ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - WE NEED JOBS!
DRUGS AND CRIME
We need to take serious measures to deter drugs and crime in the 16th district. Ways we can do this are through limiting state funding to individuals receiving public benefits that are using illegal drugs. If we want to make a difference in this region, we must take that initiative. On a state level as a lawmaker I plan to encourage these efforts. I believe that having a hand is good, but getting a free ride isn't. It is time for some reform to stop the abuses that are overtaking our programs meant to help those in need.
Individuals, not the government, should be in charge of health care. With the billions of dollars in benefits for our seniors and disabled being reduced, our country is in serious trouble if Obamacare is not stopped. Individuals are becoming a number, not a person, in our system.
Obamacare is socialized medicine. It is taking the decision making process out of the hands of patients and doctors and putting it into the hands of beaurocrats and third parties. We need reform in our health care system, but this is not the answer.
I have been a leader on this issue. I feel strongly that the doctor patient relationship is a very important one. I received the Shining Scalpel Award from the Associaiton of American Physicans and Surgeons for my work on protecting patients' rights and working to stop the implementation of a national health care system. This award has not been given to a nonphysician in over 67 years.
I am proud of my work on health care. I have seen through my work as the former National Town Hall Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots and Co-Founder of American Grassroots Coalition that educating the public on this issue is very important. I have worked on this legislation for almost 4 years, and I don't plan on stopping now. Our health care is too important! We can stop this, and we must!
I am a pro-gun supporter and always have been. I grew up with my family being avid hunters. Not only hunters, but gun owners. It is important that we protect our right to bear arms. Law abiding citizens should not be restricted from their constitutional right. I will continue to support gun owners. And, I am a proud member of the NRA!
Education is so important. As a parent and soon to be grandparent, and an educator for the past 17 years, I understand the enormous responsibility of educating our children. It is time that the federal government stopped interfering with education. Education should be in the hands of the states. Georgia and Georgians should be in charge of educating their children. I believe education is a State’s rights issue. Schools should be guided on the state and local levels.
While I believe that the intent of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was good, the results have been devastating to our educational system, adding restraints and conditions on the state and local levels. The waiver Georgia received with NCLB is good, but what that means remains to be seen. I believe in school choice and promoting the success of all our schools. The state of Georgia and the 16th district should be in control of education NOT the federal government.
I am against the statewide TSplost initiative. I am not for another tax to add to the burdens each of us is already facing. I understand that we have some serious transportation issues to work on. However, dividing our district into regions and implementing a tax that doesn't even cover the full cost of what is anticipated is not the answer.