Jobs and the Economy
Washington must do away with the idea that it can create jobs. Small businesses are the backbone of our country, and they will be the sustainable job creators that will turn our economy around. Washington must create an environment that develops and encourages small businesses to be started and to grow, which includes reducing the bureaucracy and overhauling our tax system.
Fiscally Responsible Government
We are currently spending away our children’s and grandchildren’s future; the further into debt we go, the further from realizing the American Dream they will be. Washington must work with a balanced budget, just like every hard-working American family, and that begins with tackling the problem of rampant government spending.
Our children need a world-class education if we hope to ever sustain economic growth. To do that, we must return control to the local level because national education reforms have only created excessive red tape and led to stagnant results and underperforming students. The federal government has created the current state of our education system, and it’s time to put it back in the hands of the people that understand our children: their teachers.
Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. I believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. I believe abortion is wrong, period.
Reasonable and effective immigration policies have long been ignored by Washington; instead we are hammered with empty talking points and no action. The time for true reform is now.
We need better enforcement of current immigration laws by the federal government and real efforts to secure our borders. We need to untangle the immigration mess created by government regulation of farm larbor so that farmers don't have to cut through red tape just to hire legal workers, whether domestic or immigrant. Farmers work hard to provide our crops and they are Georgia's largest economic strength; it is our job to support them.
Common sense must prevail in the immigration debate when it comes to reform and enforcement. By doing so, we can produce a growing economy that is efficient and beneficial to consumers, growers, and workers. That is why I am committed to making reasonable and effective immigration reform a priority.
I will continue to support Georgia's farmers, and work towards fixing Washington's failures in immigration. It's time to move beyond the rhetoric; it is time to act.
Repeal of Obamacare
Obamacare is a threat to the recovery of our country's economy. I will work with other members of Congress to repeal it and ensure the world's premier healthcare system is not dismantled by government regulation and interference.
Within Obamacare there are provisions that will stifle our ability to grow and strengthen the economy. There are thresholds that will cause small businesses to cut employees and curb growth in order to avoid the burdensome costs of government mandated coverage. States will bear the burden of adding millions of people to their already packed Medicaid rolls. Private insurers will be forced to close because they would be unable to compete with the government-subsidized plans.
Forcing companies and individuals to depend solely on government coverage is dangerous to taxpayers, patients, providers, and, most importantly, the quality of healthcare we should expect and deserve. The government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.
Energy and Fuel Prices
The need for energy security is a vital component of our national and economic security as we work to move out of this great recession.
The Keystone Pipeline is but one common sense strategy that the current administration is avoiding, and Congress should push harder for its passage. This project will provide our country much needed jobs, a friendly source of oil, and lower fuel prices across the nation. When elected, I will work to ensure this project is approved and allow our country to begin seeing the benefits.
We must also work to find other sources of domestic oil that will provide America a safe and secure energy source as well as jobs in parts of our country hardest hit by the recession. In Georgia we are able to utilize sustainable and readily available alterative fuels, but government regulations have limited the use of this viable resource and prevented projects that would employ Georgians from ever starting.
We as a country must look within our borders – not other countries – for energy solutions that will benefit us now and in the future. In doing so, we will strengthen not only our economy but our national security as well.
Washington, because of drastic cuts in the budget, has put our country on a path that will decrease our national defense budget to levels not seen since before September 11.
This will set-back our advances on the War on Terror, embolden our enemies, and threaten our national security because we will lose the detailed and coordinated intelligence capability, as well as our ability to effectively and swiftly respond to any threat. Not only will this increase the risk of terrorist attacks abroad, but also here at home.
I will work to ensure that we restore the armed services funding needed so that our men and women are prepared and have the equipment they need to do their job. As a retired Army officer I understand the importance of using resources wisely, and to cut the budget for one of our country’s most vital and required functions is a dereliction of duty.
Support for our 2nd Amendment
As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the Association of U.S. Army, and the Air Force Association, I proudly support the 2nd Amendment, one of the cornerstones upon which our country was built. This too is a “no brainer.” Law abiding citizens have a constitutional right to protect themselves from criminals, and I will protect the right of all citizens to bear arms and work to ensure those rights are not infringed.
Reign-in out-of-touch regulators
Georgians are out of work and federal regulators are out of control. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Corps of Engineers, and other regulators march to the tune of arbitrary and unrealistic requirements, directly costing Americans jobs and increasing our dependency on foreign energy sources.
Federal regulators have a never-ending propensity to create new job-killing regulations that directly impact the 10th District's number one industry - agriculture.
I will work tirelessly to bring these regulators back to reality by all means necessary, so that we can grow jobs in the 10th District again.