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12 March 2013

Democrats Were For Increasing Fulton County's Homestead Exemption Before They Were Against It

Democrats have made a point of opposing a Republican initiative to increase the Fulton County homestead exemption from $30,000 to $60,000 over three years.

Democrats say House Bill 541, if approved by the voters, would cause draconian cuts in funding for libraries, Grady hospital and other services [Edwards and Wickert (5 March 2013). Republicans push again to raise Fulton homestead exemption. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 12 March 2013.].

The funny thing about the Democrats' opposition to increasing Fulton County's homestead exemption is they were for it before being against it.

In 2008, Democrats such as Margaret Kaiser and "Able" Mable Thomas introduced House Bill 1190, raising the Fulton County homestead exemption from $15,000 to $50,000 over five years.

Representative Kaiser's bill received wide, bipartisan support when it was voted on in the House. Many of the same Democrats opposing an increase in Fulton County's homestead exemption to $60,000 voted to raise the same homestead exemption to $50,000.

Sharon Beasley-Teague voted for House Bill 1190, but voted against House Bill 541. Roger Bruce voted for House Bill 1190, but voted against House Bill 541. "Able" Mable Thomas was for increasing the homestead exemption. Now she's against it. Virgil Fludd was for it. Now he's against it.

Where's the consistency? There is none. These Democrats who supported and, in some cases, co-sponsored Representative Kaiser's bill now oppose Representative Jan Jones' bill to do what the Democrats wanted to do in 2008; increase the homestead exemption for Fulton County property owners.

The difference between now and then is that Margaret Kaiser is a Democrat. Jan Jones is a Republican.

Let's hope the mainstream media will see this and start calling these Democrats out on their inconsistencies.