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.”
“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.