Yesterday an email was sent out by Nathan Adams of a group called “Georgia Taxpayers United.” Adams is also the contact director for another group called Campaign For Liberty. Adams wrote:
I have an urgent message for you about saving your private health care plan in Georgia.
Despite pressure from grassroots citizens like you, Georgia Republicans are still playing games with your family’s health care by refusing to stop (or “nullify”) Obamacare.
And with the session ending THIS THURSDAY, time is quickly running out!
Our sources at the Capitol in Atlanta tell us that Republican “leadership” including Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Speaker David Ralston are desperate for any way to end the session without actually putting a stop to Obamacare.
Some of their underhanded tactics include:
*** Stalling and refusing to bring up bills for a vote,
*** Making political threats to anyone who dares to try and force a vote on these measures,
*** Duping unwitting politicians with promises of future political favors in exchange for keeping quiet, and
*** Lying to grassroots supporters like you by telling them that “there’s nothing we can do at this point.”
XXXXX it’s time to turn up the heat on these politicians and force them to keep their campaign promises!
Here is a pre-written email message that you may modify to your liking and send:
It is time for you to stop playing political games and nullify Obamacare! As a Georgia citizen I INSIST that you use every procedural ‘trick’ in the book to pass Rep. Moore’s bill language from H.B. 1014. We will be watching your actions, or inaction, on this issue closely.
There are numerous inaccuracies in this email beginning with the fact that late Tuesday night the House and Senate passed HB943 which was amended to contain the language from HB707, known as the Georgia Healthcare Freedom and ACA Non-compliance act. In other words, by the time Adams sent out his email, Georgia had already passed the most sweeping anti-Obamacare piece of legislation in the nation.
As for the supposed threats and bribes offered to prevent Moore’s bill from becoming law, there was no need to do such things because Moore has lost all credibility in the House. Moore has repeatedly thrown his colleagues under the bus and attempted to portray himself as the lone defender of freedom, justice and the American way. Not even his ally and Campaign for Liberty fellow traveler Charles Gregory is worthy of praise. Moore, as you will recall, also introduced a bill that would have allowed registered sex offenders to live, work, and loiter near places kids live, work, and loiter.
Incidentally, both Rep. Sam Moore, and Rep. Charles Gregory voted against HB943. Are Georgia Taxpayers United and Campaign for Liberty aware of this? Are these two Legislators to be considered as supporters of Obamacare?
Earlier in the session Moore attempted to gut HB707 and replace it with the language from HB1014. His attempt was voted down overwhelmingly. Why? I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I am not willing to gut a bill I have read and co-sponsored in favor of a bill that never received a committee hearing and the author never bothered to explain. Sometimes you can make a snap decision on a simple bill, but Moore’s bill is based on a legal theory that has, as best I can tell, never been successful at any point in American history. Also, it’s bad legislative practice to demand your colleagues vote on a complex bill without giving them time to think about it.
Sadly, the email you see above is typical of Georgia Taxpayers United and Campaign for Liberty. Filled with inaccuracies and half-truths, these groups blast emails out on a daily basis, dragging down political discourse and alienating those who might agree with them more often than not.
Ronald Reagan used to say that a 70% friend is not a 30% enemy. In the minds of the people running Georgia Taxpayers United and Campaign for Liberty, a 99.99% friend must be cleaved from the herd and left to die in the wilderness. Francis Underwood would be proud.