Op-Ed: Mike Collins on the Focus of Congress

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.


  1. Jon Lester says:

    I’m glad to see you’ll keep yourself involved, Mike.

    You didn’t mention it as a benefit of accelerated depreciation, but lower prices for good used equipment will be good for the economy, too, especially those upstarts who know they can do a job, but might not have the capital or credit to get new examples of what they need.

  2. John Konop says:

    In all due respect, the economy will boom for one reason oil prices will stay low via USA production fear from the Middle East. 70 percent of our economy is consumer spending….you will see a boom because gas is about 50 cents cheaper a gallon….this will increase GDP by about 2 %….The real issue is will we use this boom to fix infrastructure and flaws in entitlements…If not it will be a waste…..This needs to be the focus not more gimmicks….

    • Dave Bearse says:

      At the state level who knows? Plunging gas prices may allow spineless leadership to hide a motor fuel tax increase.

  3. Max Power says:

    A Republican thinks taxes are what is holding back the economy, why am I not surprised. Taxes aren’t the problem, lack of investment and too many stupid regulations are the problem. America starts a lot of small business but quite frankly we should be starting more but a lack of investment and too much regulation hampers small business creation and hinders business scaling up.

    But here’s the rub, most of the regulations that directly impact small business aren’t federal ones, they’re from state and local governments so there’s often little the feds can do.

  4. Ghost of William F. Buckley says:

    One on my ‘rich-as-Heck’ clients once told me that “taxes don’t drive deals,” when we were discussing how the US Fed long term capital gains tax was under consideration. We are on different sides of the political fence, he is a life long Lib. I don’t hold that against him…

    Fact is taxes are the flea on the tail that doesn’t wag the dog. IRC Sec. 179 should be extended, it is good business, but it won’t make a landlord spend money for tenant improvements if the deal structure doesn’t make sense.

    1.) The GOP has to prioritize which social issues should become political, if any,
    2.) Outreach, outreach, outreach – SEE Above,
    3.) In the immortal words of Andy DeFresne on “Shawshank Redemption” the Old Guard needs to “Get busy living, or get busy dying,” because daylight is burning.

  5. Michael Silver says:

    Republicans also need to look at the structural disadvantages they have to overcome to win elections.

    Voter fraud and the legal frameworks that enable it have to be repealed now, otherwise illegal votes will continue to keep Republicans in close elections out of the catbird seat. The Voting Rights Act should be modified to require photo identification to vote and the registration period should end 3 months prior to the election so the voter rolls can be reviewed for fraudsters.

    • Jon Lester says:

      In 20 years, there won’t be anyone alive who doesn’t have a photo ID. Meanwhile, I don’t believe voter fraud is actually happening to any significant degree. Besides, Republicans need to run on ideas if they want to win by comfortable margins.

      • Michael Silver says:

        I agree that there isn’t as much wholesale election fraud as back in the 60’s when the Democrats had buses that transported their “voters” from one polling station to the next (see my story below)

        However, there are enough elections decided by a couple hundred votes that any fraud denies American’s of their voting rights. Election Integrity has be job #1 because it defines who leads our country.

        The fact that there are any examples of voter fraud suggests that there is much more undetected. Prior to this election there were stories about Illegals and non-citizens voting. In an non-Obama world, those people should be the first to be deported.

        For example: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/10/hundreds-of-illegals-caught-voting-in-maryland/

        The election laws need to make sure that the people voting are who they say they are and that they are eligible to vote. One person – One Vote. A government id is a way to accomplish that along with a period of time prior to the election for everyone to be able to review the voter rolls to find and challenge the eligibility of voters.

        PS – My Story: When I was 9 and in Philadelphia, my grandfather and I rode the buses on voting day. We went from precinct to precinct voting for the Dems. We’d get off the bus, go into the precinct, they’d hand us a ballot and we selected Democrat and get back on the bus we’d go. It was lots of fun for a kid to hang out with the cool adults in the neighborhood.

          • Harry says:

            Really? As late as 2008 Philly was notorious for 120% voter turnout, as well as parts of Chicago and St. Louis.

              • Harry says:

                ….dozens of polling places in Philadelphia’s primary elections last year mysteriously recorded more votes in some races than the number of voters who had signed in to vote. Indeed, Philadelphia commissioners are currently investigating 83 of the city’s voting districts where more votes were cast in the municipal primary than the number of people who actually voted. As the press explained, “Until they understand what happened, the commissioners say, they cannot rule out the possibility of deliberate, illegal efforts to run up votes for favored candidates, with the perpetrators losing count as they tried to cover their tracks.”

                • Ghost of William F. Buckley says:

                  Way to get in there Harry!

                  Voter fraud by WHITES is a racist mantra perpetuated by certain BLACKS.

                  Not saying it is not true or that it does not happen. Requiring a picture ID is NOT part any any voter fraud, except to PREVENT exactly what Harry speaks of.

                  WAKE UP!

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