Brownie, er Sonny, you’re doing a heckuva job….

I wasn’t there, of course, but the AJC reported that President Bush described Gov. Perdue as someone “who’s done a heckuva good job as governor of the state.” 

Brownie—er, Sonny – you’re doing a heckuva job… 

You’ve slashed school budgets by over $1.25 billion, driving up property taxes in 100 school districts. Your total evisceration of the education budgets runs up over $2.3 billion. Tuition increases are through the roof. 

Georgia’s economy under you is in the tank – we tied with Louisiana for the largest increase to the unemployment rolls for 2005. They had 2 hurricanes; we just had you. Georgia had the sharpest decline in family income in the nation, according to the US Census Bureau. Your record: unemployment soars; income plummets. 

And we can’t trust you. You’re the first governor in state history to have to pay an ethics fine for violating state law. You and your staff even lied about trying to drop in a provision into last year’s ethics bill that attempted to give you political cover. And you trampled all over your own lobbyist gift ban while you were returning to your old habits of having special interests pick up your tab. 

Speaking of lobbyists, natural gas interests have given you over $100,000 since your pledge to reregulate natural gas in 2001. No wonder you initially “forgot

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  1. John Konop says:

    Our economy is heading in the wrong direction. The truth is both parties have plenty of fault , with our current immigration and trade policy. Communist China and India have over 2 billion people making less than $2 a day. Our Congress is put us in a contest that is a race to the bottom. Please read the following article as an American not a Republican or Democrat and comment.

    By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

    Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics re-benchmarked the payroll jobs data back to 2000. Thanks to Charles McMillion of MBG Information Services, I have the adjusted data from January 2001 through January 2006. If you are worried about terrorists, you don’t know what worry is.

    Job growth over the last five years is the weakest on record. The US economy came up more than 7 million jobs short of keeping up with population growth. That’s one good reason for controlling immigration. An economy that cannot keep up with population growth should not be boosting population with heavy rates of legal and illegal immigration.

    Over the past five years the US economy experienced a net job loss in goods producing activities. The entire job growth was in service-providing activities–primarily credit intermediation, health care and social assistance, waiters, waitresses and bartenders, and state and local government.

    US manufacturing lost 2.9 million jobs, almost 17% of the manufacturing work force. The wipeout is across the board. Not a single manufacturing payroll classification created a single new job.

    The declines in some manufacturing sectors have more in common with a country undergoing saturation bombing during war than with a super-economy that is “the envy of the world.” Communications equipment lost 43% of its workforce. Semiconductors and electronic components lost 37% of its workforce. The workforce in computers and electronic products declined 30%. Electrical equipment and appliances lost 25% of its employees. The workforce in motor vehicles and parts declined 12%. Furniture and related products lost 17% of its jobs. Apparel manufacturers lost almost half of the work force. Employment in textile mills declined 43%. Paper and paper products lost one-fifth of its jobs. The work force in plastics and rubber products declined by 15%. Even manufacturers of beverages and tobacco products experienced a 7% shrinkage in jobs.

    The knowledge jobs that were supposed to take the place of lost manufacturing jobs in the globalized “new economy” never appeared. The information sector lost 17% of its jobs, with the telecommunications work force declining by 25%. Even wholesale and retail trade lost jobs. Despite massive new accounting burdens imposed by Sarbanes-Oxley, accounting and bookkeeping employment shrank by 4%. Computer systems design and related lost 9% of its jobs. Today there are 209,000 fewer managerial and supervisory jobs than 5 years ago.

    In five years the US economy only created 70,000 jobs in architecture and engineering, many of which are clerical. Little wonder engineering enrollments are shrinking. There are no jobs for graduates. The talk about engineering shortages is absolute ignorance. There are several hundred thousand American engineers who are unemployed and have been for years. No student wants a degree that is nothing but a ticket to a soup line. Many engineers have written to me that they cannot even get Wal-Mart jobs because their education makes them over-qualified.

    Offshore outsourcing and offshore production have left the US awash with unemployment among the highly educated. The low measured rate of unemployment does not include discouraged workers. Labor arbitrage has made the unemployment rate less and less a meaningful indicator. In the past unemployment resulted mainly from turnover in the labor force and recession. Recoveries pulled people back into jobs.

    Unemployment benefits were intended to help people over the down time in the cycle when workers were laid off. Today the unemployment is permanent as entire occupations and industries are wiped out by labor arbitrage as corporations replace their American employees with foreign ones.

    Economists who look beyond political press releases estimate the US unemployment rate to be between 7% and 8.5%. There are now hundreds of thousands of Americans who will never recover their investment in their university education.

    Unless the BLS is falsifying the data or businesses are reporting the opposite of the facts, the US is experiencing a job depression. Most economists refuse to acknowledge the facts, because they endorsed globalization. It was a win-win situation, they said.

    They were wrong.

    At a time when America desperately needs the voices of educated people as a counterweight to the disinformation that emanates from the Bush administration and its supporters, economists have discredited themselves. This is especially true for “free market economists” who foolishly assumed that international labor arbitrage was an example of free trade that was benefitting Americans. Where is the benefit when employment in US export industries and import-competitive industries is shrinking? After decades of struggle to regain credibility, free market economics is on the verge of another wipeout.

    No sane economist can possibly maintain that a deplorable record of merely 1,054,000 net new private sector jobs over five years is an indication of a healthy economy. The total number of private sector jobs created over the five year period is 500,000 jobs less than one year’s legal and illegal immigration! (In a December 2005 Center for Immigration Studies report based on the Census Bureau’s March 2005 Current Population Survey, Steven Camarota writes that there were 7,9 million new immigrants between January 2000 and March 2005.)

    The economics profession has failed America. It touts a meaningless number while joblessness soars. Lazy journalists at the New York Times simply rewrite the Bush administration’s press releases.

    On February 10 the Commerce Department released a record US trade deficit in goods and services for 2005–$726 billion. The US deficit in Advanced Technology Products reached a new high. Offshore production for home markets and jobs outsourcing has made the US highly dependent on foreign provided goods and services, while simultaneously reducing the export capability of the US economy. It is possible that there might be no exchange rate at which the US can balance its trade.

    Polls indicate that the Bush administration is succeeding in whipping up fear and hysteria about Iran. The secretary of defense is promising Americans decades-long war. Is death in battle Bush’s solution to the job depression? Will Asians finance a decades-long war for a bankrupt country?

    Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: [email protected]

  2. UGA Wins 2005 says:

    Hey Bobby…..the sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!!!!

    Wait, it did fall on you in November 2002…..lmao.

  3. Beth says:

    Bobby – it’s not fun being a loser. You’ll always be know as the first dem in 130 years in GA politics to lead a losing GA Gov. campaign. Maybe instead of attacking you can suggest an agenda. Oops my bad, I assumed you had a brain.

  4. HeartofGa says:

    How about this for an agenda. Georgia democrats think that we should actually support (translate: fund) public education instead of starving it while using it for a potlical football. Maybe a billion in tax cuts to big business while cutting education dollars was not the best move, either. And, Republicans have, through the State Sup of Schools, presided over the structure of these bogus CRCT tests that brought Georgia into the embrassing national limelight last week. Note that when education experts looked for a Georgian to put in a position of leadership, they invited Barnes, not Perdue.

    When is the last time Georgia made national news because our government did something right?

    Oh, Democrats also trust Georgians with access to govenrment. We believe in open government and equal access- no need to $20,000 contributions to buy access. We support substantial ethics reform.

  5. UGA Wins 2005 says:

    “When is the last time Georgia made national news because our government did something right? ”

    Well, it certainly wasnt during the 135 years of one party rule.

    It wasnt during the 1998-2002 administration since they were thrown out in the street.

    It wasnt when the Governor blamed the teachers for the problems in education……2001 I believe.

    I remember now…..it was November 2002 when Georgians decided we had had enough of mismanagement, graft and corruption, bad government in general. Yep, that was it.

  6. Booray says:

    Keep it up Gasbag.

    Every time you send out a news release and post it on here, Perdue’s numbers go up another half-point.

    You have so much to learn about politics, pad-wan…

  7. atlantaman says:

    If the Dems are going to try to run against Sonny based on the GA economy it will be a losing strategy. One of the best indicators of how an economy is doing is government tax revenue – if the state economy is doing well, then people are making a lot of money, and in turn paying lots of taxes. The increase in state revenue since Sonny took office has been fairly astounding, to the point where they are arguing about where to spend all the surplus dollars.

    You might have some twisted statistic the invovles Katrina refugees flooding our unemployment offices, but the majority of Georgians know the economy is humming along.

    If you want the condition of the State budget when Roy Barnes left office compared to the condition of the budget under Sonny to be a central campaign issue this year then be my guest.

  8. John Konop says:

    Atlantaman,

    That is the argument pro free boarder people make. They always talk about gross revenue of taxes, instead of how much a taxpayer puts in relative to services taken out. The fastest growing segment of employment is low paying jobs , that are a net negative after social infrastructure cost like schools, healthcare…. This is why the saving rate went from 11% in the early 90’s to negative 1. This is why interest rates will keep climbing,while consumer spending will tighten. This is a race to the bottom.

  9. atlantaman says:

    John-

    You won’t get any argument from me about the folks who take more out of the system then they put in. But how else would you explain the increase in gross revenue other then the fact the economy is doing well.

    Yes, just like in business if expenses outpace revenue then we have a problem. You just can’t deny the fact that private business is doing well here in Georgia if tax revenues are not only up, but substantially up – how else could you explain it?

  10. John Konop says:

    Atlataman,

    The figure bantered about is $1800 per illegal immigrant in sales tax per year. As you add illegal immigrants to Georgia you will drive up sales tax revenue. the problem a kid in school cost about 10k,healthcare per family 10k………… add all this for free via tax payer it is bad
    deal,as you agree.Secondly one third of consumer spending are people refinancing their home , and they are using the money to pay off bills. The additional problem in Georgia about 50% of the time it is an interest only financing. This formula works as long as home value keep going up and people can afford the debt load. That is why with flat wages and increase debt per family this is a mistake waiting to happen.By the way my original post points out part of the problem. I would suggest you read former Reagan Treasury Secretary, Pete Peterson book “Running on Empty”.Thanks jk

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