Cupid and Goreham voice nonsense, not concerns, on IMAGE proposal
by Pete_Borden
 Cobb County Government
February 15, 2013 08:40 AM | 1958 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The title of Mr. Gillooly’s column of February 13th, is somewhat misleading.  In reading it, one assumes these two women have some intelligent new insight into this issue.  The IMAGE ordinance should have been a shoo-in, but special interest groups have turned into a political hot potato.  Alas, anyone reading the article, expecting to find anything of substance from Lisa Cupid, or Helen Goreham, will be sorely disappointed.

Goreham, in a previous interview voiced some objections based on hypothetical situations. It was pointed out to her that they are all non-issues,  as the situations, should they arise, are already addressed in the proposed ordinance.

Her objection that it would be too costly and time consuming, for the contractors, is also a non-issue, as the cost is negligible and the time to fill out the application averages one and a half hours.  It is also a non-issue, since obeying the law has never been optional depending on the cost to do so.  I am not sure when, or where, Goreham got the idea that obeying the law is a matter of choice and/or convenience.

Her other objection is not only a non-issue, it is totally ludicrous. The fact that no other county is doing it is totally irrelevant to what we should do.  If decisions to act were based on waiting for someone else to do it first, the population of this country would still be in the original 13 colonies.

With no real issues to discuss, Goreham attempted to obfuscate the issue by talking about the “incentive” program she suggested and then about D. A. King, the activist who has promised to work against her re-election.  Neither of these issues has anything to do with getting illegals off the taxpayer payroll, which is what this ordinance is designed to do.

I wish I would tell you what Lisa Cupid had to say about the ordinance, but she did not stay on that subject long enough ro determine why she is against it.  She addressed the issue of black unemployment, the fact that her parents are immigrants, the fact that she has cousins who cannot come here because of “a complicated immigration process.”  Kinda makes you wonder how all those hundreds of thousand of legal immigrants got here, if the system is that complicated, does it not?

She is apparently against the IMAGE ordinance because it does not solve all the immigration problems in the country so her cousins can move here and it does not specifically address the black unemployment problem.

Does she suppose that being unemployed is any harder on a black person than on a white person or a Latino person?  I submit that this ordinance is designed to get “illegal workers” off the payroll, and open job opportunities for all workers, regardless of race or color.

The fact that this ordinance addresses that issue and not the total immigration issue, or the issue of black unemployment, is hardly a valid reason to be against it.

She says she is looking for something “really compelling” about passing this ordinance. Excuse me, Lisa!  How about opening up jobs for the unemployed citizens and legal workers? Is that not a compelling reason?  How about making sure that our tax money is spent to better our people and not illegal workers who pay no income taxes and who send obscene amounts of money back to Mexico, while milking our social programs?  Are those reasons not compelling enough?

Does she suppose that the 10 or so illegal workers caught working on the county courthouse constitutes all the illegal workers on county projects?  If so, she is more than incredibly naïve

If Cupid came into this job with a chip on her shoulder and with the aim of championing black people only, then she should never have been elected.  I don’t think that is what her constituency thought they were voting for.

Could it be that Goreham and Cupid do not care about their unemployed constituents enough to buck Chairman Tim Lee and the Chamber of Commerce leadership?

They both need to get their petty biases and irrelevant objections put aside and do what is right for the law abiding, tax paying people of Cobb County. 

Ladies, in the final analysis, there is really no justification for letting the status quo continue.


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