Republican men, including the entire Georgia congressional delegation, have tried to derail or at least slow down the country’s economic recovery.
They surmise you dumb voters’ll blame them dang Democrats if things don’t get better.
I give the intelligence of the average Georgian a lot more credit than the GOB does.
In the five years since Obama took office, Georgians know there have been 47 straight months of job growth, with 8.5 million private sector jobs added to the economy.
The GDP has gone from minus 5.4 percent in January 2009 to plus 4.1 percent today.
The Dow more than doubled, from 7,949 to nearly 16,500 during the same period while consumer confidence rose from 37.7 to 78.1.
The budget deficit is falling faster than at any time since World War II.
Unemployment in January 2009 was nearly 10 percent. Today unemployment is at 6.6 percent. It would be considerably lower, except GOB House Speaker John Boehner is blocking the president’s jobs bill.
These are irrefutable economic facts, and all of it was achieved without the Republican good ol’ boys lifting a finger to help.
But something remarkable is taking place in the Senate, where a record number of 20 bipartisan women are quietly working together to get America’s problems solved.
“One of the things we do a bit better is listen,” explained North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. “(Women senators) look at things a little differently because they’re moms, because they’re daughters who’ve been taking care of senior moms, because they have a different life experience than a lot of senior guys in the room.”
“Although we span the ideological spectrum, we are used to working together,” notes Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
This is why 58 Georgia business leaders, including The Home Depot founder and Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank, are hoping to send Democrat Michelle Nunn to the Senate in November.
They understand tea party nihilism marked by government shutdowns, unhinged rhetoric, debt ceiling brinksmanship, and irrational intransigence is bad for the country and really bad for business.
“(Nunn’s) firm, thoughtful, wise leadership will join a growing voice in Washington,” said Claire Lewis Arnold, CEO of Leapfrog Services, Inc.
Nunn, a ninth-generation Georgian, is the 47-year-old daughter of the universally admired former Sen. Sam Nunn.
The married mother of two from Perry formerly ran the volunteer organization Hands on Atlanta, which merged in 2007 with President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, where Nunn served as CEO.
She says her experiences there taught her the value of collaboration and compromise.
Nunn has been touring the state for months, meeting face-to-face with voters to listen to their concerns.
“Wherever I go in Georgia, people speak of their frustrations with what’s not happening in Washington, that there is a focus on fighting instead of getting things done,” Nunn told the Associated Press.
“Michelle offers a compelling and necessary alternative to more of the same,” said lifelong Republican Jim Grien, CEO of TM Capital Corp. “She’s socially moderate, fiscally conservative, pragmatic and a skilled consensus builder.”
Rep. Paul Broun, a GOB candidate for Senate, condescendingly dismisses Nunn. “Michelle’s daddy couldn’t get elected in Georgia,” he told me.
If he should win election, Broun promises he’ll join forces with Ted Cruz and his tea party allies in the Senate.
But many business men and women know America is governed by consensus, not perpetual conflict and phony crises like those Cruz and other tea partiers have repeatedly manufactured.
“The vast majority of Americans say they don’t want the government to shut down, they want middle ground,” said John Wieland, founder of John Wieland Homes, who has backed Republicans in the past. “Michelle understands that middle ground.”
Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.