Facing off with his gubernatorial opponents during a televised debate onSaturday, Libertarian candidate for Georgia Governor, John Monds, warned voters to expect nothing new from either Democratic candidate Roy Barnes or Republican candidate Nathan Deal.
During the debate, which was televised by WSB-TV and held in Atlanta, Mr. Monds emphasized that a free market approach to spurring job creation in Georgia was needed. “To grow jobs, you have to get government out of the way,” said Mr. Monds, an African American from Grady County. Government has been involved in areas it shouldn’t be in and needs to focus on greater efficiency in its management, according to Mr. Monds.
Offering nothing new on the economy may not be something that Georgians want to hear. As of September 2010, Georgia’s unemployment rate, as reported by the Georgia Department of Labor, stood at 10%, which is above the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent. Between September 2009 and September 2010, Georgia has lost 22,400 jobs.
In addition, seven of Georgia’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas showed job growth between September 2009 and September 2010. The private sector, specifically the services industry, led growth in the MSAs reporting job growth during that period.
Blacks in Georgia, given historically higher unemployment rates both in the state and nationwide, may be keenly interested in distinguishing between the economic platforms of each candidate prior to tomorrow’s election.
While Mr. Monds emphasized a free market approach to solving Georgia‘s unemployment problem, former governor Roy Barnes emphasized increasing educational levels and providing benefits to companies located in Georgia that hire Georgia citizens. Mr. Deal, a former U.S. Congressman, emphasized cutting business taxes as the primary tool for spurring job growth.