Jim Marshall the “Balanced Budget” Candidate

Or so he claims in his first ad.

Good ad, however, Marshall faces several problems with trying to be the poster child of fiscal responsibility. Marshall sacrificed his fiscal conservative principles when he voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending, YES on Barack Obama’s $787 Billion economic stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; H.R.1), and YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy (Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act; Bill S.3604&HR7110).

Marshall turned his back on fiscal responsibility in Fall 2008 when he TWICE voted for the Wall Street bailout plan (Thompson, Chuck, “Marshall: Bailout bill painful, necessary,” The Macon Telegraph, October 7, 2008). Not only that, he was willing to give up his seat over the issue. (Galloway, Jim, “U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall on bailout: ‘I am willing to give up my seat over this’,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 29, 2008).

Check out this NPR interview with Marshall on his bailout vote and how strongly he supported it (the end of the interview is very telling).

The former-Macon mayor would like you to believe that he is fighting for fiscal responsibility in Washington and helping his constituents through this bad economy. But why not look at Marshall’s hometown? Macon is faced with a possible double-dip recession and is listed in Forbes as one of America’s Top 10 Most Impoverished Cities. I’m just not buying that Marshall is the fiscal giant he claims to be.


  1. You left out my favorite Marshall vote: the vote to increase the federal debt limit to $14.3 trillion. The fiscally responsible (and the conservative) representative would have opposed it and begun looking for ways to cut spending.

    Instead Congressman Marshall raised our debt limit and now pretends to be for a balanced budget. I don’t think those two positions can be reconciled without historically large tax increases.

    Jim Marshall is not a conservative. Jim Marshall is not a leader. Jim Marshall is not fiscally responsible. Jim Marshall is not going to win this election.

  2. I looked up Jim Marshall’s bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship (and someone please correct me if I’m wrong), but I saw no budget bills either sponsored or co-sponsored by Jim Marshall. This includes his entire Congressional Career.

    Now Marshall is in a tight race and he is suddenly a “leader” in the balanced budget caucus. I suppose that is true if by “leader” you mean someone who talks a lot in his home district while doing nothing in Washington.

    So for the past eight years not only did Jim Marshall abdicate his responsibilities on illegal immigration, he also failed us in regards to balancing the budget.

    Jim Marshall = hamster-like leadership.

    • polisavvy says:

      My favorite part: (Galloway, Jim, “U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall on bailout: ‘I am willing to give up my seat over this’,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 29, 2008). Why don’t we in the 8th oblige Mr. Marshall and let him give up his seat.

      Over the past several weeks, I have done the same as you. I have looked at sponsored and co-sponsored bills by Marshall. I have found nothing relative to budget bills. I have also not found anything relative to immigration. I have found a post office naming, some road names, making sure the Lincoln-Obama is kept in plain view, some holidays continuing to be recognized, etc. Not a whole lot that affects the everyday lives of those in the 8th or anywhere else in the State for that matter.

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