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Recovery Leaves One Red State With the Blues

Andrew292 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 7:48 AM
The problem in Georgia is the State Republicans, while currently in control, are not in fact Conservatives. They are for the most part the same oportunistic democrat defectors who ran the place when it was a blue state. They sit on their laurels and assume the opposition is incompetent. What makes it worse is the Governor. Nathan Deal is a horror. The only time we, the citizens, ever here him is when he shows up to shake us down for more money, either in higher taxes (SPLOST) or when he hands off paid for public resources such as the HOV lanes to crony businesses in order to shake us down with paid "Lexus lanes". We look at the dynamic leadership in neighbors like SC and wonder why we have these same old useless old cross party self servers
Captain-Jeff Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 10:48 AM
Well said, Andrew. Georgia suffers from the same thing as our national economy--lack of dynamic economic leadership in government. Business and industry in our state is bogged down by regulation, political in-fighting, and inflated political correctness. Quit prancing around and announce that we're GOING TO build an outer perimeter. Quit wasting money on cutesy projects like downtown trolley lines and beltlines and instead eliminate corporate taxes so that companies will want to move here. Eliminate the state income tax so we can compete with Florida and Tennessee. We need a state government that will either lead or get out of the way. And while we're at it, hand Isakson and Chambliss their retirement papers.
Being a native of Atlanta, I always resented media depictions and popular culture images of Georgia as a state where everyone wore overalls, had three teeth in their head, and liberally used terms like "ain't" and "gonna" in their daily vocabulary. The problem is when reality programs like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" depict exactly that, well, it starts to become a losing battle.

In the past, I would have written how metropolitan Atlanta has a population of nearly 6 million, many of whom are from somewhere other than Georgia. I would have noted that race relations in the state are...