I don’t think anybody was surprised by the way the County Commissioners voted on the proposed ordinance to require those doing business with Cobb County, thereby collecting taxpayer dollars, obey the law by hiring legal workers. The only surprise is that unemployed residents have not “tarred and feathered” the three commissioners who voted against the ordinance.
The part of the meeting dealing with this ordinance should have been entitled “The “Chamber of Commerce presents Tim Lee, Helen Goreham, and Lisa Cupid, in a staged betrayal.”
It included Lisa Cupid, delivering her lines haltingly as if she did not quite have them memorized. She nitpicked the ordinance as well as IMAGE statutes, while praising the county’s ”smokescreen” enforcement policy, allegedly put into place on the heels of the courthouse debacle. Lisa should know that requiring an affidavit is not enforcement. Enforcement is oversight to assure that the things alleged in the affidavit are true, and continue to be true for the life of the contract. I am pretty sure, unless they are skirting the law, that they had affidavits on the offending companies at the courthouse. The affidavits were pretty much worthless,.
Cupid’s finale was a reading of an obscure part of the ordinance dealing with “casual/day laborers”. She harped on a very narrowly defined set of hypothetical circumstances in which a legal worker might be denied a day’s work, under the statute. Of course, her vote indicated that she cares nothing for the tens of thousands of citizens and legal immigrants who are missing days, weeks, months and even years of work under the current policy of allowing illegal immigrants to continue working.
Next on the program, Helen Goreham came across as an “angry old white woman”, with her complaints about personal criticism leveled at her for her flip-flop position on the question. Her biggest problem with the ordinance seemed to revolve around the fact that she considers it a “mandate.” Excuse me, Helen, but being required to show an ID to buy beer is a “mandate”, just as most laws are “mandates.” Over the past weeks, Goreham has come up with some pretty silly reasons to oppose this ordinance, but I must say, this one is the silliest of all.
Tim, the king of the flip-flop crew, seems to be hung up over three words. He mentioned some wording that he felt was sufficient reason to oppose the ordinance. One of the words was “entity”. He also came up with a case of a current vendor who threatened not to obey the ordinance. The vendor was WellStar, which, we are told, provides medical care to the inmates of the County jail at a reduced rate. They flatly stated they would not enroll in IMAGE. I suggest we put out a bid request for this medical care and see how much we really are saving with WellStar, then weigh that against the number of people out of work because we allow county subcontractors to use illegal workers. I am not sure what to think of a “leader” who caves in to the demands of one vendor.
The sad thing is that none of these objections were ever made known prior to this meeting. They probably could have been resolved if they had been. Of course, the Chamber of Commerce bigwigs did not want them resolved, because they did not want this ordinance to pass.
The real losers were the working people of Cobb county, who fight the daily fight and pay taxes (if they are fortunate enough to be employed) so that the illegal aliens can take their jobs, dumb down our schools, sap the resources of emergency rooms using them for drug store, live on social programs and anchor baby benefits, all the while sending their money out of the country.
There were no winners, except the lawbreaking tuxedo businessmen who run the Chamber of Commerce, and control most of the County Commissioners, taking taxpayer money to pay unlawful workers, and pocketing big profits at our expense.
I would like to see the MDJ issue a challenge to the county to use the "enforcement tools" they claim to have put into effect after the courthouse scandal was uncovered, not by our own people, but by outsiders. . They protested that we did not need IMAGE because these enforcement tools would do more. Okay, challenge them to conduct an open audit of Croy Engineering and C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, Inc., in which impartial auditors are utilized. .
I would bet no such audit will be forthcoming.