Trusting Governor Deal

I have a concern I might as well throw out there to you. I’ve been dwelling on since last night when I heard the Governor, Speaker, and the rest of the GOP Leadership was going to throw Christians under the bus in exchange for Democrat votes for the transportation tax increase.

Follow along with me.

We saw David Ralston push a billion dollar transportation tax increase through the legislature just months after road pavers and their PAC wrote him a check. Governor Deal gave it his full throated support.

We saw S.B. 63, the beer jobs bill, get scuttled because beverage wholesalers wrote massive checks. Governor Deal was a big recipient. Casey Cagle was a big recipient. And the legislation was corrupted and gutted.

Then we saw S.B. 129 gutted. Large donors opposed to protecting religious liberty weighed in. They had donated to Governor Deal. They had donated to David Ralston. They had donated to Casey Cagle. And ultimately they all folded like cheap suits for special interests. Religious liberty protections got tossed aside.

Now several credible people tell me that the Republican leaders have cut a deal with the Democrats. They’ll refuse to reconsider the religious liberty bill in exchange for Democrat votes for a tax increase.

I’ve been a big proponent of Governor Deal’s education reform plan. But watching monied interests corrupt so much sound policy, I do have to wonder how we can trust that education reform won’t also get tainted.

I understand the wheeling and dealing involved in getting legislation passed, but the ability to write a check to shape public policy reeks of corruption and bribery, legal or not.

When schools are passed into the state run system, how can we trust that monied interests won’t shape curriculum, etc. Look at the way large dollars prop up common core.

At this point, seeing so many good initiatives go down in flames because of donors to the GOP, I’m thinking we cannot trust the education reforms will not also be corrupted based on donations to key players.

It’s worth pondering. And I’m beginning to believe I was wrong to suggest this education reform package is worth fighting for. Looking at the pattern, I’m betting the only people who’ll be fighting for it are those who can profit from it.

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Erick Erickson

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