ATLANTA – Unemployment is through the roof, and the unemployed are asking, “Where are those jobs Obama was going to create?” But Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal aren’t really asking that question. They are, instead, asking which is most important to Georgia voters: jobs or education, according to the AJC Political Insider, Jim Galloway. This OpEd piece will take a look at both their positions, paraphrasing their main points.
Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates on jobs
Roy Barnes says that without jobs there will be no education, on the one hand. On the other he wants to take away school voucher money to pay teachers so they don’t have to suffer furloughs when the rest of the state is suffering job loss altogether.
Nathan Deal says that Georgia needs to focus on boths: jobs and education. He says that we should leave the school voucher money alone, as it belongs to taxpaying citizens any way and can only put a Band-aid on the furlough issue, at best. Deal thinks that creating jobs will, thus, take care of education.
Who is right? Which comes first: education or jobs?
President Obama hasn’t been able to create jobs, so how could these two candidates’ approach work, one could ask? And I did. If Georgia did as Democrat Roy Barnes wants, $50 million dollars would go back into big government’s kitty and state school teachers would get the largesse of that, along with some other things Roys said he wanted to do with that money. What things, I don’t know.
I don’t see how that can create jobs, and I think that settles the egg question of which comes first to the former governor of Georgia. All that does is strip school children of getting to leave schools that aren’t performing as they should so the higher education teachers at colleges don’t have to take four or five days off without pay this next year.
Nathan Deal says that he wouldn’t touch the $50 million dollars–a commitment to Georgia’s youth is a commitment to Georgia’s youth. He also says that he is as concerned about Georgia’s teachers not having to take furloughs too, but adults have to pay the price for our poor economy: not the children.
Deal also says that he can create jobs in Georgia and one of the things he would do to that end is cut taxes. He says the Obama administration’s desire to tax everybody isn’t going to serve Georgia well, as people who are taxed to death can’t “stimulate” the economy or create jobs.
Source also used: “Do jobs fuel education, or does education fuel jobs,” AJC.com