Josh believes in small government - getting the government out of the way and letting the private sector and the free market solve problems. We can continue to make Georgia #1 for business by maintaining and extending a minimalist regulatory environment, and look to private sector solutions first and government solutions only as a last resort.
Josh knows that small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and the best engine for putting Georgians to work. The government should not unfairly incentivize big business over small business. We need to get the government out of the business of picking winners and losers.
Georgia’s heartbeat bill strikes a good balance of protecting life and protecting mothers and doctors. It provides protection for miscarriage care and ectopic pregnancies. It provides exemptions for victims of rape and incest. Now is the time to prove our Pro-Life values extend to all lives. We must provide natal care for pregnant moms and a robust system for foster and adoptive care for children who need it. We must simplify, expand, and reform our foster care system and adoption process. Further, we should partner with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to promote adoptions and emotional support to parents who choose life.
The Constitution of the United States guarantees the right to bear arms. Any restrictions on that right must be made sparingly and only for the most extreme cases. We can simultaneously be for freedom and recognize that firearms are dangerous in the wrong hands. We do this by ensuring any limitations or restrictions on gun ownership do not limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
As an educator, Josh sees everyday the damage we did to students by closing schools and deeming teachers “nonessential”. Especially in subjects like math where topics build one-upon-the-other, skipping students ahead without completing the subject material has created huge skill gaps that are wreaking havoc with their ability to succeed. The Georgia legislature passed some great education bills this past session: unmask our students and the parent bill-of-rights. But we must do more. We must fund students not systems. We must give parents the opportunity to take their money and put it towards government schools, private schools, charter schools, and even certain home-based options.
To have true freedom, we must have faith in the Democratic process. If we can’t trust the outcomes of our elections, then we can’t trust the security of our freedom. Voting should be easy for everyone eligible, but we cannot sacrifice integrity for ease. In the last couple years Georgia made progress by closing some loopholes, moving ballot drop-off indoors and turning fraud investigation over to the GBI. But we must remain vigilant to ensure everyone’s vote is counted equally and our elections are safe, secure, and fair.
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