This Democrat’s response to Sonny’s new ad…

Note: This was cross-posted at GeorgiaUnfiltered.

Here’s the text of the ad…“Georgia was moving in the wrong direction. We were losing jobs, huge deficits, blaming our teachers. Our leaders weren’t listening. Then we elected Sonny and Georgia turned around; started moving forward; 200,000 new jobs, SAT scores on the rise, our deficit became a surplus. People felt like they mattered again. Sonny is moving Georgia forward. Why would we ever go back?”

Alright, Sonny, you want to talk about your accomplishments, let’s talk…

First of all, Sonny, you ordered a billion dollars in cuts to education when you came into office, suspended teacher’s pay raises, and halted the smaller class size mandates supported by former Gov. Roy Barnes. [Sources: 5/8/2006 Chattanooga Times Free Press article “Perdue education cuts in spotlight”, 5/7/2006 Macon Telegraph article “Ready for campaign battle, Perdue brings kickoff tour home”, 4/13/2006 Athens Banner-Herald article “Class-size cuts signed into law”]

Even Gwinnett County Schools superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said that your education bills that passed the legislature this year were “demoralizing and disappointing.” [Source: 4/14/2006 AJC article “Perdue rapped on school priorities”]

Sonny, you say that you created 200,000 new jobs in Georgia. Well, the nonpartisan Georgia Budget & Policy Institute says that “Georgia’s unemployment rate of 5.4 percent was higher than the nation’s rate for the third time in 25 years and higher than the Southern rate for the first time in 25 years. Georgia’s rate was the 15th highest among the states. The long-term unemployment rate dropped slightly in 2005, but was the 9th highest rate among the states.”

And that…

“Underemployment reached 9.1 percent, surpassing both the national and Southern rates.” [Source: The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI) report “The State of Working Georgia”]

So Sonny, many Georgians are either unemployed looking for work that isn’t there or underemployed struggling, working two or three jobs, trying to make ends meet.

Sonny, regarding the budget deficits (which is kinda hard to do since Georgia law prohibits deficit spending) and the budget surplus , you created that surplus by raising Georgians’ taxes, and profiting from their pain at the gas pump.

Even the conservative newspaper “The Weekly Standard” blasted you for supporting the “largest tax increase in memory: $600 million.” [Source: 2/17/2003 Weekly Standard article “Republicans Who Love Taxes” ]

It’s seems to me that all you’re doing, Sonny, is trying to white-wash the fact that your policies have made it more difficult for people to find work, made it more difficult for teachers to teach, and kept Georgians’ taxes high.

Yeah, that’s what Sonny did, and he asks us why we would ever want to go back.

11 comments

  1. ColinATL says:

    Andre, thank you for posting this list. It’ll give me some amunition in the coming arguments I am certain to have with my conservative friends. It’s funny, even the loyal state party Repubs that I know don’t think that much of Sonny and the job he’s doing. They just don’t want to lose the governorship after waiting so long to get it. It’s a pride thing, I guess.

  2. RandyMiller says:

    Andre,

    Good argument but many people know that when budgets are tight during economic downturns there are no sacred cows. This applies to education as well.
    Our national downturn was predicted back in ’97, I remember market analyst discussing tech stocks and their overvalue. By ’99 things really stated to show for us here in Atlanta. Roy barnes had courted the high tech industry (and that’s good!) but when most of your eggs are in one basket and it falls….

    I remember well those companies in North Atlanta and their salaries…people going out and buying $1,000,000 dollar homes, $30,000 entertainment systems, and 2 or 3 hummers, then getting laid off. As a result, a good part of our states revenues were hard hit. We stated to recoup, then came 9/11, where companies such as Delta (who’s coffers were already raped by Leo Mullin and his co-horts & their spineless board of directors) had the roughest time becoming profitable. The result for them was bankruptcy.

    Since then Georgia is reported 10th best place to do business and metro Atlanta
    as well as other parts of Georgia continue to spark interest. On election night (the last primaries) WXIA anchors that night admitted it would be a hard road for Taylor as “our state is doing very well”. When you get local Atlanta anchors complementing a republican, watch out! And if you scan the sunday want adds in the ajc, they reveal much more’s out there than just jobs at McDonalds.

    .

  3. kspencer says:

    RandyMiller, I challenged this before, I’ll challenge it again.

    Businesses doing well is not necessarily voters doing well.

    Notice especially the “underemployment” reference in Andre’s article. Take a look at median wages vs inflation for the state – especially the last year.

    I think what’s going to hurt the hardest is housing’s decline. It’s slowed by some measures, declined by others, and all indicators are it’ll get worse before it gets better. In conjunction with this, credit card use for the state has spiked. Foreclosures and bankruptcies within the state are higher than ever, not only as real numbers but as proportions of the population.

    Some people are doing well. Some businesses are doing well and are passing that along to both owners and employers. A major factor will be whether those “some” outweigh the ones not doing so well.

    In closing, I’ve something I’d ask folk to keep in mind. The median household income for the state is less than $50,000 per year. If most of the people you know are making more than $100,000, then perhaps you don’t have a good handle on what the majority of Georgians are going through.

  4. Hoosier Daddy says:

    Randy Miller,

    You said, “many people know that when budgets are tight during economic downturns there are no sacred cows. This applies to education as well.”

    I don’t have a clue what you really tried to say. Are you saying Perdue and his budget people had a panic attack and started cutting throats?

    That’s how you slaughter a cow or a hog.

    I notice the real SACRED COWS were the governor’s salary and perks?

    Bring an argument next time.

    Perdue et al cut everything including their own throats.

    PANIC! The sky is falling!

    How many times has Delta re-organized under bankruptcy protection? How many of the “major airlines” before 9/11 have cut salaries and benefits and retirement because of mis-management? (How fast can you say Eastern Airlines?)

    Randy, you also said, “Our national downturn was predicted back in ‘97, I remember market analyst discussing tech stocks and their overvalue.”

    Truman always wanted a one armed economic expert. All the ones with two arms kept saying. On the other hand….

    Tech stocks don’t drive the economy. Neither do the experts of doom and gloom. If the doom and gloom crowd did drive the big boat, we’re having a crisis right NOW! Better buy some GOLD! or whatever else the agents of doom want you to buy.

    It’s very easy to look back in time and find the answers you want to find.

    A downtown prediction will eventually come true, like one made in 1997 for the recession of 2001?

  5. Hoosier Daddy says:

    Randy Miller said, “[M]any people know that when budgets are tight during economic downturns there are no sacred cows. This applies to education as well.”

    Are you trying to say Perdue had a panic attack and cut everything in sight?

    How about his salary and perks? Has there been any cuts for the legislature and staff?

    Sounds to me like Perdue didn’t know how to budget and cut his own throat, and the state’s throat, but cutting the wrong things at the wrong time. Cowards! No guts. No glory.

    You also said, “Our national downturn was predicted back in ‘97, I remember market analyst discussing tech stocks and their overvalue.”

    Right… (sarcasm) Someone predicted the 2001 recession way back in 1997! Did they happen to have a name? Got a 1997 source that says the recession will hit in 2001? Did they say how deep or long it would be? Where is this genius who predicted the sky would fall in four years?

    He ought to be the richest man in the flappin’ world with his economic smarts.

  6. RandyMiller says:

    Hoosier,

    You’re fanatical…take a xanax and chill. You obviously aren’t well read, don’t listen to CNBC or read the paper, or you’re just a kid. Education has been cut before as other government programs (Carter devistated our military) in other economic downturns. And some people did unload tech stocks before the bust, and retired at 50.

  7. ColinATL says:

    RandyMiller, it’s one thing to be sarcastic and snarky in a post, but it’s another thing to call your opponent not well read or “just a kid.”

    And some people are ALWAYS unloading stocks. The market wouldn’t work otherwise.

  8. Mad Dog says:

    RandyMiller,

    How much money was spent remodeling office space in the Capital after Sonny et al took over?

    I heard one room cost over a million dollars.

    I’d say sacred holy cow batman!

  9. Mad Dog says:

    Did everyone hear the sound bite with Perdue telling the caller to get elected governor?

    I got it in an email already.

  10. Mad Dog says:

    AJC reported the $1.5 million for ‘remodeling’

    April 8, 2005 Friday Home Edition

    SECTION: News; Pg. 1A;

    LENGTH: 590 words

    HEADLINE: $1.5 million crops up for speaker’s suite

  11. Bill Simon says:

    MD,

    1) I don’t think that money has been spent

    2) There is a leak in the roof of the Speaker’s office, so, that does cost some money to fix.

    3) Some money, I believe, is set to be spent on upgrading the back-asswards Tom-Murphy-standard of running an office. Like, say, computers and wiring, etc.

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