Gold Dome Follies
When PG was a youngun, he worked summers at a golf course. One afternoon, a man missed a putt. He threw down his putter, and shouted “shit, piss, and corruption”. Which brings us to the last day of the 2012 Lesterslature.
It was noted recently that Georgia is arguably the most corrupt state in the Union. (It is also wins the prize for the Confederacy.) You might imagine that this report caused great concern under the gold dome. You would be wrong.
The fishwrapper has a writer named Jim Galloway, who comments on such things. Today he tells the story of a young man named Josh McKoon. (Perhaps this was who George Zimmerman was talking about in that 911 call.)
The latter situation fits the case of state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. It was bad enough that McKoon, a rookie finishing out his first term, was one of the few Republican lawmakers to side with those who think that members of the Legislature ought not to accept gifts worth more than $100.
But McKoon may have gone a step too far. When this newspaper noted last week that a new report judged Georgia to have the weakest anti-corruption laws in the nation, McKoon pushed out a photo of the front page headline via Twitter.
On Tuesday, the Senate Rules Committee gutted a measure sponsored by McKoon that merely paired a few lawmakers with citizens interested in tougher ethics laws to form a study committee. The civilians were stripped from the committee, and membership reshuffled to eliminate McKoon – a member of Common Cause at home.
“We wanted senior members of the Legislature to be on it,” explained Don Balfour, R-Snellville, chairman of the rules committee. And he saw no need for outsiders to be involved.
Mr. Balfour is a resident of Snellville. The motto of this fine town used to be “Everybody’s Somebody in Snellville”. It was updated to “WHERE EVERYBODY IS PROUD TO BE SOMEBODY.”
Getting back to the dreary subject of state government, Mr. Galloway tells a tale of the Peach Tea Party. This should not be confused with a swinging new nightclub, The Peachtree Party. The PTP is targeting politicians with primary opposition, as a form of payback. These Lesterslators did not vote the way the PTP instructed them to, and must be punished. Some are even said to be (gasp) Republicans in name only. Here is one story:
“Of course, you take it seriously,” said state Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, one of those made the Peach Tea Party list. “You do have to raise money. But what they forget is that I like to meet people in my district,” she said. Cooper was targeted by Georgia Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, in 2010, and won her primary with 62 percent of the vote.
Cooper is chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, trained in a Catholic hospital and has taught obstetric nursing. She walked out of the vote for HB 954, the anti-abortion bill. The measure lacked an exception for rape and incest, which she might have tolerated. But it also omitted an exception for pregnancies in which the fetus has no chance of survival.
While Georgia can make rules about abortion, ultimately it is a federal issue. What happens under the gold dome is not going to save any unborn chirren. What fussing about abortion will do is take attention away from ethics legislation, or lack thereof. While the parliament of whores is wailing about the unborn, “SOMEBODY” is scraping the gold off the dome.
HT to Peach Pundit. They copy and paste with non partisan style. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.