During the 2014 Gubernatorial campaign the loudest and most often repeated mantra that was repeated ad nauseam by the Deal campaign was that Georgia was #1 for business. Even now you still see tweets and other comments by Cagle and other Deal operatives that repeat this lie.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebels
The quote from above by the Nazi war propaganda minister was uttered in German and not English but the translation conveys the point. The Deal campaign repeated that lie so often and are still repeating it, that I actually think they are starting to believe it themselves. It simply isn’t even close to being true.
They used as proof a magazine with practically no subscribers called Site Selection and Georgia taxpayers paid $134,000 for that honor. But when people complained that this unknown magazine didn’t mean squat especially after the $134,000 bribe for that honor it looked like Deal’s honor was salvaged thanks to a CNBC report that also named Georgia as #1 for business. Not so fast….
The CNBC report also seemed very suspicious. Their report used Deal cronies and donors for their data as reported by the AJC. CNBC used data from two politically motivated groups to create their rankings. the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. These groups are mainly if not exclusively interested in low taxes and low cost of doing business not any any other metrics that matters to the workers or the overall economy of the state as a whole.
Rest assured if Bangladesh were a state they would have won the CNBC award as #1 for business as well since they would be the cheapest to do business in by far. That seems to be the only criteria they care about. Nathan Deal has done his best to turn Georgia into the Bangladesh of the U.S.
Georgia is the state where workers have to make up the shortfall for all these tax breaks given to companies. The middle class are getting the shaft while billionaires ask for shiny new stadiums with taxpayer help.
Deal has certainly done his best to lay out the red carpet to businesses by letting them off the hook for taxes while sticking it to the middle class. In fact Copart, the company that took Nathan Deal from pauper to millionaire still owes around $74 million in taxes! How’s that for a kick in the ass to Georgia taxpayers.
Since my last articles on this subject, both Bloomberg and Forbes have released their own lists. Georgia is not number #1 on either list and in fact Georgia didn’t even make the top 10 on Forbes. The Bloomberg link didn’t include any other states besides California as #1 so I do not have a list of the other states. I will contact the author and ask if he can provide that data.
Forbes Top 10 list is as follows. Noticeably absent is Georgia. I think the millions of people in Georgia struggling are far more interested in being #1 in education, healthcare, quality of life, unemployment, life expectancy, incomes, and things that actually affect people’s lives. Average people aren’t all that concerned with the cheapest corporate tax rate.
Hey Governor Deal, where does Georgia rank on all of those lists?
- North Dakota
- North Carolina