Is Georgia’s economic decline cause for action?

NOTE: This column has been updated with new state-level unemployment numbers for August, released at 10 a.m. by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since 2002, median household income in Georgia has fallen by 14.4 percent. While the national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.1 percent, here in Georgia it stands at 9.2 percent, unchanged since January. It is significantly higher than in Alabama, Florida or Tennessee.

In fact, Georgia’s unemployment rate has now exceeded the national average every month for the last five years, a string of 61 months that shows no sign of ending soon.

And while I don’t have numbers to support it, the data cited above and anecdotal evidence suggest that ambitious, educated young Georgians are today being forced to look outside their state to pursue their dreams. We have long been a net importer of young talent to help drive the Georgia economy; there’s good reason to believe that we have now become a net exporter.

So it seems fair to ask: What’s the plan?

The trends are all in the wrong direction, and as a state and as a metropolitan area we are underperforming the nation and many of our peers. So where’s the plan to reverse those trends? Where’s the vision?

Ten years ago this fall, Sonny Perdue became the first Republican elected governor of this state since Reconstruction. In his eight years in office, he was content to act as a caretaker, more interested in leveraging his office into personal business success than in undertaking any major initiatives. The state Legislature and much of the state’s business community seemed perfectly content to follow his lack of leadership.

Gov. Nathan Deal, elected in 2010, has been more pro-active than Perdue and to his credit took a risk in backing the proposed transportation sales-tax referendum across the state. But since the defeat of that proposal Deal has all but washed his hands of the transportation crisis that continues to threaten economic development. Unless I’ve missed it, there is no sense of urgency, vision or direction coming out of the governor’s office. Like Perdue, he is perfectly comfortable trying to advance the economic interests of individual Georgians, such as the campaign contributor to whom he steered a $4.8 million grant to drill a well at state expense. But a more broad-based prosperity program is apparently not in the works.

Part of it is undoubtedly ideology. Deal, Perdue and their fellow Republicans distrust an activist government (although again, it is interesting to note the occasions in which they manage to set that distrust aside). That ideology also instructs them to put great faith in the power of repeated tax cuts and less aggressive enforcement of regulation to draw growth.

That philosophy has had its impact. Taxes are lower. Per student, inflation-adjusted state spending on education is down 14.8 percent since 2008, the seventh-biggest drop in the country. We have little money to spend on transportation, and the Ogeechee River suffered the biggest fishkill in state history last year, and state officials have yet to act decisively against the culprit.

But after almost a decade of talk about the economic nirvana such a strategy would produce in Georgia, it seems fair to ask: Is it working? Is it — dare we ask — actually counterproductive in a modern economy? And even if we set that politically volatile question aside, is it time for this state’s elected leadership to take an active role in trying to reverse its economic decline, or is the passive attitude of the last 10 years the best we can do?

– Jay Bookman

512 comments Add your comment

cobbmom

September 21st, 2012
7:15 am

Perdue wasn’t content to just be a caretaker, he started the cuts to education funding in Georgia that IMHO are a large part of the decline of the state.

Motocross Survivor

September 21st, 2012
7:24 am

The last three GA governors have been particularly self-serving puds..all three rather low on the human food chain, but well fed.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
7:28 am

Per student, inflation-adjusted state spending on education is down 14.8 percent since 2008, the seventh-biggest drop in the country.

I’m sure that will end well.

FrankLeeDarling

September 21st, 2012
7:29 am

When I came to Georgia as a young man twenty five years ago,it was perceived as a progressive
Forward thinking town with a eye towards the arts,now that image has been pushed back by uptight
Gentrification. I still love my city but I think we have moved in the wrong direction in many areas but its not to late.

Paul

September 21st, 2012
7:29 am

So cuts (particularly top-tier) and a war on regs, do not, in our modern economy, spur economic growth, either at the national or the state level. Neither does ‘free markets no government intervention, except when it’s in an area where I want my way.”

I suppose Republicans will keep advocating that as a cure, though.

Let’s hope the patient doesn’t die before the expected recovery.

Paul

September 21st, 2012
7:30 am

stands

“I’m sure that will end well.”

You think the level of discourse is questionable on blogs now? Wait 20 years -

jconservative

September 21st, 2012
7:34 am

But all of the social items on the agenda were addressed.

Common Sense

September 21st, 2012
7:36 am

And what is 50 time 60,000? 3 million?

Would it not have been a more honest comparison if you had based in on population of the state?

But then it would not have looked so dramatic.

the cat

September 21st, 2012
7:38 am

I personally went to school in the DeKalb county system 40 plus years ago. This system was one of the finest in the nation under the leadership of Jim Cherry. It is unbelievable what has happened to the residents of what was once the place to live in Georgia!!! Governors dumbing down will hurt all of us.

Li'l Aynie

September 21st, 2012
7:39 am

Definitely a cause for action, but not likely to happen. The state government is primarily responsible for the job losses that cause Georgia’s economic decline. Successive layoffs of teachers and public safety workers, and the continuing failure to maintain and invest in the infrastructure have taken a toll on the state’s economy.

Voters turned down a major infrastructure improvement and job creation program that would have been financed by a penny rise in the sales tax. The Governor turned down an offer by the federal government for billions in cash to expand the Medicaid program. We fail to qualify for federal financial support for stimulus projects because our state and local governments do not have any improvements projects or plans.

Georgia will suffer economic decline so long as unthinking and selfish citizens, and the politicians who pander to them, refuse to raise the revenue needed to support essential jobs and make the infrastructure improvements needed to attract private investment.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
7:40 am

I suppose Republicans will keep advocating that as a cure, though.

I want to make sure we understand that so long as mainstream Republicans continue to get away with advocating that as a cure, mainstream Democrats will continue being Deficit Hawks Lite and do the usual half-assed incremental measures that are slowing our recovery.

8 percent national unemployment is not only not acceptable, it’s a damn crisis. there are some who seem to get this, but not nearly enough…

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-20/fed-s-kocherlakota-wants-to-see-jobless-rate-cut-to-5-dot-5-percent

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota said the central bank should hold the main interest rate near zero until unemployment falls below 5.5 percent, marking the first time he has linked policy to a specific economic goal.

“As long as the FOMC is continuing to satisfy its price stability mandate, it should keep the fed funds rate extraordinarily low until the unemployment rate has fallen below 5.5 percent,” Kocherlakota said today in a speech in Ironwood, Michigan, referring to the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee.

The FOMC announced a new round of quantitative easing last week to spur growth and job creation, while forecasting that the benchmark interest rate will stay at a record low through at least mid-2015. As recently as May, the Minneapolis Fed chief said the central bank may need to begin an exit from record stimulus as early as year-end.

Kocherlakota embraced a proposal by Chicago Fed President Charles Evans to calibrate monetary policy based on specific economic goals. Evans advocates holding to near-zero rates until the jobless rate falls below 7 percent or inflation reaches 3 percent.

To put it bluntly, I would file this ^^ under “well f-cking duh.”

southpaw

September 21st, 2012
7:41 am

“More jobs” certainly has a nice ring to it. But is it really the responsibility of the state government to provide jobs? I’d better take another look at the state Constitution.

Take a look at why companies aren’t hiring, and tell me: how much can state leaders really do about it?
http://www.gallup.com/poll/152654/health-costs-gov-regulations-curb-small-business-hiring.aspx

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
7:42 am

how much can state leaders really do about it?

For a start, they could stop being douchebags and participate in the expansion of Medicaid.

Airdale

September 21st, 2012
7:44 am

Could the Republicans possibly be pushing the state in a direction that is not in the best interests of the people? Who knew? Could the cuts in education have some impact on the state economy? I can hardly wait for the usual bozos to comment on this subject. I usually don’t post, but only read their posts for amusement.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
7:45 am

Incredibly off topic, but –

if we had a truly liberally-biased mainstream media, they’d be clamoring for Mitt “Scissorhands” Romney’s reaction to this hate-crime news.

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

September 21st, 2012
7:48 am

The battle over water rights could not have helped Atlanta in obtaining large businesses.

barking frog

September 21st, 2012
7:49 am

The imaginary lines that
are called state borders
need to be erased as they
allow petty dukes to enrich
themselves at taxpayer
expense and impede
social and economic
growth. Until that happens
you get the government
you deserve.

Mr_B

September 21st, 2012
7:55 am

No Jay, You just don’t get it. We just haven’t cut taxes and education enough yet, or ditch enough worthless regulations. (We’ll probably get around to that as soon as we put the finishing touches on the next mandatory pregnancy bill.)

Common Sense

September 21st, 2012
7:56 am

“The imaginary lines that
are called state borders
need to be erased as they
allow petty dukes to enrich
themselves at taxpayer
expense and impede
social and economic
growth.”

And if we could do that with all property(cities, counties, nations and personal) as well, you’d have Nirvana, right?

rwcole

September 21st, 2012
7:56 am

The state of GA has been at 48th or 49th in education for a long time now. We all knew this day was coming. Poorly educated students become poorly educated voters and lawmakers. And here we are. I have an idea, though. Let’s do the same thing we’ve done for the last decade in the next decade. That should fix things. Right??

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 21st, 2012
7:59 am

What we need here is some union action! Let’s get organized.

EJ Moosa

September 21st, 2012
7:59 am

Funny, we were not blaming education for the low unemployment we had in 2007,

independent thinker

September 21st, 2012
8:01 am

easy solution-Go fish

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 21st, 2012
8:02 am

off topic but interesting to note:

Yesterday was to be the first debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren at 7pm in Boston. Around 3pm, Scott Brown sends out a note saying he has to go back to Washington because his vote is needed in the Senate. Mwuahahahahahaha.

Almost immediately Harry Reid goes to the podium on the Senate floor, interrupts the Honorable Al Franken, and states “There will be no more votes in the Senate today.” Scott Brown turns around and heads back to Boston!

mwuahahahahahahhaha

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

September 21st, 2012
8:02 am

How much of the education spending decline was at the County level? Counties were/are broke. Efforts to increase homeowners taxes to fill budget shortfalls were fought against by Republican’s, Democrat’s alike resulting in Counties being forced to make cuts to pay the bills.

Really?

September 21st, 2012
8:04 am

Wow. How quickly we forget the huge economic stimulus Perdue put in Perry GA (his district/home) on the way out…. the 14 million dollar Fishing Museum.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/us/18fishing.html
That was money well spent. I’m sure it created a huge number of jobs and think of all the people who come to Georgia just to see it. Glad we don’t have other priorities such as transportation, infrastructure, education to spend the money on these days.

dekalbcountyga

September 21st, 2012
8:04 am

@Common Sense, real numbers are 311.5 million divided by 9.8 million times 60,000 = 1.9 million.

That would be a more honest comparison.

Just because we are one of 50 states that doesn’t mean we have 1/50th of the population.

That’s about 1/3 less than 2.8 million and GA is quite severely underperforming the rest of the country.

Thomas Heyward Jr

September 21st, 2012
8:05 am

Take Democrat enclaves out of the equation and……the state is doing airight.
.
Forward Soviet.

southpaw

September 21st, 2012
8:10 am

SFD @7:42
I won’t claim to be the sharpest tool in the shed or the brightest bulb in the room. So, will you help a fellow connect a couple of dots? What does participation or non-participation in Medicaid expansion have to do with job creation? Wait–maybe I can answer my own question. Medicaid expansion will create more jobs for state bureaucrats!! Is that really what you want, or do you know of another connection?

Common Sense

September 21st, 2012
8:13 am

@dekalbcountyga,

My point was that JB should have been presenting it that way…

I also notice JB does not mention that both governors were democrats before the became republicans. Is there any evidence, other than changing their party, that they changed their governing philosophies?

No.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:13 am

What does participation or non-participation in Medicaid expansion have to do with job creation?

southpaw, it lowers costs for startups and such. It makes it easier to attract / retain businesses.

JKL2

September 21st, 2012
8:14 am

-So it seems fair to ask: What’s the plan?

Obama says,”What?”

Democrats don’t do “plans”. I guess it is only a concern if you have an (R) behind your name…

Mr_B

September 21st, 2012
8:15 am

“Medicaid expansion will create more jobs for state bureaucrats!! Is that really what you want, or do you know of another connection?”

Or maybe for medical support staff on others that depend on the medical industry for jobs, suppliers, etc. and healthier more productive workforce.

straitroad

September 21st, 2012
8:17 am

I figured you would now be repeating the administration’s reversal on the terror attack today, that it actually was planned and we were caught unprepared.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

September 21st, 2012
8:18 am

JKL is making up quotes again and deflecting with “but, but Obama” — Ben Franklin

Keep Up the Good Fight!

September 21st, 2012
8:19 am

Deal seems to find plenty of money to help his “friends”. I suspect he’ll come out a very wealthy man

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:20 am

And on a semi-related note, why would anyone fret about Medicaid expansion requiring the additional hiring of some administrative staff to manage it? So what if it does? You really want to be bothered about such trivialities, why don’t you run off and do a cost comparison to what we pay for people who go untreated (including children of those working class folks who’d be covered by Medicaid expansion) and figure out if that particular triviality might not actually pay for itself anyway?

not that we should care, really.

(Sigh. That guy who held up the sign at those Occupy protests that read “Sh-t is F-cked Up and Bullsh-t”? I am starting to think he was a bit of an optimist.)

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

September 21st, 2012
8:20 am

Georgia’s decline mirrors the country. Bush might have drove the car in the ditch as Obama likes to say. Obama took over the car and took it to the salvage yard and had it crushed. You only need to look as far as the cast of Characters that Obama has put around himself to know that we were not in for a recovery, but a total transformation of American ideals and values. Where we are is by design, not by bad luck. A total utopia of liberal government and policies to derail and eliminate capitalistic advancement and a way to offer a quality of life afforded to all who were willing to participate. There is room for an entitlement structure to help the helpless……Making it a way of life by design for a damn vote is a sin.

Georgia on my mind...

September 21st, 2012
8:20 am

Is it — dare we ask — actually counterproductive in a modern economy?

________

We get what we vote for in Georgia. Most Republicans in this state would rather blame President Obama for the state’s decline but he has NEVER been governor of this state. I will vote against all amendments that Governor Deal tries to enact especially the Charter School Amendment. Georgia politics are about the elected officials and not the constituents.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:21 am

Bush might have drove the car

“Is our children learning?”

MiltonMan

September 21st, 2012
8:21 am

…and Roy Barnes would be a better governor??? This clown was a failure the first time that we were dumb enough to elect him – even the guaranteed democrat-friendly teachers in this state turned against him.

The dems in this state are as much to blame as are the reps for not electing decent replacements to counter the reps.

TaxPayer

September 21st, 2012
8:22 am

Haven’t you heard. Georgia is going for the gold–state-sanctioned charter schools. And more bigger cuts to local schools to pay for them.

Meanwhile, at the local level, the people will be presented with their options for more sales taxes to fund whatever it is that they feel deserves tax dollar funding such as roads leading to Caterpillar plants or well water for local businesses. Property taxes will necessarily grow over time in order to make up for the shortfall resulting from using scarce tax dollars to buy jobs for the people. Republicans call this form of governance, “Independence”. Independence from the oppressive form of governance imposed only by the likes of a Democrat. They shudder when they think about the terrible times they endured up until their total state makeover.

All is well now though. We as a state have survived the Sonny years and thus we have existence proof that the Dixiecrats can indeed thrive under the Republican banner. All is good. Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, Nathan is determined to not be outdone by Sonny. To start his day, Deal is served a breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, hominy grits and toast in bed every morning by his loyal breakfast staff… “four more years,” he mumbles as he washes down his breakfast with his fresh squeezed. Eat your heart out, Sonny.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:23 am

Anyway, for the record, I said not being a d-bag and expanding Medicaid when IT IS BEING OFFERED TO YOU FOR NEXT TO FREAKING NOTHING by the Federal government, is a start, nothing more.

Obviously we need to lick our wounds and try another hack at a transportation plan; we need to re-invest in education, etc.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:23 am

and Roy Barnes would be a better governor?

yes.

THBAEOSATSQ.

Sean Smith

September 21st, 2012
8:25 am

Georgia, the new Alabama.

Of course if the Tsplost had passed there would be a bunch of new jobs, and companies wanting to move here. As it is, crummy education and bad traffic, companies relocating are going to look else where. Georgia’s best days are behind her.

Doggone/GA

September 21st, 2012
8:25 am

“Anyway, for the record, I said not being a d-bag and expanding Medicaid when IT IS BEING OFFERED TO YOU FOR NEXT TO FREAKING”

Stands – I’m sorry, but that’s a bunch of baloney. It WILL cost us, it’s just that we’ll pay for it mostly at the federal level and not the state level. But WE WILL pay for it. But that aside, I agree that it’s stupid to turn it down.

DannyX

September 21st, 2012
8:29 am

Oh, its coming soon folks! You’ll see. It’s going to be a Republican utopia.

The Bush tax cuts and the Georgia corporate tax cuts are all set to converge here. It will happen any day now. When it does there will be jobs galore, high paying jobs. It will make history.

Happy days.

Charter Schools and the Southern Strategy

September 21st, 2012
8:29 am

Paul

September 21st, 2012
8:30 am

straitroad

“I figured you would now be repeating the administration’s reversal on the terror attack today, that it actually was planned and we were caught unprepared.”

I’ve been watching Fox, too.

They show a clip of the State Dept spokesperson and Jake Carney saying ‘we don’t have all the info yet. We won’t speculate. We know there were demonstrations and people are upset about the video but we have not yet verified the other information.”

Then the Fox newsreader says “The Administration reversed itself…”

Ya gotta think about what you hear -

weetamoe

September 21st, 2012
8:32 am

Bernanke’s Qe3 to infinity is a tacit admission that the great recession is slipping into a great depression. Obama’s frantic equivocating and dodging and weaving to talk about anything but the economy is a tacit admission that all is not well on the recession/depression trajectory.

Williebkind

September 21st, 2012
8:36 am

Georgia is a red state! Love it or leave it. It is a choice. We like things our way NOT your way. You have California, New York, New Jersey, and so forth. Pick one! You will be around people just like you. Life will be good and you will have peace of mind. You can be gay, atheist, and hate christains all together and sing songs around the campfire. Although it will be an electrical fire place. Since 1865 we have endured you guys who eagerly volunteers to tell us how we should live, think, dress, eat, and educate our kids. Well we fly the US flag, the stars and stripes, and will never fly the new O and stripes the present administration is sneaking into our society.

Mike

September 21st, 2012
8:37 am

50 states x 60,000 jobs = 3,000,000 jobs. So, by this standard Georgia is ahead of the national average. Good point. Thank you for pointing out that Ga. is above average in jobs added.

Paul

September 21st, 2012
8:38 am

“Bernanke’s Qe3 to infinity is a tacit admission that the great recession is slipping into a great depression.”

You have any economists – not just people with econ degrees working in retail and writing on blogs – who take that view, weetamoe?

Jm

September 21st, 2012
8:38 am

Hmmm

FL and TN

No income tax states….

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:38 am

It WILL cost us, it’s just that we’ll pay for it mostly at the federal level and not the state level.

Obviously coverage costs come from somewhere. The point is, that as far as these “leaders” are concerned, it will not cost them anything to implement.

And they’re such boneheaded d-bags that they don’t care; they’d rather continue plugging into the insane Christian fundie base that believes Obamacare is Teh Satan.

xxx

September 21st, 2012
8:39 am

2 months ago traffic was the boogy man. The medicaid give away to attract residents directly off sets net job growth by flatlining the unemployment number. 10K new jobs offset by 10K new residents means the same number of people are still out of work. Example- the Hollywood of the south studio efforts are attracting CA residents in droves according to WSB news report. .

AU Liberal in ATL

September 21st, 2012
8:40 am

“I’m a Liberal”, you’re delusional. Your description of yourself is a perfect description of the far right wing of the republican party. Birtherism, apologizing for America, socialism, and weak on defense are all prime examples. Talk about believing everything you read. What a ding dong.

GT

September 21st, 2012
8:42 am

The subject seldom surfaces in this state. To a casual outsider you would think we have a prosperous enterprise with a group of confident operators with all the answers. Instead you have borderline corruption that is the priority, the state government leaves the corporate world alone and in turn the corporate world lets the big dog sleep. We live in a nomadic world where Coke is more involved in foreign lands than the welfare of this state, even the banks have gone international. The community is the world not Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Woodruff is now a corporate Gypsy who probably is giving his community attention and Coke money to some cause abroad instead of “home”.

Stop and take a reading of the other governors in this country. Look first at the success and then go down the column and see what leads that state. You won’t find beady eyed tight lips that think too much conversation gives their sorted plans away that you find here. I can’t imagine our governor being able to carry on a conversation with world leaders. His and our politics, intellect and personality are a mystery to most of these sophisticated decision makers of the world. I think we bottomed out with Sonny, but we almost beg for failure in this state. We please the locals with our stubbornness, yet we go to bed hungry, live unfulfilled lives in the backwaters of national poverty because of selfish agendas.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:42 am

Georgia is a red state!

…yeah, the GOPer won by a whopping 5.2 percent margin in 2008.

It’ll be red fo-evah. fo-shizzle.

Not Blind

September 21st, 2012
8:42 am

You elect someone to the office of POTUS who has NO executive experience of any sort to speak of and this economy is what you get. When you have no depth of prior experience to fall back on and you surround yourself with other political hacks of the same lack of real world experience and you are going to fail in every meaningful category. Nonetheless, you will be able to count on unqualified reelection support from kneejerk [D] faithful.

hiram

September 21st, 2012
8:43 am

“Like Perdue, he is perfectly comfortable trying to advance the economic interests of individual Georgians, such as the campaign contributor to whom he steered a $4.8 million grant to drill a well at state expense.”

Lake Lanier Islands is owned by the U.S. Government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is leased to the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources and managed by the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority. Members of the authority are appointed by the governor. Virgil Williams purchased the rights to operate the resort for the State in 2006.

Virgil Williams, his company and his immediate family contributed $30,500 to Nathan Deal’s Campaign in 2110. Not a bad return on investment…

Virgil Williams – $9700
Williams Companies(Owner) – $6100
Michael Williams(Son) – $6100
Sara Williams(Wife) – $6100
David Bowling(Son-in-law) – $2500

ethics.ga.gov

JKL2

September 21st, 2012
8:44 am

keep- JKL is making up quotes again and deflecting with “but, but Obama” — Ben Franklin

I thought your comment was strange yesterday, but now your dumb a$$ is bringing it up again.

What part of Franklin’s quote did you not understand? Do you understand how google works or do I have to post you link for you?

weetamoe

September 21st, 2012
8:44 am

To the someone here all lathered up about the Brown/Lieawatha/Fauxcahontas/Pseudojawea debate. My home town MA newspaper had it summed up pretty well this morning–including Brown’s charges about Lieawath’s exorbitant fees for defending the asbestos industry against a lawsuit, her outrageous salary for teaching one course at Harvard, her income from buying over 20 foreclosed homes and flipping them for profit. ….

AU Liberal in ATL

September 21st, 2012
8:44 am

Want to see one reason for economic decline in Georgia? Backwards, nonproductive thinking, hypocrisy, stupidity,and bigotry are hardly qualities that attract new business. Just read the freaking Vent and the garbage expressed on these blogs. They’re a snapshot of Georgia.

DannyX

September 21st, 2012
8:45 am

“50 states x 60,000 jobs = 3,000,000 jobs. ”

Republican arithmetic.

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:45 am

50 states x 60,000 jobs = 3,000,000 jobs. So, by this standard Georgia is ahead of the national average. Good point. Thank you for pointing out that Ga. is above average in jobs added.

I assume this is Teh Sarcasm.

If not, well, Jesus wept.

TaxPayer

September 21st, 2012
8:45 am

9.3% unemployment rate in Georgia, under Republican rule. So this is what a Republican jobs campaign produces. :lol:

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

September 21st, 2012
8:48 am

Isn’t Georgia part of Romney’s 47%?

AU Liberal in ATL

September 21st, 2012
8:49 am

Actually, you are Blind. This economy is what we got from Dubya. Experience is a fine quality, but judgement trumps that. President Obama has the maturity and intelligence to make decisions presidents must make. So far, he’s done a great job. If Bush made any such judgements please tell me what they were.

Carl

September 21st, 2012
8:49 am

Obama biggest regret was not focusing more immigration reform…WHAT? His biggest regret should have been not adressing unemployment.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (aka "Knuckle-Dragger")

September 21st, 2012
8:50 am

Best thing to do is get rid of emperor nero – he is the problem!

Carl

September 21st, 2012
8:50 am

If Obama is re-elected … he can always blame everything on the mess he inherited!

Just Proud To Be Here

September 21st, 2012
8:52 am

If we just make the system more fair and tax the rich more, all of our problems will be solved. Learned that truth from the Liberals on Jay’s blog. Problem solved.

TN_Realist

September 21st, 2012
8:52 am

GAs republican leadership, like most in the southern states, has been attacking teachers and education for the last 2 plus decades. We’re now seeing the results of good teachers leaving or retiring from their lifes calling to get away from the virtirol that has been heaped upon them and can anyone blame them? If you were constantly attacked, made fun of, denigrated as “union slaves” and suffered the disrepect our teachers deal with on a daily basis would you stay on the job?

The republican leadership has painted itself in a corner with their fawning over the Grover Norquists of the world with their “pledge” to NEVER raise taxes and yet the populace of the state sees nothing but declining schools, deteriorating infranstructure and bills introduced/passed in support of the fringe.

It’s time to take a long look at who we elect and expect them to serve the need of the people and the state, not themselves or thier out of state contibutors!

stands for decibels

September 21st, 2012
8:52 am

Republican arithmetic.

I sometimes joke about the need for Re-Education Happy Camps for conservatives, but seriously? Tutoring conservatives on basic math skills involving the concepts of proportionality, and mean versus median, and maybe even statistical probability? would go a very, very long way toward correcting what is effed up and BS in ‘Merica.

Just read the freaking Vent and the garbage expressed on these blogs.

Sadder still, of course, is learning that supposedly brilliant Captains of Industry, such as those privately assembled to hear Mitt speak back in May, are apparently receptive to this same line of BS.

There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between that rhetoric, frankly, and what you hear blasting out of idiotic, fact-free AM commerical talk radio. not a dime.

and on that cheery note, I gots to produce. Later!

hiram

September 21st, 2012
8:52 am

Georgia’s government is as corrupt as any banana republic’s, because the majority of the state’s voters are apparently as unsophisticated as the citizens living in a banana republic – and their proud of it – Honey Boo Boo is the new norm in Georgia.

Obama Supporter

September 21st, 2012
8:53 am

We must raise taxes on the rich so that the poor don’t have to worry about things like working, food, housing, medical care, contraceptives and schools.

Just Proud To Be Here

September 21st, 2012
8:55 am

If Obama has done such a great job, why is he dead even with Romney instead of 20 points ahead? Even Obama’s campaign strategy is not to push his job well done but to ask for 4 more years to get it right.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

September 21st, 2012
8:55 am

Why should I worry?

It is the government’s responsibility to take care of me.

Williebkind

September 21st, 2012
8:55 am

Carl

September 21st, 2012
8:50 am
that is a good point. It is not Obama’s fault because he inherited it. lmao

Just Proud To Be Here

September 21st, 2012
8:56 am

The only people in our society right now that don’t have to worry about work, food, housing, medical care, contraceptives and schools are poor people because the govt is already giving them all that out of my pocket. The govt collects enough money, let them distribute wisely and not spend more than they take in.

Jack

September 21st, 2012
8:57 am

Start a business and hire a bunch of people. That’ll lower the unemployment rate and you’ll get rich and become a one-percenter in no time. It’s so easy and you’ll only have to work 16 to 20 hrs a day while paying the insurance premiums for your employees.

It is the economy, stupid!

September 21st, 2012
8:58 am

Jay, Off subject for just a moment.Yesterday I wondered aloud how the presidential elections would impact the “fiscal cliff” negotiations and the possibility of a second stimulus. Today, the Washington Post reports that if the Republicans lose the presidential election, which seems likely, they will have to retreat on taxes in order to avert the fiscal cliff . Ain’t politics grand? Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Misty Fyed

September 21st, 2012
8:58 am

JF McNamara

September 21st, 2012
9:00 am

Let’s cut taxes!

Just Proud To Be Here

September 21st, 2012
9:00 am

Off subject: Reports say ringleader of Benghazi attack was released from Gitmo. You mean we kept an anti-Islam video at Gitmo?

TN_Realist

September 21st, 2012
9:01 am

Amazing, Jay posts a blog on GA’s economic issues and here comes the usual bashing of he President! No mention of the corrupt leadership in the Govenor’s office or the Legislative leadership positons but boy can they voice their vitriol at the President for GA’s failed leadership!

Where is the facepalm when one needs one????

Keep Up the Good Fight!

September 21st, 2012
9:01 am

JKL — what part of google tells us that Ben Franklin never said that….. :lol: I posted the link yesterday. I guess you don’t know how to click a link. :lol:

hiram

September 21st, 2012
9:02 am

Most of the rapid fire posters here, post complete nonsense like, “If Obama has done such a great job, why is he dead even with Romney instead of 20 points ahead?” What’s the point of arguing with them? It’s cause and effect – garbage in garbage out, Georgia’s a banana republic.

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

September 21st, 2012
9:02 am

When Nathan Steal is your Governor and you have the 5th highest rate of poverty / people going hungry in the entire country doesnt make you feel good that you voted Rep.

skydog

September 21st, 2012
9:03 am

I got a big laugh when Ga. passed immigration laws and then had to leave 1/2 the Videlia onion crop in the ground due to no labor.
Now there was some nice long term planning for you.

I haven`t heard this years plan. Let um rot.

GT

September 21st, 2012
9:03 am

What keeps industry out of Georgia is education. People are scared to death they are going to raise a cross eyed banjo player in this environment. The NY Times has an article this morning that for the first time white uneducated people can expect to live a shorter life than their parents. What fool wants to bring their children to this toxic life shorting swamp? This is the backbone of the Republican Party, in theory it should be a showcase of what is good with the right, instead it is a graveyard on the end of a dirt road.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

September 21st, 2012
9:04 am

So it seems fair to ask: What’s the plan?

The same plan as all Republican Govenors have started initiating:

Take no responsibility for the mess you’ve allowed to be created within your state. Blame Obama.

Simple enough.

Williebkind

September 21st, 2012
9:05 am

” state’s voters are apparently as unsophisticated as the citizens living in a banana republic”
Now how can I be a good neighbor having an idiot like that next door?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 21st, 2012
9:07 am

white uneducated people

Maybe get some educashun?

Charter School Segregation Target Of New Report

September 21st, 2012
9:07 am

Charter schools often promise to bring greater equity to education, but a new brief starts with the assumption that they fall short in delivery — and provides recommendations to fix the alleged injustice.

“Charter schools tend to be more racially segregated than traditional public schools,” said author and Penn State law professor Preston Green III, who sat on a board that considered charter-school applications in Pennsylvania. “What we tried to do is write ways to enable charter schools to promote desegregation rather exacerbate segregation.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/charter-school-education-segregation-equity-race-legislation_n_1295043.html

atler8

September 21st, 2012
9:08 am

Common sense,
Just a note here to tell you that the mathematical theory you used in your point at 7:36 on jobs is faulty. Georgia is the 9th largest state in population. So, you can’t simply do a mathematical equation on those numbers using “50″ as the bottom line for dividing the 3 million new jobs. It’s not a simple as that.

Williebkind

September 21st, 2012
9:10 am

DebbieDoRight – A Do Right Woman

September 21st, 2012
9:04 am
You liberals are good at math or so you say. so why dont you count the minorities in Ga. find what percentage is on the government dole and see if 47% is actually a low number. Yes, this also has a great deal to do with low education standards and results. First you must be honest with yourself and then be honest with others.

Peadawg

September 21st, 2012
9:12 am

It’s all Obama’s fault.

(sorry if I’m late)

Ol' Timer

September 21st, 2012
9:13 am

Republicans have the mistaken notion that by lowering taxes businesses will flock to Georgia like Canada geese, but study after study has shown that taxes are just a part of the equation and not the major part. Companies are most concerned about infrastructure, transportation, quality of life issues for their employees including housing costs, access to the arts, recreation — and quality schools!

So, the Republican legislature has squeezed off the revenue stream with tax cuts while ignoring other major components that factor into successful economic growth for the state.

“It’s better to know nothing than to know for sure what ain’t so.” ~Josh Billings