Taxpayer Smackdown ‘Wave of the Future’?

Michael Thompson, World Net Daily, August 4, 2012

Think the economy is doing just fine? And that taxpayers are happy trusting government to address problems?

Residents of the Atlanta area have spoken loudly on such issues with this week’s overwhelming rejection of a proposed 1 percent sales tax—a plan that in booming economic times might not even have been noticed.

The proposal was for the sales tax in the 10-county metro Atlanta area to raise some $7.2 billion to pay for 157 transportation projects designed to make it easier to get around.

But all 10 counties rejected the idea, finishing with a margin of 63 percent opposed to the Transportation Investment Act, with only 37 percent in favor.

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One of the projects that would have been funded was the Atlanta Beltline project, which would have impacted only residents of the city of Atlanta. A whopping $602 million, some 8 percent of the total taxes, would have gone to fund it.

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“Let this send a message,” Debbie Dooley told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We the people, you have to earn our trust before asking for more money.”

Dooley is a tea party leader who organized opposition to the tax plan.

WND reported the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) system stood to get some $1.3 billion. But MARTA currently only serves DeKalb and Fulton counties, meaning that nearly $2 billion of the $7.2 billion in tax revenue would have gone to improving the transportation in only two counties.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution broke down the voting by county, showing that the predominantly Republican-leaning metro counties soundly rejected the tax increase: Fayette County 76 percent to 24 percent; Cherokee County 79-21; Douglas 68-32; Cobb 69-31; Rockdale 70-30; Clayton 54-46; Henry 71- 29; Gwinnett 71-29; DeKalb 51-49; and Fulton 51-49.

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The taxpayer dissatisfaction also was reflected in a vote by residents of Brookhaven to follow the lead of Sandy Springs, Dunwood, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills to incorporate.

According to a report from WSB-TV in Atlanta, residents want more local control of government services and greater efficiency. So Brookhaven residents have voted to join a growing trend in Atlanta-area cities that are breaking free of fiscal mismanagement and elected officials who aren’t accountable to citizens.

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Brookhaven residents’ decision to demand more government accountability by voting to incorporate is a trend that will only grow across the nation, Dick Williams, host of “The Georgia Gang” political show on WAGA-TV in Atlanta, told WND.

“What they want and what they are getting from their county (DeKalb County) are two different things,” he said. “With public services not working and the roads not being fixed, folks are tired of waiting for counties to do the right thing.”

With the success of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Dunwoody, residents of other unincorporated neighborhoods of Fulton and DeKalb County are becoming more cognizant of the problems of non-localized government that isn’t accountable, Williams said.

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He added, “I hope this is the wave of the future. I say that because, with five years of experience with five new cities, not one has raised taxes despite the worst [sustained] economic downturn since the Great Depression and each of the new cities operates at a surplus.”

One aspect in the bid to create new, more efficiently run cities has many people taking notice. USA Today leveled a veiled charge of racism against Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Johns Creek.

“Cityhood is a contentious issue in metropolitan Atlanta, one rooted in and shaped by politics and race,” the paper said. “Wealthier, largely white communities on the city’s north side, which watched for years as their tax dollars were spent in poorer, mostly minority areas elsewhere in the two counties, had sought for years to break away and incorporate as cities with more local control.”

Williams asserted it’s “not the racial angle that drives it, it’s the delivery of services or the neglect of services that is compelling the citizens of these cities the USA Today attacked to make a move for more localized control of our tax dollars, so that we actually get a return on our investment in the community.”

WND acquired the breakdown of  2012 employment for Fulton County and found that of the 4,851 full time county employees, 3,980 of them are black (82 percent). Fulton County has a population that is only 47 percent black. Of the 916 county employees who are classified as “other than full-time employees,” 787 are black (85 percent).

A quick breakdown of certain departments shows a trend of exclusion in Fulton County public jobs, with 86 percent of the Arts and Culture Department personnel black; 93 percent of 140 people in the Behavioral Health Department black; 81 percent of the 98 people in the County Managers Department black; 90 percent of the 65 people in the Emergency Services black; 89 percent of the 118 in the Finance Department black; of the 353 in the Health and Wellness Department, 306 are black; of the 37 people in the Purchasing Department, 100 percent are black; of the 19 in the Registrations and Elections Department, 100 percent are black; of the 150 employed in the Tax Assessor Department, 84 percent are black; of the 185 employed in the Tax Commissioner Department, 94 percent are black.

“The city of Dunwoody has seven employees, plus 45 police. All the other services are contracted out, whether that be for zoning, finance, development, or purchasing. As opposed to having huge pension problems, the city has the cops on 401k’s,” said Williams.

In 2011, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia seeking to dissolve the city charters of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills.

The lawsuit claimed, the paper reported, that the state “circumvented the normal legislative process and set aside its own criteria when creating the ‘super-majority white’ cities within Fulton and DeKalb counties.”

As a result, according to the lawsuit, minority votes in those areas are diluted, violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

Williams said the “point of these cities moving to incorporate is simply this: Brookhaven doesn’t have a single DeKalb County elected official living within its boundaries. A city council member now in Brookhaven will represent a district of 10,000 people, meaning they’ll probably know their council member.”

“Government should be localized and accountable, and it looks like Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, and hopefully Brookhaven are providing a way to restore that type of control to cities tired of seeing tax revenue exported to another part of the county. It’s a model that will be replicated nationwide,” said Williams.

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  • Church_of_Jed

    If this White privilege voter trend continues, and how can it not, given the permanent stagnation we are in and the loss of hope in a better future for White Humanity (we are now just trying to hold on to what little they haven’t stolen from us yet), look for the inevitable cries from MSM:

    elections shouldn’t matter so much

    some decisions are too important to leave to the voters

    voter resistance to Transformational Diversity Leadership is proof that we have more work to do to overcome the tragic racial divide in this country

    we just can’t afford to ignore comprehensive immigration reform and full amnesty for families

    not allowing ex cons to vote is a shameful vestige of Jim Crow and should be overturned by direct action at the polls

    Folks, can you feel it? We are on a path toward something inevitable… as the Tea Party pushes back, the Power will push back even harder and will win… today is the best day of your life, because each one after this will be less free and more endangered…

  • TonyWestfield

    These developments in greater Atlanta are a reflection of the growing awareness that productive people need to SECEDE from — not negotiate with — the deadbeat money-suckers.

    Alas, this story is a reflection but not a microcosm, because the act of merely incorporating a municipality does not put the productive people safely beyond the reach of higher government (State or federal) whose main purpose is to punish virtue and reward vice…also known as collectivism.

    • Rocky Bass,

      Yep, ya just push the money grabbers further up the chain is all this is going to do. America did not survive the war of northern aggression.

  • MARTA – Atlanta’s public transportation system stands for 
    Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta.  I read that its budget it about $700 million/yr but revenues are only around $125 million.  I believe it is 94% black but may be 97%.  We all knew that this 1% tax is really a bail-out for MARTA so that it can keep wasting taxpayer money.

    On a separate note – my husband applied to work for an Atlanta department for which he was qualified.  On 3 separate occasions when he followed up they told him they lost his application.  On the fourth visit they told him there were no openings but the only white employe met him outside and said there were 10 openings.  My husband went back in with that information but was told the positions were being filled by people from other departments.

    If this happened to a black person Jesse and Al would be on all the networks.

  • Actually only DeKalb, Fulton and Clayton counties are problems – those are the heavily black counties and Atlanta is at their center.  The other 10 counties that make up the metro area are overwhelmingly white and prospering.

    Within Fulton and DeKalb, the white portions of the county have incorporated into their own cities are north of the city of Atlanta where the metroplex is moving.  

    The city of Atlanta means very little to anyone who lives in this area.  The state buildings are there but business moved to the northern edges a long time ago.

  • D. Whyte Mansburton

    It’s simple.

    No white taxpayers lacking a deathwish would opt to ride public transportation in Atlanta.  They would be robbed, raped and killed.  Atlanta’s negro police force would probably arrest the victim for being white!

  • AvidReaderSometimePoster

    “…A quick breakdown of certain departments shows a trend of exclusion in
    Fulton County public jobs, with 86 percent of the Arts and Culture
    Department personnel black; 93 percent of 140 people in the Behavioral
    Health Department black; 81 percent of the 98 people in the County
    Managers Department black; 90 percent of the 65 people in the Emergency
    Services black; 89 percent of the 118 in the Finance Department black;
    of the 353 in the Health and Wellness Department, 306 are black; of the
    37 people in the Purchasing Department, 100 percent are black; of the 19
    in the Registrations and Elections Department, 100 percent are black;
    of the 150 employed in the Tax Assessor Department, 84 percent are
    black; of the 185 employed in the Tax Commissioner Department, 94
    percent are black….”

    Disparate Impact lawsuit?

  • Rocky Bass,

     I tried to listen to the “Turner Diaries” once years ago and found it just too infantile and unrealistic in it’s depiction of how a resistance movement could/would work. They did get one item right and that was the use of 100% diverse troops (thugs) to conduct the subjugating of the whites. I know the thing was written before cell phones tracked our every move and every word spoken and every text written was piped straight to NSA, before cameras covered virtually every inch of our roads. Now to revolt it’s all or nothing and there is no way to communicate with masses to organize to resist without being rounded up early on.

    I have as of yesterday decided to try and make an open source (DSP chip and an Arduino board) phone scrambler. If this could be made and open sourced, maybe it could one day re-free speech! Get the cost down and get them to where we all just used them all the time even for the most mundane conversations. Lofty goal, I know, but I really think to be able to once again discuss revolution without fear would be a good thing.

  • Rocky Bass,

     We all are going to have to become a little more Bernie Goetz.

  • Bruno

    The FLAW in the White Mans thinking is that blacks want to change (they don’t) they like the  Afro Style of living they now have. That they want to e educated (they don’t) they already know how to Ax For Hep and WE GIVE IT TO THEM as they spit on us and mob those whites least able to defend themselves. Albert Schweitzer said after spending 50 years in Africa trying to HEP them that they Do Not wish to be HEPPED  only to have things given to them for free. And the beat goes on.

  • Epiminondas

    Sandy Springs and Dunwoody and most all those suburbs of Atlanta are full of Northern transplants.  After they got their precious Civil Rights laws enacted, they no longer wanted to pay for the results of living in that egalitarian, multicultural wasteland.  Hypocrites!  Neither do white Southerners elsewhere in the state care for the tax burdens.  Who will speak for them?