One reason seems to be that the Cobb County school board objected to a 10-year tax abatement in the proposed project that would have cost the school system an estimated $4.3 million in tax revenue and which seems not to have been discussed with school board members ahead of time. After the board kicked up a ruckus, the project was withdrawn by the Development Authority of Cobb County. Now John Williams is withdrawing, too.
Williams told Atlanta newsletter editor Maria Saporta that he was leaving Cobb County in part to consolidate his operations, but he was clearly miffed by the fact that his development plans were thwarted by the school board’s actions. He told Saporta, “I’m only willing to get kicked in the bum-bum once.” Actually, Mr. Williams used a more graphic term for where it was that he got kicked, but this is a family-friendly column and you might want to share it with the kids, so let’s stick with bum-bum.
He went on to add, “A lot of Cobb County politics has been taken over by the tea party, and being a member of the tea party doesn’t equal having an IQ.” Neither does shielding your face with a Manila file folder at a public meeting when an MDJ photographer attempts to take your picture. But I digress.
Obviously, Williams isn’t used to getting his bum-bum kicked. He is used to getting his way and because he didn’t, he is leaving Cobb County forever or until the sewers clog up in Fulton County, whichever comes first.
You are probably thinking that given my extensive experience as an external counselor over four decades in some very large and complex organizations I am talking about the help I could have been to Williams in selling his project to the public. With as much modesty as I can muster (insert joke here) there is no doubt I could have done that. Who else do you know that was named one of the “100 Most Influential Public Relations Practitioners of the 20th Century?” OK, so it was a slow century for PR practitioners, but you take your fame however you can get it.
But this isn’t about my venerated skills as a public relations practitioner. No, I am talking about sharing with him the experiences I have had in getting my bum-bum kicked and living to fight another day. It happens to me all the time but I don’t pick up my marbles and leave. And I certainly wouldn’t entertain the thought of leaving for Fulton County, of all places. You can’t kick my bum-bum hard enough for me to contemplate that nightmare. And talk about your IQ? Wait until Mr. Williams has to deal with the Fulton County Commission. I have seen more IQ on a doorknob.
I am an expert on getting my bum-bum kicked. It comes as a result of my strong opinions in this space. In my defense, the bum-bum kickers are generally suffering from a serious case of humor-impairment as well as extreme self-righteousness. And they run the gamut. I have dealt with some tea party members who seem to be much as John Williams describes them but I have also had dialogue with liberal weenies that, if brains were dynamite, couldn’t blow their nose.
An aside: I wonder if the Guns for God crowd and President Swivelhead’s apologists ever get together and compare notes. I’d love to be a fly on the wall.
One note on kicking my bum-bum: Just so you know, I don’t read Web comments or anonymous mail. Save your time unless being ignored gives new meaning to your life. I did make a rare exception one time and read a comment from “Molière.” That was because I had it on good authority that the French playwright was very dead. Unfortunately, he was alive enough to dis my friend, Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) so I promptly kicked Molière’s bum-bum. I like Mr. Ehrhart a lot more than I like Molière or his plays.
I am sorry John Williams got kicked in the bum-bum and has decided to leave Cobb County. He has made major contributions to the quality of life in our county and will be missed. The sad part is that I could have helped him. I know I could. But what did I do? I sat on my bum-bum and did nothing. I feel terrible.
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