Deal: Welcome To Georgia Mr. President. Now Please Take Your Health Care Reform Back Home With You

Governor Nathan Deal has released a “welcome” to President Obama for his stay here.  The op-ed originally appeared at Real Clear Politics:

Welcome to Georgia, Mr. President. We hope you enjoy your stay here during this important week in your presidency. The Supreme Court is going to rule on your signature legislation, Obamacare. We here in Georgia have strong opinions about this law. No matter how the Court rules on its constitutionality, we believe that it is bad for Georgia, bad for businesses in Georgia, bad for the healthcare system and bad for the country.

The fact of the matter is that Obamacare is not only a federal power grab but also an unfunded mandate that will cost the taxpayers of Georgia an additional $4.83 billion over the next 10 years. It takes decision-making away from consumers, away from doctors, and away from the state of Georgia and concentrates it in the hands of unelected federal bureaucrats. That’s just not the way our federal system is supposed to work. It’s not the American way. The American way puts power in the hands of individuals not of government.

That is an astronomical sum. It is also a borrowed sum. In my state – where we have made tough choices to cut spending and balance our budget – we’re more than a little concerned that our national debt is $15 trillion and growing. It should worry all Americans, regardless of their party affiliation.

The additional costs of Obamacare would push us toward national insolvency. We’ve been watching this scenario play out as Greece hovers on the edge of bankruptcy. The rest of Europe may bail out Greece. They are not going to bail us out. No one will. We have to put our finances in order ourselves. And Obamacare is a giant step in the wrong direction.

The No. 1 problem we are facing in this country right now is unemployment and the low rate of economic growth that is causing it. In Georgia, we believe the best way to jumpstart job creation is to give businesses the climate of certainty that would allow them to start investing in new plants and hiring new workers. Obamacare, and its vast catalog of new rules and regulations, does exactly what we don’t need. It makes it impossible for firms to make any reasonable estimate about the costs and the potential profits from investments. Under these circumstances, they simply don’t hire. Our country can and must do far better.

We can’t sustain our current course. Mr. President, we’re glad to have you visit our state. I hope my fellow Georgians treat you with the dignity and respect that your office demands. But Georgians, if you don’t mind me borrowing a phrase, are ready for a change in direction in Washington.

Mitt Romney has put forward a vision that is much more in line with opinion here in Georgia. He believes in giving individuals and giving states decision-making power. He’ll fight to rescind the crippling costs associated with Obamacare, and he’ll work to reduce federal spending. He’s spent a lifetime in business. He knows how to balance a budget.

It’s time for a new president who can truly move us forward, not by growing government, but by shrinking it and giving all Americans a chance to live the American dream.


  1. CobbGOPer says:

    “In my state – where we have made tough choices to cut spending and balance our budget…”

    You owe me a new keyboard, Governor Deal. Mine has coffee all over it now.

    “Tough choices?” You mean the tough choices you and your pals at the Gold Dome are pawning off on us taxpayers, like T-SPLOST?

    And the immensely tough choice your predecessor Mr. Perdue made to spend a BILLION dollars on a fishing program, instead of education or transportation, all with the assistance of the General Assembly?

    Besides the fact that with Obamacare set to be struck down, this op-ed topic is kind of useless, no? I would rather hear the Governor’s thoughts on how we’re going to move forward in the water negotiations in light of the SC ruling, or what the status is on the Savannah port improvements.

    • Calypso says:

      “…BILLION dollars on a fishing program…”

      What in the world are you talking about? $19 million (or something very close to that figure)<$1 BILLION

      Not that I condone the Go Fish thing at all, just wondering where you came up with that #

      • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

        You may not condone “Go Fish Georgia”, but I do.

        Besides, what better time to tell Georgians to go fish than during an exceptionally severe drought when there is very little water, if any, water to fish in, except, of course, the ocean?

        Now that I think about it, “Go Fish Georgia” was probably code for “Go [Fish] yourself, Georgia and then go jump in the ocean” (he couldn’t very well have told us to go jump in a lake as the lakes were almost completely dry at the time), which would have totally appropriate given the way that Perdue “governed” this state while in office.

        Though I’m obviously not a big fan of Perdue, I do give him credit for making the legal maneuvers in his final months in office that helped us eventually win the Water Wars.

  2. Three Jack says:

    “Mitt Romney put forth a vision that is much more in line with opinion here in Georgia.” Really?

    3/6 Presidential Primary:
    Gingrich 47%
    Romney 25%

    And governor, please show where Georgians support Romney’s vision of healthcare aka RomneyCare. You spend the majority of the press release blasting Obama for the very same law. Why do Georgians support RomneyCare but not ObamaCare?

  3. “The fact of the matter is that Obamacare is not only a federal power grab but also an unfunded mandate that will cost the taxpayers of Georgia an additional $4.83 billion over the next 10 years. ”

    Which, by the way, is still less than the amount generated by the T-SPLOST over 10 years. If the T-SPLOST is only a penny, is Obamacare just a fraction of a penny? 😉

      • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

        “Ouch. That one’s going to leave a mark.”

        And rightfully so, although I should make it clear that while I’m obviously no big fan of the T-SPLOST, I’m even that much less of a big fan of Obamacare and Obama himself and cannot wait until Election Day when the American People will be able to say to him “And don’t let the door hit you on the way out”.

          • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

            I can’t as Romney, with all of the charisma of a piece of dry white toast, doesn’t exactly appear to be the next coming of Reagan at this point, but a man can still dream can’t he?

  4. AMB says:

    Please tell me that Deal did not use the insulting ObamaCare in an editorial he signed. And he plays footsy with the birthers. Then goes hat in hand to puhlease deepen Savannah River and some more transportation funding, please.
    At least he is a local embarassment unlike some other Republican governors.

  5. Rick Day says:

    I love Democrats who pretend to be Republican’s when it comes time to get elected.

    And Deal knows a good shakedown when he sees one, by gum!

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      What good Dixiecrat politician doesn’t? The letter behind the name may be different, but the game remains the same.

  6. analogkid says:

    Nevermind that the State took loads of the President’s stimulus money in order to defer all those “tough choices” they’ve apparently just started making.

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