Ben Harbin, the drunk driving Appropriations Chairman of the House of Representatives, is terribly, terribly upset that Karen Handel did not take the easy way out of the state budget financial situation.
See, Harbin, who took the easy way out of his DUI by blaming a pedestrian instead of admitting what everyone knew about him and his late night dalliances, believes that state employees should have to go without paychecks in every case and state constitutional officers who dare to think differently than the small thoughts of our state legislators should be ridiculed.
But the lady in the Secretary of State’s Office was smarter than Harbin and he is pissed that she showed him up. She . . . wait for it . . . cut her budget 20% in other areas so her employees would not have to go without paychecks.
Holy crap!!!!! Can you believe a Republican (!!!!!!!!) would cut their own budget TWENTY PERCENT to avoid furloughing employees despite the allegedly best and brightest in the state legislature insisting they not take responsibility for their budgets?
It’s like Harbin brain is preoccupied processing the cup size of lobbyists breasts to think that a woman Secretary of State could actually . . . you know . . .think of doing something to save jobs. How dare she get think!!!
But she did.
And it’s not just her. The Public Service Commission did the same thing. So did other government departments. But then none of them are running for Governor and in need of being put in their place.
Harbin is prototypical of the failures of the Georgia Republicans. He wants government to take the easy way out by denying people paychecks, instead of doing the difficult thing of going through a budget and actually finding things that could be cut. The only mantra he thinks he has to have as a Republican is “don’t raise taxes.” Of course that’s not really true. That’s short cut thinking that runs the GOP off the cliff every time. Certainly we don’t need to raise taxes. But in doing so, there are many other things incumbent on putting in a position where we don’t have to raise taxes — things like cutting budgets and increasing business investment in the state. But the groups that push those issues can’t afford the leggy blond lobbyists the appropriators would prefer to deal with.
So guess what? Now that Karen Handel is gone, Harbin thinks Brian Kemp will be happy to throw his employees out on the street for a few days.
ONE ADDITIONAL NOTE: Secretary Handel didn’t need a law to implement zero based budgeting in her office. Oh to not be part of the Good Ole Boy Network.