During the month of August, I traveled to all corners of Georgia holding town hall meetings, speaking to community groups and visiting some of our state's fine educational institutions such as Georgia Southern University, Mercer University and the University of Georgia. I heard from Georgians about many federal issues, and at the top of the list was the concern we all share over the looming fiscal cliff, jobs, the economy and the national debt, which hit the unfortunate milestone of $16 trillion on Sept. 4, 2012. If you're interested in quantifying just how much $1 trillion is, please click here to read my speech on the issue.
I also joined Sen. Chambliss in holding events at military installations in Georgia, including events in Albany, Columbus, Marietta, Augusta and Warner Robins, to continue the discussion on sequestration and the dangerous effects it could have on our military. Congress has the ability to take action between now and the end of the year to prevent these potentially devastating automatic spending cuts from taking place on Jan. 1, 2013.
Last week, the Department of Labor reported that the country added a meager 96,000 jobs last month, marking 43 straight months under President Obama with unemployment over 8 percent. Our leader in the White House should empower small businesses to hire new workers -- not make it more costly and difficult to do business.