Feisty Republicans ready to roll

Savannah — The 2009 Georgia Republican Convention is about to get under way — delegates are finding their counties in the Savannah Trade and Convention Center and the candidates’ hospitality suites are restocking  food and beverage. 

There’s an energy out in the concourse where T-shirted volunteers for the various campaigns are offering stickers, hand bills and posters and various vendors are hawking their wares. 

But, in a sign that all is not solidarity in Savannah, at least some feelings are still frayed over Gov. Sonny Perdue’s decision to veto House Bill 481, the bill from Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) that would have given employers a tax credit for hiring unemployed workers. It also would have cut the state capital gains tax in half. 

Perdue vetoed it, saying its $1 billion price tag was too high in an era of diminished state revenue. 

But that argument isn’t sitting well with some. FreedomWorks, the Dick Armey-backed, tea-party people, are here passing out lapel stickers that say: “REAL conservatives do not veto tax cuts.”

The sweet volunteer handing them out suggested a use for them. “Maybe you could put one on our governor if you see him,” she said.

15 comments Add your comment


May 15th, 2009
2:08 pm

Perhaps FreedomWorks could pass out stickers that say, “Real governors make sure their state can balance its books.”


May 15th, 2009
2:19 pm

Yeah, Perdue did the right thing. There’s a lot of evidence that tax cuts can increase or maintain revenue levels – but it’s in no way guaranteed. Perdue has no idea what the “Laffer curve” for Georgia really looks like, and isn’t willing to gamble on a deficit when the budget’s so tight. He knows how incredibly disruptive the Atlanta budget shortfall has been, and doesn’t want it to happen across Georgia.

Road Scholar

May 15th, 2009
2:48 pm

“Real” Republicans don’t have a clue!

Karl Rove

May 15th, 2009
2:48 pm

BOB BARR 2008!!!!!!!!!!

Karl Rove

May 15th, 2009
2:49 pm

Give me my sunday alcohol, Sonny!


May 15th, 2009
3:20 pm


May 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

Actually, any political party basher who blathers without substance tends not to have a clue. If you lump yourself with the left, then that kind of snide empty commentary is expected. Go for it Einstein. You probably think the current deficit is dwarfed by the Bush War. You should demand of yourself a recount; you might be surprised.


May 15th, 2009
3:31 pm

Idiots are elected by idiots. We’ve done a masterful job.


May 15th, 2009
3:36 pm

Responsible conservatives balance their books responsibly. Georgia conservatives are willing to bankrupt the State for their own nefarious interests.


May 15th, 2009
3:48 pm

Sonny the accidental governor takes the the state economy down again.Thanks republicans.

Jeff Marlow

May 16th, 2009
6:37 am

Ray McBerry gave a great speach! Ray McBerry was advocating for states rights before it was cool. http://www.georgiafirst.org

[...] course, in grand old party fashion, they plan on eating some of their own while there. Apparently roasted Perdue will be served.  Now, I loathe Sonny the Bumbling Bigot, but the GA GOP [...]


May 17th, 2009
4:17 pm

Blindly attacking any and all taxes without knowing, or caring what good they provide or what harm elimanating them will cause is exactly the type of right stomping ignorance that has made the party look like goon squad. I’d rather have an intelligent half-conservative than a brain-dead conservative zealot any day of the week. Those people who put conservatism before party and party before country should be shipped to a deserted island and left there.


May 19th, 2009
9:53 am

He could have reduced the taxes if he had also reduced spending at the same time. Unfortunately, Fish Georgia was more important to the Governor than saving private sector jobs.


May 22nd, 2009
6:14 pm

Public spending was essential to creating jobs in the Great Depression. Look at these hundreds of billions now pouring in to everything. This economy will be turning around within months IMO — found a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth