Below is a guest post from State Representative Geoff Duncan. Duncan was elected in 2012 and represents district 26 in Forsyth County. He serves on the Banks & Banking, Interstate Cooperation, and Science & Technology committees. Follow Geoff on Twitter at @GeoffDuncanGA.
My life experiences have led me to discover that many of life’s toughest problems are ultimately solved with the simplest answers, not the easiest answers. The simplest I’m referring to is usually the most obvious and straightforward solution, but rarely involves the path of least resistance. Our current American culture has somehow blurred the definitions of simplest and easiest and has resulted in a continuous pattern of Americans seeking the path of least resistance to solve our problems. This path of least resistance mentality has led our great nation into a financial, ethical and sometimes moral vacuum that leaves both sides of the political aisle skeptical of what the future has in store for the next generation.
The easiest answer for a failing education system is to put more pressure on the teachers and administrators and to throw more money and standardized testing at the problem expecting things to change overnight. The simplest answer is to spend more time with your children at the kitchen table talking about their homework and instilling in them how important their education is to their future. Not because it’s easy to carve out 10 minutes every night in your busy schedule, but because it’s your responsibility as a parent.
The easiest answer for someone who loses their job is to go file for unemployment. The simplest answer is to immediately and vigorously begin searching for another job, even if it’s not the perfect job. Not because you don’t have the right to collect unemployment for an extended period of time, but because you should expect more from yourself than a few hundred dollars a week to live on. Unemployment should be viewed as a safety net and not an extended lifeline.
The easiest answer for helping the poor is to just pay your taxes and let the government deal with the problem so you can go back to your busy life. The simplest answer is to get involved with a local charity or church and either volunteer or donate to programs that directly affect the lives of those that are less fortunate and are intentional about helping them become self-sufficient. Not because you have a ton of spare time or money, but because it is undeniably better to give than to receive. Many of us share a similar faith, a faith that doesn’t call on our government to help those in need, it calls on us as individuals to help those in need with our time, with our money and with our prayers.
The easiest answer for dealing with a government that you don’t agree with is to just complain in short anger filled bursts. The simplest answer is to get involved any way you can. Start by not paying attention to 10 second sound bites from either side of the aisle and begin to research and understand the issues and how they truly affect you and your families’ life. Pay more attention to your local and state elections because it’s these elected positions that directly affect every day of your life. Look for ways that you can eliminate your own personal drawdown of government spending as a means to do your part in shrinking the size of government. It’s no mystery that the size of our government budgets have grown because some voters have required some elected officials to spend more money on their unique special issues in order to get their support. It is a financial death spiral that we are unfortunately right in the middle of and show no signs of exiting, unless an overwhelming majority of “We the People” start to do our part in demonstrating personal responsibility.
Liberty and Freedom are not guaranteed…..they are earned.
Rep. Geoff Duncan
26th District – Cumming