Posted: 11:16 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Michelle Nunn’s plan to ‘end government shutdowns’ 

By Greg Bluestein

Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn unveiled a jobs plan Thursday with a heaping of middle-of-the-road ideas and an attempt to reach out to conservatives by promising to simplify business regulations.072414 ELX Senate race ba02

Nunn’s seven-page plan, which you can find here, is another signal that last year’s federal shutdown still looms large in the race for Georgia’s open Senate seat. Republican David Perdue’s pledge to reduce the deficit helped him emerge from a crowded GOP primary, and he’s sought to tie Nunn to “outrageous spending” in Washington.

Nunn pledges to “end government shutdowns and self-inflicted crises” by supporting Sen. Mark Udall’s amendment to require Congress to balance the budget and a “no budget, no pay” law that would block lawmakers from getting paychecks if they fail to pass a spending plan.

The plan, which she outlined at a campaign stop in College Park, includes a promise to support efforts to lower the corporate tax rate and allow small businesses to file for more deductions. She would also push to extend the research and development tax credit and wants Congress to streamline “overlapping and confusing tax benefits” to reduce paperwork.

She said in an interview her plan was “revenue-neutral,” though it’s not clear how that would work and there’s no pricetag for her pledges, which include a push to upgrade aging infrastructure.

Perdue’s campaign said it was a confusing and contradictory document that mimicked some of the Republican’s ideas and ignores the Affordable Care Act. Perdue spokeswoman Megan Whittemore tied the plan to President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

“By talking out of both sides of her mouth on specific policies, Michelle Nunn is simply trying to cover up how she will support Obama and Reid’s liberal policies for bigger government, the disaster that is Obamacare, amnesty and open borders,” said Whittemore.

Parts of Nunn’s plan was rehash from earlier policy positions, such as her push to complete construction of the controversial Keystone Pipeline. She also reiterated her support for a Senate-backed plan (derided by Perdue and other critics as amnesty) that would provide a 13-year path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants.

On that last note, Nunn voiced support for finding ways to smooth the transition of undocumented “Dream Act” students, though it wasn’t specifically mentioned in her jobs program. She talked of meeting with parents in Gainesville who were upset that their childrens’ classmates “hit a wall” after high school.

Said Nunn:

“They hit a wall when they realize that jobs, education, all of that is cut off. That is not in our state’s best interest. It’s not in our community’s best interest. And its not in our nation’s best interest. I do believe that we do need to secure the borders and create a pathway to citizenship that enables people to go to the back of the line, pass background checks, learn English, but have a chance of giving back to their communities.”

 

146 comments
peewilly
peewilly

Moochelle None should plan on a facelift.

NWGAL
NWGAL

I do wonder if the balance the budget fever applies to war time?? It seems every president of both parties has to have a war under his belt. Who will starve, who will be left behind in order to fund these?

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Nunn wants to reform taxes in a revenue-neutral way, spend more on infrastructure, expand Medicaid, and balance the budget.


You'd have to be an idiot to think that can happen.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Another idiot Democrat addressing the symptom rather than the root cause.


The root cause is that government spends too much money.


Fix that so that spending matches revenue or is less than revenue, and no more shutdowns.

NWGAL
NWGAL

The more Nunn talks, the more she sounds like a Republican. In most Blue States, she would be laughed out of the party. But here in Georgia, I can accept a fiscal conservative as long as she isn't a social conservative. Health insurance for the working poor is important. I'm glad she supports ACA. Everyone agrees it needs to be tweaked but I for one would love to see universal coverage. If we can subtract our future retirement income from our paycheck, subtracting for health insurance is a no brainer.

td1234
td1234

Nunn is not a blue dog democrat. Her first first would be to keep Harry Reid the majority leader of the Senate and then she would vote for the Obama agenda 90 plus % of the time. 

td1234
td1234

Nate Silver is out with his first computer model of the Senate races for this year and says Perdue has a 71% chance of winning in Georgia and Republicans have a 65% chance of taking the Senate. 


In more news of the day, Gallop now has Obama approval at 38% the lowest number of his Presidency. 

honested
honested

Well, mcdonnell in Virginia has got his, ol' goat eyes in Wisconsin would spend his 'next term' in jail if the voters were stupid enough to send him back, christie in NJ feels the heat more every day, one can hope that the Feds will get around to announcing shady's indictment any day now.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Wallis T. Cofer is obviously a parody.

Wallis T. Cofer
Wallis T. Cofer

nun is just like obamo an his nanny state, an she will do help the isis people an, rase the defasit, we must not reallleck her and obamo, my frends we must get them out of the ofiss, befor we loose are county

Bernie31
Bernie31

Michelle Nunn Where Do you stand on Medicaid Expansion for Georgia? WHen are you going to call out Governor Deal for his Stubborn refusal of denying this plan of the ACA. When every week we hear of another Republican Governor reversing their stance and position. 


In The Past few Weeks, Two more Republican Governors have broken Ranks with Governor Deal and his Shrinking Base of DENIERS - Tennessee and Pennsylvania.


(http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/09/03/3478259/sates-are-sending-billions-of-taxpayer-dollars-out-of-state/)


As a growing number of conservative states expand their Medicaid programs under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis finds that the states still holding out on expansion will pay out $152 billion to provide insurance for low income Americans in other states with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line.

Taxpayers in five of the biggest non-expansion states — Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia — will have to fork over close to $88 billion through federal taxes to benefit others. Under the law, the federal government picks up the entire cost of expansion through 2016 and up to 90 percent thereafter. As a result, federal dollars will pay for more than 95 percent of the total cost of the Medicaid expansion over the next ten years (from 2015 to 2024).

The findings come from a McClatchy analysis of Urban Institute data. 

“Here is money that is pretty much there for the asking, and these states are turning it down. And in the meantime, their taxpayers are paying taxes that fund expansions in states that are moving forward. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Sherry Glied, the dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, told McClatchy.


Michelle We need to Hear and Know where You Stand!  is it with DEAL or The People?

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Face it, she's a BlueDog, pure and simple. No obfuscation, no lies, just policies that a DINO promotes everyday and unless we want a Republican-led Senate we'll have to get use to it.

DS
DS

@NWGAL

Best way to balance the budget is to get the economy humming again, which would increase tax collections and reduce spending on government assistance programs. We still have way too much idle capacity.

Republicans are in no hurry to do this, however. Current deficits are a handy excuse to cut spending on things they really hate, like government assistance programs.

The funny thing is, government assistance spending would go down anyway with a full economic recovery.

Republican policies are bad for jobs and bad for the economy.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@LilBarryBailout  Speaking of shutdowns what do you think David Perdue is willing to do to repeal ACA?  Businessman David Perdue (R) said his support for last year's government shutdown "speaks for itself," declining to dispute former charity executive Michelle Nunn's (D) characterization of his stance in a Thursday forum. "I think that speaks for itself," Perdue said when asked by a moderator at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce event whether he wanted to dispute Nunn's attacks on his support of the shutdown.  "The situation that we had in Washington was over ObamaCare,"  The Hill August 24, 2014


LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@NWGAL Nunn is neither a social nor fiscal conservative and is therefore a liberal fascist.

DS
DS

@NWGAL

Maybe a moderate Republican circa 1970s. But I don't think there are any left; they've all been driven out of the party. With the Republicans veering to the extreme right, they've left a huge gap in the middle of the political spectrum, a spot which many voters still like, and moderate Democrats are now filling.

Nunn wouldn't be alone. There are other moderate Democrats, like Hagan, Begich, Pryor, Landrieu, Tester, Heitcamp, Warner, Kaine, Manchin, to name a few. Lundergan Grimes too, if she can topple McConnell. 

The Democratic party welcomes these Senators, and Harry Reid supports their determination to vote as their constituents would like.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL What she sounds like is the way her handlers want her to sound. What she believes is a whole different thing. Nunn is a Obama supporting progressive. Her handlers have tested the few issues that will make her appear to be a conservative Democrat with the least heart burn as possible to progressives. As you can tell by the comments this is the case. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@NWGAL Jay had a good column the other day.  Winning is always better than losing, but if the repubs do take the Senate, you can expect them to totally go crazy, so that America gets to finally see what Republicans want to do to us.

And that will help Hillary and ensure a Repubican congress.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 And Sam Wang of Princeton, who did even better than your new hero Nate, is predicting a 65% chance the Dems keep the Senate.  And chances will go up based on the news from Kansas.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@honested - Yep ole Governor Ultrasound and de Wife goin be the newest Guest in Orange!

No more Ms. Clairol hair colorin for these two!  I wonder which one goin Eat one, Furst!

 Dem kind of folks always break under dis kind of pressure....dey can't take it!

Yeh suh...Somebody needs to keep an eye on dem 24/7, an keep em away from All Sharp objects, Rope and de medicine cabinet.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Kamchak Naw..he jest wanna be...He ain't original! and he ain't from round here. he one of dem carpetbaggers. New comers!

HueyMahl
HueyMahl

@EdUktr You are going to love this one:


http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/02/republicans-stumbling-poll-shows-michelle-nunn-leading-georgia-senate-race.html


Note that this poll was done by Republican polling outfit GaPundit.com


A new statewide Georgia poll finds the race between Nathan Deal and Jason Carter for governor - and the race between David Perdue and Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate - remain close and highly competitive three months before the November general election.

The poll, commissioned by WRBL News 3 television, The Ledger-Enquirer newspaper and PMB Broadcasting radio and carried out byGaPundit.com, was released Tuesday. A total of 1,578 likely Georgia voters were polled via an automated phone system on August 24 and 25.

"It is a much more competitive race than anyone thought six months ago," GaPundit.com Editor Todd Rehm told WRBL News 3's Jessi Mitchell Tuesday. "Democrats are at a disadvantage but less of a disadvantage than they have been historically."

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Do you gain some sort of solace from this daily idiocy?

JAWJA
JAWJA

@Wallis T. Cofer Centrist, is that you? Change your name so you don't have to honor your boycott?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Bernie31


Bernie, Michelle Nunn has said several weeks, if not months ago, that she supports the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia, as part of the ACA.

honested
honested

@DirtyDawg 

Well, considering the potential for national disaster with a wrong wing Senate, a blue dog beats the dog on the other side of the ballot.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@DirtyDawg


In Georgia, BlueDog Democrat is the only kind of Democrat that could be elected at this point in Georgia's history, and only that, if enough people turn out to vote a Democratic ticket.  Otherwise, this state will remain Red through and through.  Vote Democratic in November

td1234
td1234

@DS @NWGAL The same way Conservative Democrats have been driven out of the Democratic party. When Clinton was President there was a conservative Democratic caucus in the HOR's that were the majority of the house and the progressive caucus had less than 20 members. What does the house look like today? 

NWGAL
NWGAL

@DS @NWGAL The Democrats have never been as monolithic as the Republicans have been of late. In the past, I have voted for Republicans if they seemed the better candidate.  But now Republicans all seem crazy, intent on crippling the government. And those who probably do have some good sense have to act crazy to get elected. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

What she believes is a whole different thing. 

Got proof?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @NWGAL 

handlers

The little woman just can't be expressing her real beliefs, right?  She is a chick, after all, so someone has to be telling her what to say, right?

EdUktr
EdUktr

@StraightNoChaser

Haven't yet seen the New York Times editor take back his newspaper's analysis of Nunn's chances. Have you?

Wallis T. Cofer
Wallis T. Cofer

@Bernie31 my hole life, I live here in, newton county, 74 yeres my frend, marry for 52 yeres before my wife pass on, mark my words the u,s,a, was, a diffrint plase wen I was a boy, it was not nanny state, now isis choppen good hard workin, wites heds off, an obamo do nothin,

fez
fez

@Bernie31 @Wallis T. Cofer I fear it's just another handle for resident troll Barves, Flacons, Joe T, JoeTess, and whatever else he's calling himself these days.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MaryElizabethSings @Bernie31 - Has Michelle called Out Governor Deal's refusal in doing so? or has she just issued a statement of support of the ACA Medicaid Expansion Program?

You know there is difference in Calling a Spade a Spade. You can say You support something or a program. It is something Totally different to Go Before A Camera and a People and Tell another Leader he is wrong in his decision to deny Healthcare for the most Vulnerable.

Your statement is reflects the same ole TWO STEP Mayor Of Atlanta Kasim Reed has been Playing with the Citizens of Atlanta and Georgia with Governor DEAL.

Kasim will tell you he supports the Program..But Kasim has yet to go before the People and Call on Governor Deal to Change his mind and make a Case for it.

During the T-SPost campaign Run. If you remember We could not get through the Day without seeing Kasim's UGLY MUG, advocating for its support on behalf of Corporate Georgia. 

On this very important issue for Tens of Thousands of POOR Atlantan's as well as other Georgians. Kasim and many others are Quiet as a Church Mouse.

I suspect Michelle is taking the same lead as Kasim......  Why are these Georgia Politicians, SO AFRAID of Nathan DEAL?

Is Nathan that Powerful I ask of YOU? or anyone who could shed some Light on this issue.

td1234
td1234

@honested @DirtyDawg Nunn is a Obama, Reid progressive that is attempting to hide her views to make it appear she is a blue dog. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

@CherokeeCounty You can point out the sexism and he still doesn't see it. Sad, really, being that oblivious.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty @td1234 @NWGAL How sweet of you in your feeble attempt to turn my comments into some type of sexism BS. 


Nunn is just like her idol Obama. She was a blank slate that the handlers have shaped into some type of politico with no opinions except the ones fed to her by political operatives. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Wallis T. Cofer @Bernie31 - Yer Head needs choppin off and donated to sciennce fer studyin why yer is so so stupid. Cause yer ain't using yer head fer nuthin anyway....its just a place fer yer to slip sumpin threw dem Flapppin Gums Yer gots, that ain't gots no teefus!

Yes  de worms is waitin fer yer too an it won't be long either! Yer in Bad health and yer kids don't visit and yer grandkids say yer smell bad.

Yew is FUBAR! and yer know what dat mean....Heh...heh..heh.