I hope you had a lovely Sunday afternoon. If you had a chance to watch the Atlanta Press Club debates, then you would have a better understanding of where Rev. Cook and I differ and our similarities. I hope Atlanta Press Club releases the showing online soon.
Our main areas of differences:
1. Tax reform - Rev. Cook is for the Flat Tax, I am against it. The flat tax and the fair tax go against the democratic platform, besides that was a Ted Cruz plan. The flat tax would burden the poor and overburden the middle class which would end up paying more in taxes than any other population group in America. I believe we can work with what we have and do not need to completely overhaul an agency. I also do not think we need to repeal the 16th amendment. This country tried that for 30 years. A donation only run government did not work. Even if the IRS were overhauled it would still exist. It would simply have a new title. Businesses would be held at the mercy of the tax whims which would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower wages and higher prices in reference to the fluctuation of tax percentages.
The flat / fair tax will increase disparities among the poor, then crime would increase. No one wants that. We can work with what we have and improve it.
There are many free tax assistance programs and low cost and no cost solutions to reporting taxes online. Our library systems offer AARP free tax assistance to the public, as one example to minimize confusion in tax preparation. Also, Goodwill stores offer free tax preparation and filing assistance to low income or no income individuals. These services are simple solutions to navigating the tax code.
2. Rev. Cook is interested in being on the Education committee in Congress to further the German Apprenticeship program offered at the Newnan Continuing Education Center. I do not think being in Congress is required to accomplish this goal. The CEC offers excellent job training courses and I agree with Rev. Cook that these programs have evidence showing their benefit to society. Republican Senate candidate Brass agrees and wishes to expand a similar program in LaGrange (see Republican Forum in LaGrange videos on youtube).
3. I would like to be on the Healthcare Benefits and Administrative Rules committee to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act, make Cannabis a federal Class 2 drug, so it may be cultivated in Georgia and be used for medical purposes. I would as also like to see a pharmaceutical company invest in Moreland which has an airport and is near the railroad and the interstate which would provide ease of distribution for cannabis oil.
4. Rev. Cook says the ACA is broken and has not stated how he will fix it. I say we can work with what we have to improve it. I can write proposals which will suggest lower deductibles and premiums, especially if Medicaid and Medicare are expanded which would provide insurance companies with a safety net to rely upon for their benefit. Moreover, through congressional influence states may be compelled to expand Medicaid and Medicare through the use of Federal Funding which would keep hospitals like the ones in Spalding County and in Troup County from closing due to over runs on emergency use due to public uninsured or under-insured citizens seeking care. I would also like to improve access to care for our veterans.
5. I will never say anything negative about our troops in any war. I will only support them no matter where they are, because I want them to know they are loved and their work is meaningful. Rev. Cook public speaks out against the war in Afghanistan. There may be a following for that point of view, but I think those kind of remarks are similar to what happened back during the war in Vietnam. We do not need a repeat of disrespect to our military. Ever! Our freedom is earned with the lives of soldiers and their families bear burdens for their services to our country. Soldiers diserve respect.
6. I do not know if Reverend Cook is pro-choice. I am. Private medical decisions should take place between a qualified health care provider who can provide safe and legal procedures. I will stand up for women's rights and civil rights for all.
The things I propose can only be accomplished through congress or our General assembly if we get both the senate and the house to agree without the governor vetoing the idea. I believe I can garner bipartisan support for my ideas which would create revenue and jobs.
The Affordable Care Act is not socialized medicine. The Affordable Care Act is something similar to a union for the people to negotiate with insurance companies. The Affordable Care Act is a set of rules and guidelines for insurance companies to follow which are aimed at helping the public access affordable healthcare.
I hope you will choose to vote for me on May 24, 2016 to protect your right to affordable healthcare and improve access to care.