FOX News came out to Dawsonville last week to report on the outrageous seizure of the Dawsonville Pool Room. [UPDATE: News video now below the fold to speed page loading times.--Grim]
There are several things that make this a travesty.
1) That the crime has been fully prosecuted, so that the identity of the actual guilty party is known, and restitution ought to be his responsibility accordingly;
2) That the owner of the Dawsonville Pool Room is fully compliant in helping the law enforcement agencies;
3) That he has even been trying to "pay" the "debt," although the fact is that Georgia had licensed the accountant that defrauded the owner (and robbed Georgia of its tax revenues), which means that Georgia bears at least as much responsibility for the "debt" as he does;
4) And thus that therefore Georgia is punishing a man who is, properly speaking, a crime victim. The state ought to protect its citizens when they are victimized by criminals, not exploit them;
5) That destroying a functional business in the middle of a recession, shuttering its doors under arms and seizing every dime of cash with gun in hand, was a thing better fit for bandits than anyone who would claim to be a man of the law.
Where are the waitresses going to find work now? How is the government going to get its money by killing the goose that lays the golden egg?
UPDATE: This post has been substantially revised from its first version, because I was angry when I wrote the first version. I think substantial anger is justified by this case, but I wish to ensure that I don't lash out at those -- like FOX News -- who are merely bringing attention to the injustice.