Georgia officials had at least 20 hour's notice a nasty winter storm would hit Tuesday sometime around mid-day. Sure enough, as I drove to my office in Smyrna from Kennesaw at 10:00 AM, snow was flying.
I left my office at noon. Ten miles and five hours later I arrived home.
I was lucky. My office manager arrived at her home in Powder Springs after midnight. Some Cobb County residents never made it.
When I drove to the grocery store at 11 AM on Wednesday, I-75 South at Wade Green Road was still a parking lot - 24 hours after the snow began to fall. The rest of metro Atlanta was gridlocked most of the day.
There were ominous warnings from the National Weather Service Monday. So, questions:
Answer: Deal is the perfect example of what low taxes buy you.
Our indolent, unaccomplished, ethically-challenged chief executive regards you lowly Georgia tax payers as his subjects.
He knows his real allegiance is owed only to his big money courtiers, the wealthy real estate speculators, corporate high rollers, and wise guy Buckhead lawyers.
If you poor Cobb County peons had to sit on Route 41, your bladder bursting, your cell phone dead, your child waiting at school, your husband or wife parked somewhere on I-85, that's not the governor's problem! Why should Nathan Deal be bothered by such insignificant details?
Conservative readers, please, put your politics aside. Forget I'm a progressive.
Where was the warning from the State of Georgia recommending businesses close offices and stores Tuesday? I didn't get the call.
When questioned Wednesday at a news conference, Deal, clad in the de rigueur sweater vest to make it appear as though he had actually been out there with the stranded motorists on Johnson Ferry Road, told reporters Mother Nature, not he, was to blame for his government's lousy planning.
"There's not anybody in this room who could have predicted to the degree and magnitude the problem that developed," said Deal. "We will act sooner next time. But we don't want to be in here crying wolf.
He added, "We have been confronted with an unexpected winter storm that has hit the metropolitan Atlanta area."
Bull feathers, Governor Deal.
I've always thought former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Crimmins' motto "failure to prepare is preparing to fail" are words to live by.
Evidently Gov. Deal doesn't.
He's up for re-election in November, folks. Remember well January 28, 2014 when you cast your vote.