Ga. Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols Explains Why Karen Handel is "The Right Choice"

Any ball team knows that momentum for your opposition is a dangerous thing. No surprise that Democrats across our nation are anxious to deliver a setback to President Donald Trump: slow him down, make him look bad, and turn the country blue again. For many, they see winning Georgia’s 6th Congressional district seat as an important step. Here is why we can’t let that happen.

First and foremost, the GOP must keep a majority and subsequent control of the House of Representatives. That means contesting every vulnerable seat and doing everything possible to win. Karen Handel is a veteran of many campaign battles and understand the gravity of this. She has proven to be a fierce campaigner, and more importantly, she has held a high-ranking political position and is a known and proven commodity. That is why she is our nominee.

Second, with Trump, we have an opportunity to get our country back on the right track financially. According to the Council for National Policy, the proposed budget is a major step in the right direction, even though it does not save a lot of money compared to the total budget. But even the savings it does achieve, one percent, just 1%, of the discretionary budget, is a major achievement. Most budgets increase spending. This one shrinks it. And we need a congressional member from the 6th district to support the President’s effort to curb spending.

According to Russell Kirk, author of “The Conservative Mind, part of being a conservative is looking at the long-term consequences of laws and policies. Our bloated budget full of pet projects is simply unsustainable, and puts critical programs at risk. We must begin to eliminate agencies and get government out of the way so that non-profits, foundations and philanthropists see the need to step in. With that apparently in mind, the Trump budget completely eliminates the following agencies:

  • National Endowment for the Arts

  • National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting

  • African Development Foundation

  • Appalachian Regional Commission

  • Chemical Safety Board

  • Corporation for National and Community Service

  • Delta Regional Authority

  • Denali Commission

  • Inter-American Foundation

  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency

  • Legal Services Corporation

  • Northern Border Regional Commission

  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation

  • U.S. Institute of Peace

  • U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The conservative joke going around Washington these days is, "What do you call the elimination of 19 federal agencies?" Their answer: "A beginning." And if you look at our debt clock, you will know this is true. Karen Handel will be a strong voice for fiscal conservatism.

Conservatives favor smaller government at a federal level, and champion small governments such as county commissions and city councils. Karen served as a county commissioner as well as our Secretary of State. Decisions most affecting the lives of citizens should be made locally, and Karen understands that. She knows that a strong, centralized, and distant federal government tends to be more hostile to human freedom and dignity.

Karen believes in flattening the power—or limiting government. Real conservatives know the danger of power being vested in just a few even it is called benevolent. Constitutional restrictions are necessary, political checks and balance a must, and enforcement of the law a must—all the while balancing the claims of authority with the claims of liberty. Being a constitutional officer in the state of Georgia and operating an agency with a fixed budget will serve her well in Washington D.C.

Finally, Karen understands the value of an enduring moral order, a bedrock value of conservatism and our founding fathers. This concept is much broader than religious dogma. Russell Kirk said that human nature was a constant, and moral truths were permanent. That’s not surprising considering that 94% of Americans believe in God, according to pollster George Barna. Karen Handel has a strong sense of right and wrong, personal convictions about justice and honor, and proven courage to stand up against what she believes to be wrong.

Karen is right for the 6th District, right for Georgia and perfect for the US House of Representatives. I hope you’ll join me in supporting her.

Follow "Speak Up Georgia"
  • Twitter Social Icon