New motto for Georgia: THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED.
The legal definition of a boundary is what matters. Anyone can, and has in the past, moved property corners to try to gain property. Surveyors, sent to measure the actual boundaries of a property, have noted these movements. In court, it is the legal description which rules.
It is the same thing with respect to the state boundaries between Tennessee and Georgia. The legal definition rules. Way back in the day, when surveyors used transits, compasses, and "chains" (measuring tapes), it might be possible to be as much as a mile off. It did happen.
But the real border is what the legal description says it is. If newer technology can determine the exact boundary, then the new points (representing the actual points in the border) are the actual border between the states, as defined by the US Congress.)
Georgia is in the right here. The state line between Georgia and Tennessee is where the legal description says it is.
I don't think Cassie actually means a form of genetic nepotism in the comment @7:49. What is being referred to here, I think, is that she (Michelle Nunn) has been anointed by a certain element of the media/political Establishment as the de facto candidate of the Democrat Party in Georgia. Obviously (to me, at least) Cassie was referring to her (Michelle Nunn's) father's name. There's an very old Southernism about "trading on your daddy's name" that is, or was, very ill-received. That's what I resent that some of the same people who are responsible for the biggest ripoff in state history--the new stadium--are also involved with this project. I wish we'd have some debate about how public money is spent in the State of Georgia before we select candidates for ANY office, whether it's the US Senate--or any other elective offce!
When I read the (um) "exclusive" interview with the AJC, the first thing I encountered was that she is going to run against the "deficit" and the "debt". That's Saxby Chambliss' issue, and if she isn't smarter than him, then she shouldn't even be in this race, no matter who endorses her.
In case anyone's been on Mars or some other planet for the last 4 years, this argument over the deficit and the debt has been settled in the largest experiment in monetary policy in HISTORY.
NONE of the claims that were made by the so-called "deficit hawks" ever happened.
So if she wants to chase that rabbit around the warren, then please do, but don't run for high public office if you don't know how the monetary system of the US actually works.
Well, atlanta backer, let's count the ways that this is a rape, shall we? A rape is an exercise of unmitigated power.
In the first place, the primary recipient of this governmental largesse is a billionaire. He gets $2.75 added to every $100 in hotel/motel bills, 365 days a year, for a new stadium which houses his football team. A billionaire with connections to Cox Enterprises, which owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, WSB-AM (talk radio), WSB-FM and 5 other radio stations in the Atlanta area. Arthur M. Blank is on the board of directors of Cox Enterprises, which owns all these media outlets. They help determine what the region sees, reads, and hears. A huge amount of power.(When the hangup in the deal between the churches was "leaked" who was it "leaked" to: Jim Galloway, the Political Insider at the AJC. One need not be an FBI agent to figure this out.)
Not only that, but he gets all the revenue from parking, from concessions, from ticket sales, from PSL's (personal seat licenses, for those stupid enough to buy them), from any future sports franchises, like a professional soccer league team, and to add insult to injury, he has the state pay off the debt of the Georgia Dome and then tear down the Georgia Dome so that he will have no competition.
All this came about via the actions of a very well-connected lobbiest firm, McKenna, Long & Aldrich, LLP. http://www.mckennalong.com/
Among this firm's stable is former Congressman Buddy Darden. Also former governor and US Senator Zell Miller. Both these people publicly endorsed the NSP (New Stadium Proposal). Also members of former governor Sonny Purdue's staff. They were in the Georgia Legislature twisting arms when this deal went down. In other words, the billionaire Blank bought support from people who were for sale. And that support helped shape public opinion to the point that everyone in the state thinks this is a great deal. Umm, never mind
It seems that the public has a very different mind about this. They don't see why the Georgia Dome should be torn down to begin with, and they surely don't see why the state should pay to build a new palace for a billionaire.
If Arthur Blank wants to build a new stadium, then let him and the other members of the Cox Enterprises build it. If it's such a great deal, then let them pay for it.
I am shocked! Shocked! To hear that Chip Rogers' new mantra will be that everything that his boss, who appointed him (at a very handsome salary, I might add), is well and good and that the state will live happily ever after.
This is happening now, even before "Mr. Chip" enlightens us to what a great person his boss is. (Like this has never happened before...)
I hope that everyone takes notice that the figures provided by Common Cause aren't generated in-house, but are generated by CitiBank, who might know a thing ot two about these types of deals.
Also note that, except for the cheerleaders, almost all economists--including the Federal Reserve Board--consistently show that there is no net gain for a city when the public finances a sports stadium.
It is a fraud and a sham to claim, as the proponents have, that the new stadium will result in a net gain for the city, or the area, or the state.
This entire project was guided through the state legislature by a very powerful lobbying firm with ties to former Congressmen and Senators. The primary beneficary of this deal is a billionaire who owns the Atlanta Falcons, and is tied to the owners of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, WSB-AM, WSB-FM, and at least 5 other radio stations in the Atlanta area.
This deal just sucks in so many ways as to be indescribable. Where, oh where, is the national media? Here is a city being raped and NBC and CBS and ABC and CNN and even Fox are Mising in Action. Is this why we have a First Amendment?
Kasim Reed's attack on Comon Cause today said a lot about what is really at stake here. The Georgia legislature passed legislation which authorises the political entities to collect a tax upon any hotel or motel room rented in Fulton (and many other counties). A certain percentage of those taxes were dedicated to certain uses.
Among them was a 39.3% tribute to Arthur M. Blank, who owns 90% of the Atlanta Falcons football fanchise, to the tune of $2.75 for every $100 in rental value. To make this really simple, if your hotel bill is $150 then $10 is added to your bill. How'da'like me know that I have just hoisted $10 bucks from your bank account to satisfy the greed of a billionaire. And did it ever occur to anyone that those extra $10 dollars could be spent somewhere else. (What economists call "opportunity costs", and it goes on from there.) To make a very long story short, there has never in US history been a stadium, financed with public money, which has had a positive return for the public that funded it. None. Ever.
But what do we hear from those gladiators of the press? We could get rich if we coud just score one Super Bowl. Really! That's the jibe. It's total bullshit.
I have always, throughtout my entire life, held Common Cause in high regard. I continue to hold them in the highest regard. Kasim Reed needs to locate the next source of his income, because it isn't going to be coming from the public.
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