Introducing a new traffic mascot: Mr. Stan Still

The hard-sell TV campaign for the transportation sales tax in metro Atlanta begins next week, we’re told. In the meantime, the so-called educational side of the campaign is staking out some off-beat Internet territory with a series of lectures from a Mr. Stan Still.

Uh-huh. Watch here:

The press release from the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network informs us that the video is funnier if you’re not a crusty old man:

With 40 days remaining until the Regional Transportation Referendum vote, MAVEN is continuing to educate voters across the region. The organization has partnered with COLLYDE and Green Tricycle Studios to produce a four-part series on Mr. “Stan Still”, a fictional Atlanta commuter helping metro Atlantans cope with our legendary traffic.

“Our hope is that our Gen X / Y peers will catch wind of this comedic series and help push the satire virally- not just for laughs in their inboxes, but more than anything, to spur the younger generation to be a part of critical decisions shaping our city’s future”, said Tara Makarechi, a partner at COLLYDE and in-town Atlanta resident.

Look for three more to come.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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68 comments Add your comment

Jeff

June 21st, 2012
2:33 pm

Here’s the problem: Even supporters of this new tax admit that at MOST, it saves the average commuter 10 minutes. MAYBE.

And for that extra 10 minutes per day, I have to pay on average on the order of thousands of dollars more in taxes every year. No thanks.

sheepdawg

June 21st, 2012
2:39 pm

Don’t be taken by silly propaganda!! Vote NO

GenXYer

June 21st, 2012
2:43 pm

I think this is pretty clever, but then again, I’m young, live in the city, and think it’s idiotic that we don’t have more options. I was already planning to vote yes.

Proud Voter

June 21st, 2012
2:43 pm

This is not a silly tax! It’s incredibly intelligent because all of the money collected for this tax will stay local. T-splost is necessary!

Proud Voter

June 21st, 2012
2:46 pm

You would probably vote against putting electricity into your neighborhood because “by gawd my daddy never needed such a dang thang. Too expensive. Just those Bell folks trying to rob us poor people out of more of our hard-earned money.”

The world really is not flat.

choichoi

June 21st, 2012
2:49 pm

It’ll be local alright, locally into the pockets of idiot politicians

Aquagirl

June 21st, 2012
2:49 pm

Even supporters of this new tax admit that at MOST, it saves the average commuter 10 minutes. MAYBE.

*citation needed.

I think somebody confused Kyle’s buddies with the traffic app for a reliable source. And “thousands of dollars per year?” Are you buying a Lexus every week?

jd

June 21st, 2012
2:51 pm

In order to pay $1000 of “extra” taxes in a year — you would have to buy $100,000 of goods for which sales tax is applied… To those who have that burden, my heart bleeds

In the meantime — 10 mins per day x 250 days = 2500 minutes or 41.333 hours that I may spend with my family, or making money… take your pick — and if you can spend 100,000 per year — your billable rates will allow you to make money above the taxes paid (lessee — $250 per hour x 4 -= $1000.00, that leaves 37.33 x 250 more money!)

Economically speaking — 10 mins a day is a real value

TSPLOST Supporter

June 21st, 2012
2:52 pm

I am guessing @Jeff would be on board with the tax if it improved traffic by 11 minutes. But alas, it is “only” a ten minute improvement.

Kris ( shaking heaD)

June 21st, 2012
2:53 pm

Their TV commercials will look to be obviously great news for all drivers.. There will be a lack of red of red flags to tip off the public that this is a scam.. Well to save 10 mins how many years will the commute take an additional +- 1 hour due to over priced construction?
t-spLOST Vote NO…that’s NO

Don't Be Silly...

June 21st, 2012
2:54 pm

Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett counties have a combined population of 1.7 million people. How many of those people have to travel 30 or 40+ miles to the airport via the connector because they cannot assess MARTA (or a light rail line) to transport them to and from the airport?

Regional rail is the only way to get us out of this clusterf(you)ck.

Laurie

June 21st, 2012
2:56 pm

I’m not laughing at the video either, not even a smirk. Mr. Stan Still needs to try harder.

Bill Clements

June 21st, 2012
3:01 pm

We will still be Talking about Mr. Stan Still ten years from now and still “standing still”. Cute but not to the point of addressing the issues of traffic in Atlanta – we need another project list ! Getting to Cumberland is the problem in Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding and Bartow.

Carole

June 21st, 2012
3:09 pm

The commercial is kind of cute. But I keep thinking, all of the money put into trying to convince people to buy into this scam could have probably paid for a few projects. Now that would have convinced me to vote for it.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:10 pm

I’m not for big government and I DON’T like taxes. With that said this law is different. It has to go to the projects that are listed BY LAW. One of the projects is fixing the 285 I-20 interchange. Our economy is based on housing. Like it or not. This bill WILL create jobs. People with jobs buy houses, groceries, cars, .. you get the point. If you can’t see this is needed I suggest you invest in a glass belly button so you can see where your going.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:13 pm

Kris ( shaking heaD) – I suggest you get one of those glass belly buttons. Do you know where your head has to be to need a glass belly button to see?

Ike

June 21st, 2012
3:21 pm

As mascots go, I am now wistful for Izzy.

Romegaguy

June 21st, 2012
3:23 pm

R. Budd Dwerr’s last televised press conference was funnier than that.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:25 pm

he was a good shot though

Mild Mannered Moderate

June 21st, 2012
3:34 pm

I’d buy his book. He seems like a nice guy but he doesn’t have a wikipedia entry so he can’t be that important. He also doesn’t have a costume which really makes him pretty lame but he doesn’t insult anyone, which is a plus for him.

But think on this…do you trust our leaders to spend the PLPLOST money wisely? It isn’t just our taxes going up…(I am sorry Jeff, while I am sorry for the people that insulted you, a 5% tax would not cost you thousands of dollars a year) it is teh fact that the people who will be spending it are not nice people.

Governor Deal’s wikipedia page makes him seem pretty corrupt and he likes this. And the liberals in Atlanta want it. They should just let the market decide.

Diehard

June 21st, 2012
3:36 pm

Sam Williams has a twin brother?

Diehard

June 21st, 2012
3:37 pm

Seriously, that commercial is a great example of what happens when a committee has too much money and no real positive message . . .

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:40 pm

Mild mannered moderate- The tax has to be spent only on the projects that are on the list. They only get 15% to go elsewhere and it has to by law be spent on transportation. Not to mention regions that don’t pass this will be penalized by the state on matched funds for transportation. If you live in an area that people travel to ie. Blueridge, Ellijay, Atlanta, you get the benefit from the sales tax from them.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:41 pm

Diehard- drive much?

Mild Mannered Moderate

June 21st, 2012
3:43 pm

@Damage Inc – Isn’t that the company from the Avengers movie?

And if the state is matching funds, doesn’t that mean my taxes are going up?

Ga Values

June 21st, 2012
3:46 pm

$600,000,000.00 wasted on the Beltline, most of it going in Reed’s cronies pockets. Vote NO ON WASTE & CORRUPTION.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:48 pm

MMM- The DOT has a fixed budget. They are going to reward regions that pass this with more matched funds. That means your region gets more bang for the buck. Not the Avengers movie. A very good Metallica song though.

Ga Values

June 21st, 2012
3:51 pm

So, Mr Stand Still’s example shows 3 cars on the road & they are all going 70, this has to be the stupidest commercial of all time.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:51 pm

Ga values- I guess if a grizzly bear was running at you, you’d just sit there because you probably couldn’t out run it anyway huh?

lars

June 21st, 2012
3:51 pm

Don’tbesilly: Cobb and Gwinnett have repeatedly voted against MARTA. Over and over again, every time it comes up for a vote. Once they start paying their own way for MARTA, then let’s talk.

Mild Mannered Moderate

June 21st, 2012
3:55 pm

@Ga Values – I feel sad for you.

@Damage Control Inc – Don’t be mean. Ga Values comment had nothing to do with bears. It was cars. I like Metalica. I listen to it when I work with the boxs. And while I understand what you are saying re: DOT, if it is tied to DOT, DOT comes from my taxes, which always go up. Government is bad.

@Lars – People from cobb and gwinette do pay for marta every time they use it.

Ga Values

June 21st, 2012
3:56 pm

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
3:51 pm

Come over to my house & I’ll show you my collection of mounted bears.. Real men are hunters.

John

June 21st, 2012
3:56 pm

How much theft are y’all comfortable with? Whether it be $1K on the guy spending $100K or $1 on the guy spending $100, theft is theft.

Many of you would turn a gun on a person who broke into your house in the middle of the night and didn’t touch a thing in a HEARTBEAT, but you are willing to allow your neighbor to steal from you via the ballot box?

And 10 min a day? Seriously? That’s ALL I’m getting in return for my “consent” for allowing you to steal from me? I’ll wake up 10 min earlier and keep my money.

GenXYer

June 21st, 2012
4:01 pm

John, not sure who’s stealing from you…sounds like you live in a sketch neighborhood and should move.

It’s not just about 10 minutes a day. At some point, our infrastructure is going to be a major liability, both for our safety and our economic development. We need to address this mess before it’s too late.

Mild Mannered Moderate

June 21st, 2012
4:03 pm

@GA Values – I hunt squirels but bares require too much caliber for me to feel comfortable. Not everyone who likes guns wants a bigger gun. And don’t be mean.

@John – Taxes are not theft. Taxes are bad, but saying that Taxes are theft is like saying God is a murderer because he kills people. If God is allowed to kill people because he is God (He is) then the government can tax because its the government. Government is bad, but until we start the revolution, we should obey the law.

Mild Mannered Moderate

June 21st, 2012
4:05 pm

@GenXYer – Infrastructure is important. Corporations can fix it though. We only need Government for Contract Law, the Military, the Highways (we have enough though), Agricultural Subsidies, and National Parks. I like to take my boy to national parks.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
4:11 pm

One of the biggest reasons large coorporations don’t move to Georgia is because of logistics. The traffic here is horrible. We’re 50 yrs behind where we need to be. This law will create jobs for people that live here. If you don’t think that is a good thing you’re really out of touch.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
4:16 pm

ga values- I’ve never had the urge to stuff a bear. I would suggest you educate yourself on this law before deciding. If you don’t like safer roads, more jobs, and local control of how this money is spent I think your values are more Florida.

Common Sense

June 21st, 2012
4:19 pm

Exactly why is the interchange at 400 and 285 (federal and state highways) to be paid for by local dollars?

Why is 285 and I-20 to be paid for by local dollars?

Seems we already have two government agencies responsible for these.

Mild Mannered Moderate

June 21st, 2012
4:20 pm

@Damage Inc – I work in our logistical division (special projects) and I haven’t heard abotu any large companies not moving to georgia because of our infrastructure. We have large buildings, the biggest airport in the world, major sports franchises (go Falcons!), high ways, trains, and the most educated work force in America. What do you mean ‘lack of infrastructure’? Georgia is the best state in America.

I am not out of touch. It is the liberals and the conservatives who are out of touch!

Ga Values

June 21st, 2012
4:23 pm

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
4:16 pm

I’m all for safer roads please explain how the $600,000,000.00 wasted on the Beltline are going to bring us safer roads or do anything other than lining the pockets of Reed’s cronies. I urge you to study the corruption at the last set of bids at the airport.

Aquagirl

June 21st, 2012
4:23 pm

And 10 min a day? Seriously? That’s ALL I’m getting in return for my “consent” for allowing you to steal from me?

John, if you are brain-damaged enough to believe that “10 minutes” crap Jeff blatted out and then ran away, then you deserve the traffic jams from hell. Jeff pulled that from his butt. I bet that won’t stop you from gobbling it down and regurgitating on command.

The metro area’s real problem isn’t traffic, it’s uneducated gullible, paranoid voters. Traffic is just a symptom.

GenXYer

June 21st, 2012
4:23 pm

@MMM, glad we agree on the importance of infrastructure but I whole-heartedly disagree with you that “corporations can fix it.”

The years of Mr. Woodruff giving Mayor Ivan Allen money for pet projects are over. There are areas for more public private partnerships though and I would like to see the state continue to pursue those projects.

Mild Mannered Moderate

June 21st, 2012
4:26 pm

@GenXYer – Mr Woodruff’s kids are still alive. I hadn’t thought of that but we could do less with art nad more for roads. Someone should ask them for money to fix the roads if we must have it.

@GaValues – Our government is corrupt but otherwise our state is awesome. Why can’t we elect better leaders? I don’t understand how a state with so many educated people can keep electing people like this. Is the government rigging the elections? It doesn’t make any SENSE.

GenXYer

June 21st, 2012
4:29 pm

@ Common Sense, Federal projects require matching dollars…the I-285/GA 400 project is also a $450 M project…the t-splost would only kick in the match for the federal funds.

Kris ( shaking heaD)

June 21st, 2012
4:36 pm

Damage Inc Old Chinese proverb say Do Not Pee in the wind …Nuff said!

@ Carole “all of the money put into trying to convince people to buy into this scam could have probably paid for a few projects.”

I agree and the money spent to fight law suits for some of the lame laws (GOP war on women , drug test for the poor.) would pay for a great many of these projects if not all.

Vote not NO but HELLO NO!

GenXYer

June 21st, 2012
4:41 pm

@Kris (shaking heaD),

You may want to rethink your last comment. Taking the money the state wastes on lawsuits to pay for major infrastructure would be like walking into Nieman Marcus with your tooth fairy money.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
4:44 pm

Kris ( shaking heaD) – educate yourself. We’ve dug ourselves into a hole. We have to start climbing out sometime. Do some research for yourself. Don’t be a lemming.

Damage Inc.

June 21st, 2012
4:45 pm

By the way, I never had to read a Chineese proverb to know that.

findog

June 21st, 2012
4:47 pm

Jeff,
to pay $1k you would have to spend $100k to pa a single thousand in TSPLOST taxes
to pay thousands you have to spend multiples
I don’t like it but we should at least try to be accurate in our reasoning