Power Breakfast: Political rhetoric does not match reality on creating jobs, AirTran agreement, Aflac, minority firms

There’s an interesting story today from AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin about how Georgia leaders’ rhetoric on the need to create jobs has not matched reality.

Here’s the beginning of his story:

Speaking to the state’s top business leaders in January, newly sworn-in Gov. Nathan Deal said Georgians would hear a common theme from their top officials.

“There is a mantra all of us will be repeating, and that is creating jobs for our state,” Deal said at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs and Issues breakfast.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, offered similar assurances to a state where unemployment remains above 10 percent.

“It’s time that we in state government focus on doing those things that will make us No. 1 in terms of sustaining jobs and creating new jobs,” Ralston said.

But with the 2011 legislative session more than three-quarters done, legislation specifically tied to job growth has largely been absent, or if it exists, is stuck in committee. And while Deal and other leaders say job creation remains a priority — and pre-election polls showed it was voters’ top concern in 2010 — some Georgians are concerned action hasn’t matched the rhetoric.

“I haven’t seen them do anything at all yet to help create jobs or help bring back jobs to industries that were lost,” said Gary Miller, 56, of Lilburn.

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March 24th, 2011
6:38 am

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is NOT a Friend of the People of this State.

What a Joke

March 24th, 2011
6:58 am

Republicans everywhere have no intention of providing jobs. That’s the BS that they are spreading throughout the country. They will do any and everything to bring this economy to another stop. They have one goal and that is to get rid of Obama. All this reduction in spending is a total ruse. They didn’t cut spending when they were running two wars. States shouldn’t even be in the business of creating jobs, if its anyones job, its the federal govt. In fact they aren’t, they just talk like they can and are. Chamber of Commerce should be closed down.


March 24th, 2011
7:29 am

Too often, I feel that we elected Democrats instead of Republicans. All I hear coming out of the GA state legislature is the same garbage as is coming out of our current Administration: Tax, Tax, Tax! Now they want to tax satellite tv, additional taxes on cell phones, etc., all to raise an est $200M. Meanwhile, we continue to spend $2B on illegal immigrants. Stop all these unwarranted costs, and you’ll not only reducee the deficit, you’ll eliminate it. Seems to me these people need to go back to school for some basic math classes. Oops, HOPE doesn’t cover that anymore, does it? Can’t expect them to spend their own money for anything, can we? Guess they’ll just have to continue to take off their shoes to count above ten!


March 24th, 2011
8:26 am

Yaaaaaawn… nothing new here. Politicians will always say whatever the sheep want to hear. What continues to amaze me, is that people are still stupid enough to buy what they are being sold. I’ll start taking intrest when I see a headline that reads ” Median Income Earner elected to Represent Georgians” Until then, it’s still just the Millionaires Club and the people that think they matter to them.

Booze Sales

March 24th, 2011
8:43 am

Sunday sales of liquor—will create millions in new tax revenue!!

show me jobs

March 24th, 2011
10:20 am

The obvious true is that Republicans don’t care about the midle class or providing jobs to Georgians, they are willing to bring the economy down AGAIN in order to ensure that Obama doesn’t get re-elected. To distract the public of the real issue (JOBS) they want to get rid of the ilegals complaining the state spend 2B in services BUT they forget to tell the public that ilegal support a 65 Billion/year agricultural indutry in GA, they forget to tell the public that farmers DO NOT provide their thousand ilegal worker any medical benefits or fair salaries. If our legislator were any intellent they bill the farmers the 2B that state spend and stop complaining. Remember, ilegal are here because there are jobs that Americans won’t do, no matter how much they paid. Be honest with yourself and stop blaiming Obama for everything!!


March 24th, 2011
10:52 am

@olderandwiser49: As a lifelong conservative, I feel your pain. I want conservative politicians that work for the good of the people by trying to maintain a carefully balanced social order and helping the citizens of the state and nation. I want us to maintain the great nation that has existed for so long, with only slow minimal tweaks that are based on long study and good experience.

And what do I get? Radicals. People who take extremist views in support of corporations, in support of wild theological positions, in support of whatever nutty “neo-con” idea came out this week. Oh, sure, they put an “R” next to their name and blow some sunshine up my bum about the American family and how great America is and how their “enemy,” the Democrats, want to burn it all down and give us forced abortions or something like that. But they’re not conservative.

And so, of course, when the time comes to improve the economy, they can’t do it — because they’re not grounded in conservative principles. “Conservative” is just a word for their banners.


March 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

“Oil rises above $106 amid Middle East conflict”

Could just as easily have read “amid NCAA tournament.” Speculators speculate.

What can they do to create jobs if the private sector continues to hoard trillions of dollars? The governor has to see that state functions are carried out and any further reduction of personnel would jeopardize that. Taxes have already been reduced and bribes paid to entice new businesses and investments. The best thing they could do is improve infrastructure and transportation options, and make sure we have a skilled work force. I’m amazed at the numbers enrolled in higher education. I hope they’re getting what they need to succeed.


March 24th, 2011
1:24 pm

What about a consortium of government, local business leaders, unions and banks to revive failing industries?