“We Hate Perdue, But He’s Better Than Taylor

This is not exactly a ringing endorsement of Sonny Perdue — the Telegraph has done that with the few Republicans it has endorsed.

Gov. Sonny Perdue, while going into office with ethics and open government as themes, has turned out to be ethically challenged. Instead of opening government, he and his Republican-dominated General Assembly have attempted to make it harder to keep track of state government. Instead of following his own promise to give control of schools to local people, he’s done just the opposite by requiring districts to spend 65 percent of all money in the classroom. That makes for a good sound bite, but it doesn’t take into account that school buses won’t fit inside a classroom. . . .

Still, with all Perdue’s baggage, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor has been unable to convince the board that he is the right person to lead Georgia, and while Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes is an affable enough person, he’s not up to running Georgia. The Legislature would eat him alive. That said, we tepidly endorse Gov. Sonny Perdue, but on one condition: It has become apparent that he needs to put his holdings in a blind trust. He could avoid all of the questions created by his land dealings if he would follow the same path as previous governors.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems the meta-editorial was “we hate Sonny, but we always endorse the loser and we’re tired of, so we’ll endorse the winner this time even though it makes us sick.


  1. Carpe Forem says:

    I know I’m prejudice but I whole heartily disagree with this statement “while Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes is an affable enough person, he’s not up to running Georgia. The Legislature would eat him alive.” Since both houses in Georgia are controlled by a lot of fiscally responsible Republicans and with the integrity and fiscal conservativeness of Hayes as the Governor, the member’s of the legislatures could finally put the state’s money where their mouth’s are, back in the control of the local communities. Because, if Garrett Hayes is elected Governor, there would be no doubt as to why.

    Mr. Hayes’ message is clear:
    Local and parental control of education and better schools through competition.
    Eliminate the state income tax (like TX and FL) to increase the number of jobs from the resulting creation of small businesses and growth of existing small businesses that this measure would insure.
    Become more creative with the war on drugs by increasing opportunities for treatment. (see Rand study that showed that treatment was seven times more effective than enforcement in curbing drug use.)

    It is such a great feeling to vote for someone than against someone. The lesser of two evils is still evil.

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