Morning Reads for Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


Good Morning! With apologies to Doctor Seuss, the Georgia Reads in the political tradition of Marvin K. Mooney follow after the jump…


Oh the places you’ll go,
through the revolving door
turned out the public trust was just a detour,
from the State regulator to the employ of a bank
was not your state paycheck quite as blank?

On your way out, with your shoes full of feet and your head full of brain,
don’t get the idea you’ll be taking the train,
Norfolk Southern has decided there’s no room on its main,
and with barely a gurgle, all regional transportation plans circle the drain.

But what’s that voice from a-far, is perhaps the the rail door still a-jar?
Somewhere there’s a forma report-a,
saying that rail is required to make Atlanta a full city, not just a sorta
NS is just crudely negotiating, goes the retort-a
“don’t ignore the multi-modal,
without rail it’s one short of the total”
take the time to read Maria Saporta.

So at least in the near term, riding the rails is a no-go
MARTA can expand that which you know, though

Perhaps a truck is the vehicle of choice?
Though Savannah truckers oppose that in full voice
Or walking perhaps is the better move,
what with Georgia adults 46th in health, it would help us improve,

Or perhaps Natural Gas is your choice for power,
though lack of pumps causes Echols to glower,
or perhaps fight GP for solar,
though that’s even worse than the above option of becoming a stroller.

So you’ll choose the best method that you believe,
will allow you to complete your intention to leave,
because once you resign and it’s time to go,
it is important to actually show,
that you left voluntarily, and weren’t given the heave-ho,
unlike some chairman of the DPG we know.

Because this has become the most ungraceful ciao,
Marvin K. Mooney, can you please go now?

and National:

  • The Ten Biggest Economic Policy Mistakes of our own (HNN)
  • Should we legalize that which many bemoan? (Barron’s)
  • If companies can fire at will, they can also hire at will, it is “shown” (Telegraph)
  • More than Medicare, Defense, or Social Security, Washington ‘Spends’ More on Tax Breaks Alone (Atlantic)
  • Labor union decline, not computerization, main reason corporate profits have grown (EurekAlert)
  • Will it be safe? The public skies as the realm of the drone? (Yahoo)
  • Tokyo Prepares for a Sandy-type cyclone (Bloomberg)
  • Are We about to enter the Electric Car Zone? (Daily Beast)
  • Behind the ‘Internet of Things’ Is Android—It’s Gone Beyond the Phone (Businessweek)


  1. sockpuppet says:

    Georgia State University is single-handedly redeveloping downtown, buying up buildings left vacant by acquisitions, consolidations and the great recession.

    Curiously, they aren’t adding more dormitories. Only 4000 dorm rooms for a university of 30,000. Also, how big does GSU want to get? Does it want to be one of those supermax universities like Ohio State (64,000) or Texas A&M (50,000)? If they keep adding capacity, it can happen. GSU (along with the University of Nebraska) succeeded where other universities like the University of the District of Columbia and City College of New York failed, which was to find a way to build a legitimate research university and maintain – actually improve – their graduation rates without relying on entrance examinations like the SAT and ACT for undergraduate admissions. So they can easily add thousands of students to their undergraduate enrollment.

    Georgia State used to live in constant fear of getting merged into Georgia Tech to give the state the comprehensive research university (although not quite … it would still lack a medical school) that it currently lacks. Its growing and size and profile (yes, including the football team) pretty much eliminates the chances of that happening.

    I wonder why Georgia Tech never got into the expansion act. I remember during the boom there were rumors that it was planning a massive expansion and acquisition drive down North Avenue that would have pushed it into Midtown. The old city hall east/Sears building was there for the taking, and cheap but now that opportunity is gone as the city has finally found developers willing to take that property. If Georgia Tech, which seems to be in a general malaise (athletics is down, no major new programs or innovations other than the low cost MSCS degree, and they’ve lost their monopoly on engineering to Georgia Southern and UGA) doesn’t watch out, they’ll be #2 in their own city.

      • Ed says:

        I was talking to sp. But yes, I hope you don’t think you’re a good poet. You really aren’t and we all know it. When I see your MRs now I don’t stop for them, just blow by it.

        • Stefan says:

          Yeah, I hear you. More of a mental exercise. Getting the meter right is nearly impossible with news stories. It didn’t occur to me until the second reading of Oh The Places You’ll Go that it is written in anapestic tetrameter. I rewrote some of the above to match, but if you have to write “regulator” there’s only so much you can do.

          • Ed says:

            I commend your effort.
            In a day there is much to do.
            With your litigating duties,
            And work turning Georgia blue,
            I do think you should be commended,
            For walking in a poet’s shoe.
            (Although wearing two might be more practical.)

    • sockpuppet says:


      Was that directed at my comment? If so, I certainly do not mean Georgia State passing Georgia Tech in academic rating, research, reputation, prestige etc. But consider this: Georgia Tech is already ahead of UGA in those things. Yet which university rules the state, and even curries more interest and support in Atlanta? Why UGA does. If Georgia State keeps increasing in size and enrollment to the point where it takes up a good chunk of the city and a ton of city residents are graduates of the school, then yes it may well surpass Georgia Tech when it comes to “first college that people think of when Atlanta is mentioned” just as UGA is the first college that people think of when Georgia is mentioned.”

  2. xdog says:

    The College Republican National Committee offers a lengthy report on the failure of the gop to appeal to young voters. Some of the results are scathing.

    “In the focus group research conducted in January 2013, the young ‘winnable’ Obama voters were asked to say what words came to mind when they heard ‘Republican Party.’ The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

    Or this: “Asked which words least described the GOP, respondents gravitated toward ‘open-minded’ (35%), ‘tolerant’ (25%), ‘caring’ (22%), and ‘cooperative’ (21%).”

    The report sees three parts to the gop’s failure to connect with under-30s and where they hope to improve–technology, policy, and brand. Me, I vote for policy–banning gay marriage, limiting abortion and pregnancy counseling, keeping the browns out, and pushing for more tax cuts on the very rich didn’t play well with a lot of people, young and old, and are on the wrong side of history to boot–but my guess is that most efforts at change will be made on the tech and branding side.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Nice column by a Marta rider but subjective is a feel good. Also, High speed rail is to connect millions, not football fans. We need to better understand the steady decline in ridership and the total picture of transportation needs in the metro.

  4. Scott65 says:

    Stephan please say it aint so
    That bad norfolk southern says its “no go”
    but doesnt the State own most right of way?
    so wouldn’t you think they’d have something to say?

    There…thats a moderately good effort.

    • saltycracker says:

      This is my understanding – not being a RR expert:

      Norfolk Southern owns the right of way (easement) and the tracks.
      RR’s generally have right of way to operate on (un-abandoned) tracks owned by others.
      Southern RR sold the beltway right of way to Atlanta.
      Southern RR sold their multi-million dollar loosing passenger system to Amtrak.
      Amtrak operates on tracks owned by other RR’s but is responsible to bring them up to passenger capabilities.
      I’d suspect Amtrak some very restricted times/conditions of operation for safety purposes.

      Lots of short line spurs around with 15 mph ratings that would cost millions+ to upgrade to passenger.

      Not the best idea for govt to force freight RR’s to move passengers, unless we can dedicate some Interstate lanes to trucks only.

  5. Scott65 says:

    The Strippers the Owners on edge of their chair
    The vote they were waiting for soon would be there
    The vote meant survival for them dont you see
    Cheshire Bridge Road was where they should be
    A hush in the room as the council then voted
    the tally was taken and dutifully noted
    The Strippers the Owners then shouted with Glee!
    Cheshire Bridge Road is where they would be

    • Lea Thrace says:

      Ugh. This one hurt my heart. I remember meeting him several times out on the islands as a kid. He helped keep me motivated with my musical endeavours. So sad.

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