For some reason, Todd Rehm of GA Pundit has made it his mission to see a bill I co-sponsored, HB657, cleaved from the heard and left to die in the wilderness. Rehm has posted several snippets, article etc.. critical of the bill and has taken to calling it “sham legislation” and invoked my name repeatedly. Rehm’s latest infers I misled the public. Rehm uses Grover Norquist as a bludgeon to claim I want to place a “hidden tax” on the unsuspecting citizens of Georgia. Nothing could be further from the truth. As I wrote last week, the bill would authorize the PSC to work with a solar utility to offer solar power to the people of Georgia. Three members of the PSC have spoken favorably about the bill.
Let me point out that I am the fourth signer on HB657. Fourth signers of legislation rarely receive attention for co-sponsoring. Can you name the fourth signer of any piece of legislation over the past few years? I didn’t think so. Rep. Rusty Kidd is the author and principal sponsor of HB657 so I had no part in drafting, nor do I have the authority to make changes to the bill. I put my name on the bill because I support solar power and want to see it advanced in Georgia.
I don’t read Rehm’s website or emails every day so I don’t know for sure how many times he’s used my name in his criticism of the bill. However, his persistence in invoking my name begs the question as to what exactly his motives are. I’m not interested in a “blog war” but I won’t stand by and let him tell his readers I’m a tax and spend liberal.
As I’ve stated, I support the aims to HB657. I want to see solar technology advanced and improved. I also support Georgia Power’s increased use of nuclear power and solar power. In short I want to see new technologies used to address our needs and solve problems we face. A serious debate needs to take place in the coming months about HB657 and solar power in general. What we don’t need is cheap attacks for the purposes of generating pageviews.