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  1. Archibald Bulloch says:

    As opposed to lots of folks who seem to be writing about DuBose lately, I think he’s doing a great job.

    The caucus is as politically united as it’s been in a long time on issues that matter. The criticism that’s been leveled at him for not being as up front by proposing legislation or by openly rejecting everything the Republicans put forward doesn’t hold water.

    Being a minority party that wants to become the majority party is a difficult process and is not a process where using extreme forms of posturing will help.

    The House caucus is up front when it needs to be and quietly observant the rest of the time. Is it really better (or does it look better) to Georgians to see the minority party constantly losing political battles? Getting back into power does not come from a string of failures. The caucus is right to be blocking the GOP when it needs to and not causing a ruckus over things that are inconsequential.

  2. Archibald Bulloch says:

    That said, the GlennTax is not something that I would call “inconsequential.” They really need to come out swinging on this one.

  3. Chris says:

    I’m glad to see that the majority party is not marching in lockstep under the jackboot of the leadership. When that happens you get disasters like Medicare Part-D, No-Child-Left-Behind, and McCain-Feingold.

    The opposition party should be engaged in the process and ally themselves with different factions of the majority to create the best outcome for the people of Georgia.

  4. Archibald Bulloch says:

    I think that’s what’s beginning to happen. It’s all a balancing act.

    After all, the opposition party doesn’t always have to oppose.

  5. Harry says:

    One thing about property tax elimination…it helps the process of wealth formation in this country, which the Democrats may poo-poo but is a very important thing. Americans have recently not been motivated to save money in financial institutions and entrust the fruits of their labor to the uncertainty of confiscation by inflation caused by poor governmental policies. However, they understand real estate holds value through most all circumstances, and are willing to build wealth in that way. I think this is one reason Glenn etc are coming with the property tax elimination proposal. It is certainly good to get people thinking about such initiatives, and how to find the offset spending reductions.

    When parties put forth ideas that save average voters money in the pocket, they will pay attention. There are a number of lobbyist-protected sacred cows that need attention. The once-a-year required eye exam needed to fill prescriptions needs to become once-every-two-years. The CON reform and allowing nurse practitioners to practice are other areas needing upgrade where the voters could see quick results. Many agencies of state government are badly in need of reorganization and cost reduction. Could reform-minded and independent-minded legislators from both parties, working with the leadership, brinbg about improvements? Maybe.

  6. SpaceyG says:

    Come to think about it, that was one of the best news stories, from a readability standpoint, I’ve seen about Georgia politics in a long, long time. Then again, I hang around way too much in the utter gibberish here. Anything looks pretty darn good after a bout of PP!

    More overall “political intuition” pieces please, Mr. Jones.

  7. Archibald Bulloch says:

    The problem I see with Glenn’s proposal is what it does to the structure and function of local government.

    Mayors and local elected officials across the state have come out swinging based on what this proposal does to local bond ratings.

    Without a property tax base, there is no security to general obligation bonds. This hurts smaller-to-medium sized counties (Athens, Tifton, Albany, Rome) more than it does larger places like Roswell, Sandy Springs, or Atlanta because it doesn’t have the revenue-generating force that bigger cities do.

    Metro-area cities can have revenue-bond-sponsored projects because they can get the revenue they need by people coming through. Places like Rome, Albany, and Tifton don’t have that luxury and need a bond system that does not rely on future revenues generated by the project.

    This may have the negative effect of politicizing local government to an unhealthy level. Lots of local governments are isolated from having to constantly deal with the day-to-day bickering that dominates state legislative politics here. I think this political independence that local governments tend have helps them accomplish certain types of projects with greater ease.

    Not to mention he hasn’t even addressed the way he plans to fund public education.

  8. cheapseats says:

    Hopefully, Georgians will begin to see that the current Emperors are just as butt-nekkid as the previous ones were.

    The ‘Stache Tax will be too ambiguous for even those most ardent about killing their local governments and school boards. It’s a conversation starter but, that’s about it.

    The state has been even more poor stewards of Georgian’s money – local governments and school boards are still waiting for money the state has agreed to give them but the employees and services that this money is supposed to pay for will not wait. We’re not talking “frills” – we’re talking essential services.

    The dirty li’l secret that Glen is going to force out into the open is that local property taxes could be a damn good bit lower if the state had not decided to cut the funds that the locals are supposed to be getting from the state. Glen ain’t gonna look like a hero when it becomes more widely known that it’s the folks in Atlanta that have been responsible for higher local taxes. Our local government has had to cancel plans to lower the millage rates twice in recent years when the “heroes” in Atlanta cut back on their (implied and expressed) promises to send back our money.

    I think Glen’s fan club in the House is about to get a lot smaller…

  9. 10/2/07
    Dear Brother Erick,

    Welcome back to the FHR fold. I am in receipt of a copy of your email pledging to help fight for the redesign of FHR.

    your reverent brother in public/private activism,
    Vic

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