Thursday, July 8, 2010

Handel Links Barnes Plans for Georgia to "Obamanomics" in Washington

Says Nation may survive the Obama Presidency, but Georgia Cannot Afford Roy Barnes at the same time.

Former Secretary of State and candidate for Governor Karen Handel today said Roy Barnes would bring high tax and big spending "Obamanomics" to Georgia. Handel blasted Barnes' latest campaign proposals to turn state government into a jobs program and increase spending by more than $2 billion per year as bringing a failed "Washington, D.C. Approach to Georgia's challenges."

Media reports over the weekend calculated the cost of all of Barnes' campaign promises at between $2.2 and $2.4 billion. [SOURCE: Savannah Morning News, July 3, 2010] That would be a massive increase in the size of what is now a $18 billion budget. Since he has no proposals to pay for it, one has to assume that the taxpayers will get stuck with the bill.

Additionally, Barnes launched a TV ad last week claiming that he will use taxpayer dollars to hire 10,000 workers to make government buildings more energy efficient. This is a Georgia spinoff of Obama's Washington, D.C. plan, and Barnes claims the energy savings would pay for the effort, but that return would be 10-15 years away. Who foots the bill until then? Georgia taxpayers.

"Roy Barnes wants to bring Obamanomics to Georgia," Handel said. "He apparently shares President Obama's beliefs that higher taxes and bigger government are the answer to our economic difficulties. I think most Georgians agree with me that lower taxes and smaller government allow the private sector to create jobs and grow the economy."

Handel is the only candidate in the race for Governor who has actually made real and permanent cuts to an agency she headed. As Secretary of State, she cut nearly 20% of her budget and permanently downsized the department. She has said that she will do the same as Governor: make targeted cuts of at least 10% to the size of state government, saying that "government is not a jobs program."

"President Obama is leading this nation in exactly the wrong direction and Roy Barnes is, sadly, campaigning as his willing accomplice," Handel said. "The nation may survive the Obama presidency – even if it sets us back a decade in economic progress – but Georgians cannot afford Roy Barnes and his big spending, big government plans at the same time."
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