Perdue has frequently likened our current situation to that of the Great Depression, citing Governor O. Max Gardner’s leadership during those hard times. Whereas Gardner instilled public confidence by speaking plainly and telling people exactly what the state was facing, Perdue spoke broadly of hard times and tough decisions. Gardner used the opportunity to tell his story the way he wanted it told. Perdue essentially said she would let her budget do the talking when she submitted it next week. Gardner specifically said he would make major changes in state government and then did it. Perdue essentially said the legislature would make the necessary changes pursuant to her budget.