Here’s a press release from the Lincoln Club of Georgia. Full disclosure: I’m on the Board of the Lincoln Club of GA.
LINCOLN CLUB VOICES STRONG OPPOSITION
TO LEGISLATION CURRENTLY BEFORE THE STATE ASSEMBLY
Suwanee, GA – The Lincoln Club of Georgia, a statewide, pro-business conservative political action committee based in metro-Atlanta, strongly voiced opposition to legislation currently proposed by the State House of Representatives.
“As conservative Republicans, we strongly advocate fiscal responsibility, free enterprise, and smaller government. We are very much opposed to the current push toward the centralization of power by the Georgia State Legislature,” said Julianne Thompson, Lincoln Club Chairman.
Thompson said, “The GREAT Plan sounds appealing in it’s definition – let’s repeal the ad valorem taxes. After all, we are the Party of less taxation, right? But what they are doing is using this opportunity to strip power from our local governments. We oppose the state legislature’s push to strip our local school boards of their power to decide how tax dollars are used locally.”
“I thought we were the party of smaller government and local control. After only a few years in power, the Republican majority in the House seems to think that the solution to every problem is to concentrate more and more power in the General Assembly. Now they are even trying to abolish the Board of Regents, which was created in the 1940’s to protect the independence and accreditation of the University System” said Michael Sullivan, Lincoln Club Vice Chairman of Elections.”
The Lincoln Club of Georgia believes that the Republican majority in the House of Representatives needs to be reminded of the lesson that Congressional Republicans learned in 2006…you can’t just talk the Conservative talk, you have to walk the walk too. Voters will not tolerate a disconnect between saying you are for smaller government and local control on the campaign trail, and how you govern once you are in office.
Thompson continued, “It is very disappointing. We the citizens, elected a Republican majority in hopes of smaller government, less taxes, and more freedom. Instead, there is an overt attempt to seize power, and an atmosphere of fear, where anyone in disagreement fails to voice opposition in fear of losing their political standing. We do not share that fear.”
For more information, contact Julianne Thompson at 404-798-4663, or visit www.lincolnclubofga.org