Posts Tagged ‘class’

Georgia bumpkin tosses latest salvo in class warfare

April 21, 2010 2 comments

Senate votes today on cutting income tax credit for the poor | Gold Dome Live.

Once again, a bumpkin legislator has tossed the latest salvo in the warfare between the well to do and the working poor. In what seems to be a plan to save the state some money, Rep. David Knight of Griffin,  has decide he will take money from people who can least afford it. His proposed bill would take way the credits that poor people can claim on their taxes. You must be under the 20,000 dollar or less threshold to claim it. People making that kind of money don’t pay taxes anyway, but taking way this credit is a slap in the face to the poor all over this state. It is ironic that his bill initially failed to pass muster in the house, so the Senate decide to attach his crap to another bill. Here is the kick though. The Georgia legislator has decided to lessen the tax burden on upper income old folks, as well as cut the capital gains tax. Republicans preach a good game when it comes to tax cuts. they know that will get the base energized. But when you look into the details, their love of tax cuts only extend to their kind. Nothing for those of us in the middle, and not a damn thing for the least among us. I bet my bank account you won’t see tea parties and protests from the so-called patriots on this one.

Schools being closed is not primarily about race

March 10, 2010 Comments off

“No one on this panel had anything to do with the schools on there. It started with staff,” task force member Bruce McMillian said. “I’m not going to let this panel be a scapegoat or whatever you want to call it for these tough decisions.”The pocket that has been targeted by the school system is an area that, I feel, is an area of least resistance. The affluent areas in the county, the ones with the higher tax base, none of those are being targeted.”

via Proposed school closures divide DeKalb  |

For many at the AJC get schooled blog, and just about all AJC blogs, race is that huge beast that rears its head in every conversation. The quote above leads me to believe that class is a bigger issue here. The committee charged with helping decide which schools to close knew that the path of least resistance was with those seven schools on the original two lists. If that number does have to be 12 schools closed, then you can believe some north DeKalb schools will be on the list. What will be the difference is that when a north DeKalb school shows up on the list the parental outrage will be overwhelming, and the more involved(financially better off) parents will have the resources to fight the school board. By the way, did anyone notice that no school on the list is in any of the newer, more involved(financially better off) areas of South DeKalb. All of the schools on the list are in the older neighborhoods of South DeKalb.