Atlanta is growing, expecting to sit at the core of a metropolitan statistical areas boasting a population of 9.0 million residents over the next twenty years. I saw something at the Whole Foods in Midtown during Hurricane Irma that made me question the resilience of the city. While customers raided the shelves for bottled water, they left a lot of alkaline water on the shelves. These are the very customers that swear by the health benefits of alkaline water, but in this instance they were foregoing health for the cheaper water. Shouldn’t health be a consistent part of life?
It just seemed a little hypocritical to me that residents of a city sitting over a thousand feet above sea level and relatively inland would go forego their values regarding health because of a storm that was not expected to bring any where near the damage expected by our neighbors to the south. But there the shelves were; not one bottle of water with the exception of $3.99 bottles of alkaline water.
The 21st century Atlantan is interesting to observe. No, more like slightly amusing. The body language of the people in the core city reflects not a care in the world. I often wonder if these people have jobs much less a care in the world. They look more like displaced mid-westerners trying to make Atlanta proper look and feel like Manhattan. I guess this is the type of swag you should expect from citizens that occupy an alpha-city.
But it looks more to me like a city that has no character. Yes, the jobs are coming here. Almost 80,000 were created in Atlanta in 2016, but I see a blandness. The city is so transient that the people with some skin in the cultural game, mainly those that were born here, appear to be outnumbered by those of us who were not. This is nothing new. I heard this complaint back in the mid 1980s when I first lived here. The resentment of people who were born here that believed they were being foreclosed from opportunities because out of town people moving to the Peach City were blessed and highly favored by employers.
They are probably right. I know very few people who were born here. Mary Norwood, a candidate for Atlanta mayor wasn’t born here. Cleta Winslow, a member of the Atlanta city council representing my district, wasn’t born here. I have high school and law school classmates that live in the area, none of whom are from here.
Southern charm is being pushed out by Northern and Midwestern blandness.
All political systems get hacked. If you understood your nation’s history you would understand that its coming into existence was the result of a hack. You are too focused on the technology used today. Every 4th of July you celebrate the men that committed the first hack of the system and even they expected their newly created system subject to continuous hacking.
The real question is why would anyone attempt to hack a political system unless they believed the allocation of “justice” was not sufficient? Politics is about allocation of power. Whether the hackers are a bunch of slave-holding white boys in 1776, black and Jewish civil rights leaders in 1963, women’s lib protesters in 1972, or white nationalists in 2017, someone or some group is always hacking your system.
Maybe you should take a closer look at your system. It’s like driving a car that breaks down every ten miles. Sooner or later you have to figure out why.
The Wall Street Journal today reported that investors did a little flight to safety moving money from equities into the bond markets as a result of today’s federal indictment of Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald J. Trump. The increased demand drove up bond prices while sending bond yields down.
According to The Journal, yields fell to 2.374% from 2.426% for the ten-year Treasury note. Investors believe that the indictment will divert Mr Trump and Congress’ attention from tax reform and other economic growth initiatives. As the investigation continues and hearings for Mr Manafort get on the way, investors probably believe that the Administration will be in denial and prevent mode between now and mid-terms.
I believe that this indictment alone should not engender this type of fear and that by tomorrow it may pass.
My more experienced litigation posse may confirm this, but you are supposed to make your strongest argument up front, and if your argument is that there was complicity between the Trump campaign and Russia but your indictment of the campaign manager doesn’t even include the word, “Russia”, something is wrong.
Maybe Shonda Rhimes wrote this indictment or is running this investigation. Maybe she wants Mueller to do a Perry Mason and build up to a dramatic finish at the end.
So far, however, failure to properly vet a campaign manager is not an impeachable offense although one could raise questions about the judgment of Mr Trump.
Maybe there is a surprise ending being written in this script, details forthcoming. In the meantime, I don’t see the Trump administration being overly distracted by this indictment. I expect them, however, to create a few more of their own as their inside the Beltway experience grows.