November 15, 2017 7:27 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for November 15 Morning Reads for November 15 By edatlanta Politics 21 Comments Who else is waiting for Aug. 11 of next year? (That’s when my girl Tay-Tay plays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium). Buzz Brockaway to those living close to MARTA: Buzz off! Almost assuredly Republicans will abandon their local-control-is-best ethos over ATL’s decision. Suburbians don’t like Trump–will Georgia Democrats capitalize? The NYTimes offers another perspective on the same theme. Clearly we just needed more guns here. Which one of you needs to meet a black person? That one time the Financial Times wrote something goodish about Atlanta. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 21 Comments bethebalance The proposal for the “transit improvement districts” just won’t work to expand transit. To begin, ppl won’t pay for service expansion someplace else. They might pay if it all went to pay for extra security at their station, or facilities improvement at their station. Maybe. But they won’t pay for expansion elsewhere, and where there is no station, ppl won’t pay to put on there because they won’t trust it would be done, and the benefit would be too far into the future. The concept also confounds geography in other ways, like the proposed district boundaries relative to a station. At present, we need entire counties to levy taxes in order to support transit. It would be much more encouraging to see the State step up and chip in. November 15, 2017 9:32 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Yeah, why do people living near an existing station need to approve whether some other neighborhood chooses to fund a new station for themselves? I wonder if maybe WABE got this a little wrong. It seems more logical that 3/4 of the people near a proposed new station would need to vote to approve. But if those are the same people who would pay into the tax fund, it’s hard to imagine that it would raise enough money within the next hundred years. Actually, I did some math. Average population density in Atlanta is 630 people/sq. mi. If we use a number double that (because that’s why they would want a station) it’s 1260 people per sq mi. The area of a circle with a 1/4 mile radius is .79. So we multiply 1260 x .79 because that’s all that would be eligible to vote. That is 995 people. Let’s say that 100% of them vote to tax themselves (which won’t happen). What is a reasonable amount? $20 a month? So that’s 995 x 20 = $19,900 per month, = $238,800 per year. What does it cost to extend a transit line and build a station. $20 million? (Probably more like $200 million.) But even if you could get it done for $20M it would take 20,000,000/238,800 to raise the money. That would be 83 years. OK, let’s say they agree to $100/month. But I’m also going to use the more realistic figure of a $200,000,000 cost. That would take 167 years. November 15, 2017 11:24 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid Short term rental decision by the appealate court. Wow this thing has gone on forever. MAY v. MORGAN COUNTY http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ga-court-of-appeals/1877475.html November 15, 2017 9:44 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Interesting read on wage growth vs. productivity and if a tax cut could fix it. My only thought on this article is it does not look further into industries that have both productivity issues and labor shortages. Example construction. The cost to build is raising because there are not enough mid to high level skilled members of the labor force. The market has driven wages of those who are in the industry as high as a GM or sub-contractor can payout for productivity and still maintain profit. It’s not that they can’t afford to add labor, it that the labor they need is not there. Masons are a prime example. Even if you have tech programs putting them out left and right, it’s the master masons and the superintendent level skills that are just not there. No amount of tax cuts to a corporate builder is going to solve that issue. https://www.axios.com/why-gop-plans-wont-solve-biggest-economic-problem-2507201307.html November 15, 2017 10:10 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Timely and insightful read from Matthew Yglesias at Vox this morning: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/15/16634776/clinton-lewinsky-resigned But looking back through today’s lens, this whole argument was miscast. The wrongdoing at issue was never just a private matter for the Clinton family; it was a high-profile exemplar of a widespread social problem: men’s abuse of workplace power for sexual gain. … Had Clinton resigned in disgrace under pressure from his own party, that would have sent a strong, and useful, chilling signal to powerful men throughout the country. Instead, the ultimate disposition of the case — impunity for the man who did something wrong, embarrassment and disgrace for the woman who didn’t — only served to confirm women’s worst fears about coming forward. November 15, 2017 10:32 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Remember back in 2016 when I said abandoning TPP was a bad idea that would cede US leadership in Asia and cause significant harm to both the US’ trade agenda and the American economy? http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/11/14/the-new-tpp-may-sink-trumps-other-trade-dreams-nafta-asia-mexico-canada/ Told ‘ya so. November 15, 2017 11:21 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I changed from being generally negative on trade deals to being a general proponent of them a half dozen or so years ago. We’re better off served as leaders. November 15, 2017 9:38 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I’m having trouble buying in to Ed being a Taylor Swift fan. November 15, 2017 11:38 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Did yall know Judge Moore was a Democrat while all of these incidents allegedly occurred? To quote the ghost of Dave Bowman in 2010: The Year We make Contact, “It’s all very clear to me now. The whole thing…” November 15, 2017 12:46 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger Please stop Noway. A pedophile is a pedophile. November 15, 2017 12:56 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Molesting kids isn’t a partisan issue. Sexual assault isn’t a partisan issue. Condemning sexual assault and child abuse shouldn’t be a partisan issue. However, for some folks, it is. As a soon-to-be 30-year-old, I can’t imagine a situation in which I would want to sign a teenage girl’s yearbook, go to a high school football game, hang out a shopping mall, or date a teenager. As I said the other day, if 30+ people told you that your child’s teacher, babysitter, doctor, pastor, etc. had molested a 14-year-old, sexually assaulted a 16-year-old, and engaged in inappropriate relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s, would you really be ok with having him around? November 15, 2017 1:01 PM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace You are disgusting. November 15, 2017 1:33 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I am disgusting? For pointing out the past “disgusting” behavior of prominent members of your party? Clinton? Credible accusations of his own sexual assault…Weinstein? Yuge Lib, who is a genuine predator. And now Moore…who obviously will not be elected because of his past targeting of young girls. But it’s my pointing out past hideous Dem behaviors that is disgusting? November 15, 2017 1:50 PM Log in to Reply Baker The whole argument is here ridiculous but going by your logic, wouldn’t that indicate that the GOP is the more attractive party to those who border on pedophilia? I mean, he did leave the Democratic party. Maybe he felt more welcome amongst the GOP set. It’s all stupid. Dude is disgusting and no one should be defending him. If you support issues he cares about, you should want him to lose because he will harm any effort at getting your issues passed and supported by greater numbers of people. November 15, 2017 2:14 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope going by your logic, wouldn’t that indicate that the GOP is the more attractive party to those who border on pedophilia? Dennis Hastert certainly thought so. November 15, 2017 2:19 PM Benevolus The part that is disgusting is that you are trying to suggest that pedophilia is somehow connected to being a Dem. Which, we all know it is a bipartisan affliction, or should I say non-partisan. November 15, 2017 2:14 PM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace 1. You know nothing about my party affiliation. Let me clue you in. I have none. 2. You are going out of your way to excuse this filth by assigning it to a party affiliation rather than condemn it outright. 3. You. Are. Disgusting. November 15, 2017 2:48 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Our Residents Policy Wonk types… Why are we looking at switching the national standard for cost of living? Pro’s/Cons… https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-a-new-inflation-measure-raises-taxes-on-the-middle-class-1510764898 November 15, 2017 1:49 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Trouble in tax reform paradise http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/15/wisconsins-ron-johnson-comes-out-against-senate-republican-tax-plan/867829001/ November 15, 2017 4:02 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Shouldn’t the Alabama Republican Party just renounce Judge Roy at this point and submit a longshot write-in option? They are already tarred by yet another charlatan maybe they could avoid the feathers and rail treatment. November 15, 2017 10:45 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The new GOP thinks child molestation is a-ok as long as you’ll get rid of Don Jr.’s inheritance tax. November 16, 2017 7:22 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.