In talking with 14th District Chairman Darrell Galloway, his wife and state coordinator of Americans for Prosperity Virginia Galloway, and 14th District Vice-Chairman Chuck Payne at Congressman Tom Graves’ Corn Roast in Gordon County Saturday evening, the issue of incrementalism (i.e., moving the football down the field towards the goal rather than giving up after 1 play just because you don’t make a touchdown) and, ultimately, the question of “why don’t we have a 10-year plan to get Georgia off the dependence of education and transportation funding from the federal government?” came up. T-SPLOST looks like it may be DOA come Tuesday evening, and with no supposed “Plan B”, this may give us an opportunity for our state leaders to do some outside-of-the-box thinking in coming up with effective solutions for Georgia’s transportation situation (perhaps they can look at reforming the Georgia Department of Transportation board and doing a little bit of cleaning house…might want to look at how those gasoline taxes are used as well).
The Georgia Republican Party will be electing a new chairman since current chairman Sue Everhart is term-limited. We’ve gone from being the minority party in the state and transitioned into the majority party. We must now govern and keep the promises we made back on the campaign trail. The new state chairman will have to maintain the majority, and I believe it’s going to have to be a coordinated effort between both chambers in the legislature, the governor, and our national representatives. The legislature will need to get its act together and actually work as a team. Here’s the reality, we can’t change things overnight, but what we can do is set a list of goals and action items we can do over the next decade to help better our state and reduce our reliance on the federal government.
I know some of the folks in the higher echelons of state government read our blog (and thanks…we appreciate your and everyone’s readership), so I’m making a request as a citizen taxpayer and voter and as a leader in the Georgia Republican Party…what is the plan to offer voters that says “yes, we are doing our best to govern conservatively…here is our plan over the next 10 years on what we would like to accomplish and here’s our immediate set of goals over the next 2 years to help us move in that direction”?
2014 will be coming around soon enough, and I believe we’re at or close to critical mass for Republicans in Georgia. I don’t believe we can continue to say “vote for us because we’re not Democrats”, but rather we must start offering a unified plan that we can all get behind. If I were to make a recommendation to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker, and the leadership in both chambers, it would be to begin looking at where we can see about taking sole ownership of transportation and education and begin saying to the federal government “we don’t want federal dollars…we’ve got this.” You never know, Georgia may become a model for other states to do the same. If it becomes more and more popular across the nation, then we will probably see the federal departments of transportation and education fold. Sure, it’s a big dream, but aren’t most stretch goals? I just hope that someone is taking note.