Lawton’s two cents first:
A wise person once gave me the best political advice I ever received: “Be very careful of what you say 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after an election. Emotions may lead you to say something that you will regret because you did not really mean it or think it through.”
We have heard a LOT of ideas of what the Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians need to do going forward. Some of it will probably turn out to be good advice in the long run, while most of it will probably be viewed simply as a knee jerk reaction to the recent election.
Everybody likes to think their opinion is the right one and we usually are willing to tell somebody that is willing to listen. Thankfully, we have platforms like Peach Pundit to express our differing views. Some like to share their opinion and go on their way. I think they are really missing out.
I personally like to take some time to listen, read, and digest what is being said, as the issues being discussed could have a real impact both now and in the future. Some of these are complex issues that cannot be fixed with just a simple solution. I tend to be as careful as possible by thinking before acting, as I have found it is easier to avoid mistakes than to fix them. I fail often, though, as I am still human.
I strongly encourage each of us to really LISTEN to the different opinions and be open-minded about what is being said, even if you initially disagree. We may actually learn something from each other. And if you do find something that you are passionate about, do more than talk about it.
The following is a guest post from Mike Collins, 2014 Republican Congressional candidate from GA-10. He lost in the Republican Primary runoff 54-46 against Congressman-elect Jody Hice.
The immediate focus of Congress: Economy and Jobs
By: Mike Collins
The Republican Party now controls both houses of Congress for the first time in over a decade. In fact, I believe my dad was still serving in Congress at that time. So now we must ask, will the elected representatives fulfill their obligations to their constituencies and do what they were elected to do?
Governing is more difficult than running a campaign to get elected. I believe it is fair to expect our elected representatives to keep their promises and get things done. The American People have spoken very clearly that they do not want the Liberal policies of President Obama. Most kitchen table discussions are people worried about their job, their family’s future, their retirement and health care. Between now and the end of the year, Congress needs to focus on a couple of key items to get the economy moving in the right direction and create an atmosphere for job creation. The American People know that small businesses are the primary source of our economic growth and job creation.
Small businesses across this country are still struggling to recover from the recession. There are several reasons why, but they can be summed up with taxation, regulation, and litigation.
If my Party, the Republican Party — does not produce results in the next two years, the American People will fire them in November of 2016, mark my words.
So how can a Republican Congress be successful in obtaining results for small business? The first step is that Congress needs to immediately reinstate small business tax relief. Many of the tax incentives, accelerated depreciation, and IRS section code 179, for businesses have been allowed to expire under President Obama, Congress should reenact these pro-business tax incentives now, so as to allow the results to be evident.
This will create jobs and give the economy a boost. Businesses are bracing for a bad tax year for 2014. Instead of using cash to invest in people, they are reserving it for taxes. Preferential accelerated depreciation and other pro-growth incentives will provide an atmosphere for businesses to want to recapitalize and buy new equipment. The result will be a direct and immediate impact on manufacturing, and jobs.
If this step alone is taken, we will see increased tax revenue from manufacturing and increased employment. This will also reduce needed funding for unemployment benefits. The result will be an economic climate of growth and returned prosperity.
If on the other hand, Republicans allow President Obama to control the agenda by not staying focused and unified by a shared concern for the nation’s well-being, nothing of substance will get passed into law. We will all see plenty of press conferences about how its someone else’s fault that nothing got done, but the end result will be that nothing was accomplished, and voters will put Republicans out of the catbird seat after 2016.
I would be remiss if I did not say a big thank you to all of the people who supported my Congressional campaign. The tremendous amount of emails, letters, phone calls, and conversations we have received are humbling and encouraging. I hope you will join me in letting our elected representatives know we expect results. The future of our children and grandchildren depends on it.