HEALTHCARE

“No one should die because they are poor, and no one should be poor because they are dying.” - Josh McCall

If you elect me to Congress, I will work hard to ensure that our current system – where an insurance company’s profits depend on the lack of health care it provides – is replaced with an American Health Insurance Plan that provides coverage that is effective for all citizens. Health care cannot be a commodity sold to the highest bidder. All of our neighbors deserve affordable and effective health care.

When the founding fathers recognized our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it was not contingent upon our ability to pay. Too many have died from inadequate medical care, and too many have gone into financial ruin because of medical bills. This cannot continue.

I will work with my colleagues in Congress to create a Medicare for All system that provides, for all citizens, health services for physical ailments, family planning, drug addiction, and mental illness. The Plan should also be focused on reducing prescription drug costs and saving costs over the long run through preventative care and access to medical marijuana.

We have the opportunity to fix our broken health care system with one that not only saves costs in the long-term, but frees the burden on many small businesses, improves the health of our friends and neighbors, and is simply the right thing to do.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

“It is time for our politicians to fight for all of us, not just the rich and powerful.” - Josh McCall

There is too much big money in politics – from corporations, from lobbyists, and from wealthy individuals. Since Citizens United, along with other court rulings, decided that money is free speech, money is now the only “speech” most politicians understand. Not me, I’ll listen to you even if you don’t write me a big check.

Campaigns are almost always won by the candidate with the biggest war chest; lawmakers are passing off the task to draft major legislation to the biggest spenders for lobbying interests; state and federal districts are being gerrymandered to heavily favor the party with the most power; and there are major concerns about our voter process – both with respect to eligibility and to reliability.

It is up to WE the people to hold our government accountable. Let’s get big money out of politics and focus on the needs of the average, everyday constituent.

EDUCATION

“As a teacher, I know the importance of empathy and compassion for students.” - Josh McCall

I have taught students for the past fifteen years. I have been an instructor at the University of North Georgia, a public school teacher, and a military academy teacher. As your representative, I will make sure that Washington bureaucrats understand that education should meet all children where they are and propel them to where they want to go.

Teachers must have flexibility to focus not just on academic standards, but also on growing self-esteem, study habits, and practical skills. Our goal should be to create happy and healthy productive members of society – and that doesn’t always mean going to college. For those that choose that path, however, we need to ensure that college and other advanced degrees are affordable through service-based scholarships.

Federal funding for education should be directed at ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to excel and contribute to our society – not directed at standardized testing and enforcement of ineffective curriculum requirements. Education should be tailored as much as possible to individual students, and only teachers have that insight.

INFRASTRUCTURE

“We must ensure every region of our country has safe water, reliable roads, broadband access, and state-of-the-art schools and hospitals.” - Josh McCall

If elected, I will work with my colleagues, regardless of party, to ensure that infrastructure updates and projects are prioritized. While citizens certainly benefit from an improved infrastructure, corporations stand to benefit even more. After all, corporations want to locate in areas that can attract a strong employment base and support their business objectives, whether that includes transportation, broadband, or other types of infrastructure.

The excessive and permanent tax cuts handed to corporations by the current government are not amenable to the dire need in this country to upgrade our infrastructure. If we want to compete in the global economy, we should look to corporate taxes to fund improvements. Every dollar spent on our economy gives a return of three dollars.

FAIR WAGES

“Every American deserves the opportunity for gainful employment at a decent wage.” - Josh McCall

While the unemployment rate has been going down since 2010, we have not seen the expected increase in wages. In fact, although corporations have been given significant “permanent” tax cuts (i.e., corporate welfare), the savings from those cuts have benefitted shareholders more than employees. This is not how the labor market should work.

Employees working in full-time jobs should be able to support themselves and provide for their families – without having to rely on regular government benefits to supplement food costs, health care, and other necessities in life.

Moreover, I support a modern day version of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that offers employment in those areas that need civic engagement the most. This would include necessities like tutoring, childcare for the working poor, senior care, flood control, reforestation, or urban renewal projects. The CCC could also be a win-win solution for students to obtain financial assistance for higher education opportunities.

This is patriotism and conservatism at its finest – investing energy and resources into the good of our nation.

EQUALITY

“What makes us human, makes us equal. We all deserve a path to success.” - Josh McCall

The fight for equality in our nation is far from over. Our government must do more to ensure that all people are treated equally, regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, social class, and more. Equality is an issue in education, the work-place, our economy, and the justice system.

We cannot turn a blind eye to the injustice that is experienced by many of our fellow citizens. We must continue the movement that is the story of our country and continue to make progress to ensure that we are all treated as equal.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

“Now is the time to take action through a green revolution to preserve and prepare this environment for future generations to come.” - Josh McCall

Whether the issue is climate change, water and air quality, pollution, or conservation, we must listen to the science and be proactive. As a candidate for Congress, I understand that the serious environmental challenges we face affect the health, prosperity, and fair treatment of all Georgians. I will promote legislation that provides safe and sustainable alternative clean-energy solutions, that protects our air, water, and land and that boosts economic growth. Corporations should not be allowed to rake in higher profits at the expense of our environment, and all constituents should be encouraged to take actions that reduce their carbon footprint on the planet.

MILITARY / VETERANS

“We should support our troops and veterans, not use them as a slogan or a bargaining chip.” - Josh McCall

Many great Americans volunteer to fight for our freedom both at home and abroad. In Congress, I will advocate for these great Americans to only be sent into harm’s way when our own national security is threatened, and to be treated with the dignity and respect that they have earned.

Unfortunately, we did not heed Eisenhower’s warning long ago about the military-industrial complex. As a result, much of our wasteful spending is based on big corporations lobbying for equipment that the Pentagon doesn’t need. Meanwhile, many of our soldiers make so little that they qualify for food stamps.

The time has long passed for us to pay our troops more, and after they have served their country and risked their lives, we must offer them the best medical and psychological support available.

FOREIGN POLICY

“America should only engage in conflict when we or our strategic allies have been attacked. Attempts at regime change abroad have always ended with disaster.” - Josh McCall

A strong foreign policy designed to collaborate with our allies around the globe is critical to the success of our nation. Whether we are cooperating in tackling the global environment, trade, technology, or problem areas, we can’t ignore the fact that we benefit from working with our allies.

Moreover, the United States has been mired down in the war on terror for too long. We cannot defeat terrorism with bombs. For every bomb we drop on a village full of innocent people to kill one terrorist, we destabilize that society and create a haven for more terrorists.

Instead of intervening in other countries with military force, we should confront the complexities of cyber warfare with a robust intelligence community and mutually beneficial relationships with other countries with whom we can share critical data.

PRO-CHOICE / PRO-LIFE

“If we are going to claim to be pro-life, we must go beyond the slogan. We must be pro-women’s lives; pro-children’s lives, regardless of nationality; pro-black lives, and pro-all lives.” - Josh McCall

As your representative, I pledge to stand for every person’s life – born or unborn. When it comes to the unborn, statistics show that the best way to prevent abortions is to provide women with access to adequate health care, contraceptives and family planning services. Otherwise, we are putting many of these women in life-threatening situations. No politician should stand between a woman and her doctor.

When it comes to fighting for the lives of those that are already born – there are so many issues that I am prepared to advocate for: equality, basic nutrition, fair housing, health care, foster care and adoption, and gun control.

Life is precious. Let’s do what we can to ensure everyone has a dignified one.

GUN REFORM

“I believe in the right of responsible citizens to bear arms, but we must have sensible solutions in place to prevent the shooting of our innocent neighbors.” - Josh McCall

I support our constitutional right to bear arms; however, as the Supreme Court stated in District of Columbia v. Heller, like many constitutional rights, it is not unlimited. It is unacceptable to throw up our hands and say that there is nothing we can do about the ongoing problems with mass shootings, suicides, and accidental homicides. I will advocate for reasonable solutions.

I believe that we can begin to address our current problems by looking to measures such as stricter background checks, closing loopholes for “gun shows” and second-hand sellers, watching closely those with warning signs (red flag laws), and limiting the capacity of magazines on certain, particularly lethal weapons.

I don’t want to take guns away from responsible owners. I just want to make sure they are being used in a safe and lawful manner.

IMMIGRATION

“I am no more worthy of the privileges that come with being a citizen of this country than a migrant who travels hundreds or thousands of miles to escape danger.” - Josh McCall

We need a measured immigration policy that addresses both immigrants that are already here, especially Dreamers, and those seeking to come in the future. For those that are already here, a five-year path to citizenship should be provided that is conditioned upon a security evaluation and payment of a fine and any back-taxes. Going forward, however, U.S. immigration enforcement should be based on enhanced technology for border control and an enforcement system to deter the hiring of immigrant labor outside the legal process.

Our immigration policy should be both humanitarian and designed to meet demonstrated labor needs. And, family separation should never be used as a deterrent to those seeking asylum. In the 9th District, immigrants are valued and an important part of our community.

SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE

“Our aging population has already sacrificed so much on our behalf; they deserve the security of food, shelter, and medical care.” - Josh McCall

Just as our current workforce pays into Social Security and Medicare, our aging population did so all of their working lives. These “benefits” are not entitlements; they are taxpayer investments to secure a long-term future. Yet, Doug Collins and his fellow Republicans have long planned to cut Medicare and Social Security.

I will advocate for our aging population to receive the return on their taxpayer investment and ensure that seniors have a decent and dignified living. Congress should no longer be allowed to “borrow” from Social Security or Medicare, and both programs should be expanded to ensure that all or our aging neighbors are cared for.

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If you elect me to Congress, I will work hard to ensure that our current system – where an insurance company’s profits depend on the lack of health care it provides – is replaced with an American Health Insurance Plan that provides coverage that is effective for all citizens. Health care cannot be a commodity sold to the highest bidder. All of our neighbors deserve affordable and effective health care.

When the founding fathers recognized our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it was not contingent upon our ability to pay. Too many have died from inadequate medical care, and too many have gone into financial ruin because of medical bills. This cannot continue.

I will work with my colleagues in Congress to create a Medicare for All system that provides, for all citizens, health services for physical ailments, family planning, drug addiction, and mental illness. The Plan should also be focused on reducing prescription drug costs and saving costs over the long run through preventative care and access to medical marijuana.

We have the opportunity to fix our broken health care system with one that not only saves costs in the long-term, but frees the burden on many small businesses, improves the health of our friends and neighbors, and is simply the right thing to do.


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There is too much big money in politics – from corporations, from lobbyists, and from wealthy individuals. Since Citizens United, along with other court rulings, decided that money is free speech, money is now the only “speech” most politicians understand. Not me, I’ll listen to you even if you don’t write me a big check.

Campaigns are almost always won by the candidate with the biggest war chest; lawmakers are passing off the task to draft major legislation to the biggest spenders for lobbying interests; state and federal districts are being gerrymandered to heavily favor the party with the most power; and there are major concerns about our voter process – both with respect to eligibility and to reliability.

It is up to WE the people to hold our government accountable. Let’s get big money out of politics and focus on the needs of the average, everyday constituent.


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I have taught students for the past fifteen years. I have been an instructor at the University of North Georgia, a public school teacher, and a military academy teacher. As your representative, I will make sure that Washington bureaucrats understand that education should meet all children where they are and propel them to where they want to go.

Teachers must have flexibility to focus not just on academic standards, but also on growing self-esteem, study habits, and practical skills. Our goal should be to create happy and healthy productive members of society – and that doesn’t always mean going to college. For those that choose that path, however, we need to ensure that college and other advanced degrees are affordable through service-based scholarships.

Federal funding for education should be directed at ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to excel and contribute to our society – not directed at standardized testing and enforcement of ineffective curriculum requirements. Education should be tailored as much as possible to individual students, and only teachers have that insight.


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If elected, I will work with my colleagues, regardless of party, to ensure that infrastructure updates and projects are prioritized. While citizens certainly benefit from an improved infrastructure, corporations stand to benefit even more. After all, corporations want to locate in areas that can attract a strong employment base and support their business objectives, whether that includes transportation, broadband, or other types of infrastructure.

The excessive and permanent tax cuts handed to corporations by the current government are not amenable to the dire need in this country to upgrade our infrastructure. If we want to compete in the global economy, we should look to corporate taxes to fund improvements. Every dollar spent on our economy gives a return of three dollars.


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While the unemployment rate has been going down since 2010, we have not seen the expected increase in wages. In fact, although corporations have been given significant “permanent” tax cuts (i.e., corporate welfare), the savings from those cuts have benefitted shareholders more than employees. This is not how the labor market should work.

Employees working in full-time jobs should be able to support themselves and provide for their families – without having to rely on regular government benefits to supplement food costs, health care, and other necessities in life.

Moreover, I support a modern day version of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that offers employment in those areas that need civic engagement the most. This would include necessities like tutoring, childcare for the working poor, senior care, flood control, reforestation, or urban renewal projects. The CCC could also be a win-win solution for students to obtain financial assistance for higher education opportunities.

This is patriotism and conservatism at its finest – investing energy and resources into the good of our nation.


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The fight for equality in our nation is far from over. Our government must do more to ensure that all people are treated equally, regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, social class, and more. Equality is an issue in education, the work-place, our economy, and the justice system.

We cannot turn a blind eye to the injustice that is experienced by many of our fellow citizens. We must continue the movement that is the story of our country and continue to make progress to ensure that we are all treated as equal.


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Whether the issue is climate change, water and air quality, pollution, or conservation, we must listen to the science and be proactive. As a candidate for Congress, I understand that the serious environmental challenges we face affect the health, prosperity, and fair treatment of all Georgians. I will promote legislation that provides safe and sustainable alternative clean-energy solutions, that protects our air, water, and land and that boosts economic growth. Corporations should not be allowed to rake in higher profits at the expense of our environment, and all constituents should be encouraged to take actions that reduce their carbon footprint on the planet.


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Many great Americans volunteer to fight for our freedom both at home and abroad. In Congress, I will advocate for these great Americans to only be sent into harm’s way when our own national security is threatened, and to be treated with the dignity and respect that they have earned.

Unfortunately, we did not heed Eisenhower’s warning long ago about the military-industrial complex. As a result, much of our wasteful spending is based on big corporations lobbying for equipment that the Pentagon doesn’t need. Meanwhile, many of our soldiers make so little that they qualify for food stamps.

The time has long passed for us to pay our troops more, and after they have served their country and risked their lives, we must offer them the best medical and psychological support available.


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A strong foreign policy designed to collaborate with our allies around the globe is critical to the success of our nation. Whether we are cooperating in tackling the global environment, trade, technology, or problem areas, we can’t ignore the fact that we benefit from working with our allies.

Moreover, the United States has been mired down in the war on terror for too long. We cannot defeat terrorism with bombs. For every bomb we drop on a village full of innocent people to kill one terrorist, we destabilize that society and create a haven for more terrorists.

Instead of intervening in other countries with military force, we should confront the complexities of cyber warfare with a robust intelligence community and mutually beneficial relationships with other countries with whom we can share critical data.


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As your representative, I pledge to stand for every person’s life – born or unborn. When it comes to the unborn, statistics show that the best way to prevent abortions is to provide women with access to adequate health care, contraceptives and family planning services. Otherwise, we are putting many of these women in life-threatening situations. No politician should stand between a woman and her doctor.

When it comes to fighting for the lives of those that are already born – there are so many issues that I am prepared to advocate for: equality, basic nutrition, fair housing, health care, foster care and adoption, and gun control.

Life is precious. Let’s do what we can to ensure everyone has a dignified one.


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I support our constitutional right to bear arms; however, as the Supreme Court stated in District of Columbia v. Heller, like many constitutional rights, it is not unlimited. It is unacceptable to throw up our hands and say that there is nothing we can do about the ongoing problems with mass shootings, suicides, and accidental homicides. I will advocate for reasonable solutions.

I believe that we can begin to address our current problems by looking to measures such as stricter background checks, closing loopholes for “gun shows” and second-hand sellers, watching closely those with warning signs (red flag laws), and limiting the capacity of magazines on certain, particularly lethal weapons.

I don’t want to take guns away from responsible owners. I just want to make sure they are being used in a safe and lawful manner.


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We need a measured immigration policy that addresses both immigrants that are already here, especially Dreamers, and those seeking to come in the future. For those that are already here, a five-year path to citizenship should be provided that is conditioned upon a security evaluation and payment of a fine and any back-taxes. Going forward, however, U.S. immigration enforcement should be based on enhanced technology for border control and an enforcement system to deter the hiring of immigrant labor outside the legal process.

Our immigration policy should be both humanitarian and designed to meet demonstrated labor needs. And, family separation should never be used as a deterrent to those seeking asylum. In the 9th District, immigrants are valued and an important part of our community.


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Just as our current workforce pays into Social Security and Medicare, our aging population did so all of their working lives. These “benefits” are not entitlements; they are taxpayer investments to secure a long-term future. Yet, Doug Collins and his fellow Republicans have long planned to cut Medicare and Social Security.

I will advocate for our aging population to receive the return on their taxpayer investment and ensure that seniors have a decent and dignified living. Congress should no longer be allowed to “borrow” from Social Security or Medicare, and both programs should be expanded to ensure that all or our aging neighbors are cared for.