Saying Tim Lee is looking forward, as Richard Hodges does in his letter to the editor, makes me laugh.
Is this the Tim Lee that refused to seriously consider Cobb County’s own home-grown maglev transit solution because it wasn’t “proven technology”? Wouldn’t a forward-thinking chairman want to try something new, especially when it could be built without taxpayer dollars? Is the forward looking Tim Lee the same one who forced the county to vote twice on Sunday alcohol sales because he didn’t see the conflict in not allowing residents of Cobb’s cities to vote on the issue when it first came on the ballot? Is this the Tim Lee who wanted to spend $350,000 on a salary study when Cobb has very little money for raises? Wouldn’t a forward-looking county chair find a way to get the information from other sources for free or use an existing county employee to do the research for such a study? It can’t be THAT difficult to find out how much the various job roles in Cobb make in a similar county.
Is this the forward looking Tim who thinks a few hundred million for premium bus service or funding a transit line that benefits Fulton County more than Cobb is a good deal for Cobb tax payers?
“Tax and spend” Tim has no issue levying more taxes to get what he wants. A forward thinking county chair would find other ways to fix the budget.
With the absurd ruling by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, I have lost all respect for the court.
To find the law constitutional, Justice Roberts had to rewrite it. He couldn’t find it constitutional on the basis for which it was written, using the Commerce Clause, so he ignored everything in the law and magically said that it was a tax, not a penalty on the mandated purchase of insurance.
In the past, liberals on the court have used judicial gymnastics to approve or disapprove laws. Now, we have a conservative jurist (if he in fact is a conservative) using judicial gymnastics to approve a law.
The Chief Justice has destroyed the little respect that remained in me for this institution.
So, now I have no respect for our chief executive, who lies with the ease of a person eating popcorn. I have no respect for Congress, which will spend money we don’t have and which will not prepare for the coming fiscal Armageddon of Social Security and Medicare. And, finally, the Chief Justice of the United States pulls the kind of trick you might expect from a jurist at one of our state courts not the highest court in the land.
There is only this hope. On Nov. 6 we have the chance to bring some sanity to our situation by voting in a new president and members of Congress.