Democrats criticize Deal administration's lack of job creation

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Eric Gray, of the Georgia Democratic Party, said Georgia is one of only seven states to lose jobs in 2011.  Gracie Shepherd/Staff
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Eric Gray, of the Georgia Democratic Party, said Georgia is one of only seven states to lose jobs in 2011.

Georgia is ranked 49th in the nation for job creation, and the Richmond County Democratic Party held a news conference Thursday morning criticizing Gov. Nathan Deal and the role his administration has played in Georgia’s economic downturn.

“We used to be an economic engine that drove the region. Now, we are nothing more than a caboose,” said Eric Gray, the communications director for the Georgia Democratic Party.

Georgia is one of only seven states to lose jobs in 2011, he said, and has lost 8,200 jobs so far. Deal made promises on his campaign to “kick-start the economy,” but the results aren’t there, Gray said.

“I challenge him to show us where those jobs are,” Gray said.

Formerly an economic leader in the South, Georgia is trailing the rest of the region, he said.

“When did you ever think that we would have to look up to Alabama or Mississippi?” Gray said. Indiana is the only state doing worse than Georgia on job creation, he added.

Gray said Deal should be hiring more teachers, police officers and firefighters, and urging Georgia businesses to create “green” jobs, bringing in federal funding and working to boost the profile of the region to attract more businesses to the state.

Lowell Greenbaum, the chairman of the county party, said what Gray said will play a major role in the next governor’s election.

“It’s shocking that we’re 49th,” Greenbaum said. “Once industries see that Georgia is ranking so low, they’re going to get suspicious that something is wrong with the area in general.”

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/03/11 - 11:56 am
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It always amazing me that

It always amazing me that some love to criticize when they don't have to produce results. Mr. Gray wants Gov. Deal to hire more teachers, police and firefights.....well so do we, but how are you going to pay their salaries when your city or county is struggling to stay afloat. I'd really like to hear Mr. Gray and Mr. Greenbaum's ideas on how we are to pay to hire more teachers, police, and firefighters.

billcass
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billcass 11/03/11 - 12:45 pm
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Hearing a Democrat lecture on

Hearing a Democrat lecture on job creation is equivalent to hearing Dr. Kevorkian lecture on the hippocratic oath.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/03/11 - 02:17 pm
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Ummm... didn't he inherit a

Ummm... didn't he inherit a bad economy? He has only been governor for a year.

Pure genius.

faithson
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faithson 11/03/11 - 02:31 pm
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Repub's complain about jobs,

Repub's complain about jobs, it's the truth... Demo's complain, they don't know what they are talking about. Get a life people !

allhans
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allhans 11/03/11 - 03:10 pm
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Signs of the times..Local DV

Signs of the times..Local DV super market "these items are EBT approved".

Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/03/11 - 08:15 pm
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faithson, when did the

faithson, when did the economy collapse?

You can't give the president a pass after two years, but blame the governor after one.

dickworth1
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dickworth1 11/04/11 - 06:40 am
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You've got to be kidding me
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You've got to be kidding me that a democrat would blame a person
that has been in office less than a year and the democrats control the
white house and senate in washington. What happen to all the stimulus
money that was to produce jobs and turn this economy around??? Dems need to go back to sleep.

joebowles
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joebowles 11/04/11 - 08:14 am
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What they don't understand is

What they don't understand is that companies are looking for qualified workers and tax incentives. A higher unemployment rate in an area with a good workforce means that a company could come in a hire quality workers......These guys have never run a private business obviously.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/11 - 10:54 am
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Georgia use to be an

Georgia use to be an agricultural economy-we still feed the world pecans and peanuts, but now agriculture is drying up. Now industry is trickling in but we don't have an educated population in line with this growth so many fail and leave. Georgia should invest in planning to recruit biotechnology and technology, and educate the masses specifically to this end. The reason the growth of income in the top 1% is because of two family incomes and their choice of education is in line with technology demands. We should pay heed to the Congressional Budget analysis of why the wealth distribution is so unequal. Technology drove those with the appropriate education skills to flourish. We could do the same.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/04/11 - 10:59 am
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Sorry, Bizkit, but you cannot

Sorry, Bizkit, but you cannot educate the "masses" in biotechnology and technology. Those fields require critical thinking, strong math comprehension, and an organized mind. Very few people have those three things.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/04/11 - 11:16 am
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Cold Fusion cars, that’s what

Cold Fusion cars, that’s what Augusta needs, a cold fusion vehicle plant.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/11 - 11:28 am
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Little Lamb, Believe me I

Little Lamb, Believe me I know exactly what your are talking about. That is why I am presently thinking about changing jobs and careers.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/04/11 - 03:59 pm
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I don't know how democrats
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I don't know how democrats can even open their mouths. they are morally corrupt and bankrupt.

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