Thursday, January 26, 2006

I Don't Blog I Just Post A Lot

Well, blogger was acting like a little bitch yesterday, at least for me, and I couldn't even read comments, much less post.

And on top of that, the fun police at work (also known as the CIS dept.) have decided not to let us post on blogs from the work computers.

So I'm kinda jonesin' to post. Since my co-editor has promised a post on redistricting, I'll let that lie for now. Here goes:

GOTD - A profile of Athens on Budget Travel Online.

Cathy Cox goes on her Tour de Georgia.

UGA shows Richt the money (and the long-term contract).

The Clarke County split passes out of committee.

Query: How many people will Tom Chasteen piss off in the process of trying not to piss anybody off?


Anonymous said...

how many people will Chasteen piss off...? Great question!

My answer: All of them.

monticello_pres said...

Here's a question - what purpose will this resolution serve?

It will further distance our A/CC Commissioners from the powers that be. Sometimes in life things don't go well. Things happen that we wish would not. But do you cut down the forest to save a tree?

Have we in A/CC been represented well? I would submit that neither Dems nor R's have represented us well. Heck, the picture of Rep Heard (protesting the petty and ill conceived redistricting plan) was the first time I had even seen him in months. Or longer. Maybe it was just his cardboard replica, I'm not sure.

UGA gets their share and the folks in ATL think A/CC is taken care of. Meanwhile the roads leading to/from are neglected and ill planned. Gas prices remain higher here than in surrounding areas. And our opportunities to take part in the state fun-and-games spending sprees (and plans) seem to die on the vine.

At this point we need better representation, more collaboration between local and state officials, and less "we stood up against them" heroics.

(Don't get me wrong, I just love when Elton talks tough. It reminds me of his hero - John Barrow. I would almost be willing to give $1 to anyone that can find an example of either of them backing those words up, though.)

hillary said...

UGA gets its share by being fully funded according to the state formula? Oh wait. No. There's a lot of big talk, occasionally a fancy building, and no money for the rest of the damn school.

The only way Athens/UGA is really going to get a piece of the pie is with a Democratic representative and a Democratic state government.

Adrian said...

In theory, a resolution from a local government should send a message to a higher level of government. The local officials are the democratic representatives of an area with views likely to be closer to the actual views of the electorate since the voting districts are smaller. If the state officials feel "distanced", then they share much of that blame.

Fishplate said...

Didn't Athens have a Democratinc representative and a Democratic government, and didn't Georgia have a Democratic government, up until a few years ago?

What good did that do? What has changed?

hillary said...

What has changed? Dude. You clearly don't work for the university otherwise you'd understand a bit more how different things are. The university actually used to be funded. Now, not so much, resulting in continual tuition raises (which in turn make people antsy about using up all the HOPE money) and staff being squeezed wherever possible. It also results in far fewer jobs in Athens. Whenever the university puts a hiring freeze on, it has a decently sized impact on the area.

monticello_pres said...

Hillary... surely you are aware that all economies are cyclical. There are good times and there are bad times. And, quite honestly, neither Dems nor Republicans are to blame or thank. Senior Greenspan has as much - if not more - to do with our economy than anyone else. But even he is somewhat reactive to the cycles of the economy itself.

And, as a matter of thought, if you wanted to make an arguement that politicians do drive our economy, you can't say that it's an immediate reaction. It's that whole steering of a battleship arguement. It doesn't turn on a dime. So one could make a real arguement than Reagan's decisions steered us into the boom of the 90s and Clinton's policies have led us to the past few years. Only time will tell - long after he is gone to shovel shit on the ranch - what this Bush's policies will do.

Or you can live by your clouded judgement that Democrats save the world and Republicans hate jobs and education. Either way.

DoubleDawgDareYa said...

Yeah, because those really are the two only options.

Either view is both naive and overly simplistic.

Are there long-term economic effects of decisions made by Presidents that show up years later during another President's term? Yes. Are there other impacts felt more immediately? Also yes. You can't use the former to relieve yourself of any responsibility for the latter.

But I can see why someone supporting an R likes the argument: anything bad that happens is because of the evil, capitalism-hating Democrats that used to be in office, and anything good that happens later with a D in office is because of what the R did.

hillary said...

Also, I'd appreciate it if everyone would stop assuming I'm a Democrat. I do think the university system was better off when the state government was run by the Democrats, but that's not the same thing.

This is not about tough times versus good times. It's about what you spend your money on as a state.