LEE’S PRINCIPLES: LESS. LESS. MORE.
Lee signed the American’s for Tax Reform, “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” He will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. American taxpayers are overburdened and need relief. Lee will support measures that reduce the tax burden on businesses and individuals.
Big Government has taken too much control of our lives, and Lee will fight to reduce the regulations and bureaucracy currently coming out of Washington. He believes as did Henry David Thoreau, “That government is best, which governs least.”
MORE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Lee believes our government is rightly limited in its powers and was not set up to solve each individual’s problems. To limit government, everyone must take part in providing for themselves. Each person has the freedom to pursue a better life and can achieve it by taking responsibility and working hard.
Senator Hawkins’ fight against Obamacare is nothing new. Read more about his continued efforts to fight it here.
Georgia deserves a leader who does more than just promise to fix health care. As a practicing dentist for more than 30 years, Lee is the only candidate who has been on the front line of health care, dealing with insurance, increasing regulations and prohibitive government. Lee’s health care experience uniquely qualifies him to provide long-term solutions to the problems plaguing our system—rather than the simple ”bandage” being offered right now. Lee understands how dangerous ObamaCare is to America and how national health care will be a national nightmare.
LEADER IN FAIR TAX LEGISLATION.
Too often, politicians tell voters they support the Fair Tax and then refuse to force a legislative vote on the issue. Lee support’s Congressman John Linder’s Fair Tax plan and will work to stop the Federal Government’s intrusive practice of confiscating vast amounts of our income. As a Georgia Senator, Lee voted twice to support the Fair Tax. In fact, Lee Hawkins is the only candidate for Congress who has actually voted to support the Fair Tax.
CREATE AND SAVE JOBS.
Lee believes that Americans are tops in the world at creating jobs and growing the economy—until the government saddles them with high taxes and overregulation. Big government programs won’t get the economy moving again. What it takes is cutting taxes and regulatory red tape. Do this and Americans will invest, innovate, create and work hard; they will deliver new jobs and save existing ones. Lee believes it is past time to turn to what works—the proven formula of unleashing Americans’ energy by allowing them to keep more of their own money.
RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.
As a hunter, fisher and sportsman, Lee is a strong believer in our Second Amendment Right to bear arms. Lee is a member of the National Rife Association and was endorsed by the NRA during his Senate campaign.
Lee believes that life starts at conception and ends at natural death. He opposes abortion and will work to protect innocent life. Lee opposes our tax dollars being used to pay for abortions. During his campaign for Senate, Georgia Right to Life endorsed Lee and he pledges to continue working to advance the pro-life movement once he is elected to Congress.
EXPERT ON CRITICAL WATER ISSUES.
Almost a year after Lee began serving in the Senate, Georgia faced one of the worst water shortages in its history. With a rain deficit 18 inches below average, Lake Lanier, the source of drinking water for three million people and a thriving economic engine, was in jeopardy of dropping below the pipe intake.
As the Senator from Hall County, one of the counties serving as the shoreline for Lanier, Lee took action and stood up to government bureaucrats in Washington. Lee authored and worked to pass legislation aimed at raising the level of Lake Lanier two feet—in effect creating a reservoir without any cost to taxpayers. This is the type of common sense solution we need in Washington.
Once elected, Lee will continue his legacy of fighting for Georgia’s rights to Lake Lanier.
STANDING STRONG ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.
Lee supports following Arizona’s lead in implementing a statewide plan to address the illegal immigration issue. This plan already exists in Lee’s home county of Hall, in the form of the 287(g) initiative. Lee voted in favor of implementing this program during the 2008 session of the Georgia Legislature.
The 287(g) program teams up federal officials with local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws as authorized through section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The program provides training of local law enforcement officials in the screening of foreign-born detainees, determining if they are in the country legally and starting deportation paperwork. It also provides local municipalities with money and resources to help the national enforcement effort.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office became the third law enforcement agency in Georgia — and only the 67th nationwide —when it began the program in 2008. It gives designated sheriff’s employees the ability to check the immigration status of people booked into the Hall County Jail and to begin processing them for possible deportation by ICE. The federal government makes the final decision on whether people detained locally on immigration violations will be picked up for deportation proceedings.
STOP SPENDING AND RUNAWAY DEFICITS.
Lee was the first candidate for the 9th Congressional District to call for passing a Constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget.
For too long, Washington has sold out America and the practice of tax and spend must end. As a fiscal conservative, Lee believes requiring a balanced budget is the only way to stop runaway deficits and uncontrolled federal spending. It is time to tell the lobbyists, special interests and Washington that we are not for sale—and Lee Hawkins is ready to do just that!