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Opinion: Voters Are Catching On To TSPLOST Trickery

T-SPLOST proponents admit it's not about traffic congestion - it's really about . . . .

Reading the tea leaves on the 1 percent TSPLOST sales tax referendum, it looks like it’s going to be a train wreck - for the proponents.  

Through the efforts of a handful of civic minded citizens who did their homework and confronted TSPLOST supporters with tough questions, it is now confirmed that “untying Atlanta’s traffic congestion” is a big fat lie. Even as the Untie ad runs on TV, advocates have no choice in public debates but admit that the tax is NOT ABOUT SOLVING TRAFFIC CONGESTION. Now they say it’s really an economic stimulus that, oh by the way, will change metro Atlanta's suburban landscape in to stack ‘em pack ‘em urban complexes clustered around MARTA stations. Who knew, certainly not the people targeted to pick up the tab.  

There are other unwelcome surprises hidden in the folds of this tax – like the fact that voters will have little choice but to roll it over after ten years so key projects can be finished, and also the fact that no one in authority admits to having any idea how MARTA’s maintenance and operations costs will be covered in the out years  . . . and so on. 

There was a time when measures like TSPLOST would have passed with little public attention and no real opposition, but that was before the consequences of government gone wild started hitting Americans where it hurts. Now a huge segment of voters is aware that government apparatchiks at the Federal, state and local levels routinely mislead and outright lie to voters in order to pass measures that have negative financial and/or social ramifications. And that neighbor is precisely why TSPLOST went under the microscope and also why Governor Nathan Deal’s second go around at promising to take down the toll booths on Georgia 400 was greeted with skepticism and scorn.  

It's time for office holders who don't understand the whole Tea Party, talk radio, Fox News, Internet thing to get with the program or start looking for real jobs - in the private sector.

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jimmie August 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Chick Fil A on Roswell Road in front of Lowes packed out the wazoo..both drive thrus, all seats in restaurant and order lines 4-5 deep...awesome!! A few more weeks of boycott and CFA should be able to DOUBLE their support for traditional family groups!!!
jimmie August 01, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Record crowds at Chick-FIL-A...I bet Larry Welsh is enjoying his third sandwich of the day!!
jimmie August 01, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Reporting live from dwood cfa. Crowds are huge. You r ock cfa!
lifelong resident August 01, 2012 at 11:41 PM
ChikFila does rock. its about time we got off our butts and stood up for right. we went to 2 different locations and couldnt even get int the parking lot. i will go tomorrow and let them know it was for today.
jimmie August 02, 2012 at 01:41 AM
chick fil a dunwoody manager said they had 6300 customers today! went pack to get wife some nuggets and was still full at 9:15!!!

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