Today's AJC "Truth-O-Meter" featured the potential economic impact of Sunday take-out liquor sales. For those of you who don't live in Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal Constitution is our local newspaper and the "Truth-O-Meter" is a daily feature in which a reporter investigates the validity of a statement or opinion from a local politician or pundit and then rates the results. The highest rating is "True" - for a quote or opinion that is proven to be correct. The lowest rating is "Pants on Fire." You can probably figure out what that one means. It can be quite amusing.
Today's statement, compliments of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.: "Sunday liquor sales could generate $3.4 million to $4.89 million a year in additional sales tax revenue for Georgia."
The AJC rating: MOSTLY TRUE (it fell slightly short of a rating of TRUE because a handful of experts believe the additional revenue will be slightly less, but still substantial).
Regardless of whatever moral opposition or chickenshit excuse the Georgia Senate Republican Caucus has for not sending Senate Bill 10 to the Senate floor for a vote, they're flushing a potential cash windfall straight down the toilet. Millions of dollars. (Senate Bill 10 is the bill that would allow local citizens to vote on whether or not to allow Sunday take-out liquor sales in the area in which they live). Is it possible that the Senate Republican Caucus isn't aware of Georgia's desperate need for cash? They haven't noticed the joblessness? The teachers and police officers and firefighters suffering from forced furloughs? The general sense of economic despair? May be they're more out of touch than I originally thought.
As I've stated in the past (ad nauseum), denying citizens the right to vote is a self-serving act of pandering to the Christian Coalition and the local liquor lobby. But at this point it's pretty clear that it's something else as well: Economically Ignorant.
I can't believe I voted for those assholes. Shame on me.