Kasim Reed: Cities ‘being strangled’ by gridlocked Washington

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was in New York this week, pitching American cities as an alternative to a gridlocked federal government.

“We’re being strangled by the lack of action at the federal level. That’s why mayors are where the action is,” Reed said at a high-end forum with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and New York Deputy Mayor Robert Steel.

Said Reed, via The Atlantic, a co-sponsor of the Tuesday event:

“If you look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, less than 10 percent of those dollars went into cities, where 80 percent of GDP occurs,” he said. “We’re going to have to shift national politics, and we’re going to have to shift state politics. Governors have a better lobby than mayors do.

“That’s why they got 90 percent of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, when that money should have gone to cities. Because we deploy it faster, we’re more creative, and we’re more representative of the majority of the United States of America.”

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The Daily Caller this morning is the latest outlet to wonder why the GOP presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich deserves Secret Service protection that is costing tens of thousands of dollars a day:

Gingrich reportedly requested Secret Service protection in February and was granted a detail in early March.

In April 2008, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee that it was then costing the agency roughly $38,000 a day to service each candidate receiving protection, which was then just Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, kicks off his re-election campaign today with the help of Herman “9-9-9” Cain, fresh from that D.C. rally earlier this week.

How does Cain figure into a freshman senator’s first re-elect? Remember that McKoon was one of only three state legislators to endorse the Hermanator – before the Cain presidential campaign really took off, if memory serves.

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wants to pick up another friend in the state Senate. The Rome News-Tribune reports Cagle will be coming to Rome next week to endorse Doss’ candidacy.

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On the same day that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a rewrite of the state laws governing open records and open government meetings, Cumming Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt ordered a woman out of a council meeting because she was attempting to make a video recording.

“We are aware of the situation and have opened a file. We will be sending a letter to the city attorney to get their side of the story. Under both the old sunshine law and the new law that was just signed by the governor yesterday, video and sound recording of a public meeting are permissible,” said Laura Kane, spokeswoman for Attorney General Sam Olens.

Exactly where Olens stands on the issue shouldn’t really be in doubt. Via Twitter this morning, he sent out a link to the Fox 5 version of the incident.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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47 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

April 19th, 2012
10:26 am

How many people did Cain have at his “rally” in DC that werent his staff? 20?

zeke

April 19th, 2012
10:42 am

Reed is a joke! Hopefully in the next election he will be replaced just as Obozo will!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
10:49 am

I, for one, haven’t forgotten November of 2011 Kaseem. And when your reelection bid comes up I will help ANYONE that opposes you, in the primary and in the general election.

Look before I leap...

April 19th, 2012
10:50 am

I wonder where Reed got his numbers?

The majority of domestic output in urban areas is in services which is less than half of GDP.
Agriculture and manufacturing (both typically non-urban based) are larger shares of GDP.

Methinks that Mr Reed misread a memo.

td

April 19th, 2012
10:52 am

Sam will make a good governor in two or 6 years from now (depending if Deal decides to run again).

Look before I leap...

April 19th, 2012
10:54 am

Newt is a pompous ass who for all his fiscal responsibility rhetoric, does not mind spending $50K per day of the taxpayer’s money simply because he is addicted to the idea of being important enough to warrant a security detail.

td

April 19th, 2012
10:56 am

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
10:49 am

Reed is the best African American mayor Atlanta has had (the best mayor in Atlanta I have seen). He was a little slow in throwing out those park invaders but it was differently the correct and LEGAL decision. He should have sent the horse police in and knocked some heads together.

Johns creek

April 19th, 2012
10:57 am

so the problem is tat Washington is not sending money to the cities? why should it? the cities should raise their own revenue rather than have Washington collect the taxes for them. Lower federal taxes and raise city taxes. Problem solved.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
11:02 am

@TD – The fact that you like him just confirms my desire to already remove him. And that should be a slogan for his opponent, “Loved as a compliant tame mayor by conservatives around the state.”

Look before I leap...

April 19th, 2012
11:15 am

@td

So why would a former GADOT board member who has never held publicly elected office make a good governor? I remind you that there were persistent issues with GADOT’s accounting methods during his tenure.

Michael

April 19th, 2012
11:16 am

Look Before I Leap, the CIA World Factbook states that 82% of the US population live in urban and suburban areas. Also, the CIA lists “services” sector as 76.7% of the US GDP in 2011.

honested

April 19th, 2012
11:28 am

Can the Secret Service just give ‘nut’ a paper bag to put over his head?

honested

April 19th, 2012
11:30 am

Michael,

Of course distributing funds to the Metro Atlanta area would go against the auslanders notion that they ’send all their money to Atlanta’ as opposed to the reality ‘without Atlanta, all you hillbillies would starve’.

Becky

April 19th, 2012
11:31 am

honested-it would have to be a hefty bag not the normal brown paper variety.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
11:33 am

@Honested – Make Atlanta a separate state.

Truth

April 19th, 2012
11:34 am

But only a fraction of the 5.5 million in Metro Atlanta (420,000) live in the City! HA HA! 8%!

td

April 19th, 2012
11:42 am

Look before I leap…

April 19th, 2012
11:15 am

Sam Olens is the elected AG of the state now and has served as an elected Cobb county BOC chairman for many years previous. I think you have my statement mixed up with another person.

gm

April 19th, 2012
12:02 pm

zeke

Any black man to a hillbilly is a joke, please pick your hood of the floor, you and the georgia conservatives are the reason people around the country look at this state as a joke .

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:04 pm

(shrugs) Inside the Perimeter then, and quite frankly 420,000 is still more than Wyoming. And look at the crap that Wyoming produces.

gm

April 19th, 2012
12:05 pm

When you leave Georgia how many people around the country care or heard about any city other then Atlanta?
If it was not for Atlanta, this state would be hicksville of the south””’

MrLiberty

April 19th, 2012
12:17 pm

Translation – The Federal Government isn’t stealing enough money quick enough and giving it to the cities fast enough so that they can waste it on make-work projects that do absolutely nothing more than employ more folks who will vote for folks like Mayor Reed.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

@MyLiberty – Only a cowardly dem like Obama would allow any federal money to go to Red areas at all.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

And its the other way around MyLiberty….the rural areas steal OUR money. Time we stole it back.

Look before I leap...

April 19th, 2012
12:22 pm

I withdraw my earlier comment re; GDP.

CIA Factbook does not cite how it arrives at its number but per the BEA:

Personal Consumption – Services 47%
Net Import/Export – Services 1%
Govt Spending 20% (no breakout between goods/services) but even if counted as services we only get 68% total.

In this case I leaped before I looked as I was using the 46% personal consumption number as the basis for my statement.

Regarding urban/suburban percentages, that is a bit of a red herring.
Metro Atlanta claims 4.5M population however less than 10% of that number reside within the city limits. Somehow, I don’t think Mayor Reed’s money grab was intended to be spent in John’s Creek or Sandy Springs.

td

April 19th, 2012
12:26 pm

gm

April 19th, 2012
12:05 pm

When you leave Georgia how many people around the country care or heard about any city other then Atlanta?

How many cities can you name in NY, VA, CO, MA or even AL, SC and NC? Your whole argument is flawed. As far as a joke to the rest of the country, I know most people from the south and midwest believe northerners are a bunch of ignorant fools so what is your point?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:29 pm

@TD – The point is expel the south, and occupy the midwest, and if they launch a resistance, expel them to the south.

td

April 19th, 2012
12:29 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

Can you please tell us the next time you go out and occupy a park in ATL so I can come down and laugh when Reed send in the police with the tear gas?

Look before I leap...

April 19th, 2012
12:29 pm

@td

Thought you meant David Doss (Sam David Doss).

honested

April 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

Aaron B…

My point entirely.

If we got OUR money back, using it for appropriate commuter rail to Gainesville, Athens, Macon, Rome, even Augusta if somebody can come up with a reason to go there would be a good idea.

Less fuel wasted, less time wasted, less brown air in the summer.

But I’m sure the auslanders have different ideas for how we should spend OUR money.

honested

April 19th, 2012
12:32 pm

td,

You just don’t get around the Country enough.

One need not visit many places outside our Capital City to know where the problem is.

One need not get far out of our State to know how civilization is Progressing.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:34 pm

@TD – Why on earth would I got to an Occupy meeting? DHS agents are compiling an enemies list for their corporate masters. I help in other ways.

Having said that, please let me know the next time you Tea up the joint so we can photograph you.

@Honested – We need a constitutional amendment saying that federal and state money can’t be spent beyond an 50% rate more than 50 miles from its source. Contards would be all over that….until they realized what it really meant.

td

April 19th, 2012
12:37 pm

honested

April 19th, 2012
12:32 pm

You are right that I do not travel a lot. I am either at work, my children’s activities or in on the beach at my condo. It is a nice life.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:43 pm

To be clear…I like Occupy. I think they’re the best thing since sliced bread. But I’m NOT a member of Occupy or the Tea Party.

Carole

April 19th, 2012
12:44 pm

Truth
But only a fraction of the 5.5 million in Metro Atlanta (420,000) live in the City! HA HA! 8%!
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That is why it is referred to as METRO Atlanta. The figure should be 0%. Otherwise you live in Atlanta.

td

April 19th, 2012
12:47 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
12:43 pm

To be clear…I like Occupy.

What is there to like about a bunch of pot smoking, drug taking 20 something narcissist that think they are know everything and think they are to good to take a entry level job.

My guess is you relate to them on every level.

Carole

April 19th, 2012
12:49 pm

td
What is there to like about a bunch of pot smoking, drug taking 20 something narcissist that think they are know everything and think they are to good to take a entry level job.
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And you have police records to back up these statements?

Carole

April 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

Newt is a hoot! He has a snowballs chance in h#ll of winning or even getting close to the nomination, but doesn’t mind spending taxpayer money on security. Maybe the confetti scared him. Since he’s so interested in teaching poor kids about working and making an honest living, wonder what this is teaching them?

td

April 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

Carole

April 19th, 2012
12:49 pm

If you had actually been watching other then liberal media then this would be as plain as the nose on your face.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

@Totally Disgusting – I like them because they piss you off.

Seriously. That’s the thing I like the most about them. After that, their dogmatic and (slightly insane) adherance to their democratizing everything, making them very hard to get taken over like what happened with the Tea Party. And finally, because they’re pointing out the blatant failure of capitalism. Which, by the way, it has.

It is just a slow lingering death compared to Communism.

When people like you are allowed to believe what you believe, Capitalism has failed.

Carole

April 19th, 2012
1:13 pm

td
Carole

April 19th, 2012
12:49 pm

If you had actually been watching other then liberal media then this would be as plain as the nose on your face.
+++++++

Thanks once again for the afternoon laugh.

Uh, let’s just pretend that I don’t watch anything else. School me on what should be plain as the nose on my face.

Carole

April 19th, 2012
1:14 pm

I vote we give Newt the secret service men who were just fired. I can’t imagine he’d need more than 3.

td

April 19th, 2012
1:15 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

Since you are such a brilliant person that know everything (I am sure you are not over the age of 25). Can you explain to us what the “perfect system looks like? What should our government look like? How should our economy run? What is role of the market and the government?

honested

April 19th, 2012
1:43 pm

Carole,

Now that is just too much of a target rich environment…….nut, with a fresh batch of SS Agents that know where to find the hookers?
I don’t know who would stay busier, the working press or the late night comics.

honested

April 19th, 2012
1:47 pm

td,

Let me answer for Aaron, but first put yourself in the mood…

Listen to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.

Now take every word of it seriously, because without wealth, fear of imaginary beings and military might to enforce things to the contrary, that is pretty much how it would be.

The second question is a false supposition, pretending the economy can only ‘run’ the way it is now.

The role of the government is to protect the Citizens from the ‘market’ (whatever that really is).

And I’m more than twice 25!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 20th, 2012
10:16 am

@TD – An interesting question. (Part 1 of 3)

Not The South – a Modest Proposal for a Perfect Utopia.

How to Achieve it: First, eventually the idiots that is the population of the US recognizes that the South is the source of about 75% of the problems facing our country today. Further, the founding fathers of Not The South recognize the importance of having an Other in the Sline mind, and as such decide to construct a Utopia based on the evils and hypocrisy of this most backward and violent people.

1) Pass an act of congress revoking all declarations after the civil war that declared the secession illegal. If necessary, pass an amendment. Expel the south.

2) Ensure that no federal money or assets go to the south. Retain cities as East Berlins within this area.

3) Watch the shouting and barking of southern politicians, who, more than any other breed of the species, love to hear themselves speak. At some point they will threaten violence with their guns that can’t be pried from their cold dead hands.

4) Declare this a terrorist threat.

5) Invade the south.

6) Declare all inhabitants of the South enemy combatants and treat them by the Bush standard. Since this means that they are no longer inhabitants of the human race, you can do whatever you want with them.

Southern Reservations – Round up the population of the south (city dwellers and democrats (of the non dixie crat variety) can be exempted upon passing an Empathy test and swearing an oath that the Civil war was about slavery). The wealth taken from southerners can be used to set up a titanic international charity to pacify international human rights groups. Fox news can be converted into the South Sucks network which will instead be used to spin everything that the new nation of Not The South is good. This will not stop their whining entirely, but you can’t have everything.

The inhabitants of Southern Reservations will be walled up inside of compounds. Their basic currency will be pyrite with the amount strictly regulated based on cars without wheels. Access to petroleum, guns and basic medicine will be forbidden. This is punishment for their obsession with drilling, weaponry and denying health care to others. They will be allowed crossbows, and they will still be allowed to accessorize these crossbows with laser sights, night vision sights, mudflaps with scantily clad females and pig snouts if they wish.

Without petroleum, one can imagine that they might begin to use the cars without tires ala Fred Flintstone, which is appropriate given their essentially sub human nature. Without access to basic medicine, the Southern Reservations will quickly devolve into pre 18th century medicine where leeching and Witch burnings are relatively common.

They will still be allowed access to their religions, but the one religion that binds them together, the Republican Church, will be strictly regulated. They will not be allowed a pope ala Rush, but will instead have to rely on a carefully selected council of Republican Cardinals, who, while obviously desired for their ability to deny reality will in fact be forbidden from advocating violence. Indeed, the primary goal of the reservations, utterly impossible of course, will be to allow nature to take its course and slowly breed the natural capacity for sociopathic violence out of the former convict population.

The future of the reservations: Eventually, once a space elevator is established, the Southerns will be relocated to the moon, their natural habitat. Be assured, they will not have access to either rail guns or artificial intelligence, though by this point, computers will probably be blamed as part of the reasons that God forsake them and allowed them to be defeated in the Second Civil War, so they will probably throw stones at any computers they find. This might be a problem since computers will likely be necessary to maintain their natural habitats….

What is to be done with Southern Land: Well, after the rest of the population of the world has the world’s biggest party that this most annoying cultures has been finally dealt with and the Southerners are dressed up in bright orange jump suits and forced to pick it up (eat it where possible and applicable to reduce public spending and encourage recycling) then the land shall be given to most of the groups the southerners hated, including Native Americans, African Americans, Hippies, Latinos and Muslims. Indeed, a veritable 2nd mecca will occur where Southern Christian churches are replaced with mosques and pagan temples as a perpetual reminder to the defeated southerners of their humiliation, shame and sub human nature.

Large amounts of mass transit will also be built. While the rest of Not the South will have excellent and functional transit, the mass transit in the south will be superflous and garish, four or five times that which is necessary given the basic population. All southern reservations will be located near one of these tracks so that the local southerners can throw rocks or shoot crossbow bolts at the evil mass transit systems. This, of course, is why all such trains will be fully equipped with the most modern defense systems that will retaliate with lasers and/or gamma radiation against assaults by the primitives.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 20th, 2012
10:25 am

Not the South (Part 2 of 3)

A More Perfect Union: Not The South decides to forgo a written constitution, given the slavish worship of southerners. As such, they adopt a parliamentary system of government, however they adopt that of France (since many southerners also dislike this country) but the parliament is actually called the Duma in light of the Russian legislature (since this is somewhat similar to communists). All political parties add the word communist to their names, and none of them (by penalty of death) include the word Republican, Christian or Business in any of their names.

Voting rights are extended to all. Forbidding access to voting is also forbidden. In fact, because the South was all about suppressing access to the vote, voting is mandatory and compulsory at the age of 14. As a result, many stupid southern policies such as banning alcohol, drugs and pornography effectively end over night.

Abortion factories are created. Since the people of Not the South are not monsters, they really don’t actually get abortions, but they do actually create vast shrines where artificial wombs are created with the cloned DNA of southerners, which are then exposed to the air and allowed to die just before birth to separate the difference between humans and non humans.

On Religion: Since the south was all about religion, no religion is allowed to impose its will on others. This means that any organized religion or movement beyond a 200 person limit is automatically subject to a vote by the population at large. Thus, religions like Catholicism, Northern Baptist (Southern Baptist is forbidden) and Mormon are possible, but their leadership is selected at large by the membership, subject to veto by the population at large (primarily if they attempt to enter politics). Furthermore, the larger the church, the more it is taxed to maintain the Southern Reservations as well as the perpetual Never Forget The Monsters shrines scattered throughout the realm.

Legislature: Since the Senate was created by the South, for the South and By The South, all mention of a republic is forbidden and the descendants of senators are forbidden from public office.

Executive: Since southern presidents and their enablers have been discovered to abuse all power, executive is enabled in a Prime Minister but the power of the veto is spread among the vast population, which can veto any action by the legislature or the prime minister.

Courts: Judges are selected on a carefully devised formula based on how much they are Not Southern genetically and psychologically. Thus, their empathy must be high and their intelligence must be exceptional.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 20th, 2012
10:33 am

Not the South (Part 3 of 3)

Entertainment: Every five years, all news people and popular entertainers are exposed to Southern Reservations. Anyone that the Southerners like is deemed a threat to society and removed from public view. Those who insist on violating this stricture are shunned and eventually banished from Not The South.

News: All news must be truthful all the time. Lying on the news is subject to penalty of being sent to the gulag…er…Southern Reservation.

Science: Since the South hates science, all science is well funded at all times with 10% of the governmental budget.

Budget: Ironically, while the south claimed to care about deficits, since southerners and Republican presidents were the people most responsible for ruining the economy and creating deficits, with the expulsion of the South as well as unlimited pork projects to satisfy them to actually get anything done with government, the government never actually runs a deficit and instead regularly gains a profit, which is poured into industry, primarily since the Government owning the Means of Production is Socialism, which, as we know is Southern Kryptonite.

All of these industries attract the best and the brightest among business people and run suprisingly well, better than any other business in their industry since the shame of allowing the South to be right is more than anyone in these companies can bear, so they work harder, longer and innovate more than any other group in the history of mankind.

Economy: Instead of rewarding based on the ability to know the right people (ie the South), lie and be a sociopath (ie the south) or be good at Math, it is decided that excellence in science, art and history are the paramount virtues of society and are paid more than those who have the former three skills. Note, ACTUAL entrepenurs are valued for their ability to build the economy, but are paired with 1-3 artists who must earn as much as they do, thus the Randian entrepenurs don’t do anything but the real entrepenurs enrich not only themselves but people around them.

Inherited Wealth is not tolerated since this is aristocracy which is a Southern Virtue.

Finally, the letters T and D are struck from the English language and replaced by two letters from the Cyrillic Alphabet.

And they all lived happily ever after.