Baker blows sunshine into Sonny's Shady Backroom, by J. A. Davis
Hooray for Thurbert Baker, Attorney General of Georgia, for his
ruling which requires full public dislosure of the complete bid information for the Georgia and Atlanta tax payer participation in
the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the recent ill-fated Super Bowl bid.
And, for the sake of fairness, hooray for the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution for hanging in like a bulldog to force what appears to be another huge cover-up into
the light of day.
According to the ruling by Mr. Baker, Governor Perdue and Mayor Shirley
Franklin have just three days to produce the full documents they have been so busy trying to hide from the
They have the right to appeal the decision. In our view, to do so
would lead to further culpability and an insult to the citizens of both Atlanta and Georgia. They are not
above the law.
This is just another example of the behind
the scenes maneuvering by the "Usual Suspects" and the Metro Atlanta Chamber
of Commerce. These firms which we regularly document in our
commentaries are gradually becoming known to Georgians in all sections of the state.
Many of them are having individual problems operating either within the
law or the bounds of arrogance. Some previous members of this cartel have
already bitten the dust and others seem
headed that way. Atlanta's economic stupidity is becoming a topic of
The people are beginning to know them for who they really are.
If these people would spend as much time
practicing the wonderful art of marketing and working in creative
competitiveness as they do in conjuring up schemes to prop up their ill
fated ventures and social engineering, they'd be far better served and so would all of Georgia.
Sonny and those who support him are going to have to carry this
image in the 2006 campaign. This includes the folks down the ticket who won't speak out for
sunshine in government. Perdue's silence on secrecy has been deafening. Sonny can't deny the public record nor the money
he has accepted from the usual suspects who are part of the Atlanta
Chamber. There is an old saying that goes something like, "By those
that you run with, so will you be known."
Many millions of tax dollars were secretly pledged by Perdue with
no authority whatsoever to do so. We don't know exactly how much until we
see the documents. What we do know is, the figure is staggering and worse,
in one of the bids (if not both), he even offered to refund the sales tax the rest of us
under-privileged Georgians have to pay.
No wonder Perdue pushed so hard to get a tax increase (also in a
clandestine behind-the-scenes deal made to get the needed votes by trading away the Fair Vote on the 1956
state flag); he needed the money to soothe the selfish interests of the downtown Atlanta elite.
Where are the members of the Georgia Legislature? Isn't this
something that should be investigated? Are there any legislators left in Georgia with the integrity and
intestinal fortitude to stand up and fight such plainly blatant abuses of power?
For me, I'm going to ask my legislators what they're doing. If
they're wilting under the mantra of party over principle, we need to know it
and expose them for what they really are, enablers to a more and more
seemingly corrupt government.
The other shoe is yet to drop in this sordid
saga of surreptitious secrecy in Georgia. We fear seeing how bad it is when the documents are finally
revealed to the people who have been set up as stooges for the ambitions of a few
politicians and some greedy business people.
Let the sunshine in. Reveal the truth.
God bless you, Mr. Baker.
Jeff Davis is a retired radio-TV journalist living in Gainesville, GA. Active in civic and political affairs,
he is past president of the Georgia Jaycees, former vice president of the US and the world Jaycees, former campaign chairman of the Georgia Republican party. He
voluntarily serves as chairman of the Georgia Heritage Council.
He is a collateral descendant of President Jefferson Davis.
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Sonny's Shady NASCAR Coverup
James Madison and informed consent
Perdue Ethics a bad joke - X-Files
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A Night in the Governor's Mansion - X-Files
Sunshine Week good time to kill HB340 - Athens
They Should let the Sunshine In - Houston Home Journal
No retreat on access to public records - AJC
We must make sure the sun shines in on government actions - Gainesville
Sunshine Dims in Legislature - Savannah
Public's right to know can be legislated away - Macon Telegraph
Perdue silent on secrecy - AJC
Another dastardly bill which needs defeat (SB190) - Macon
Legislative Alert - HB218 - secret meetings bill update
Secrecy Bill under metro, rural attack - AJC
Trust the Republicans on secret meetings---NOT!
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