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Ron Paulville: It's Already Here In Atlanta & It Works!

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While cities across the country are cutting services, raising taxes and contemplating bankruptcy, something extraordinary is happening in a suburban community just north of Atlanta, Georgia.

Since incorporating in 2005, Sandy Springs has improved its services, invested tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure and kept taxes flat. And get this: Sandy Springs has no long-term liabilities.

This is the story of Sandy Springs, Georgia—the city that outsourced everything.

Approximately 8 minutes.


NYT: A Georgia Town Takes the People’s Business Private

IF your image of a city hall involves a venerable building, some Roman pillars and lots of public employees, the version offered by this Atlanta suburb of 94,000 residents is a bit of a shocker.

The entire operation is housed in a generic, one-story industrial park, along with a restaurant and a gym. And though the place has a large staff, none are on the public payroll. O.K., seven are, including the city manager. But unless you chance into one of them, the people you meet here work for private companies through a variety of contracts.

Oliver W. Porter, a founding father and architect in chief...
As a fan of Ronald Reagan and the economist Friedrich Hayek, Mr. Porter came naturally to the notion that Sandy Springs could push “the model” to its nth degree. His philosophical inclinations were formed by a life spent in private enterprise, and cemented by a visit to Weston, Fla., a town that had begun as a series of gated communities.


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May have to consider Sandy

May have to consider Sandy Springs. I remember them becoming their own city separate from Atlanta a few years ago and didn't really know why. Now I know.

Did The Judge Get His Show Back?

Or is this an old clip? I hope Freedom Watch is back on the air.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard


That guy was extremely nervous and repeated himself.

I would have loved to see a side by side comparison of budgets.


I would be interested to know how Ron Paul did in this town in the primaries :) Does anybody have any info on that?

Great post

Great post. Reminded me of some other working examples I seen in an old Stossel piece from back in 1999-2000. Parts 2 and 3 are loaded with working examples to reference in discussions and debates.

John Stossel Goes to Washington:

Part 1 - Is There Anything Government Can't Do?

Part 1b.

Part 2 - Is There Anything Private Enterprise Can Do Better?

Part 2b.

Part 3 - Helping The Poor Help Themselves

Part 3b.

Freedom is a Threat to Statists

Thanks for the great information!

One revealing point is the comment from the fellow who did not like this type of efficiency....

-----------NY Times Quote------

"He worries that rich enclaves may decide to become gated communities writ large, walling themselves off from areas that are economically (disadvantaged)"


In other words, the people who hate private property, ownership, and fiscal efficiency are always unhappy when there is a threat to their ability to steal from the productive and gift it to the non-productive.

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

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Yes, and in principle what is the difference

except scale, between a locked apartment or condo building and a gated community?

Only thieves hate balanced

Only thieves hate balanced budgets and efficient delivery of services.

They can't get their "cut" or use the contract awarding process for personal political gain.

This will never work LONG term

How will the future politicians keep their mistresses if there are no cushy government jobs to hand out.



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Just wow...

Just wow...

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Sandy Springs, Georgia: The City that Outsourced Everything