Karen Handel’s Platform
I am Pro-life and believe that life begins at conception. We have made significant strides in fostering a Pro-life culture. Still, more must be done. I am proud to be the only candidate in this race to be endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List, and I am also certified by the Georgia Life Alliance.
Obamacare is the single biggest intrusion into the lives of Americans in decades. Healthcare costs and insurance premiums have skyrocketed. Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with market-based, patient-centered reforms.
The current GOP proposal working its way through the House of Representatives remains a work in progress, but it is on the right track. It eliminates the individual mandate and related fines and repeals most of the taxes, including the medical device tax, and the so-called “HIT” tax.
The final version needs to treat Georgia and other states that did not expand Medicaid in an equitable way. Further, the current proposal includes an “age tax” that should be eliminated.
True national security means securing our borders. The current immigration system is broken, and we MUST fix it. We need to build a wall along our southern border, demand immigration laws be enforced, improve the reliability of temporary visa programs, and create a viable guest worker program. While I understand and appreciate that we are a nation of immigrants, and believe we should be welcoming of those wish to migrate to our great country, we are also a nation of laws, and our laws must be respected.
Jobs and the Economy
After 8 years of the Obama Administration’s growth stifling policies, our economy — and American families — has suffered. Certainly, the economy has rebounded but it has been more of an economic reset — with lower growth and stagnated wages — than a real recovery. Onerous, punitive regulations, costly red tape, and a complex tax structure with rates that are too high are limiting business expansion and job growth. And, wages have not yet fully recovered with many continuing to earn less than they did prior to the so-called Great Recession and still others who have given up on finding work altogether.
As a former business executive and CEO of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, I know first hand how to create jobs and enact aggressive economic development policies. I believe that the only way we can grow our economy at a more robust pace is through lower taxes and fewer regulations.
As a member of Congress, I will fight for a fairer simpler tax structure with lower rates for families and businesses. I will also work aggressively to achieve passage of legislation to implement a complete, rolling audit of all regulations — agency by agency — along with a 10 year sunset rule for regulations.
National Defense / Veterans
According to the United States Constitution, one of the central purposes of the federal government is to provide for the common defense of our nation and its people. No country is safe, nor any economy sound, without the backing of an extraordinarily strong military. I support President Trump’s budget proposal to increase national defense spending, and I will continue to fight to ensure that our military has the tools and resources it needs to keep us safe.
As we work to ensure that today’s men and women in the military have the resources they need to do their jobs and keep us safe, we also have an obligation to our veterans. I will be an advocate for these heroes and their families.
Our tax code is way too complex and even punitive. According to the National Taxpayers Union, compliance with the existing tax code costs Americans $234 billion in economic lost every year. This is simply unacceptable. I support a simpler, fairer, tax code that promotes economic growth, as well as reforms that promote the repatriation of overseas profits.
Georgia 6th District View of Karen Handel’s Platform
- Supports Trump on ALL issues.
- Cut Taxes for the rich and raise taxes on the poor.
- Repeal Obamacare and take away health care from poorer residents of the 6th District.
- Cut Regulations to benefit rich folks at the expense of most of the residents of the 6th District.
Standard Conservative platform. No discussion of how to these proposals will increase the wages residents in the 6th district. No discussion of how to repealing Obamacare will lower the cost and increase the availability to healthcare in the 6th District.
These are the Trickle Down economics that has never proved to help a community thrive.
All that will happen if this platform is enacted is the rich will have more money to spend on vacations outside the community.
Also, no mention of her support for Trump.
Former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel: She’s a powerbroker in north Fulton County, and her campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate revolved around building support in the northern Atlanta suburbs. She’s also close to Price’s circle, which could pay dividends if other Price loyalists stay out of the race.
Handel was a Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2014. She officially announced her candidacy on May 17, 2013. Handel was defeated in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.
Handel previously announced her candidacy for the state’s 2010 gubernatorial race in March 2009. Undoubtedly due to potential ethical questions regarding her role as chief election official while simultaneously running for the governorship, Handel announced in late-December 2009 that she would resign as Secretary of State. Despite placing first in the state’s primary election on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, she fell about roughly 2,500 votes short in securing the party nomination three weeks later. In her concession speech the night of the primary runoff election, Handel endorsed her opponent, Nathan Deal, in the race against former governor Roy Barnes.
Handel served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle’s wife, Marilyn, in 1989 promoting breast cancer awareness. It was during this time that initiatives like October becoming National Breast Cancer Month, the National Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was established, federal funding for breast cancer research was increased, and the Office of Research on Women’s Health was established at the National Institute of Health.
She served as President and CEO of the Greater Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, where she was directly responsible for working with state, local, national and international organizations to bring job growth to north Fulton County. During her tenure, Handel discovered that the GNDC Chamber was near fiscal insolvency after an employee was found to have embezzled nearly all of the chamber’s funds, and successfully managed the once-troubled organization through financial turbulence
In 2002, she was named Deputy Chief of Staff in the administration of Governor Sonny Perdue, where she served as a policy advisor and supervisor of constituent services, the Governor’s Mansion, and general administration services.
Handel was elected by the public in a special election held in November 2003 to replace Mike Kenn as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission. She received both state and national media attention for exposing corruption within the sheriff’s department that, in turn, led to the incumbent sheriff’s resignation. It was also during her tenure that she was able to pass the strongest county government ethic policies in the state.
Handel was a Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2014. She officially announced her candidacy in the election in 2014 on May 17, 2013. Handel was defeated in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.