Gov Deal Panders to Xenophobes

#1, refugees receive very modest aid. In general, government agencies provide income relief for 6 months, and, after that, the refugees are on their own.

#2, there is an onerous refugee vetting process for those entering the US. This is not a matter of the first 10,000 people to reach the ticket window. Refugees in camps in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and elsewhere begin application processes which take years, with preferences given to specific categories, such as those who have relatives in the USA or those who have helped US companies or military units, etc. In fact, the process is so long that my guess is that most of the 10,000 who enter the United States would have initiated their applications prior to the rise of ISIS.

#3, as of now, there is some evidence that 1 of the 7 (8?) attackers recently entered Europe along with the refugees. In my mind, even if that is proven, it would not be a good excuse to deny asylum to the hundreds of thousands in need.

Europe does have a vetting problem now because it has no system and there’s not an ocean separating Europe from western Asia. But that’s not a problem for the US.

People should read “Outcasts United,” a journalist’s account of refugee resettlement in Clarkston, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

Gov Deal Should Veto HB 702 Establishing Religious Monument on Capitol Grounds – Atlanta, Georgia

Copy/modify the text below and send it to Governor Deal. This is a slight modification from a draft Frank Carl, President of the Central Savannah River Area Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, wrote and submitted to the national organization for approval as a chapter statement. Continue reading

Tell Georgia Governor Deal to Get Moving on Clean Offshore Wind Energy

Clean-Energy Supporters,

Today, Hundreds of Sierra Club supporters are calling Governor Nathan Deal’s office to send him a clear message: Join the Smart from the Start Offshore Wind Initiative and create Georgia Wind jobs! We need your support to make this action a success! Can youcall Governor Deal’s office and deliver that message? Governor Nathan Deal: 404-656-1776 Continue reading

Georgia’s Public Support of Private Schools, Cont’d

I’ve previously discussed the issue of Georgia state income tax diversion to private schools on another blog (and here). In the November 2, 2010 election for Georgia’s governor, Republican Nathan Deal, the winner, supported this income tax diversion and his Democratic opponent opposed it.

My local newspaper ran two pieces in support.