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Old 08-19-2011, 09:19 AM
 
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That is what they said when a group of parents met with a group of legislators about changing the state Constitution to allow for more school systems, independent of the creation of more local governments.

Do their actions match their words -- probably not.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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So true.

The politics of "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face" always had a warm welcome here in America, especially here in the south. The logic is insane and the consequences are huge (crippling deficits, infinite wars, decreasing health, dwindling resources) and yet a certain demographic of the American population still allow their entire lives to be governed by this archaic mindset.

But to slightly paraphrase your bolded statement, what more can us human beings do? My only hope that whenever the results of this hateful mindset comes to a final reckoning (and I believe someday there will be one), that we human beings will hopefully make the right choice and chose togetherness & survival.

Otherwise...there will be no "otherwise"...

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I think the biggest barrier would be the feds and the race issue. And frankly, I think that will actually motivate more people to vote for it, at least that's been my experience in Alabama. People voted against tax reform because it was framed as benefitting blacks. In actuality it benefitted poor people, but I had more than one person tell me that though it would put more money in their pocket, they were against it for that reason. *shrug* What can you do when people have this mindset? Not a helluva lot.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The Republican party in most situations also like local control as well. I think a person has to be careful when deciding what it is that a political party stands for or is against; especially in this country.

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I think that the vote will fail because people across the state will fear the division of their own counties, etc and not want to set a precedent. In fact, I am not at all confident, even with these proposed district changes, that it will pass out of the state house and senate. Most republicans like smaller (and therefore fewer) governments.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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Well, contrary to what many have thought, including me, it turns out that Fulton County is running pretty tight ship.

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But the perception that Fulton hasn't scaled back since 2005, when Sandy Springs became the first city to shake off direct county governance, doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Data analyzed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show spending has fallen significantly in the unincorporated area's special tax district that once served the four new cities and other annexed areas. In fact, if the district were a city, it would be among the most tightly run in the state for its population.

Fulton not quite as bloated as detractors claim *| ajc.com
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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But the perception that Fulton hasn't scaled back since 2005, when Sandy Springs became the first city to shake off direct county governance, doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Data analyzed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show spending has fallen significantly in the unincorporated area's special tax district that once served the four new cities and other annexed areas. In fact, if the district were a city, it would be among the most tightly run in the state for its population

Now there's the most important part of the quote....up until Sandy Springs mutinied, Fulton County refused to "scale back" and gladly took North Fulton's money and spent it in South Fulton. Once the mutiny began the county has tried to give some semblance of fiscal responsibility.....but simply not enough for those of us in North Fulton that want to be autonomous and not have to watch those circus acts that are fondly referred to as Fulton County Commission Meetings.......
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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[i][b]Now there's the most important part of the quote....up until Sandy Springs mutinied, Fulton County refused to "scale back" and gladly took North Fulton's money and spent it in South Fulton.

Yep. At least they're finally getting their act together.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: atlanta
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it's crap and as more and more of the kind of "white flight" people move further out (as many already are, due to the increased african american, jewish and muslim populations), this issue will fade more and more.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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If anything GA needs to merge counties, we have way too many, some are like 3rd world countries. GA should have around 100 counties.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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it's crap and as more and more of the kind of "white flight" people move further out (as many already are, due to the increased african american, jewish and muslim populations), this issue will fade more and more.
It's more about getting a fair shake for your tax dollars.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If anything GA needs to merge counties, we have way too many, some are like 3rd world countries. GA should have around 100 counties.
I agree with this, but then again I live in North Fulton and it feels like it practically should be separated, it's almost as if it would work better if we were merged with Forsyth. Then again I'm not an expert on the local politics, but to me it would make more sense regionally and politically if anyone should be worried about the subject of the amount of counties.
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