Lee Anderson takes aim at John Barrow at Columbia County GOP breakfast

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 3:14 PM
Last updated Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 2:48 AM

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will visit Columbia County in Octo­ber to help Republican candidate Lee Anderson in his bid to unseat Demo­cratic incumbent John Barrow for the 12th Congressional District seat.

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12th Congressional District candidate Lee Anderson talks with Columbia County Commissioner Trey Allen after the county Republican Party breakfast meeting.  SCOTT ROUCH/STAFF
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12th Congressional District candidate Lee Anderson talks with Columbia County Commissioner Trey Allen after the county Republican Party breakfast meeting.

Anderson made the announcement at Saturday’s GOP breakfast at Fatz Cafe in Evans.

“Oct. 15th, we will have the speaker here,” Anderson said.

“Speaker Boe­hner will be here in Columbia County, helping me, helping us take over District 12. We’re excited about it.”

In remarks to a group of about 30 people, Anderson continued to question why his Democratic opponent will not publicly declare that he is voting for President Obama in November.

“My opponent has not yet to say that he is going to vote for Obama,” Anderson said. “I’m here to tell you, I’m going to vote for Mitt Romney.”

Anderson also emphasized the need to get government out of businesses and let businesses create jobs.

“Government was formed to protect the people, not create jobs,” he said.

He was also critical of federal health care reform.

“John Barrow has never voted to repeal Obamacare,” he said.

Anderson, a former Columbia County Commission member and state representative, said he was glad for the chance to speak to the group.

“This is family; this is where I grew up; this is home,” Anderson said.

“As I’ve said, I’ve always ran on Louisville Road as an elected official, as a candidate. Never lived nowhere else, never plan on living nowhere else. I believe in serving the people and being accessible.”

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wildman
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wildman 09/22/12 - 04:01 pm
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Same Old Stuff

I tend to vote for a conservative but I'm really having a hard time supporting Lee Anderson. I don't see much in either candidate, Anderson appears to be focused on one thing and Barrow, enough said. I would like to see the two square off in a debate but I don't think that will happen. Oh well.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/22/12 - 04:57 pm
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Let's face it,

Anderson is a big-government Republican. We have learned that that is not good.

socks99
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socks99 09/22/12 - 05:37 pm
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“Government was formed to

“Government was formed to protect the people, not create jobs,” he said.

Pertinent observation from the would-be Congressman and a distinct contrast with Barrow's "Big Government" solutions to all problems. Strictly-speaking, government spending is "all consumption" and can at best create temporary, unsustainable bubbles in asset prices; America needs to return to an honest economy not the Greenspan/Bernanke bubble economy. Time, after all, to take the punch bowl away, and build real, sustainable economic prosperity!

Frank I
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Frank I 09/22/12 - 05:47 pm
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He talks big game...

He talks big game when he's among friends in a safe environment, but refuses to debate in a public forum against Barrow. "“As I’ve said, I’ve always ran on Louisville Road as an elected official, as a candidate. Never lived nowhere else, never plan on living nowhere else." As evidenced by his manipulation of the English language, I'm sure it's because he knows he'd be destroyed...

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/22/12 - 05:55 pm
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Mr. Anderson, you just can't

Unpublished

Mr. Anderson, you just can't run on an anti-Obama crusade alone.
Your inability to orally communicate would be a real problem in Washington....though it may get you by on the farm.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/22/12 - 06:56 pm
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My Goodness...the man's illiterate.

As I’ve said, I’ve always ran on Louisville Road as an elected official, as a candidate. Never lived nowhere else, never plan on living nowhere else. I believe in serving the people and being accessible.”

ralph101
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ralph101 09/22/12 - 07:05 pm
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Anderson

Lee Anderson looks corrupt and sounds corrupt. I don't think it's hard to see he's corrupt. The guy is avoiding debating the issues for one single reason: he doesn't want to explain to the voters how he will protect middle class families (like his party's desire to get rid of farm subsidies). The Fair Tax he supports is a 23% national sales tax on EVERY purchase (no more mortgage tax credit, child tax credit, farm tax credits, etc). The problem in Washington is not Democrats or Republicans, but politicians who vote what is BEST for them. That is what Anderson delivers. It's all about HIM.

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Dixieman 09/22/12 - 08:13 pm
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Sigh.

I will hold my nose and vote for him. And he will win in the newly-designed district. Then I will hope and pray for the best.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/22/12 - 08:25 pm
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Uninformed

Ralph, you have not yet grasped the concept of the Fair Tax. You posted:

The Fair Tax he supports is a 23% national sales tax on EVERY purchase (no more mortgage tax credit, child tax credit, farm tax credits, etc).

In the first place, the things you list are for the most part income tax deductions or exemptions, not credits. But the reason they are going to disappear under the Fair Tax is because the Fair Tax replaces the income tax. If there is no more income tax, then it is a no brainer that there will be no more income tax deductions, income tax exemptions, income tax credits. Duh.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/22/12 - 08:41 pm
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I could just smack Wright and

I could just smack Wright and Ric Allen's heads together.

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Retired Army 09/22/12 - 08:54 pm
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Willow Bailey09/22/12 - 08:41 pm

Not Wright and Allen, but the foolish Republicans who crossed over in the primaries to try and disrupt the Democratic ticket. Had they stayed home Anderson, would now be history and quite possibly Richard Roundtree's ambition thwarted.

Blame goes where it belongs on this one. And the citizens of the CSRA could be the poorer for it no matter which party you adhere to.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/22/12 - 09:10 pm
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RA, I get your point., but

RA, I get your point., but the smacking still stands. The both of them behaved in ways that were detrimental to both campaigns and as to the rest, I can't blame Roundtree on them. That prize goes to others.

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myfather15 09/23/12 - 01:50 am
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Lee Anderson is an

Lee Anderson is an embarassment!! He needs to say on the farm. This is going to be a hard election to vote in. I just can't see me voting for Lee Anderson and I know him pretty well. But I certainly WILL NOT vote for John Barrow. Dang, do I wish we had a better candidate.

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Techfan 09/23/12 - 08:34 am
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"Strictly-speaking,

"Strictly-speaking, government spending is "all consumption" and can at best create temporary, unsustainable bubbles in asset prices". Unless, of course, you own an arms manufacturing corporation. The funding is unsustainable but it is far from temporary.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/23/12 - 08:42 am
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AND every service under the

AND every service under the unFair Tax, don't forget that. You just created a 30% instant inflation rate on every product and service.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/23/12 - 10:59 am
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That's right tech...on EVERY

That's right tech...on EVERY product and service....for EVERYONE....not just the 53%

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dichotomy 09/23/12 - 03:08 pm
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Anderson may be uncouth, but

Anderson may be uncouth, but he is not illiterate. Nor is he uneducated. Hopefully he is not a deceitful liar like Barrow.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/23/12 - 03:16 pm
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Everyone pays federal taxes

Everyone pays federal taxes. You're referring to income taxes. The unFair Tax is just a scam to let the top few percent accrue unlimited tax free wealth while crippling the middle class and working folks. The extremely poor come out ok, it's just everyone except the very top and the very bottom that get shafted. Of course, the 30% is just what they guesstimate. It's supposed to be revenue neutral so those folks may end up paying 50% or more of their income. Say you have a couple with one child and each adult earns $10.00 an hour. That's $41,600 a year. Add the unFair tax prebate of $6,049 and you get $47,649. It takes all of their income just to get by. They pay a tax rate of 30% (actually more due to excise taxes and state taxes). You're getting close to them paying a 30% tax rate when they didn't have very much to begin with. Now lets use Mitt. He actually made more, but we'll use his AGI average of $22.5 million a year. It may cost him $2 million to live, so he pays an 8% tax rate. We have more wealth concentrated at the top since the 1920's. The unFair Tax will only increase this concentration.

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nanowerx 09/24/12 - 07:22 am
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Is Anderson serious

Really? He is making a big deal that Barrow hasn't announced who he is voting for? I had no idea this information was pertinent in fixing our economy or eliminating pork. Anderson can't stick to the issues because then people will see that he isn't small government, less spending type of Republican.

I have been to countless GOP meetings in Columbia County hearing this man speak and it appalls me that he even got the nomination at all. He simply cannot speak and I don't even think he knows what his policies are. People like Anderson make the south look bad.

I would have happily voted for Allen or McLeod against Barrow, but with Lee Anderson, Barrow just secured a vote from me. I'd rather have a small government Democrat than a big Government Republican any day of the week.

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