Feb 3, 2014
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are trying to defend their decision to keep Atlanta open during the snow storm last Wednesday. “We don’t want to be accused of crying wolf,” explained Deal. “We would have had to shut down a major city for a day.” He told reporters he was concerned about all the money that would have been lost.
Far from closing down the city, the officials didn’t even pre-treat the roads or do any sort of planning and preparing whatsoever. The result? Thousands of drivers spent the night in their cars, and students spent the night in their schools – more than two and a half inches of snowfall.
Winter happens every year. Rush hour happens five days a week. There is no defense for what happened. They put tens of thousands of people’s lives at risk, all because capitalists and their politicians wanted business as usual. They gambled on our lives, and we paid the price!