Vote no on July 31 (on the T-SPLOST). In response to the coward who commented in “My Two Cents” — where you don’t have to sign your name — about folks of my ilk who plan to vote no on July 31 not wearing shoes. Tell me, just what kind of Einstein do you have to be to vote yourself a tax increase?
Now, if I still have Mr. Coward’s attention, I would like to explain to him just why I plan to vote no on July 21 over and above not having yearning to raise my own taxes.
No. 1 There is an awful lot of money being spent on advertising by thouse who would profit from a yes vote and they have several local politicians bamboozled into thinking this is an easy way to raise our taxes without us knowing it. I really don’t know much about these folks but I also don’t believe that they have my best interest at heart. I just don’t trust them when they are trying to get their hand in my pocket.
No. 2. This is a 10-year tax they are trying to sell us folks, which will make it the largest tax increase in Georgia history. We just voted for another school SPLOST last year. Where will this all end? Answer — it won’t be as long as we the taxpayers keep displaying our collective intelligence by voting ourselves tax increases while decrying our politicians for doing just that. Supposedly, Spalding County will suffer some kind of penalty if we vote no and the surrounding counties vote yes. Poppycock. Just what kind of threatening sales pitch is that? In order to drink that Kool-Aid, one has to believe that the surrounding counties will be dumb enough to vote themselves a tax increase also.
No. 3. No I have to admit there are some worthwhile projects included in this T-SPLOST, but who really wants a bottomless money pit called commuter rail? Show me one government-sponsored rail system in this country that can support itself without our tax dollars. It doesn’t exist. Do you really want a commuter rail in Griffin? Consider this, in addition to the added burden it would put on Spalding County taxpayers, back in the 90s, Clayton County wanted to be connected to MARTA. They got it. They also got increased crime and declining property values right after. Coincidence? You decide.
No. 4. According to traffictruth.net “Regional governance would take away from local control and give more authority to unelected and unaccountable regional councils.”
I went to the T-SPLOST website to educate myself more about this subject. I came away muttering the old “progressive” mantra of “if you can’t dazzle them them brilliance, baffle them with B.S.”
Vote no on July 31. Then go buy some shoes.