Posted: 10:03 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Gallup poll: Georgians not ready to revolt over taxes 

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Gov. Nathan Deal has been pummeled with bad news the last week, but the Gallup polling organization offers the Republican incumbent some respite this morning.

A massive 50-state look at taxation indicates that Georgians – by and large – are satisfied with the current level of taxation in their state. Fifty-three percent said levies were too high, but 45 percent disagreed.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogIn terms of overall dissatisfaction, Georgia ranked No. 20 – essentially in the middle of the pack, and not the stuff that Republican primary revolutions are made of.

New Yorkers (77 percent said levies were too high) were the most dissatisfied. Residents of Wyoming (19 percent) were the least.

Most other Southern states ranked below Georgia on the taxpayer-angst scale: Virginia (No. 21), South Carolina (No. 25), Mississippi (No. 28), Tennesee (No. 33), Alabama (No. 34) and Florida (No. 42).

North Carolina (No. 12) and Louisiana (No. 19) ranked above Georgia in taxpayer dissatisfaction.

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The U.S. House is set to vote on a bill today that could again cleave Georgia’s Senate-seeking trio: The Paul Ryan budget.

Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has already made his feelings known about the effort to balance the budget in 10 years through $5.1 trillion in cuts, via this web video – a sequel to an earlier video protest:

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, also will vote no, a spokesman confirmed this morning.

Broun and Gingrey voted against the Ryan budget last year, demanding steeper spending cuts – though both had backed Ryan’s plans in prior years. Kingston voted for the Ryan budget last year.

As a functional matter, spending caps will continue next year under the two-year budget deal Ryan struck in December with his Senate Democratic counterpart Patty Murray. As a result, Senate Democrats aren’t bothering to put out their own budget this year.

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Paul Broun’s Republican campaign for U.S. Senate will report about $345,000 raised in the first quarter of this year, entering April with roughly $230,000 cash on hand. The haul is a jump, but not a huge one, from what Broun has pulled in for the past year-plus and means he will likely be putting out more web videos, such as the above, than expensive television ads in the closing stretch.

Disclosures are not due until next week, but zpolitics has reported that Phil Gingrey, the Republican from Marietta, raised $326,000 in the first quarter for his Senate efforts. The rival Karen Handel campaign has said it raised $200,000 in the two weeks after she was endorsed by Sarah Palin.

No fundraising figures are out yet for the cash-flush campaigns of Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue.

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We told you yesterday that Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, supports construction of a new route for the Keystone pipeline to deliver crude oil from western Canada to the American Gulf Coast.

This morning, her primary rival Branko “Dr. Rad” Radulovacki reminded his Democratic supporters that he would oppose construction of the pipeline:

“I do not support the Keystone XL pipeline for several reasons: it would create a false sense of security with the energy status quo, it would reduce the sense of urgency to explore and invest in alternate energy sources, it would open the door to foreseeable environmental disasters, and it would have little or no impact on our nation’s oil prices or supplies.

“As for fracking, I do not support financial incentives or safety exemptions given my significant concerns about its risks, especially to our water supply.”

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Another day, another ad in Georgia’s coastal First District GOP primary. This one, from state Sen. Buddy Carter, focuses on his biography and includes images of him holding his baby granddaughter and handing out a prescription at his pharmacy.

What’s missing? Any mention of his time in the Legislature:

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The Associated Press is out with a report showing that several major corporations have reaped millions of dollars from “Obamacare” even as they support GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law:

This condemn-while-benefiting strategy angers Democrats, who see some of their top congressional candidates struggling against waves of anti-Obamacare ads partly funded by these companies.

Among the corporations is a familiar Democratic nemesis, Koch Industries, the giant conglomerate headed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. They and some conservative allies are spending millions of dollars to hammer Democratic senators in North Carolina, Alaska, Colorado, Iowa and elsewhere, chiefly for backing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

One Atlanta firm is singled out by AP:

United Parcel Service received $37 million from the program’s subsidies for early retirees. From 1989 through this year, political action committees affiliated with UPS donated $32 million to federal candidates and political parties. Of that, 64 percent went to Republicans, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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A concerted push for equal pay for women has resulted in many Democrats – gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter included – repeating the line that women doing the same job make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

The Washington Post picks apart that statistic today. The AJC’s Politifact Georgia tackled the phraseology just last week – when uttered by Jason Carter’s granddad. The ruling:

The number does not take into account critical factors that could influence the figure, including specific occupation, time on the job and education level.

And the gap drops dramatically if you compare men and women of similar education levels, job titles, time on the job and other relevant factors.

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Former President Jimmy Carter is again pushing President Barack Obama to draw a red line in the Ukraine.

The Georgia native was in Austin this week when he told reporters that he believed the Russian annexation of Crimea was a “foregone conclusion” but urged Obama to halt any Russian incursion into eastern Ukraine.

Carter told BuzzFeed:

“I think three-fourths of Crimean people wanted to be part of Russia, so that was a foregone conclusion. Nothing Obama or the EU can say or do will change that now. We have to stop Putin now. He can’t be permitted to take military action in eastern Crimea.”

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Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a $20.8 billion budget into law later this month, but don’t forget he has a little extra money to play with.

Deal’s office served up that reminder yesterday when he signed an executive order transferring $4 million from his emergency fund to the state’s public defender system to float the cost of providing legal counsel to poor defendants involved in so-called conflict cases.

The Georgia Supreme Court recently upheld a State Bar of Georgia opinion that found public defenders who work in the same office can’t represent co-defendants in the same criminal case. That forced many cases to be referred to outside lawyers working on contract.

After the $4 million spend, Deal’s office said it still has nearly $10 million remaining in the fund. You can find Deal’s order here.

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Republican Senate candidate Karen Handel picked up the endorsement of the American Future Fund, a big-spending national conservative group that sounds like it will throw some money into the race.

The group’s president, Nick Ryan, told Politico that it “will do everything we can do (to) ensure she is successful.”

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The Washington Post this morning captures Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, in a fast food-inspired floor debate over whether the Congressional Budget Office should assume discretionary budget increases each year for inflation.

After Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., showed a series of charts about how much the cost of a McDonald’s Big Mac has increased due to inflation in the past decade, Woodall had this retort, which no doubt brought tears of gratitude to the eyes of McDonald’s product-placement executives:

“I think I’ve got one of the best chart teams on Capitol Hill, I’ll say to my friend from Maryland that it’s a great Big Mac chart, and I think it drives home my point exactly.

“Which is, federal government math assumes that if you got to buy a Big Mac 10 years ago, you’re still buying a Big Mac today. I just wonder if that’s true. I’ve switched to the value menu. I get the McDouble from time to time for $.99.

“The Spicy McChicken is now a part of what I do. I have to get into my wallet and justify the expense and when the prices double, sometimes we as Americans have to substitute.”

 

59 comments
Getting_Older
Getting_Older

Carter Mostly False?  Of course.   Rarely do politicians care if what they are saying is actually true, as long as it can generate unrest in the voters.  Jimmy needs to sell books, Jason needs the women vote.  They will say whatever they want to get what they want.  Makes a great sound byte, true or not. 

EdUktr
EdUktr

Electing a tax-and-spend Democrat to run the state could quickly end all that!

honested
honested

Glad to see that most Georgians have sense enough to realize we are NOT taxed enough already.

DontTread
DontTread

"We have to stop Putin now. He can’t be permitted to take military action in eastern Crimea."


...said the ex-president who gutted the military to the point where they couldn't successfully mount a helicopter rescue in a third world country.  If you want to "stop" people from doing bad things, you need a first-class military capable of handling any threat.  Democrats don't get that either.

DontTread
DontTread

"New Yorkers (77 percent said levies were too high) were the most dissatisfied."


And Democrats seem to win elections there with something like 77% of the vote.  Coincidence?  I think not.


It appears 9 out of the top 10 states who don't like their tax burden vote Democrat.  It also appears that they'll never figure that connection out, as that would require more than three working brain cells.  "Useful idiots", indeed.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Dear Paul Broun, wasteful spending is what is happening to the money that is being donated to your campaign.

Caius
Caius

Whether in the form of a Budget or a Continuing Resolution, spending continues, the government is funded and we all know to the penny how much is spent and  where it is spent.


The ability of all governments to spend has never been hampered in any legislature.


Enoch19
Enoch19

"As a result, Senate democrats are not bothering to put out a budget this year".

Really.  The spending deal is the reason.  Horse hockey!!


The dems have not been putting out a budget since they took control of the senate.  They don't really want to show the country what their priorities are/. They count on shills like Galoway and Bookman to give them cover.


NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@EdUktr  you really know all the talking points don't you? Too bad you don't know actual facts... but then a good Republican never lets a fact get in the way of good talking points.

honested
honested

@EdUktr  

You mean the republican disaster we face in Georgia and the disaster caused by republican obstructionism in the Country?

honested
honested

@DontTread  

Hows this genius, we give the Ukraine a couple of their nukes back and let them lob them at Moscow?

That part of the world would be made uninhabitable but it wouldn't raise your taxes so you would probably be cool with it.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DontTread By all means, grab some guns from your no doubt fully stocked gun cabinet and head on over there and stop ol' putin in his tracks. You're just the man to do it. Or are you one of those that wants to send someone else's son and husband to die?  Just be aware that the countries of Europe are not imposing sanctions or doing anything else to discourage vladimir's adventure, so I guess you'll have to do it all by yourself. Being so gung ho about using our military as the world's beat cop, I'm sure you're heading down very soon to the enlistment office to volunteer, aren't you?

AreaMan
AreaMan

@DontTread


The reality, at least from what I saw in two decades of living in Southern California, is that most of them don't pay any taxes anyway. The ones who actually vote have never seen a ballot initiative or referendum that spends "other people's money" that they didn't support.

NWGAL
NWGAL

New Yorkers complain about everything. Why should taxes be any different?

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Enoch19  Oh yeah, and when the Republicans controlled the senate: they cut spending, balanced the budget, never used supplemental budgets to hide additional deficit spending, developed a stimulus bill with oversight, passed comprehensive healthcare reform,  didn't create the largest government agency in history, and they didn't force through the Patriot Act.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Enoch19   "They don't really want to show the country what their priorities are/."

Gosh, who knew that the Dems' priorities for the budget and spending were such a well-kept secret. And exactly how do Galloway and Bookman "give them cover?"  I read comments everyday on this and other blogs that assure me they are promoting Democratic priorities. I guess the AJC just can't be trusted to keep those Dem priorities a secret, can they?.

wsecrest
wsecrest

@Enoch19  That is BS - they have put out a budget but your sainted "repubs" won't conference with the house to develop the final bills.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@NOlongerRepublican @EdUktr  

Here's a fact for you: Our national debt was $10.5 trillion when Obama took office, and just five years later it's $18 trillion.

DontTread
DontTread

@CuriousPrime @Enoch19  Are you talking about that Patriot Act that 0bama perverted into authorizing the government to ignore the 4th Amendment?  That Patriot Act?

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@CuriousPrime @Enoch19 The Patriot Act, is that the piece of legislation that the democrat Senate renewed and President Obama signed into law? Do you mean that Patriot Act?

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier  

Due to the massive effort to ignore the victory of Senator Al Franken in Minnesota, that time with a full, health, voting majority was more like 9 months.

During that time, the wrong wing spent every waking moment attempting to ignore reality and obstruct the President at every turn (much like every second since).

Remember, the wrong-wing nuts even voted to PREVENT adequate manpower funding for ending things like the Iraqi War of Choice and squealed like stuck pigs when they realized the Afghan Fiasco would not be funded forever.

At least TRY to be honest.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested "And over 2/3 of the difference was to pay for the shrub approved programs, to pay off the shrub incurred war debt"


You always forget one major factor. The first two years Obama, if I called him shrub junior would you like that, had a majority in both the House and the Senate. shrub junior was not stuck with anything. He could have ended any shrub approved programs that he didn't like or even ended one or both wars.


Shrub junior CHOSE not to do either so yes, shrub junior is responsible for seven plus trillion in additional debt.

honested
honested

@EdUktr  

Well, if something was his fault (like not backing down the wrong wing nuts in the house and putting through realistic and necessary tax increases) he does take responsibility.

Breaking the world, that was the last guy and we should all never forget it.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@honested  

Always an excuse for Obama, eh? If he were in office 20 years (God forbid!) he'd never be to blame, right?

honested
honested

@EdUktr @NOlongerRepublican 

And over 2/3 of the difference was to pay for the shrub approved programs, to pay off the shrub incurred war debt and yes there were some table scraps to prevent the looming total collapse of the economy.

Then of course there was a little expenditure necessary to correct the disaster wrought by 'freeing' the financial markets.

But hey, you got to keep ridiculously low tax rates and still have the most expensive MIC in the history of the UNIVERSE.

What are you whining about?

Charles50
Charles50

@Retired-Soldier @honested @EdUktr  Did they say NO to almost any legislation he presented?  He actually got a pass during his first term due to 9/11.  Who was going to buck against the POTUS who "saw us through that terrible crisis."  


And maybe had they done more during his 2nd term we wouldn't be going through the economic crisis he put us into instead.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier  

What reason is there to get all bowed up over an area that has refused to act in a civilized fashion throughout history?

Didn't Afghanistan teach you anything?

The only thing we need to do is close the door to refugees from either side.

 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier When all else fails, break out the old domino theory.  

What land grab took place?  The Crimea voted to remain a part of Russia. You have something against democracy and elections?

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@AuntieChrist @Retired-Soldier Fantastic, you admit the administration has no plan to handle the greatest land grab in Europe since WWII. That makes all on this blog fell really good.


When is a plan required? After all of the country is taken? After the Baltic states are Russian, how about when they invade Poland? When is there a need for a plan?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier  Why does he need a plan?  Is putin threatening the US?  Does anyone you know feel threatened by putin?  Apparently putin's neighbors in western Europe are not concerned, since they have no plan, and will not institute sanctions against putin. So again, why does Obama need a plan?  Spell it out for the well-washed like me.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier @AuntieChrist   "I am not the President nor do I have the intel he has." 

No, you're just a constant critic with no alternative remedies or plans. Just like any other repuppy, no plan, no policy, just constant criticism, but offer no alternative.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier  By all means, tell us your plan.  What should the CinC be doing? Sending troops? Challenge putin to a duel?  Tell putin to give up his WMD's or face regime change? That has worked really well in the past.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested@DontTread 

My real plan is let them settle it among themselves.

The United States should have already learned it's lesson about sacrificing our children to support offshore profits.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DontTread @CuriousPrime@Enoch19- Was this not the Law signed by a Republican President? (6) Six weeks after He failed to Protect America on a Sunny Monday Morning. Then signed this Failed Law, after a ALL day Drunk at the Whitehouse and awakened to sign it without reading it after midnight while America Slept?


uh...huh.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Retired-Soldier @honested Does anyone remember conservatives saying, "I have nothing to hide" when liberals made reference to potential civil rights intrusions?  If conservative could filibuster everything else,  why didn"t they filibuster the reauthorization?  The simple answer is...Road Kill Possums are chasing their tails.


Just like the PA, the Iraq War, the mounting debt, and the lost surplus...conservatives make a mess, then say...who me?  Watching John McCain and Paul Ryan should be enough to scare the beejeezus out of everyone to what could have been.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested 

Oh, I don't like the reauthorization either.

Maybe if the initial bill hadn't come at the time of the failed shrub tax cuts it wouldn't be so obvious.