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As YOUR representative I will not compromise our shared convictions. I will not serve the desires of special interest groups. I will not give in to pressure by party leadership if it means ignoring the people of Houston County.


Lower Taxation

You work hard and I promise that I will work to make sure you can keep more of your hard earned money. I will oppose any new tax and I will fight to see your tax burden reduced and/or eliminated.

Today we are taxed for everything. When you pump gas you are paying taxes. When you buy food you are paying taxes. When you run your Air conditioner or heater you are paying taxes. When you buy goods and services embedded in the cost is a tax burden passed on to you the consumer. This MUST end.

Income Tax – What percent of your labor does the State of Georgia own? I believe that we should be able to keep the fruit of our labor. To have your property legally plundered is unconscionable in a truly free society.

Property Tax – It is my conviction that you own your property and are not leasing it from the government. I would work to repeal all property taxes.

Sales Tax – I would support a consumption based tax (Fair Tax). However, I would ONLY support this if the current state income tax is completely repealed.


Free Markets

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Milton Friedman

Government regulation in the marketplace crushes production, harms small businesses who cannot bear the burden created by these regulations, and hinders employers ability to provide jobs.

Government regulation also assumes that consumers are uninformed, and unable to make safe and informed decisions on the products and services they purchase. The market works best, and more jobs are created by employers, when the government does not interfere.


Limited Government

It is not because men have made laws, that personality, liberty, and property exist. On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property exist beforehand, that men make laws. What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. – Frederic Bastiat (The Law)

Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices…Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil. – Thomas Paine (Common Sense)

Government’s sole purpose is to defend Life, Liberty and the Property of individuals. Government is simply the “collective organization” of individuals to defend these rights. By nature government is force. It creates laws and enforces them. Therefore, government should remain limited in power to that which an individual can do. I cannot go across the street and plunder my neighbors property. Likewise, I should not be permitted to send the government to do so either.

I will work to limit government. I will try to repeal laws that are an overreach of just law.


Economic Growth

Government does NOT create jobs. Businesses DO. Government can however create an environment that encourages economic growth.

We need representatives that will work to remove restrictive regulations not create them. We need representatives that will find ways to promote competition in the private sector not choose winners and losers. We need representatives that will allow the market to determine winners and losers not provide certain companies with tax breaks and not others. We need  representatives that will focus on growing all of Georgia’s economy not just Atlanta’s.

Georgia has the potential to be one of the greatest job producers in the nation. To do so Georgia must supply businesses with the opportunity to flourish without restrictive regulation and heavy tax burden.

Many legislators have focused their time and energy towards providing tax incentives to businesses that have historically funded their campaigns, and provided incentives to legislators to abuse your tax dollars in favor of tax relief for individual businesses, instead of businesses-at-large. If we are going to grow Georgia’s economy this must end.


Government Transparency

Transparency is the greatest preventative measure against unbridled government expansion.

I will oppose any unelected board having the authority to increase fees or taxes. The hospital bed tax and the newly enacted car sales tax are two prime examples. These boards have the power to adjust rates that people pay while remaining unaccountable to the electorate. All increases or adjustments in any state fee or tax should go through the legislative body; those who are directly accountable to the voters.


Education

As the husband of a former educator, I know all too well the issues we have in the classroom. It is time we stop playing games with our children’s future and start coming up with solutions.

Education is best when it is run at the local and parental level. When parents have choices their children’s education flourishes. Remember when it was part of the Republican party’s platform to end the National Department of Education? Today too many elected Republicans have turned their back to the principles that we promote. Instead of fighting to shut down the National Department of Education, elected Republicans are supporting “Common Core” initiatives. I will oppose anything that resembles Common Core.

Georgia currently ranks 47th in education. Adopting national standards that requires every state to do the same thing means we will remain 47th. If we want to improve our state’s education we need to stand up to more national standards and allow our teachers to do what they do best, teach children how to learn not simply to recite answers for a test.

Also, the government needs to ensure that your tax dollars are being spent on education NOT making administrators wealthy. There is far too much waste in the education system. We need to find ways to reduce the waste and better spend the money we put toward education.


Pro-Life

The entire purpose of government is to the protect inalienable rights of all individuals: LIFE, liberty and the right to keep the fruits of your labor. We must do everything to defend all life from conception until natural death. To me this is an issue with absolutely no room for compromise.

A society that devalues life will eventually devalue liberty and vice versa. I will in no way support any state funding for abortions. I will support bills that decrease the amount of abortions in the state of Georgia.


Healthcare

From the website to the actual effects it is having on the American people, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has proven itself to be a disaster. Not only is it a violation of the 10th Amendment, the way in which it was passed is unconstitutional. Article 1 Section 7 of the United States Constitution says:

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

This bill originated in the Senate and not the House of Representatives. When Chief Justice Roberts declared the fine to be a tax, Obamacare became a revenue raising bill Therefore, it should be repealed. As a State Representative I will work to not only prevent the State of Georgia from enforcing Obamacare but try to prevent the federal government from imposing its unconstitutional bill upon Georgia citizens.


Gun Rights

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

I will not waiver in my commitment to defend your right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution of the United States is crystal clear on this issue. Your right shall not be infringed in any way. I will work to make sure that this Constitutional guarantee remains secure.


Medical Cannabis

I believe that HB 1 is a step in the right direction. Government regulation should NEVER interfere with a parent being able to seek treatment for their kids. For that matter, government should not prevent any individual from seeking necessary treatment. I will work on improving and advancing this type of legislation.

HB 1 still limits the scope of research to a select few legislatively expedient diseases, cutting off research for others. Georgia has an opportunity to use this to attract top notch doctors and scientists who will innovate and drive business to Georgia as well.


Something Not Addressed

If you want more information on a specific issue that hasn’t been addressed please do not hesitate to contact me and ask about it. I look forward to hearing from you and understanding what concerns you. Thank you.