With Tennessee's Chattanooga sprawling over the border and a lot of "our" people in Georgia, it is natural for many Chattanoogans to feel that Georgia's U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Georgia's U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss are somewhat "our" senators, too, along with Tennessee's U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Lamar Alexander.
With Sen. Isakson up for re-election this year, he stopped by the Times Free Press yesterday to discuss the many issues that affect Georgia, Tennessee and our nation as a whole.
Because of Sen. Isakson's long record of good, sound, sensible, conservative public service, we are pleased to have the opportunity to encourage our Georgia neighbors to re-elect him this year.
Sen. Isakson is unopposed in the Republican primary July 20. Two Democrat candidates are seeking their party's nomination to run against Sen. Isakson in November's general election.
Because of Sen. Isakson's good record as a financial conservative, who has a long record of responsible service in all other respects, there is no need to look further.
Sen. Isakson opened a small, family real estate business in 1967. He entered politics in 1974 as an elected member of the Georgia General Assembly, and served three years as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education.
He was elected to Congress as a member of the House of Representatives in 1999. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Sen. Isakson looks at the $13 trillion national debt in dismay. He wants to hold the line on taxes and expand the economy for the benefit of our people.
What about the recently enacted ObamaCare socialized medicine bill? He noted that some of its bad effects will not really hit until 2014 -- though he believes many Americans are already saying, "Oh my goodness, I can't believe what we did!"
Sen. Isakson said, "We don't have a revenue problem -- we have a spending problem."
He sees us as being in "the most pervasive recession of our life," which will require "five to seven years to recover." As a fiscal conservative, he wants to react responsibly.
Sen. Isakson also is worried about illegal immigration, is interested in Georgia water use and availability, and sees possibilities for speedy rail service through Chattanooga.
Sen. Isakson is a fine senator of good service and responsibility. We are fortunate to have the opportunity for Georgians to re-elect him enthusiastically.