Who spoke these statements? Who has squandered money for years? Who has heaped on unprecedented debt for years? Again, who said it? No snooping below…just guess.
“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it”
“We’ve got to pass…if we’re going to make real improvements in our…and…”
“The possibility that…could be denied…is frightening”
“I’ve heard some on the other side say we should pay…before we…”
“I can’t stress how much this is needed for the…and… If we don’t do it, I don’t know the alternative”
A Columbia County Chamber of Commerce event held Thursday in Grovetown primarily served as a back-patting session for government officials and business executives. But much of the discussion was devoted to future endeavors. County Commission Chairman Ron Cross noted that he and other officials are working on a list a transportation projects to take to voters in the July primary or November 2012 general election as part of a 1-percent sales tax referendum.
Donnie wrote that the day after this letter to the editor appeared in the Columbia County News-Times:
Democratic North Carolina State Rep. Bill Faison recently announced a scheme to further bleed the people of their money by re-establishing the one-penny sales tax. North Carolina Republican Party spokesperson Rob Lockwood said, and rightfully so, “New taxes do not create private-sector jobs, and this proposal suggests that Rep. Faison and North Carolina Democrats don’t understand that fact.”
In Georgia’s 2009-10 legislative session, HB 277, “The Georgia 2020 Transportation Act,” went through the lobbyist-infested Gold Dome with ease. I recently became aware of this bill, and thus, I researched it. It is better known as TSPLOST. What I found was very disturbing.
Mayor David Pennington of Dalton, Ga., which is in Whitfield County, has a bachelor’s degree in economics. He considers his views more in sync with the Libertarian Party, endorsed Democrat Carol Porter in her 2010 bid for lieutenant governor, and claims that this bill “could be the largest tax increase in Georgia history” at $1.6 billion a year.
Initially, this transportation sales tax increase was planned for a public vote in July 2012. However, the powers that be want to wait until the November 2012 general election because, according to Pennington, they are “obviously trying to get the Obama Democrats to help pass what could be the largest tax increase in Georgia history.” Most would consider this pretty slick, and pretty desperate.
What is beyond comprehension is that the entire Columbia County delegation voted for this tax increase. To add insult to injury, state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, was the No. 2 sponsor of this irresponsible piece of legislation.
I never would have thought that one of Columbia County’s legislators would have supported this or any other tax increase, let alone all of them. When will it end? Some competition seems to be in order.
That appeared after we reported this to the public which seems to have gotten a ball rolling.
Fetter quoted Cross as saying, “I can’t stress how much this is needed for the county and cities. … If we don’t do it, I don’t know the alternative”.
During the debate to raise the national debt ceiling, because a $14,600,000,000,000 debt is not really that big, Barack Obama resorted to scare tactics and told the world, “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” regarding Social Security checks. And then Nancy Pelosi Spoke these words, “I’ve heard some on the other side say we should pay the Chinese government before we send out a Social Security check”. And then it was Sen. Patty Murray’s turn with, “The possibility that seniors could be denied Social Security benefits is frightening. Rather than accuse the president of scare tactics, my Republican colleagues should tell the extreme voices in their own party that it is time to act responsibly.”
It worked for Obama and Pelosi, so Ron Cross is giving it a try…
After warming up with Ron Cross, Grovetown Mayor George James told the crowd, “We’ve got to pass TSPLOST if we’re going to make real improvements in our city and county“.
How many times have we reported about Columbia County tossing county money to Georgia projects? Feel free to search out archives, but we’ve done it more than once, more than twice, and probably more than twice that. LISTEN: finally part of the Columbia County budget is on the county website. Yes, we said “part” of the whole budget. WHOA!
The department budgets are just listed as department budgets. No one can access a link to each department’s budget. Why is that?
Columbia County’s Bond debt is $192,013,919 and in our opinion, a sin. Last year the debt was $22,000,000 LESS which is close to an increase of 13%. Ron Cross, Ron Thigpen, great job! We hope that Ron Thigpen runs Georgia Bank and Trust a little better, and remember, you can close branches of Georgia Bank and Trust, and you can keep paying no dividends for only so long…but you can’t close a county when you run it into the ground or amass so much debt that…who knows, but you just can’t.
Cross and Thigpen pal around saying how they are saving money. WHOA! Columbia County Chief Magistrate Judge Bobby Christine broke the law that judges must follow and stepped up to the microphone and said that “we have been faithful stewards” and “we have not lived beyond our means”. Really Bobby? If you need us to refresh your memory, we know for a fact that at least 4 people have a copy of your endorsement…an audio copy. Bobby, just come clean, Barry Paschal and Austin Rhodes can’t censor your numerous violations forever, and we know why Paschal protects you. What we don’t know is why Morris Communications allows him to keep doing it.
But, the out of control spenders with (in our opinion) no sense of responsibility are friends with a lot of people who probably will never change their minds and keep voting for them regardless of the facts. Tell your friends and families and friends’ families what’s going on…and send them a link to this site.