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Friday, March 31, 2006

Georgia Republicans Continue to Abandon Conservatism

There has traditionally been a fairly large overlap between conservatism and the Republican Party. That overlap is dwindling.

I was horrified at this story in yesterday's Atlanta Business Chronicle about the last day of the 2005 Georgia Legislature. Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram), Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Alpharetta) and Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island) co-sponsored House Bill 1157 which was designed to help ailing Atlanta company Delta claim almost $30 million in job training tax credits.

Fortunately the Senate Rules Committee Chairman, Don Balfour (R-Snellville) changed the bill so as to require Delta to be profitable before receiving any tax credits.
"There was a question about giving $35 million over two years to a company that lost" $3.8 billion in 2005, Balfour said. "Are you just giving that money to a hole?"
I appreciate Don's thought here, but he really misses the bigger point.

Why are we as tax payers subsidizing a large corporation??? I know I sound like a broken record, but this is not conservatism or capitalism. It is corporatism and is a scourge on our society.

Richardson, Burkhalter, and Keen should go.

"Enemies of Capitalism"

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