Why Lee silent on Cobb impact of immigration?
June 18, 2013 11:39 PM | 1174 views | 6 6 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

At Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee’s town hall meeting on June 11 we were disappointed that he did not answer our questions regarding the negative impact the current immigration amnesty bill would have on Cobb.

The Democrats who run Los Angeles County, Calif., are doing the job that apparently Republicans in Georgia are afraid to do, visiting Congress demanding to know how they would pay for the additional benefits and services for newly legalized aliens if the Senate amnesty bill were to become law. We have seen no actions from Tim Lee and our commissioners.

If the amnesty passes, 400,000 to 500,000 will be instantly legalized. That new legal status will qualify them for a host of state and local entitlements, including Medicaid. Georgia has more “undocumented” aliens than Arizona.

We asked Tim Lee why the BOC is silent. What is their plan? Will they cut benefits and services or raise our taxes?

The 1986 amnesty contained funds to help state and local governments, but this bill pushed by the Chamber of Commerce does not. It rewards lawbreakers with amnesty first and only questionable enforcement years later.

The Georgia Constitution requires us to have a balanced budget every year. This new additional budget strain will mean cutting services or increasing taxes or both. The negative impact on schools and unemployment will be disastrous.

We are outraged that our elected officials are not making public statements against this horrifying immigration/amnesty bill.

Legal residents are counting on them to do so and prevent its passage.

Jan Barton

Marietta
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SW Gal
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June 20, 2013
Tim Lee brought his HUGE staff to back him up at his town hall meeting. By the way, compare the number of employees in the Annual Report of 2006 to the number in 2012. With all the budget woes claimed by Cobb, justifying the barely passed SPLOST taxes, do you realize that Cobb Government has GROWN substantially in 6 years? Look it up! Tim and the commissioners are building their BIG government EMPIRE at our expense. Check Tim's personal finances also. Need I say that personal finances have IMPROVED dramatically? Meanwhile, instead of implementing the IMAGE program as he promised in his campaign, taxpayers will NOT be protected from illegal aliens on taxpayer-funded projects in Cobb. Oh, but wait! That will all be moot since Tim and company want this amnesty for their Chamber & special interest cronies. It looks like he is for legalizing these lawbreakers! We are losing our lovely Cobb county to Tim, his cronies and their schemes.
Lee bashing syndrome
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June 20, 2013
More Lee bashing again. Why not blame him for Bangazi or the NSA scandal? Lee won the election by a wide majority so maybe you should get over it already.
Wide Awake
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June 20, 2013
Perhaps if Mr. Lee doesn't make any comments, then he can't be blamed when things blow up. It appears he's been taking lessons from Obama, who knows nothing, sees nothing and hears nothing. Shame on the voters of Cobb Co. for re-electing Mr. Lee.
no real leader
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June 19, 2013
The answer to the question is that Lee is not a real leader. And if the Republicans don't start showing more leadership skills than they are presently exhibiting, they will go down for the count, taking the rest of us with them. Big Business needs to get their act together too, and start speaking up for the good of the country instead of their "bottom line".
anonymous
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June 19, 2013
Lee is busy commenting on minor traffic changes, don't you get it? The turn arrows need explaining, but we are all supposed to ignore the possibility of amnesty for the county.

Pat H
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June 19, 2013
We can't count on Tim Lee to stand up for citizens because he is a Chamber of Commerce puppet.
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