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Gingrey announces run for Senate

Phil Gingrey

Phil Gingrey

AUGUSTA -- A conservative congressman has become the second to enter the 2014 race for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey announced his candidacy in his hometown of Augusta on Wednesday, saying his devotion as a doctor built a further desire for public service.

Seeking to replace the retiring Saxby Chambliss, Gingrey pledged to continue his fight against President Barack Obama's "job-killing" policies, the national debt and government intrusion.

"Georgians are telling me they are frustrated with politics as usual. Each day, they are faced with the tremendous responsibility of having families to feed, bills to pay, and children to raise," said Gingrey, who lives in Marietta. "Yet, most of the folks to whom I listen are concerned for their future. Too many of them know someone who's out of work, has lost their own job, or fear they might. And, they increasingly believe that the opportunity for a better life for their children is slipping away."

But he has hope for the future. "We are Georgians, we are Americans, and we are often at our finest when our back is to the proverbial wall," he said.

Republican Rep. Paul Broun, an Athens doctor whose district includes a portion of Gwinnett, is the only other announced candidate in the race, although Reps. Jack Kingston and Tom Price are considered potential candidates.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 9 months ago

I have seen no ideas from him on how to do things better - and he is one of the Republicans that are blocking things like minimum wage increase which historically can be shown to reduce unemployment. How can he say policies are a failure when Republicans block them or water them down?

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 9 months ago

Minimum wage increases reduce unemployment? Could you share your sources for that information? Actually it leads to more lay-offs especially in this failing economy (for past 4+ years) and no hope or plans to get it growing again. I await your reply.

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trooper59 1 year, 9 months ago

I am afraid you are mistaken. The conclusion that raising minimum wage results in layoffs is a myth. You are only looking at it from the point of view of an employer who sees their cost of business going up.

Ask yourself what motivates a person to work over simply milking unemployment. As it stands working full time at minimum wage only pays out $15,080 a year, which is not a very enticing financial incentive to work and leaves one who is able and willing to work still below the poverty threshold if he or she has a family.

Meanwhile anyone living on $15,080 a year is not spending much of their wages outside of their immediate bills. Boosting that to the point of having some expendable income will potentially allow these workers to patronize the businesses they work for.

But don't take my word for it. There's been one or two studies: http://www.nwlc.org/our-blog/raising-minimum-wage-can-reduce-unemployment

http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events/spring07/pedace/pedace.pdf

http://aneconomicsense.com/2013/03/06/the-impact-of-increasing-the-minimum-wage-on-unemployment-no-evidence-of-it/

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jack 1 year, 9 months ago

I think the jury is still out on this issue.

http://epionline.org/study/r137/
ftp://ftp.iza.org/RePEc/Discussionpaper/dp2570.pdf

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Say_that_again 1 year, 9 months ago

NorcrossDot: There are many articles that explain why minimum wage increase does not lead to increased unemployment. Obviously, you do not like to consider things logically, so you should just research dates and amounts of minimum wage increases and compare that to the unemployment numbers prior to the increase and after the increase. The question should not be if the minimum wage should be increased but you should ask by how much it should be increase for too quick of an increase can lead to excessive inflation but not to worry; no one has proposed an increase that could cause that problem in our current economy.

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Coolray 1 year, 9 months ago

Did he apologize to Rush not asking his permission?

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