Today the Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up to 10% in August, mostly due to blah blah blah. The point: the jobs still aren’t here.
As the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports, “August 2010 also marked the 35th consecutive month Georgia’s unemployment rate was higher than the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent. Although the jobless rate rose in the Peach State, the number of payroll jobs increased 0.5 percentage points from 3,802,500 in July to 3,820,300 in August. Still, there are 26,700 fewer jobs than in August 2009, when there were 3,847,000 payroll jobs.”
So, where do we rank among the other states? Why, roughly 39th! How wholly unacceptable. And who is to blame? Well, it is undeniable that the economic woes have been greatly exacerbated by the idiotic economic policies of He Who Shall Not Be Blamed™ (and check out his empty promises, above). But doesn’t the profligate spending and lack of significant, sustained tax relief over the majority of Governor Purdue’s administration bear some considerable measure of responsibility for our current deeper economic hole than the majority of other states? Of course.
But which candidate has a better plan for allowing more Georgians to keep more of which they earn? Nathan Deal’s plan talks about actual tax cuts and investment in research and development. Roy Barnes? One of his “first orders of business” is to “retrofit every state building and public school in Georgia for clean, efficient energy consumption – this includes the use of low-flow toilets and the expansion of our sewer systems where necessary. These projects will reduce the state’s energy and water costs in the long run, while putting Georgians back to work right now.” Again, that is the first priority on Barnes’ “jobs” plan online.
Well, color me green! I’m sure low-flow toilets are #1 on the list of things Georgians feel are oh so critical to getting them back to work. But while I’ll note that there are other components to Barnes’ plan, only in one small corner of the plan is there actually any talk about Georgia government confiscating less of your money. Even now, Barnes still has a lack of understanding of the impact of supply side economics. Oh, but he’ll give you some free football tickets if you spoon feed him some knowledge.
And that is quite telling.