The “Deep State” exists in all States. It is elusive. In Georgia it was known as the “good ol’ boys”. But is isn’t just a gang of “landed gentry” involved in politics to protect their own endeavors. It is “the establishment”. They carefully pick candidates who will join them and support everything they support. It creates legislatures full of “bobble-heads”. Occasionally, voters will elect an outsider, who challenges the status quo, but their influence may be short-lived. When they make expensive mistakes, they declare a “news black-out”, so they are not held accountable. The “Deep State” usually involves the local media. It also includes municipalities, cities, counties and all government entities. Both Democrats and Republicans have their own “Deep State”. It always involves government employees, developers, and corporations. They are long on hype and short on common sense and rule by emotion rather than facts. They will do some things right, but voters have no say.
“Deep State is responsible for allowing critical infrastructure to rot, while they spend time and money on in-fill “economic development” guaranteed to create gridlock. They push to build new stadiums every 20 years to attract “tourism”. They throw money at building large, expensive school buildings, but graduates aren’t prepared. But the developers are happy. Legislators never turn down a problem, even if it isn’t really their problem. The government footprint expands, but never contracts. It doesn’t behoove them to set limits and stick to their priorities.
The Georgia legislature reviews about 600 proposals for Bills to be presented each January. Of the 300 Bills that move forward, 90% of the Bills are requested by counties, cities and other government entities and they receive priority. This is government of the government, for the government and of the government. Most of these Bills allow these counties, cities and entities to spend and borrow more money. Georgia cities and counties can borrow up to 10% of the value of all property including your property. They should be limited to borrowing the value of city or county assets.
The other 10% of the Bills come from special interest groups. No Bills are ever advanced that pare back government largesse to protect the voters, who have complained about tax dollars being spent on unnecessary bike lanes, stadiums, public transit, trollies and other mal-investments while sewers and water pipes leaked, roads rotted and highways ground to a halt. Georgia spends 21% of its revenue on Education, 38% on Healthcare and 17% on Pensions. Our college campuses have become showplaces, but the degrees are worthless and tuition has quadrupled. Spending tax dollars on healthcare is unsustainable and government employee pensions need to be converted to 401k Plans.
From 2008 to 2016, the Georgia legislature passed laws to enable UN Agenda 21 implementation in Georgia. Regional Planning Commissions were established as “Regional Commissions” to establish unelected governance to usurp city and county responsibilities in 2008 and 2010. The 2012 T-SPLOST vote that would have established these Regional Commissions failed in 9 of 12 Regions by 66%. Still the Georgia legislature has refused to repeal these laws.
The State of Georgia has received Billions of dollars each year from the US federal government in “grants to states”. These were bribes to get Georgia legislators to vote for Obama’s globalist agenda. These grants totaled about $20 Billion a year and doubled the tax dollars spent in Georgia on federal programs. Georgia usually collects about $20 billion in State taxes. Lots of federal strings were attached to these grants.
Large corporations operating in Georgia have threatened to leave unless the Georgia Legislature obeys their corporate “values”, as dictated by the Obama Administration. This threat was prompted by the “Pastor Protection Act” passed by the Georgia legislature but not signed by Governor Bad Deal. This act would have allowed Pastors to refrain from officiating at “Gay Weddings”. This pits the voters against the corporations and these corporations need to return to mission statements that address their responsibilities to their customers. Corporations need to drop the “values” statements and return to their statement to operate in compliance with US Law. Gays have not been included as a “protected class” by the US Congress and corporations should not interfere with State Law to engage in political activism. Georgia voters are not happy with these corporations. Georgia voters are not “Gay haters”, but they want to cut the Pastors some slack.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader