Austin Scott on the Issues
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In Congress, Austin Scott will work to get the economy moving again, stop runaway spending, reduce the government burden on small business and stop illegal immigration.
Economy and Jobs
Austin believes in the power of American entrepreneurship and free markets to create and sustain a robust economy and provide jobs. More government is not the answer nor are the excessive bailouts or pork-laden “stimulus spending” popular in Congress today. Austin believes that small business is the answer to putting America’s economy back on track. By reducing the regulatory burden of government, lowering taxes, and providing incentives to hire new employees, small business can prosper and America’s economy can move forward.
Austin believes that our healthcare system needs market-based solutions that keep government out of the exam room and maintain the doctor-patient relationship. That's why he strongly opposes the government takeover of healthcare carried out by Democrats earlier this year. Austin will vote to defund, repeal and replace ObamaCare. The Obama/Pelosi healthcare reform became reality through back-room deals, without regard for the will of the American people. As the son of a physician and a long-time advocate for healthcare solutions, Austin understands healthcare issues and has the courage to stand up against Pelosi’s push for government control over health care.
The Democrats in Congress have taken spending to unprecedented levels, and show no signs of stopping. While American families are forced to tighten their belts, Congress continues to spend and drive our nation further into debt. And the only solution the Democrats seem to know is to raise taxes. But the answer is to reduce taxes and reduce spending. Austin Scott will work hard to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.
Illegal immigration has become an economic and national security problem in the United States. Our borders are not adequately secured, and our existing laws are not enforced. Austin believes that we should secure our borders, enforce our existing immigration laws, and remove those illegal immigrants who are in the United States unlawfully. He does not support amnesty programs. When the federal government fails to enforce its own immigration laws, Austin believes that states are entitled to enable local law enforcement to enforce federal law by identifying and removing criminal illegal aliens, just as Arizona has done. Austin is strongly opposed to the current lawsuit which the Obama Administration has brought against the state of Arizona. Austin does believe that legal immigrants who follow the proper procedures for citizenship should be welcomed into this country.
Austin believes that energy independence is an issue of national security. To achieve the energy independence, we must utilize all of the resources available to us domestically. With proper safety measures, domestic oil production should continue to be a key part of America's energy portfolio. In addition, we must develop alternative resources here at home. America has abundant sources of wind, hydro, nuclear power, and bio fuels.
As an independent businessman, Austin Scott knows that lower taxes on business and consumers means more money for the private sector to put to work in the economy, resulting in job growth and increased economic opportunity. Unlike the current leadership in Washington, Austin believes that the private sector should provide the economic growth to move our economy forward, not the government.
Austin is a product of Georgia public education, and his mother and sister are both public school teachers. Austin’s son is a student in Georgia public schools. Austin believes that education is inherently a local issue, and should not be subject to excessive federal control. He will work to increase the quality of education in the 8th District and return control to our teachers and parents.
Austin is a gun owner, avid hunter and a lifetime member of the NRA. He believes that the Second Amendment’s protection of citizens’ right to keep and bear arms is one of the most important provisions of the Bill of Rights. Austin understands the threat which anti-gun advocates in the Obama Administration and Congress continue to pose to our gun rights. Austin will fight to preserve our Second Amendment rights and our ability to secure the safety of our homes and families.
Sanctity of Life
Austin is staunchly pro-life and believes in the sanctity of every human life. He believes that life begins at conception and has always been a strong advocate of the rights of the unborn. He will continue to be a protector of the rights of the unborn as a member of Congress. He is proud that he has received the endorsement of Georgia Right to Life.
Austin believes Social Security is an important agreement between our nation and our seniors whose terms should be safeguarded. He believes that the retirement age should not be raised, and taxes should not be increased. He opposes the privatization of Social Security.
He believes that Democrat spending in Washington has put Social Security in jeopardy and that the first step to solving Social Security’s problems is to get spending under control and the economy back on track. Then, both parties should forge meaningful, bipartisan reform for the Social Security system that protects the promise of Social Security for the American people.
Austin views Medicare fraud as one of the largest threats to the Medicare system and seniors. Medicare fraud and abuse raise the cost of the program, causing harm to seniors. He supports front-end verification and other common-sense solutions to prevent the abuse and crack down on criminals that cheat seniors through Medicare fraud.
Doctor Access for Medicare Beneficiaries
As the son of a physician, Austin is familiar with the shortage of physicians that is a looming problem for Medicare beneficiaries. He believes that seniors should be secure in their access to their doctors. Doctor access and Medicare reimbursement rates are inextricably linked and Medicare cost savings should not come only from cuts to doctors. Austin believes that Obamacare has exacerbated this problem and that the temporary fixes passed by Democrats only lead to more uncertainty and more doctors declining acceptance of additional Medicare patients. He believes that we need an equitable payment formula in Medicare that fairly pays doctors for their services but that also holds down costs through the elimination of unnecessary duplication, waste, fraud and abuse.
We owe our nation’s Veterans a debt of gratitude for protecting the freedoms we enjoy every day. Their numbers are growing as more and more of our young men and women return from honorable service in the War on Terror. This makes our responsibility to uphold our agreement with them even more important. We must make certain that they have the highest quality medical care and that we welcome them back to our shores with open arms and gratitude for their tremendous service to our country.