Small business group endorses Deal for governor

The National Federation of Independent Business on Thursday said it is backing Republican Nathan Deal for governor of Georgia.

The endorsement is not considered a surprise as NFIB leans Republican, but the announcement nonetheless is a boost to Deal’s campaign against former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds.

“Small businesses are the engine that drives our state’s economy. I believe it will be the entrepreneurs who own our small businesses that will lead us out of the economic downturn, and I am committed to creating a business climate where they can thrive,” Deal said in a statement.

Deal’s latest television ad touts his economic plan, which includes tax exemptions for start-up businesses and a one-third cut in corporate income taxes.

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September 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

So, a republican group endorsed a republican candidate. This actually is breaking news in this Georgia governor’s race, when republicans endorse Deal.


September 30th, 2010
3:48 pm

Why do you suppose such a group leans Republican?

Maybe this economic engine is the “Golden Goose”, and Democrats always stealing from it for their non-productive transfer payments to buy votes is not seen as good policy.


September 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

It won’t be a surprise on election day when Deal is endorsed by the Georgia electorate, because they also lean Republican.

Unlike the AJC.


September 30th, 2010
4:00 pm

Most of this group like Deal as he will be OK with them avoiding paying their fare share of taxes, treating workers badly and offering no health coverage. This may work for chicken farms, scrap yards and hunting stores in Hall county but hardly representative of fortune 1000 companies who actually drive GA’s economy……………..


September 30th, 2010
4:11 pm

Stop the presses!!

Wow, this is some very earth shattering news! A republican group (leaning my arse) endorses a republican candidate. Well, I guess all crooks have to stick together.

It’s amazing how republlicans can scream fiscal conservatism and values when the candidate they are choosing has neglected to follow the commandments.

Hypocrisy runs both ways, but it runs deeper on the right.


September 30th, 2010
4:24 pm


Employer of 79 Georgians

September 30th, 2010
4:45 pm

Barnes and the Democrats mantra of higher corporate taxes is not good for this country. To kick start this economy and get people back into the workforce something needs to be done to stimulate investment and growth.

In his own book Obama said he abhors the private sector. It is ringing loud and clear throughout the country, and the private sector is responding by not hiring.


September 30th, 2010
4:57 pm

Whats wrong with her corporate taxes if it means the 99% of the population who are not CEO’s etc get better services and quality of life?

I can tell you first hand that the top people at most companies these days want to cut costs no matter what to make more profit. If they pay less in taxes they will still want more and more. Thye will still avoid hiring if they can and try and automate or outsource to India etc. Haven’t you noticed how the top 1%’s money has gone up drastically while eveyone elses stagnated or went down under Bush for 8 years? Its the lack of regulation/govenance and globalization that has hurt the average working man, taxes are a total red herring.

Out of interest how come so many European firms paying much higher taxes and also much higher wages/property costs etc can still be very profitable and also treat their workers a lot better than US companies?

A CEO can get by just as easily on 100 million a year as 115 million in a year don’t you think?


September 30th, 2010
5:05 pm

Excuse me but I have to ask and ponder over this question: What has Sonny P. done over the past eight years to grow the Ga. economy?????? How many jobs has he created by providing the “miracle ” tax cuts for businesses across the board. The Republican party is actually holding the economy in Ga.& nationwide hostage to their unethical business strategies and approaches…….it’s another sign that the Republican party is about the “dollar” that flows through their greedy coffers. Electing the shady deal is just a sorry way of confirming the fact that “the good ole boys & gals” are taking affirmative action to relive the 1940’s….”the good ole days.” God watches over babies and fools and the GOP is no baby!!


September 30th, 2010
5:12 pm

Hasn’t GA been “cutting taxes” for oh, I don’t know, forever. We already have some of the lowest corp taxes. What we don’t have is good schools, enough water, or good transportation. When was the last time a company said, “we’re not relocating to GA b/c their taxes are too high”? The reason our economy has lagged the nation for 8 years is b/c we have failed to invest in our state. Gotta give people & companies new reasons to come here. The Real Deal sounds like the Old Deal.


September 30th, 2010
5:54 pm

The reason companies are not relocating here is: bad schools, lack of infrastructure, lack of quaity educated staff , lack of culture and bad perception due to religion.

I see this often and so do friends in commerical real estate. Altanta needs to re-capture the momentum of the period during the Olympics and become a true international city otherwise we will keep on heading down and be overtaken by cities such as Charlotte.

Deal is not the man to improve this state and will just follow Purdues legacy with added corruption.

Sick & Tired

September 30th, 2010
5:58 pm

Enter your comments here

Bama Bill

September 30th, 2010
6:04 pm

NFIB, who the heck are they ? Need a roster of membership to appreciate magnitude of such an endorsement ? Now we have that fella from up North endorseing Deal – What a deal ?

Cookie Jar

September 30th, 2010
6:09 pm

Shame on them for endorsing a crook.. I bet Nathan Deal can’t wait to get his hands on Ga taxpayers’ wallet. After all, he have to pay his friends back big time. Why do people vote against their own best interest over and over? Also, I’m sure his mounting debt will disappear shortly after occupying the governors mansion. Don’t be surprised when he’s brought up on charges. He’s already proven he can’t be trusted to handle his own personal finances.


September 30th, 2010
6:11 pm

Ga already has some of the lowest taxes in the country, and what has it gotten us? Businesses will locate here if we have good schools and a good transportation system and infrastructure. We have neither and we have had Republican leadership for the last 8 years. Both Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham are surpassing Atlanta as the most progressive cities in the South. Who is going to want to locate a business here if we have a corrupt governor and a legislature more worried about brain chips than our quality of life? We are fast joining Mississippi and Alabama as redneck central.

frugal voter

September 30th, 2010
6:36 pm

We now know why Deal is running for Governor. He’ll be homeless, due to foreclosure, and will need the rent free Mansion on Paces Ferry to tide him over.
Deal’s aspiration is strictly out of greed. As a lifelong Republican, I will be voting Democrat first the first time in my life. Despite Roy’s past performance I feel his aspiration is purely altruistic.

Atticus Finch

September 30th, 2010
6:39 pm

Good Call Frugal! You won’t be disappointed.

Sonny Perdue

September 30th, 2010
6:42 pm

And businessmen thrive best when they are governor. Believe me, I know.

good ole earl

September 30th, 2010
7:09 pm

I see a lot of people shooting off at the mouth that know absolutely nothing about Nathan Deal. Except, what the read , see, and hear from a very liberal news media..especially the AJC. Why don’t you spend some of your time checking Nathan Deal’s record of 30 plus years in public service to the voters of Georgia. It’s a sorry, low down politician that will drag another candidates family and personal mis-fortune into a campaign….only because that’s all Roy Barnes has to offer Georgians. If you think Roy’s 16 million dollars came from working an honest 40 hour work week…think again. And i’m not insinuating he worked a lot of honest overtime hours either.


September 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

good ole earl – the liberal media wouldn’t be attacking deal if, you know, Deal had nothing to be attacked about. It’s not like the AJC is just making this stuff up – its that pesky little word “true.”


September 30th, 2010
7:36 pm

Go Google this and then look at candidates platforms–what contributes the most to Georgia’s Economy? What sector? What sector brings in the most money from exports?


September 30th, 2010
7:39 pm

Deal’s latest television ad touts his economic plan, which includes tax exemptions for start-up businesses and a one-third cut in corporate income taxes.

I am voting for Deal but to heck with allthe corporate welfare.

J.T.In. Ellenwood

September 30th, 2010
7:54 pm

It is bad when you know a person is a crook and you vote him for what kind of example do we set for our kids that it is alright to steal and cheat


September 30th, 2010
8:01 pm

I can understand peoples’ criticism of Deal, but I just can’t vote for Barnes and the lib has no chance. I will have to hold my nose and vote for Deal.

joe salter

September 30th, 2010
8:05 pm


Absolutely NO Deal!!!

September 30th, 2010
8:11 pm

I wonder if Deal plans to give them no bid contracts and connect them with a bank that will give them loans for 33 times their net worth of assets?


September 30th, 2010
8:18 pm

@good ole earl: I see a lot of people shooting off at the mouth that know absolutely nothing about Nathan Deal. Except, what the read , see, and hear from a very liberal news media..especially the AJC. Why don’t you spend some of your time checking Nathan Deal’s record of 30 plus years in public service to the voters of Georgia.

Its precisely his record that is the issue. Research it and it is terrible. He is a hypocrite of the worse kind. Anti government but has been in government over 20 years! Anti healthcare but has his own taxpayer funded free healthcare from congress. Cannot run his own finances but wants to run a state budget in the billions! Wants transparency in government yet hides his own tax records! Says he is a typical Georgian yet doesn’t pay his fair share of taxes and is complicit in causing a bank to default costing the taxpayers 135 million.

Yes we KNOW Nathan Deal alright, he is a CROOK and HYPOCRITE.

The whole idea about a Governor trying to attract business who then vetos removing our “blue laws” costing our state billions shows what a disaster Deal will be for GA. All Deal will do is line his own pockets and his mates in Hall County while GA goes down hill.

As for reducing tax for business startups, the taxes are already virtually nothing in GA for businesses compared to other states and where has that got us? It is not taxes that is causing businesses to not relocate here…………..

Billy O

September 30th, 2010
8:29 pm

Hey CS….you might want to read The FAIR TAX and learn who pays taxes. Corporations simply pass their “taxes” on to you and me in the form of higher prices for their goods and services. People pay taxes.


September 30th, 2010
8:39 pm

Vote Libertarian…. The democrat and the republican are both LOSERS…

Giant Black Snake

September 30th, 2010
8:45 pm

Listen up , Goobers and gals! The bottom line is that barring pre-election indictment , get ready to greet as the new Goobernor of Gooberstan, the Honorable (LOL) Nathan Bedford Forrest Deal.

Those who have a problem with running this goober gauntlet for the rest of your life better get in touch with Delta or Greyhound; also I-75 will take you out. Because it is going to get much worse from this point, as the goober gauntlet and the Teabagger Taliban solidify their grip on the Solid South aka Gooberstan.

Hope this helps!!!


September 30th, 2010
8:52 pm

Vote John Monds… Send a message… A run off is a certainty at this point so vote for the only guy in this campaign who is not a career politician slimeball.


September 30th, 2010
9:11 pm

Giant Black Snake, We could only wish that all the democratic leaches would follow your advice and this state would be in great shape.


September 30th, 2010
9:34 pm

Let’s see: Deal has: 1)asked for proof of the President’s citizenship
2)called potential voters: “ghetto grandmothers”
3)been ranked as one of the 15 most corrupt members of congress
4)been investigated by the congressional ethics office
5)either lied or was grossly negligent with his campaign’s financial filings
6)is involved in the bankruptcy of his daughter and son-in-law which has been reopened by the bankrutcy court due to lies not listing him as a debtor
If Deal is elected because of the (R) that follows his name, we will be the laughing stock of this country. Right now, I’m ashamed to be a citizen of this once great state.

Giant Black Snake

September 30th, 2010
9:42 pm

td- i told them all they need to know and seems like they do not understand. Our education system is failing some folks.


September 30th, 2010
9:45 pm

Joe: Prepare to be laughed at. As broke as this state is, people will vote for Deal because he has an “R” beside his name. If he held a pistol to them and robbed them of house, jewels, and cash, they would still cast a vote because of that “R”. The man is financially challenged and if elected, it’s what we deserve…….the laughter and the inefficiency at the governor’s office. Don’t forget, Deal will be laughing also.


September 30th, 2010
9:57 pm

Delores, its hard to believe that Georgia which entered the modern era with Zell Miller and the progress we made in education and commerce during that era has been lost. I’m old enough to remember the days of Lester Maddox and his billy-club ax—what has happened to this state?


September 30th, 2010
10:24 pm

i will vote for monds also, the other 2 are terrible candidates and not worthy of anyone’s votes!


September 30th, 2010
10:27 pm

This is an embarrassment to every person in the state of Georgia. There was a time not long ago when the people of this state were thought to be honest hard working people. Sadly that can not be said today. God help us if we elect a man that has not even attempted honesty in this campaign.


September 30th, 2010
10:48 pm

Too bad there is not a qualified candidate like Sam Olens…


September 30th, 2010
10:49 pm

I agree with you dawg.


October 1st, 2010
3:23 am



October 1st, 2010
6:34 am

It appears that Katelyn has been up all night smoking pot. According to her logic way over half of all Georgians are racists as that is how many will be voting for Deal.

Road Scholar

October 1st, 2010
6:46 am

NFIB are already salivating over Deal’s proposed tax break!


October 1st, 2010
7:00 am

Let’s see, a big tax cut for business TODAY. Tomorrow? BIG contributions from business to Deal’s campaign….
Hmmmmm….. Now if only the value my home in Hall country would stop plummetting I MIGHT find a scintilla of respect for “Bum” Deal…


October 1st, 2010
7:03 am

There’s a fine line between a businessman and a crook…Deal has them boyh covered

Double Zero Eight

October 1st, 2010
7:07 am

Deal will win. He will become a multi-millionaire while in office, just like Sonny did. He will follow the example set by his mentor, Sonny Perdue.


October 1st, 2010
7:21 am

Since it looks like Deal may win, then why not get Bernie Madoff out of jail and get him to be Deal’s Chief of Staff. Man, they really know how to manage money, don’t they?

Deal is in this race for nothing other than to line his pockets with taxpayer money – just like he has done all his working life.


October 1st, 2010
7:27 am

Roy Barnes has made tens of millions of dollars suing Georgians and Georgia employers.

We have enough lawyers in Washington & Atlanta running government into the ground and buying votes with pork barrel spending and corruption.


October 1st, 2010
7:36 am

The NFIB must not be real proud of their members because not one name or business is listed.

Does anybody know who professes to being NFIB members?

When these folks talk about “small business” they are talking Chick Filet and up.

Let`s dig a little deeper into the NFIB and see what we see?
What`s the chances the road leads to a R budda boy?


October 1st, 2010
7:55 am

I found this and I stopped reading.

“In 2004 95% of their members said they voted for Bush, compared to 53% of all small business owners.”

Also their membership went from 600,000 to 300,000 recently.

Just fluff.


October 1st, 2010
7:58 am

Who wrote this crap? Who is Aaron Gould Sheinin?

I`ll be back.


October 1st, 2010
8:01 am

AJC got him from South Carolina. ….nuff said.


October 1st, 2010
8:07 am

Enter your comments here


October 1st, 2010
8:11 am

Busted Aaron!

Next article:
People who live in Augusta CAN see South Caroline from their houses!

Wait. Why am I doing your work for you?


October 1st, 2010
8:15 am

Watch how fast this article gets put in the back room. AJC Leftwing? Yeah, right.


October 1st, 2010
8:38 am

R-Sonny has been driving this bus. Bus would have gone over cliff w/o bailout.
R-Bush was driving the bus on 9/11
R-Bush was driving the bus when the Banks failed. Remember? THEY FAILED
R- Bush ditto wall street

Yeah the Ds were spinless during these periods, but YOU WERE driving.

Let ol Deal drive. The good news is we can`t get much lower in ANY state catigories. Including college football.
Thanks Sony….for not running over any baby carrages!

David S

October 1st, 2010
8:45 am

Sadly groups like this, the NRA, and others know that Libertarian candidates possess the principles, vision, and committment to liberty that they fundamentally require, but they continue to endorce republicans despite their pathetic records in office. Fortunately Georgians have the freedom to use their common sense and vote for the better candidate, John Monds.

Buzz G

October 1st, 2010
8:47 am

Roy Barnes will raise taxes, kiss Obama’s ring, bow before the big labor unions and facilitate illegal alien immigration. Nathan is the real Deal.


October 1st, 2010
8:58 am

This just in : The KKK has announce the backing of Deal”"”"”‘


October 1st, 2010
9:36 am

Last time Barnes was governor, you had to bring “campaign contributions” to Bobby Kahn if you needed to see the governor. No thank you!

Barnes was a liberal crook last time and nothing has changed.

conservative teacher

October 1st, 2010
10:00 am

Katelyn, you seem to be the racist,if you even know the meaning of the word.
I am an older voter who is NOT a racist. Know your facts before you speak.
Yes, I do support Mr. Deal.


October 1st, 2010
11:03 am

Small business will not bring us out of this down turn!! Its corporate welfare.

Palin 2012

October 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Lol Dolores I hope you are wrong but it seems that if you have an R next to your name you are alright with alot of people. Who cares if you forget 2 millions dollars or if your finanicial acumen is pitiful. These are the same people who will be pissed when taxes or “fees” go up to help pay off Deals debts. Don’t get it twisted we the people will be paying off Deal’s Debts.

True Republican

October 1st, 2010
12:17 pm

For all you idiots on this who have commented on how Small Business is not important to pulling us out of this economic rut. See below.
• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
• Employ half of all private sector employees.
• Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
• Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years.
• Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP.
• Hire 43 percent of high tech workers (scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others).
• Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
• Made up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters and produced 31 percent of export value in FY 2008.
• Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.

Small firms accounted for 65 percent (or 9.8 million) of the 15 million net new jobs created between 1993 and 2009. Much of the job growth is from fast-growing high-impact firms, which represent about 5–6 percent of all firms and are on average 25 years old.

Do you still think these small businesses are not important to our economy?

In the future if you don’t know the facts don’t waste our time with your ignorant comments.

SMALL BUSINESS IS THE STRENGTH OF THE US ECONOMY. Any economist of any merit will tell you the same.