Someone made the off-hand comment yesterday about how all we ever do is post news links to this site from other sources. While I thought the comment in general was kind of thoughtless and unnecessary; I have been thinking about some stuff as I have been hearing multiple interviews with Bernie Marcus due to the GA Aquarium grand opening this week, and thought I would see what others think.
I think it is interesting that Bernie Marcus (Founder of Home Depot and primary benefactor of the new GA Aquarium, in case you have been living on Mars) will single-handily create more jobs in Atlanta then Shirley Franklin could ever hope to do.
In one interview, I heard him say something along the lines of, “I knew the government could never do anything like this, so I decided to turn to my own checkbook.”
I know there are a lot of Franklin fans out there, some of which are on my side of the aisle; however, I wonder what would happen if Bernie Marcus ever decided to turn his focus to politics. Now, I haven’t ever heard him show any interest in this – it is pure speculation on my part – and I don’t even know what his political philosophy would be. But, I just find it interesting that Bernie Marcus, independent citizen, will do more for this city than the beloved Mayor could do in a century.
Furthermore, let’s compare contributions from both sides: Bernie – has put more than a billion dollars of his own money to Atlanta and Georgia over time; the GA Aquarium being the primary and most effective one, which is projected to bring thousands of jobs to Atlanta and the state. Franklin – a song that sounds worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.
. . . Forgive me if I can’t see what everyone likes in Shirley Franklin.