Posted: 6:00 am Monday, June 30th, 2014

Nathan Deal on economy: ‘There are areas we can improve’ 

By Greg Bluestein

The rankings that put Georgia as the top state to do business are likely to play an even greater role in Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign. But he said he won’t be presenting the state’s economy as a perfect package.

The governor said in an interview that two clear signs his economic policies are working are an unemployment rate that’s dropped and a rainy day fund that has swelled since he took office in 2011. But he concedes there’s a ways to go on other metrics, such as graduation rates and poverty levels.

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Gov. Nathan Deal addresses employees at the UPS hub in Tel Aviv.

“We know there are areas we can improve,” Deal said. “And many of the categories we rank low in are greatly accelerated by my interest in job creation. One of the best ways to eliminate poverty is to have someone in a great job.”

Deal’s campaign hopes to ride signs of a stronger economy to a November re-election as Democrat Jason Carter focuses his message on education. Deal’s camp is eager to promote last week’s announcement by CNBC that put Georgia as the top state to do business to reinforce the message.

“The future bodes well for us,” he said in the interview. “We will maintain our status and improve in the areas that we know we need to improve.”

The governor and his surrogates often mention the rankings at political events or policy announcements, and they’re featured in campaign ads. But they factor even more prominently in the pitches that state planners use to woo potential businesses.

Four presenters at a trade seminar in Tel Aviv last week mentioned a similar top ranking by Site Selection magazine to Israeli executives considering investing in Georgia. It was clear organizers wanted the ranking to be their guests’ top takeaway.

Democratic groups have already sought to poke holes in the rankings. And Carter’s campaign sent a release after the CNBC announcement rattling off a list of statistics showing Georgia lagging in key categories, including unemployment rates, per capita income and household earnings.

“I bet we won’t see those facts in any of Gov. Deal’s campaign ads,” said Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas.

Deal, for his part, dismissed the criticism.

“The bottom line is, you add it up by their score sheet, we’re still number one,” he said.

74 comments
StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Here’s a compilation of Nathan Deal quotes:  Ghetto grandmothers: Speaking before the Cherokee County GOP, then congressman and candidate for governor Nathan Deal was fear-mongering about the need for a birth certificate before getting benefits, “We got all the complaints of the ghetto grandmothers who didn’t have birth certificates and all that". 

His wife can tell by looking at her students which ones are going to prison and which ones are going to college, “My wife tells me she could look at her sixth grade class and tell ya‘ which ones are going to prison and which ones are going to college.”

What kind of person would make such comments?  Based on those comments alone Nathan Deal deserves a one way ticket back to where they dug him up from.  I am a middle class African American tax payer and his comments show lack of integrity and representation for anyone living in my household, including my 15 year old son who happens to attend one of those public schools housing the children his wife threw under the bus.  Oh and the ghetto grandmother, that would be my mother who worked her butt off to raise me, instill values and  who fought to make sure that people like Nathan Deal never gets the chance to harm her grandson, my son, again.  Nathan Deal does not and can't represent me because he just don't get it.

DS
DS

"One of the best ways to eliminate poverty is to have someone in a great job."  --- Nathan Deal

Thanks for clearing that up for us. Now, how do you propose to do that?

In order to get a good job, candidates have to get a good education. How do you propose to improve education?

In order to get a good job, candidates have to be able to get to where the good jobs are. That means good transportation. How do you propose to improve transportation to boost mobility and access to jobs?

Four hospitals have closed in the past two years, and fifteen more are at risk of closing. Every time a hospital closes, many health care workers lose their job. How do you propose to save local Georgia hospitals and the jobs that go with them?

mrob
mrob

“We know there are areas we can improve,” Deal said. “And many of the categories we rank low in are greatly accelerated by my interest in job creation. One of the best ways to eliminate poverty is to have someone in a great job.”


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The "Real Dangerous" Deal said it right..."One of the best ways to eliminate poverty is to have someone in a great job.”


Well, Deal is right! So lets start first with that someone in a great job as Georgia new Governor.

I believe Jason Carter is that someone to be place in a great job as Governor, Nathan?


Jke
Jke

Citizens for Ethics--from their website--you decide.  


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Melanie Sloan serves as CREW's Executive Director and is a nationally recognized expert on congressional ethics. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries.

Read more: Why I started CREW

Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Sloan served as Minority Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, working on criminal justice issues for Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI). Ms. Sloan also served as Counsel to the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY). There, she drafted portions of the 1994 Crime Bill, including the Violence Against Women Act. In 1993, Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE). Prior to working for the Congress, she was an associate at Howrey and Simon in Washington D.C.

Ms. Sloan received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and has published in the Yale Law and Policy Review, and numerous other publications. Frequently called upon by national news programs to provide analysis, Ms. Sloan has appeared on shows including:NPR's All Things Considered and Morning EditionCNN's The Situation RoomPiers Morgan Tonight and Anderson Cooper 360MSNBC's HardballThe Rachel Maddow ShowThe Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, The Ed Show and The Dylan Ratigan ShowFox News' Special Report with Bret Baier; NBC Nightly NewsCBS Evening NewsABC World News; 60 Minutes; Al Jazeera;and The Daily Show.

Ms. Sloan also regularly provides insight to newspapers, magazines and online media across the country including: The New York Times,The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalUSA Today,Newsweek MagazineTalking Points MemoThe Huffington Post, and the Daily CallerRolling Stone Magazine, named her “One of the Year's Greatest Mavericks” in 2006, and as one of “100 Agents of Change” in 2008.

Ms. Sloan has been profiled in a number of publications including: Ms. MagazineTime Magazine and Mother Jones. She has been named one of Washington, DC’s Top Grassroots Lobbyists by The Hill for six years running and was profiled in the September 2009 issue of O Magazine as part of the “O Power List.” In 2010, the National Law Journal named Ms. Sloan one of "Washington's Most Influential Women Lawyers."

petel
petel

In the same CNBC ranking, GA was rated 32nd in quality of life and 32nd in education.  That #1 ranking won't last long unless those two areas improve dramatically  That means our GOP leaders are going to have to rearrange their priorities and spend some money in those areas.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Notice in the previous blog in yesterday's puff piece on Michelle Nunn there was no criticism included from the other side.  This one ends with a repeat Carter criticism and links to them and a previous puff piece blog for Carter.

Andy123
Andy123

I'm not a Deal fan, but GA has high unemployment rate because it has a large uneducated black population. 

stevedollar2013
stevedollar2013

Governor Deal has done a great job on the state level despite obama's polices on the federal level that are basically destroying the middle class. All red state's should be an example for the rest of the country yet the media who most are so invested in dems simply won't take notice....

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Deal and company are slick operators.  His comment about eliminating poverty by "putting someone in a great job" is a joke for the bottom 25% of Georgia workers.  The real issue is how to improve their lives by expanding Medicaid (at no cost to Georgia for 3 years and 10% thereafter), increasing the minimum wage, and improving public education funding so their children will have a better chance. Deal understands this need but his ilk can't stomach it---they want no taxes and more power.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Deal's unethical actions cost the tax payers millions to settle.  Georgia's unemployment rate lags the nation.  The fed has had to force Deal and his cronies to provide at least some minimal level of care for the the state's impoverished children or else lose federal funding... Deal and the Republicans have to be forced to at least act human by threatening to take away federal money.  And the list goes on.

td1234
td1234

@DS We have already talked about the job Dr. Barge has done with improving education and raising SAT, ACT and AP scores in the state. The Education establishment is doing a good job it is now up to the parents to set strong expectations in the home and the kids to receive the information they are being taught. 


Transportation: Our road systems are fine in the state. We could use a few more lanes in Metro or better yet stop growing metro and spread out growth to the rest of the state. The majority of Georgians do NOT want public transportation so this is what you are talking about then it is a non starter.  

honested
honested

@DS 

Simple....

Cut taxes, when that fails, cut taxes again!

td1234
td1234

@mrob Carter will lose by more points than Obama lost by in 2012.

Astropig
Astropig

@Jke 

Correction: Liberal Nut Fudge Fringe Kooks For Ethics For The Other Party, But Never For Themselves.


At least get the name right.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Jke - Nice try.  It is a well proven biased, progressive web site and organization.  Anne Coulter is very successful and contributes to many TV shows, magazines, blogs, newspapers, etc. - but she is equally as biased the other way.  You'd go nuts if the right wing partisans put out her stuff here.

honested
honested

@Jke 

Yes, CREW is a wonderful organization doing a great job rooting out unethical/criminal behavior among politicians at many levels.

Ms. Sloan tends to consult with and publicly appear on FACT based publications and media outlets.

Is there some inference I'm missing?

td1234
td1234

@petel Quality of life has to do with the fact that we have too many fat people in the state. 


If we are up to 32 then we are really improving in Education rapidly since we were 48th. 

honested
honested

@petel 

Now, now.

Quality of life doesn't matter to the average Georgian.

We are all more interested if we can attract enough sweat-shop and plantation owners paying minimal wages, providing limited benefits and taking full advantage of the ludicrous tax exemptions.


jcinnga
jcinnga

@The_Centrist nothing new here.  The pathetic AJC has their objectives and this article is no different than any other covering Governor Deal.  It must be a pathetic existence to be so delusional.  Carter?  Please.....one was enough!

DS
DS

@Andy123, I'm not a Deal fan either.

I read an interesting article about a landmark study that explains why it's so hard to escape poverty in some parts of the country.

You mentioned on reason: education. The other reason might seem surprising at first, but it makes sense when you think it over: transportation and mobility.

The areas with high poverty across generations often have poor people living together in one part of town, with no practical way to commute to where the jobs are. Metro Atlanta is like that.

Cities with poor neighborhoods spread around and good, affordable transportation have much greater economic mobility. Hard working people can get a job and work their way out of poverty.

The study found that race isn't a factor. Poor whites are stuck in poverty just as much as poor blacks in cities with poor transportation. And blacks work their way out of poverty just as well as whites in cities with good transportation.

http://nytimes.com/2013/07/22/business/in-climbing-income-ladder-location-matters.html

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Andy123 what are the stats in rural Georgia where the population is white?  What is your solution to fix lack of education in both black and white areas besides complaining and degrading?  The last time I checked this is the United States of America not the confederate states of America.

honested
honested

@stevedollar2013 

REALLY?

Is that why things have gotten WORSE all around in Georgia while getting BETTER in Civilized parts of the Country?

Astropig
Astropig

@stevedollar2013 

Very good point. I think that even among a LOT of Republicans, expectations for Deal were not very high when he won over the crooked lawyer in '10. ( I believe his name was Burnes, or Bornes or something. "Crooked Lawyer" will do) . I think a few expected non stop scandal. But he's done an amazingly good job in a tough economy and I believe that he coasts to reelection. The polls kind of bear this out as he seems to be pulling away from the guy who agrees with everything he says and has a conferderate flag on his license plate."Deal II" or "Parrot Carter" or something. "Crooked state senator" will do.


Anyway, I wouldn't take the regulars here too seriously. They are the type that watch "Good Morning America" on their dvr's at noon when they get up to nosh on their EBT breakfast of Bud Light and Marlboros...

stevedollar2013
stevedollar2013

@SouthGeorgiareader The bottom 25% of of Georgia voters vote dem anyway. He's speaking to the hard working middle class Georgians who support him.... By the way Governor deal has increased funding for education. How much more do teachers need to make? When you say funding that's code word for increased salaries and nothing to do with actually educating our kids....

stevedollar2013
stevedollar2013

@Numbers_R_Us Georgia's unemployment rate has improved by actually creating jobs rather than simply opting out of the workforce to get on the gubmint dole. People like you should thank the great Governor for a job well done...

honested
honested

@td1234 @DS 

You first speak of 'Dr. barge' and then you go on to mention raising SAT, ACT and AP scores.

What does the person have to do with the improvements and when will those improvements happen?

DS
DS

@td1234, I have no quarrel with Barge or teachers. They're doing the best they can with what they have, and there has been some good news on a few stats recently.

But I disagree that education in Georgia is in good shape, if that's what you're implying. Two-thirds of schools haven't been holding classes 180 days, as is required. Class sizes are up. Our state rankings are low in key areas: elementary reading (30), middle school math (40), high school graduation rate (47), post-secondary participation (37, even with the HOPE scholarship).

Improving transportation is vital for the economy. Atlanta was built on transportation. Affordable transportation makes economic mobility possible, so hard working people have a chance to escape poverty.

And what about the hospitals?

honested
honested

@The_Centrist @Jke 

How many criminals or ethically challenged hacks has 'ann the man' brought against anybody?

I guess TRUTH and FACTS must have a bias.

Astropig
Astropig

@honested @stevedollar2013 

" Is that why things have gotten WORSE all around in Georgia while getting BETTER in Civilized parts of the Country?"

Things would get BETTER if you would turn off Jerry Springer and take one of those  JOBS that the governor has helped bring to Georgia.


Caution: Employers will require you to WORK and be there very day (sober) and stay until your job is complete.Please don't let this scare you. Millions actually do this every day successfully.You, too can join them if you have "the courage to change".


You're welcome.

honested
honested

@stevedollar2013 @SouthGeorgiareader 

BS Alert!

Deal 'increased' funding for education THIS YEAR (an election year) by about 1/2 billion dollars (that may never find their way to classrooms).

This happens only after CUTTING education funding by 8 BILLION over the last handful of years.

The results of such short sighted pandering to the 'no tax' crowd should surprise nobody.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@stevedollar2013 @Numbers_R_Us


People like you should get an education so you can at least figure out how to get your head out of Deal's orifice.  Deal and the Republicans have done nothing to help middle or lower class Georgians.  Deal with it.

honested
honested

@Astropig 

Morning, pig.

I am about to head out and put in my 10 hours just like any other day for the last 35 odd years.

I have been in business through several effective State administrations, as well as the last three absolute failures.

Howsabout you?

Astropig
Astropig

@honested @stevedollar2013 @SouthGeorgiareader 

" Deal 'increased' funding for education THIS YEAR (an election year) by about 1/2 billion dollars (that may never find their way to classrooms)."

I agree. That money will be stolen,misdirected and gobbled up by the crooks at APS (Half million salary for a new super that left her last two jobs in the dead of night) and people like Uber Democrat Beverly Hall,who took millions in bonuses while teachers had to buy copy paper with their own funds. Ed is right-That money won't make it to the classrooms because the administrative deadwood will suck it all up. Deal could have given them a trillion dollars and the teachers wouldn't have seen any of it. The NEA cronies in school administration already have plans for that money.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested I was told a long time ago to "consider the source"  so when you see comments from the likes of people like @Astropig  and @steven dollar2013 (both names speak volumes) remember that. 

Astropig
Astropig

@honested @Astropig 

"

I have been in business through several effective State administrations, as well as the last three absolute failures.

Howsabout you?"



"You didn't build that"


Now how does it feel?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

 @Astropig I would love to know what is your role in the state governement where I am a tax paying citizen, I deserve better....Do tell?

Point
Point

@Astropig

Let's get the context correct...that comment was referring to infrastructure, roads, etc.  The government built that, not businesses.

honested
honested

@Astropig @honested 

Yo genius, pig.

How many weeks have you supplied payroll to employees?

Now get back to sweeping.

honested
honested

@Astropig @honested @Point 

Pig, we just had a little ground softening rain.

You might want to get off the keyboard and get back to that ditch.