Hello Representative Mike Jacobs and Senator Fran Millar,
It is my opinion, and that of many others, that government in the United States has become and is, for the most part, a bloated and abysmal failure. To substantiate my assertion, I will point to our Federal government and the state of California.
According to USDebtClock.org (see http://www.usdebtclock.org/) our Federal government is $15,484,569,397,040 in debt. Washington, DC is fat and bloated and ineffective and inefficient, with layer upon layer of bureaucracy and duplication and overlap and waste, where one hand doesn’t often know what the other hand is doing. In economics class I learned that the best thing that a government can do for its economy is GET OUT OF THE WAY and let free markets reach equilibrium. This is most definitely NOT the case at the Federal level in the US, and our nation may not survive as the result.
Some refer to the state of California and “the land of fruits and nuts”. And for good reason, I say! The citizens of California have legislated their state to the brink of bankruptcy and extinction. Businesses and folks with brains are fleeing the state. Sadly, it is not inconceivable that the looney toons running amok in that state’s legislature might some day soon ask the Federal government to “bail out” California!
All of that said, and given Big Government’s clearly bad track record, what can either of you possibly say (with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, please) which would convince me that ADDING ANOTHER LAYER OF GOVERNMENT in “unincorporated Dekalb County” aka A-T-L-A-N-T-A will be less costly to me and my neighbors?
Dekalb County is already fat, bloated, inefficient and corrupt. The two of you propose to take away the county’s highest property value areas (and accompanying tax revenues) and turn them into Ass-ford or Brookhaven. How can Dekalb possibly survive under your scenario without coming back to residents of the new city of Ass-ford or Brookhaven and wanting more money from us?
Bottom line me please. With facts and numbers. And citing multiple other references nationally where this has or has not worked. And I am not at all interested in ANY of the other “perceived” benefits that you and your allies in this matter are touting, such as new sidewalks or better high school football stadiums.
And if you can’t demonstrate (once again, with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, please) that your new city of Ass-ford or Brookhaven will be less costly to me and my neighbors and numerous others who oppose this , please fall on your swords and abandon this farce.
A final thought for the two of you is this:
Have you considered that many of the people affected by your proposed legislation actually want to live in A-T-L-A-N-T-A, and not in Ass-ford or Brookhaven?
I, and the rest of your opponents, eagerly await your reply.
As Cordially As Possible,
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