a letter to the georgia republican party.

dear georgia republican party,

f you.

i am about the last guy you could have afforded to piss off. well maybe not exactly, but i am an rnc donor, volunteered for mccain, voted for sonny and casey a few years ago.

i believe in limited government and lower taxes. i believe charity is best left to private sector. i believe that government ought to stick to functions where there is a societal need and the market isn’t capable of providing a competing service. in short, i am your voter.

let’s go back to that last piece though. one of the places where it has been proven, over and over again, that government is needed is municipal mass transit. a strong mass transit system relies on government funding and is necessary to a good urban quality of life. and yet, despite this , the jokers in the georgia republican party that run this state decided to say fu to public transport.

so as a marta commuter, i say fu right back.

the funny thing is marta wasn’t even asking for new money. all they were asking for was to be able to use all of the money that is collected through sales tax in fulton and dekalb for operations. read that, not a state sales tax, a sales tax in two counties.

for those of you who don’t know about this, marta is forced by it’s absurd enabling law to put aside 50 percent of it’s sales tax regulation into a captial fund. no other transit system has to do this. just marta. why you ask? simple, the legislators at the time wanted to keep marta poor so it couldn’t offer free rides. that’s it. no other reason.

and despite all that, you couldn’t find a way to release this money so marta can keep operating. i ride marta every day. how many members of the martoc, including it’s inept chairwoman, jill chambers, can say the same? i ride it and more than 100,000 other people depend on it to get to work. and you are letting it starve.

why? i really don’t know. i don’t understand the legislative chicanery that led to this, but i know that there should have been a way to get it done. and you failed.

there is no telling what marta is going to have to do now. close bathrooms, eliminate weekend service, cut back bus routes? who knows. you could had prevented it, and you didn’t.

so screw you.

in my opinion you have no proven that you are completely incompetent to run this state. i will continue to vote for republicans at the national level, but next time i see a georgia office i am voting for the libertarian.

hope you got a few votes out of butts county out of this, because you lost one in fulton.

sincerely,

james hervey

3 Comments so far

  1. publictranspvoter on April 6th, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    Mr. Hervey,

    Our politics are very different, but as a fellow MARTA user, I applaud you for expressing so articulately exactly what needed to be said about this travesty. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that your letter is read by everyone in my network who is affected by the cutbacks that MARTA is undoubtedly going to be forced to make. The legislature ought be be ashamed.

    When the time comes, I hope you’ll consider voting for a Democratic candidate that has championed public transit if a Libertarian isn’t in the running.


  2. jamsmooth on April 7th, 2009 @ 12:14 am

    The ineptitude of our state government is astounding. Clearly none of them use MARTA and nor do they care about the thousands of people who use it.


  3. james hervey (jeherv) on April 7th, 2009 @ 8:55 am

    hey publictranspvoter, thanks for the nice words. i have to be honest with you, it is really, really hard for me to envision voting for a democrat. i live in districts where dems usually run unopposed and i often write in candidates. i guess i would ask you to try to imagine voting for a republican that was strong on one issue you cared about, but was otherwise opposed to most of your political philosophy.

    that being said, i am at a point where if roy barnes ran on a strong public transportation/urban platform, i might seriously consider giving him my vote, i am that hopping mad about this.



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