face. And you face too - you just don't understand it yet.


that said, let's hope there are no riots and no overreactions. won't happen. but we can hope (unless you're a conservative i guess - y'all can't pretend to hope until Mr. Hope and Change leaves office I know).

LeninTime
LeninTime

@kayaker71 @LeninTime

Perhaps if some black thug was in your face threatening you or your family, you might look at things a bit differently

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So basically in your view the only bad thing that's happened in Ferguson so far is that a convenience store got smashed up. 

The tone and content of your statement tells everything about the totality of the hold that your racism has over you.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Yes_Jesus_Can oh, just scanning the comment "black thug" comes to mind. thug would have been just fine. but no, someone had to bring race into it . . . whatever. your side always finds the police doing right - until it's just so in your face even you can't defend it. the other side actually questions authority - left, right or in the middle. 


conservatives love the government when it's killing people. don't have much use for it helping them apparently.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@consumedconsumer 

the words, "black thug" were not in straker's post! 

What is it with you guys? 

How in the world do you go from "pants up", to government killing people, to we hate helping people? 

It's the silliness of this broken liberal leftist hate-mongering that utterly failed in the last election and will continue to fail today. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Yes_Jesus_Can @consumedconsumer correct, the words "black thug" were in kayaker's post . . . which was the one that was being responding to (it was quoted after all). What is it with you guys?

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

On another topic, do conservative economists (oxymoron alert...) realize that deflation is currently a bigger risk than inflation?


If not, they should probably read Paul Krugman's accurate analyses over the last 6-8 years.  The funny part after that statement will be the 'conservative' gag reflex on the name Krugman...


KRUGMAN!   BOO!!

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@ Captain-Odious

Says the constitutional "expert" who thinks Cliven Bundy is a hero and the Senate's nuclear option can defeat a presidential veto. Captain of obliviousness, indeed.

LMAO

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

Captain-Odious,

So now you're denying, again, those two assertions that everyone knows you made? You're a basement dwelling, lying troll who would be totally neutered without your moms Internet connection.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

Captain-McVeighonus,

Have you no shame, misappropriating hotels.com's intellectual property? It makes you a thief, in addition to being a liar, ignoramus and super troll.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

Captain-Odious,

Except that Krugmans predictions post economic fallout turned out to be spot on. It's no surprise that you don't know this, given that you feed exclusively at the Faux News / Cain Tabloid TV trough.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Captain-Obvious was do economists do if not in part write about what might happen if this or that were to occur or examine the effects of what has occurred after this or that was done? seriously, you just make crap up all day long