Thursday, August 30, 2007

How not to do a rebuttal

Showing that he apparently doesn't talk to his constituents or the elected officials of his home town, Rep. John Lunsford addresses a non-concern of opponents of the Glenn Tax - tax rates - and glosses over the primary argument - the fact that this strips away local control.

To argue it doesn't, as Lunsford weakly does, is an exercise in futility. It eliminates local positions, removes their ability to set their own tax levels (thus giving them more flexibility in budgeting) and, of course, removes their ability to raise the revenue each community sees fit. A guarantee that a community will receive as much as it did in FY 2007 is shaky at best since, obviously, the plan doesn't take into consideration rising costs over time or that by doing so, some communities will be permanently stuck with lower levels of revenue than others.

To argue that this thing doesn't remove local control is like arguing that the sky isn't blue.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I strongly recommend to all the members of the GMA that, if the "Glenn Tax" becomes law, all cities in Georgia should move to immediately give up their charters as they simply won't be needed any longer. Same with school districts - why do we need a bunch of separate school districts when the state BOE has proven to be so effective?

Everyone who lives in Georgia will just change their addresses to be simply "Georgia, 30nnn" and we can remove all those city names from the maps.

This will eliminate a very wasteful and unnecessary layer of government by eliminating all city governments. Next, I call on Congress to do the same with all those pesky states and we can be even more efficient by eliminating all that unnecessary and wasteful state governments.

This is certainly a move in the right direction, I think.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea!

We can then outsource the operations of the federal government to China or India and save even more money!

3:44 PM  

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