- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a Georgia Tech graduate, I honestly believe Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal hit the nail on the head when he described the economic implications that Obamacare will have on the state I used to call home (“Georgia’s budget can’t take Obamacare,” Commentary, Friday).

For example, the state’s public schools are some of the worst in the country. However, in an effort to support those individuals who succeed in the classroom, the state-funded HOPE Scholarship covers tuition at public universities — so long as students maintain a certain grade-point average. My best friend was one of the Georgians who benefited, and in turn, he graduated with honors in engineering, worked for Lockheed Martin and now is working with Teach for America in Texas, where he works with at-risk and underprivileged teenagers, similar to those with whom he grew up.

My friend probably would have never been able to afford college without that scholarship, which is now threatened by a huge welfare budget that does not educate future generations or get people back to work. The state has worked hard to be fiscally prudent and attract new business, but Obamacare, Medicaid expansion and constricted economic growth will potentially make those efforts all for naught. Georgians deserve better.

JOSHUA KRISINGER

Burke, Va.

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