It's possible this "crisis" has been manufacturing by liberals in the mainstream media bothered by some aspect of Ford's conservative views. The Gov. of SC was similarly hounded after he made "disrespectful" remarks about "Obamacare." How could the public put the "heat" back on media liberals?posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 15:40
Going forward, perhaps the selection process could be altered? Entrance to the race might be limited to current GA superintendents. The office might be made an appointed position rather than elected; the Governor could appoint one of his own, or be constrained to picking among the sitting supers. OR, current superintendents could select one of their own for the position.posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 14:36
@sweept: Yes, the concept of modern retirement, flawed as it was, may be wiped-out. Along the way, the dispossessed increasingly may fall sway to Mr. or Mrs. "Fixits" with the usual turmoil, confusion; and spreading fear and anxiety.
In an otherwise useful narrative, the NYT gave the finger, so-to-speak, to "austerity" programs, and their alleged proponents. In other words, the whole point of the article might have been an attempt to organize more opposition against living-within-ones-means. Even with the global financial crisis and ensuing unemployment and debt crises in full view, the liberal Times editors argue in favor of another credit-fueled "bubble" economy as, now, the "only hope" of the people. Me? Exiting the Monetary Project Union, and introduction of native currencies would quickly bring relief; restructuring U.S. debt or even partial default would temper the USD and see thousands of American called back to produce and manufacture for a suddenly "alive" domestic market. The Times HATES this because it'd also put an end to the globalists' dreams (owners of the NYT) to enslave every citizen of the planet into debt slavery and a new feudal order. But, money talks, and b@*** walks ...posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 14:27
A temporary 2 year service rule might be helpful in getting the idle and unemployed off the streets and into gainful employment.posted @ Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 13:19
I applaud Smerconish's self-wallow in the usual liberal filth. It almost made me cry! He goes way beyond accepting that the 1st Amendment is a dated, probably, hateful relic; and scoots quickly to personal dialogue sharing intimate family details with his national audience. Awwwww! Will he, or won't he? Personally, I don't care though I think placing his children in foster care NOW might greatly benefit the nation. If I could have only one wish, it'd be that he STXU, or that the ABH Op-Ed editor find writers not formed from the self-indulgent, liberal cloth. I know that is asking a lot but the Athens' liberal choir needs to exercise their brains, and stop with the mind-wasting, gooey lib-tard cookies.posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 16:44
Our media should also laugh at itself; those charged with "following-the-money," frequently don't. They never vet the numbers to see if civic improvements produce more benefits than they consume. Like most lotto players, publishers and editors believe we can only win, by playing!posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 15:41
As for the rest of America, good luck. Because QE was relentlessly pumping money into the financial markets during the past five years, it killed the urgency for Washington to confront a real crisis: that of a structurally unsound U.S. economy.
It also locked-in an almost completely "lost" decade of economic prospects for working Americans. These purchaser-of-last-resort transactions replaced around-the-bend buyers scared-off when they realized the money was invested in destined-to-fail speculative home and commercial real estate deals. It has spawned another "mini-bubble" in the prices of real estate and financial assets that must be followed by a crash that both wipes out gains and leaves a huge debt bill on taxpayers. Thanks for nothing, Mr. Bernanke!
ON the other hand, likely it has eased some credit woes and allowed those who found renewed fiscal stewardship a way back towards solvency (others simply "doubled-down," and dug the hole deeper); but of all the stimulus efforts, this one likely was the least effective, most expensive, and the one that best rewarded capital interests; as though the U.S. did not already have a little problem with income distribution!
(And the maldistribution, as well, likely has reinforced the political divide with capital interests and big government liberals (1) on one side, and all those who work for a living, on the other.)
As for structural adjustment, the first thing Americans need realize is that all (2) they've known for the past 31 years has been a false prosperity, and credit-fueled bubble economy; the seemingly unstoppable, rapid growth we've seen was an economy on steroids. Hence, "reform" must first be one of changing one's mind as to just what a sane, sustainable economy looks, feels and acts like. This will create tremendous, acute anxiety in most Americans; on the other hand, many Americans have already endured years of that ... and things WILL improve in the future!
But as for policy change, the path forward is clear:
1. Re-price the flow of trade, labor and capital across sovereign boundaries in a way that re-inserts the need for domestic employment into the equation; call it "Bretton Woods 3.0"
2. Re-retransform the relationship between labor and capital so that capital must work harder to solicit labor, and not the other way around;
I'd guess this change agenda will go forward involuntarily; it may have to await an "Arab Spring" sort of situation in the U.S. If all the unemployed Americans could be organized, they likely have the voting power to oust the fools and install real "yes-we-can" policy-makers who put America back to work.
(1) Liberal democrats and mainstream "RINO" republicans on one side; tea party Republicans and working class (private sector workers NOT public sector workers) Americans on the other.
(2) Some economic gains were real, including those had by investments in more productive technology, etc.posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 14:58
Um, best not to press a ruling junta to "honor" a commitment. Doing so, historically, has required lots of barbed wire and 'special' camps and techniques to get the public to realize, after much cruelty, the promised thing indeed was delivered.posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 18:35
Strategic consolidation may favor certain institutions even as general enrollment numbers fall.posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 17:54
Your rubric leaves unexplained much of what we see in contemporary Georgia. As you rightly conclude, we ought be fearful of the incomplete description; of course, that routinely falls on deaf ears.posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 17:03
@E.J.: I think there is in regional competition, a penchant for tarring-and-feathering the south and whites, generally; however, as noted, human nature was never limited to whites though their majority status, historically, may have skewed the snap-shot. They need balanced coverage that does not single out a single ethnicity or region; the coverage you site may be part of that. Generally, though, the NYT coverage is like that of many other news organs, domestically: It duly notes racial, religious, and ethnic strife and violence around the globe (though I think it sometimes ignores violence against Christians), yet favors a black v. white rubric first in the U.S. As noted, this may be an inherent bias and false narrative based on the historical struggle for civil rights in the U.S. Going forward, a more practical and useful bent would temper the narrative, and bring it up to date. It would also include a closer look at state sanctioned discrimination written into, for instance, admissions policies of public institutions. When it is noted that some institutions consider race in admissions, why do liberals NOT bat an eye? It's that sort of hypocrisy and self-serving indulgent delusion that caused me to originate this thread. I don't expect the UGA marchers, Thompson, or anyone else to "get back to me" on that one. I figure both sides -- me and the liberals -- know the truth, already.
Now, back to the "racist" south, courtesy of you-know-who!posted @ Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 11:30
@mcdawg: Keynesianism was murdered in the U.S.A. by a conspiracy called the Washington Consensus.
No, "Keynesianism" was dispatched when bond-holders and other creditors learned about hair cuts, and/or beheadings. It is a loose, convenient theory, whose author, aptly and truthfully, only described what happens in the long run; the latter (Washington Consensus) a quick-and-dirty attempt to ascribe pell-mell global inflationary financial policy + "loosening" regulatory rubrics on T,L,C-flows, as something "planned," by "this-time-is-different, 4show," IDIOTS! They started a fire they can't put out, is one way to think of it.posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 18:39
@cilanti: Keep in mind, the top of the list at #1 is "existing workforce skills." Indirectly, at least, that may imply good local schools. Another caveat: This list of "important criteria" was developed NOT by asking corporate America, but by surveying "real estate executives."posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 16:22
@GroversMill: Too many of them have lost the fear of racism, and now see high taxes and government dysfunction as greater threats. The liberal media is doing all it can to warn of racism in the South, but their efforts are clearly not working like they used to. I blame Bush, for all of it!posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 15:32
Consolidation, as well, can be a powerful vehicle to homogenize institutional values and as such, it leads to more vulnerable "mono-crop" organizations.
In addition to the political popularity of "consolidation," I'd guess the Regents are gunning to suffuse "UGA-liberal-Athens" values throughout the entire system.posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 16:15
U.S. citizens have little hope of stopping the global super-presumption favoring free flows of workers, trade goods and capital, "duty-free," across national borders. But this policy-framework, long claimed to be necessary to fully realize the fruits of "comparative advantage," may be one designed, merely, to boost capital returns on investments. As such, it transforms traditional relationships between workers and employers; with the former headed back towards the Iron Law, and with the latter moving-up into the "1 percent" class.
Like a massive global Tsunami, the entire technocratic rubric powers forward under its own momentum completely immune, so far, from domestic constituencies, either in the U.S., or other affected nations. Worse, still, in "crisis" mode, all valves are more fully-opened, and the engine is set at maximum speed in a destined-to-fail bid to outpace a tidal wave of domestic constituency backlash. Even if world citizens cannot effectively tear-up the misnamed "free" trade pacts, the "free" capital flows that have undergirded the entire system were always unsustainable. THEN, the real end to this "experiment" will be one that sees capital become like a "hunted" thing, and ever fearful of its own demise. After that? Maybe Bretton-Woods III will emerge. There will be a post-"Great Moderation" new order. Interested parties ought ride out the storm as best they can, and be ready to influence new relationships and rubrics that must be formed after this storm storms itself out.posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 15:14
@DanMatthews: Dan, I don't know Mike, personally, but I have followed his career since the time he was in the state house. His story has been well-elaborated in the media. I differ with him on whether or not it is desirable to single out individuals or groups of people based on racial characteristics and to hold them up on that basis.posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 14:46
[quote][b]mcdawg[/b] - Same old tired and discredited neoliberal economic BS that created this massive trade deficit and destroyed our manufacturing base and technological leadership in so many industries[/quote]
Oberhelman seems to have a point about corporate taxes. As you know, foreign competitors sweeten the deal and bid down their rates in order to attract manufacturers. Globally, this is corporate tax arbitrage. Locally, we have little expertise or even willingness to measure tax break inputs v. net outputs whenever a manufacturer re-locates. I do credit the ABH and AJC for noting such credits were a part of the "deal." Then there is the problem associated with the fact older, established local producers do not get the same breaks.
Generally, that CAT relocated here disproves the conventional wisdom about educational inputs and the push for higher graduation rates. Whether Athens Tech, et al, likes it or not, most workers can be trained, in house, in a matter of days or weeks. A big part of the attraction was relatively cheap labor costs that might not be present if everyone, locally, had a PhD! Educational interests have inserted themselves, here, simply to hold or expand their budgetary authority. This is NOT a stab at "education," just at the self-serving deluded folks who've managed to worm themselves into our traditional systems. (And at the political leaders and Regents who have installed and supported them.)posted @ Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 14:17
“The purpose of the festival is to pay homage to Athens’s rich African-American heritage,” wrote the land trust’s community agriculture program director Christina Hylton in an email.
There is everything wrong in advocating for citizens on the basis of their race. Doing so helps nuture the seeds of division and separatism. We'd never invite a whites-first speaker to hold-up "white" history. Such a thing is a throwback to another era; can't we simply remember, and move on?
No white history. Or black, or Latino history. Only "our" history.posted @ Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 14:06
[quote][b]mcdawg[/b] - Here is a recent column from Paul Craig Roberts where he comments on your favorite "Keynesian". [/quote]
It matters not that Krugman is a liberal man of conscience and caring: American workers cannot work if jobs have been shutdown and transferred overseas.
As for "higher education," they could advocate for pro-American policy on trade, capital and labor flows. They could at least have policy-makers thinking and talking about these "bottom-line" issues. Unfortunately, our local and national "politics" is consumed by a pitched partisan battles over marginal items mostly divorced from "bread-and-butter" policy. (And, it is not far-fetched to believe this "grid-lock" in favor of the status quo, is deliberate.)
Thanks for the nice link, and further indictment of Paul Krugman.posted @ Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 13:59
[quote][b]ChrisManganiello[/b] - his interest in breaking-out of the student-centric economy in Athens (as recommended by the much heralded Janus Report)[/quote]
Anyone have a link to the Janus report?posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 16:12
In defense of higher education I can admit they've only done the sort of stuff the rest of us have done (private and public sectors). They got seduced by the Lord's of finance, and went down the leveraged brick road to Hell. YOU ARE HERE! (Too much house, no money for furniture!)
Like the O-Care website, the in-house, caretaker, "techies" are no match for what has a hold of 'em!
No matter! Default comes along with new management!
Pope Francis could offer words of comfort and support to the gilded Lords of Education.
My problem? THEY were supposed to be the smart people!
As it were, like Jamie Dimon, the Regents got up and danced when the music played! Now, they dance again to the tune of the new creditors!posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 15:53
Awk! Awk! Awk!
Doing nothing, via public funding, might be the less risky path and proper course given the current economy, government revenues, and pressing social needs in the area. That said, such a thing possibly could work. Or, ACC could float some bonds and use the proceeds to play the lottery.
Ideally, perks like the Blue Heron build would be driven by rising government revenues that came from higher employment and rising standards of living in the community. But "build it and they will come" seems a more perilous perhaps desperate bid given the "down" economy. In risk-taking, there is the potential for loss and more long-running debt that begins to eat into operational costs. It is notable, as well, that private "deal makers" will take their commissions, up front, leaving taxpayers on the hook for future losses or gains. Public expenditures, as well, cannot increase infinitely which means these inputs must produce a rising bubble that then subsides. On the other hand, such programs can spur an infux of private capital and individuals that help diversify and strengthen the local economy. But this is by no means certain. Slow, studied growth and expansion driven by a rising economy may be the safer if less-exciting path.posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 18:30
[quote][b]avenger[/b] - That's reality. Refusing to accept responsibility for shutting down government by blaming innocent public workers when they realized that people were angry.[/quote]
The GOP -- in fits and starts -- attempted to amend Obamacare, or otherwise get rid of it. They failed with not quite enough votes.
Next day, all the news is about the failed website, and broken promises that is O-Care.
As is, protests from democrats over the new program join with GOP howls and the din grows much louder. Much worse than the shutdown -- exploited by the White House in their insistence on barring Americans even from "open-air" Parks and Monuments -- are the health care "shut-down" letters from health insurers that were promised "never, to be." You can keep you doctor and your health plan! NOT!
For the bruised and battered conservatives, O-Care may be the gift that keeps on giving. Even in GA, you've already seen two dixicrat-wanna-bes (Barrow-Nunn) break ranks and get on the Hope-to-God, Re-election Express! The only question is will GA voters be dumb enough to believe them? I'd guess, "Not!"
Farewell and adieu, fair ladies ...posted @ Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 18:00
And once again, I'm absolutely aghast at the rank insensitivity of a number of the Athens Banner-Herald's online commenters. In a story on the ruling of a young woman's death as a suicide, where the only appropriate response is to express sadness at the loss, or condolences to family and friends, a number of commenters took it upon themselves -- based on what I'm SURE is their vast knowledge of police procedure -- to suggest that there might be something more to the story. read more
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