Alabama’s Earmarked “Politicians”

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What happens when one-hundred-forty Alabamians, representing the diverse families living across our state, come together to decide how to best utilize our tax dollars? (Well, they first have to decide who they really represent. Or, in some cases, who they will follow.)

As my second term begins in the Alabama Legislature, I find myself becoming more outspoken. You see, it actually took most of my first term sitting back and paying attention to get a sense of what’s really happening in Alabama politics. (I can assure you it’s nothing like what you read in media reports.)

1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Professional lobbyists in Montgomery really do have the ability to control which legislation passes and which legislation fails. Now, please don’t misunderstand what I just said. The men and women who are paid to get legislation passed or killed are simply doing a job for the people that hired them. (It’s really that simple.) They are professional political salespeople. So, when a lobbyist contacts me, I realize they are being paid to convince me that the legislation they are lobbying for, or against, is in the best interest of my constituents.

Boy, I wish it was always as straight forward and up front as I just described. However, it’s not. (Future, or past, campaign contributions are always unspoken bargaining chips in political discussions with lobbyists.)

Political lobbyists also realize there are certain politicians in Montgomery who have the ability to persuade groups of politicians. (You know, like a bell-cow.)

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Think about it. Why attempt to sell one-hundred-forty politicians if you can sell one or two who have the ability to control the actions of the rest of the group? (I know, I said sell. I didn’t say buy.)

I have spoken out recently about the $3.9 BILLION dollars of Alabama revenue that is not available to the Alabama General Fund Budget. This is revenue that has been “earmarked” by politicians over the years for specific agencies. (Well, let me suggest that the earmarked “dollars” are not the real problem.)

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I have concluded that it’s not really the Billions of earmarked “dollars” in Montgomery that’s at the heart of our state’s financial problems. It’s the groups of good people who have gone to Montgomery and allowed themselves to become earmarked “politicians”. (They have given in to following the sound of the bell rather than watching where they walk.)

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Acts 20:30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

God Bless America!!!

Allen Farley represents portions of Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the Alabama Legislature’s House District 15. Representative Farley can be contacted at allenfarley@bellsouth.net, or (205)-960-7526.

Representative Farley’s blogs can be viewed at allenfarley.com