Dear Editor: Atlanta ‘make out like bandit’

By Tony Cain

Tim Lee is the Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, but you would never know it by his bullheaded endorsement of the current 10-county Atlanta metro region TSPLOST scheme. Lee needs to be reminded that he was elected by the people of Cobb County and that he works for them. He was not elected by the voters of Fulton, DeKalb, Douglas, Henry, Cherokee, Clayton, Fayette, Rockdale or Gwinnett. And he certainly was not elected by the voters of the City of Atlanta. So, why does our county chairman persist in his strange desire to give away more than $856 million, or 85 percent, of Cobb’s estimated $1 billion TSPLOST money to another county for light rail?
Every now and then, under the microscope of public scrutiny, the absolute idiocy of a monstrous government fallacy becomes so glaringly obvious that only the densest and most ill informed would even consider voting for it. The 10-year TSPLOST is such a beast.

This cobbled-together Frankenstein monster could only have emerged from the bowels of special interest lobbying, sheer cronyism and behind-closed-doors bureaucratic infighting. It has nothing whatsoever to do with serving the general public good of all 10 counties.

I simply cannot understand why Cobb officials would surrender so much in return for so little, yet that is exactly what has happened. Cobb tax money should stay in Cobb. It should benefit county residents by maintaining and improving our local transportation infrastructure. Why would we build a train line for Atlanta and Fulton? They will make out like bandits if the metro TSPLOST passes, but I live in Cobb. More importantly, I vote in Cobb.

I will vote “no” on the TSPLOST, and I will use that same opportunity to vote against every politician who has supported this tax.

Tony Cain
Austell

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