Jody Hice (R), candidate for U.S. Congress, 10th District
Campaign website: JodyHiceforCongress.com
Campaign Facebook page: Jody Hice
Campaign Twitter account: @JodyHice
NGwinnett: What is the primary reason you decided to run for office?
Hice: I’ve been in the trenches for most of my adult life fighting for our Constitution. My first battle was with the ACLU to keep the Ten Commandments posted at the Barrow County Court house. As I fought to keep the Ten Commandments posted, it opened my eyes to the fact that our overbearing government is continuously threatening the traditional values of our country. I then fought against the IRS over the tax code that prohibits churches from discussing politics from the pulpit. I believe this code is unconstitutional, therefore I chose to openly endorse the Republican candidate in the 2008 general election from the pulpit. I sent my sermon to the IRS; the IRS backed down. This expansion of government is completely unacceptable. The Constitution designates 18 enumerated powers to Congress and any legislation outside of these areas is unconstitutional and should be left to the states. I also host a radio program that is heard across the southeast on which I talk about constitutional and cultural issues that are facing our nation. This inspired me to get involved and it’s time to take the fight to Washington D.C. and reclaim our nation.
Hice: Obamacare is one of the most unconstitutional and economically detrimental programs to ever be passed by Congress. We must repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient-centered plan that is affordable and constitutional. With the national debt soaring, we cannot afford to have programs that will continue to lead us down this path of fiscal irresponsibility.
Government spending is out of control. Congressional leaders have shown that they have lost touch with Georgians and have no regard for the burden placed on the taxpayer when passing their legislation. It is time to return fiscal sanity to Washington D.C., which is why I favor passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. We are going down a path that will leave an unrecognizable America for our children to inherit. Passing a Balanced Budget Amendment is a necessary step in reclaiming America.
Reestablishing a dominant global and local economy is vital to the continuation of American life as we know it. The best way to reinvigorate the economy is reestablishing a free-market environment in which the government is not breathing down the backs of business owners. A large step in doing this would be to repeal the 16th Amendment, abolish the IRS, and pass the FairTax. By returning to a free-market system as the Founding Fathers envisioned, we can begin growing small businesses and get the economy booming again.
NGwinnett: If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next term?
Hice: In my first term it is my goal to continue to build a unified front for the constitutional voices in Congress. Together we will reach a tipping point, which we can use to guide our nation back towards fiscal sanity and traditional American values. By standing firm on my strong constitutional, conservative values we will change the status quo in Washington.
NGwinnett: If you could only tell voters one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Hice: I’m a Christian, a Constitutionalist, and a Conservative.
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