ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Washington needs a shakeup.
That’s what Karen Handel, candidate for U.S. Senate, said needs to happen to right America’s ship. She spoke to members of the Rotary Club of North Fulton Feb. 4 about what she hopes to do once she is in office.
“There is one thing missing in Washington. You have to deliver results. And the bottom line is that results are not there,” Handel said.
With gridlock among the two parties and a Republican Party facing fracturing, Handel, a Republican candidate, stressed the need for results to turn around a crumbling faith in Congress.
Handel is running in the Republican primary vacated by longtime Sen. Saxby Chambliss. She is running against a large field of candidates, including U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, as well as businessman David Perdue.
Fixing the country’s fiscal problems is high on her list of objectives if she wins the seat.
“We have had no tax reform in 30 years,” she said. “We have the highest corporate tax rate of any industrial country in the world. With regulations going up, companies are under siege.”
She said regulatory agencies have moved beyond just enforcing rules, but are actively trying to find fines. For example, she said, payment processing companies fall under 19 different regulatory agencies, with many regulations in direct conflict with each other.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is “fundamentally flawed,” she said.
“The costs are too high,” she said. “It will cost jobs and money.”
She predicted that in five years, the ACA will become the largest expenditure in the national budget.
“These folks [Congress] are asleep at the wheel,” she said. “You can kick the can down the road only so far.”
To solve these problems and many more, Handel offered a few solutions. First, establish a two-year budget cycle and enact zero-based budgeting at least every decade. This would pare down growing budgets, she said.
She also suggested implementing term limits for Congress.
“Term limits will help bring new blood into government,” she said.
Problems can be solved by sticking to principles rather than politics.
She chastised her party for often not doing enough to fix problems. Pointing to “Hillary-care,” the Clinton-era health care proposal, she said Republicans had defeated it but then did nothing to fix the problems the bill was meant to address.
“Republicans stopped it and then did nothing,” she said. “When we have the ball again, we need to make sure we move it forward.”