With 2006 wrapping up and Inauguration Day less than two weeks away, Gov. Sonny Perdue appears to be promising that his lack of promises during the campaign season will mean smaller government during his next term. This sounds… well… promising.
“I am proud of the fact that, frankly, we ran on a platform of limited promises,” Mr. Perdue told state business leaders during a December luncheon in Atlanta. “I don’t know about you, but I think most of us want state government to just leave us alone.”
He said the campaign pledges he did make – a tax cut for senior citizens and more police to combat Internet sex predators and methamphetamine – he can afford to keep.
There will be no splashy new government programs. Indeed, Mr. Perdue is likely to be under considerable pressure to keep the lid on spending as the state’s economy shows signs of cooling. He might also have to rein in lawmakers who are proposing various tax cuts.
Considering that I do not remember seeing “nothing” written on the “Sonny Do List,” I’m skeptical.
But if Perdue can get past certain ethics charges, “doing nothing” might just solidify a very encouraging legacy of success for the two-term governor. We shall see.