In one month, Georgia voters will take to the polls and elect the next Governor. When Governor Sonny Perdue was elected eight years ago, he was the first Republican Governor since Reconstruction. This upset toppled Democratic Governor Roy Barnes. Now he is running again to reclaim his seat. Will Georgia voters return to a Democrat as Governor?
One thing that intrigues me are the feelings of helplessness throughout Georgia. Unemployment numbers are climbing again and have continually surpassed the national level. Teachers are afraid, as more cuts slash into their incomes and positions. The elderly have a hard time making ends meet, as prices climb. Even churches feel the crunch. No income means no tithes.
Helpless Parent and Georgia Voter
Education in Georgia is my primary concern when casting my November vote. As a parent, I feel helpless when it comes to the chaos in Georgia’s educational system. Disgruntled, I removed my son for a few years to homeschool and see if anything improves. We are a middle income family, have a mortgage, car payments and we are trying to feed our family. We do not have money for private school.
But Nathan Deal did. He sent all four children to private school. He claims to support public education. I have to doubt that-he has never been so famous or well known in North Georgia that his children would have suffered some ominous threat. He simply felt public education was not up to the standards he wanted for his kids. And this was over a decade ago. Things are much worse now. Parents and teachers feel helpless over Georgia’s schools.
Helpless Child and Georgia Voter
As helpless as I feel as a Georgia parent, I feel equally despondent as a Georgia daughter who votes. I have an elderly mother who has to watch every penny. She goes through mounds of paperwork and telephone calls every time she has a prescription filled or sees her doctor. She searches the lowest bargains to stretch her Social Security income.
Along with her, I have seen competition dry up in our small mill town north of Atlanta. With less competition, prices rise. She is not alone as most of her friends are in the same boat. They are widows on limited incomes. We desire to help her, but we barely make ends meet ourselves. We are frugal to an extraordinary degree. Widows in Georgia feel helpless.
Helpless Sibling and Georgia Voter
Like me, my sister has Type 2 Diabetes. Unlike me, she has no health insurance. She receives care at our local health department. Both Deal and Barnes have distanced themselves from the issue, less they be labeled ‘Obamacare’ guys. I personally have reservations with the agenda. Yet, whether or not we disagree with it, Barnes or Deal will have to address it.
My sister does not have insurance because her husband lost his job. He, like countless other Georgians, searched for a year to find employment. My sister is now labeled with a pre-existing condition. They did not opt for COBRA because it cost more than the unemployment check. She schedules an appointment three months in advance to see a nurse practitioner. People in Georgia without proper health insurance and health care feel helpless.
Which Candidate Will Empower Georgia’s Citizens?
We feel helpless as citizens, voters and taxpayers. We understand that elections cost money, but feel disgruntled when we see millions of campaign dollars being tossed about. Georgia voters feel helpless when loved ones cannot secure a job at the local fast food joint. We feel helpless when our kids suffer for years in dismal schools. We feel helpless when we see elderly mothers struggling to pay for home repairs but cannot spare a dime ourselves. So will it be Nathan Deal in a month? The man who squanders millions on business ventures and may lose his multi-million dollar home? Will Roy Barnes follow through on his promises to correct devastating changes in our schools? In one month, we will discover the life differences and consequences one state election will dictate.
Sources: Roy Barnes for Governor, Nathan Deal for Governor, WDEF-12 Chattanooga: Deal and Barnes Debate Education, Georgia Department of Labor