We're very excited this week to bring to you another candidate for the 2010 Georgia Governor Race. This week's candidate is Al Bartell. Mr. Bartell stands out this year as the state's only Independent candidate vying for the post of Governor. It's our pleasure to bring this exclusive interview to you, the people of Georgia. Our hope is that we can help you, the people, make up your own mind about the issues and what will make sense for you and the state.
Examiner: Mr. Bartell, thanks so much for being with us. My first question is about jobs, of course. On your campaign site, you speak of an international commitment as helping to provide a framework for strategic economic development. What does that mean and precisely how do you plan to attract economic development to the state?
Al Bartell: The goal of economic development strategy is currently based on resource allocation- but economies around the world are based on distribution of communication. We think Georgia can be a development opportunity for communications around the world. Georgia can be a base for developing and exporting that technology. Those kinds of communication technology jobs can be a base for jobs in Georgia, as well as provide communication technology strategies for growing economies around the world. Georgia revenue economy can be based on that strategy.
We have seven planning commission districts in Georgia. They each must submit to the Governor’s Department of Community Affairs a reliable strategic plan that includes economic development. The human resource and jobs development strategies are based on obsolete manufacturing outcomes. What is available as future job production outcomes are not manufacturing but technology strategies. Communications technology job production outcomes can supply overseas markets and those jobs can be located here in Georgia. The communications industries can produce jobs in urban, suburban and rural Georgia.
Examiner: What is the place for labor? Will development simply be for those at the top? What will be the precise opportunities for labor?
Al Bartell: Labor must be willing to update its obsolete practices for human resource development based on job protection rather than job creation. HR opportunities are currently more plentiful at the top then the bottom, we want to invert that. Labor must invest in resource development the same way it currently invests in R&D development. Labor hesitates investing into job creation because of the excessive demand for immediate short term return on the investment. More contemporary strategies are available that can substantiate the investment is a long term strategy and is equally reliable as short term human resource investments.
Budget for manufacturing, R&D and product distribution has increased. We need more HR development at the bottom of the scale. Long term human resource investments would increase opportunities for bottom up employee mobility. Human resource development based on evolving technologies rather than declining manufacturing is significantly more reliable and sustainable in current global economic trends.
Examiner: What do you propose to do about taxes? What should the working class and the poor pay relative to the rich as a percentage?
Al Bartell: Currently the tax strategy is one size fits all, that won’t work anymore. We need different taxation strategies for the 12 regions of the nation. We can’t tax the southeast region the same as the northeast, which is based on manufacturing not small and medium sized businesses. We need to restructure to a regional tax strategy for the nation as opposed to one size fits all.
For Georgia, the taxing of assets and amount of profit that can be made from the production of goods and services is a disadvantaged tax strategy for small businesses. Farmers are not able to go from growers to small businesses because of the tax laws for small businesses. We must redesign the system to allow farmers to transition from growers to small businesses. States in the south can develop small businesses as a growth strategy. Under the current system, states in the south are suffering and we can’t take advantage of the corporate human capital model not suited for the southern region.
Additionally, tax strategies are based on corporate ownership and cumulative asset management systems. Those tax assessment systems favor the incorporated and the rich. A contemporary small business tax system needs to now be implemented given that most poor and working class citizens work not for corporations, but small businesses across America and specifically Georgia.
Examiner: You’ve worked with the Juvenile Justice System. In what ways would you work to improve what we’re doing in regards to preventive measures? It costs less to send a young man to Harvard than prison so what initiatives might we see in the future that would help change the cost structure and incarceration rates?
Al Bartell: The statistical analysis 15 years ago about the impacting structure of crime and punishment was designed on warehousing. Decisions and crime reduction strategies are based on obsolete data that favor human warehousing rather than human development to prevent recidivism. We now have to design a justice system that includes developing human resources. You’re right, it does cost less to send a young man to Harvard than prison. So why couldn't we design a system that makes warehousing obsolete as a model and move toward a system based on HR development? This could decrease the recidivism rate by 15-18 percent in the next 5 years.
Examiner: In seeking to sure up the state’s budget, what’s your strategy? If you are seeking to make cuts, where would those cuts be?
Al Bartell: We’d want to make cuts in the communication of daily operations. Burning up paper, man hours etc is one of greatest stresses on the state budget. If we redesign communication, having people communicate with system-based methodologies rather than an individual manpower approach we’d do well. We could cut the state budget by 12-14 percent. Right now we’re running a 20 percent deficit. We have technology in place for a manager to communicate with five or six divisions and several different departments by simply pressing a button on computer. Yet, we still have systems in place where we call a meeting for fifteen people and pass out fifteen pieces of paper and have them send out emails to people then have a meeting about the email sent out then have another meeting about the email just sent out. Not only are we wasting money on resources, but this is costing us man-hours in the hundreds for what could be done in two hours tops.
Examiner: What should Georgia do about healthcare?
Al Bartell: Georgia should not implement a one size fits all healthcare initiative. Atlanta’s needs are different even from other counties in the state. The current model is from the 20’s. We need the public/private sector to partner. Right now the private sector lobby is so strong we’ve not been able to overcome it. First, we need a reliable, community-based advocacy to disband the one size fits all pushed by private sector lobbies.
We also need to have a community-based advocacy to resist implementation of public option. It’s merely the private sector using policy makers to push their own agenda. Research shows both public and private models are still based on the principle that one size fits all. It limits people that can be serviced by the model. If we moved from one size fits all, we would move healthcare services from 20-30 percent to as much as 70 percent.
Examiner: How do we pay for that?
Al Bartell: It takes less money to design a diversified model than one that amasses mass resources to sustain a one size fits all. We could decrease by 18-25 percent the costs of the current model by implementing a diversified model.
Examiner: Thanks so much Mr. Bartell.
Join us next week for the Friday Policy Plug when our guest will be Democratic candidate David Poythress.