It was very interesting to see Georgia’s term-limited Republican governor, Sonny Perdue, make a recent surprise visit to Bibb County and announce personally that a diaper manufacturer is staying in Macon and 150 additional jobs will be added–and more than 200 jobs saved.
Under Perdue and the state’s conservative leadership , the Peach State’s economy has taken a downward turn, education budgets have been cut, teachers have been furloughed and locally in Macon, the city’s unemployment rate is above the state average at 10.5%.
Sonny Perdue shouldn’t be taking credit in any shape or form of this diaper manufacturer staying open.
One can give praise to Macon’s Chip Cherry and the Macon Chamber of Commerce, but not Sonny Perdue.
Macon Chamber of Commerce President Chip Cherry says they’ve been working for months to get diaper maker First Quality Baby products to not relocate. Cherry says they had to offer the company grants and tax incentives to stay.
Sonny Perdue has done little for Georgia, and after President Barack Obama came into office, the Democrats had passed a federal stimulus package to help small businesses like First Quality Baby Products.
However, in 2009, Perdue started to mimic other obstructionist Republican governors in regard to not accepting the federal stimulus money or attempting to delay certain portions of the stimulus for states in need.
Georgia businesses and government agencies have received $6.8 billion in economic stimulus funds since the program’s inception, according to a federal website.
Perdue’s appearance in Macon is an effort to accept credit for the diaper factory expanding. A clear example of election year politics.
Macon and Bibb County usually votes Democratic in most elections, and I don’t foresee Perdue’s visit to make a difference in November.
However, Perdue’s initial public defiance and skepticism of the $787 billion dollar federal stimulus package should be a clear sign for Bibb County voters to vote Democrat in larger numbers, because a Nathan Deal administration will mean more layoffs, more furloughs and higher unemployment.
Perdue was against the federal stimulus before he was in favor of it. Unfortunately, the photo opportunity in Macon is an example of how things can get twisted.
Some may actually believe Perdue was primarily responsible for this diaper factory staying open and people forget about his public statements in regard to President Obama and the federal stimulus package.
Once again credit goes to Chip Cherry and his staff at the Macon Chamber of Commerce. Governor Perdue should have stayed in Atlanta.