Home: Authors: Doug Heckman
for U.S. Congress

Status: Member since August 25, 2008
Location: United States of America
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TRCB - Member Profile - Doug Heckman

I am asking for your vote to send me to the United States Congress. Why vote for me? Here are a few questions I would ask you:

* Can you name at least 2 bills Congressman Linder has sponsored, co-sponsored or championed over his 16 years in Congress? If not, read on.
* Do you believe that the deficits must stop and the budget balanced? If so, read on.
* Do you believe that the best predictor of future success is a track record of past successes? If so, read on.
* Do you want elected officials that are not career politicians? If so, read on.
* Do you want your elected officials to address and solve our Nations' problems? If so, read on.
* Do you want an end to pork-barrel spending and earmarks? If so, read on.
* While not a prerequisite for Congress, do you believe that a combat veteran brings a useful perspective to our national discourse? If so, read on.

I believe our forefathers had in mind that good men and women from varied walks of life would come to Washington to serve for a finite period of time. Power and special interests have warped our system. Please give me the opportunity to serve you. I pledge to lead and to help achieve real solutions through hard work and reasonable compromise.

A servant leader is someone who works primarily to secure goodness for other people. Laurence McCullough, my pastor at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church, demonstrates servant leadership on a regular basis when he is always available for people in need.
Communication is more than just a buzzword for me. I have repeatedly invited you— my neighbors in District 7— to go to my website, examine my positions, and email me with your ideas and concerns. If a Congressman forgets that his primary responsibility is to stand up for the beliefs of his constituents, then he is not doing his job.
Our country's next great national project must be to shed our dependence on foreign oil. We need to approach this task with the same enthusiasm and intensity with which we approached President John F. Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon.
Education is the silver bullet for so many of our nation's problems. Our efforts to build a "land of opportunity" can succeed only if our public schools give every child the chance to realize his or her potential.
Responsible lawmakers cannot ignore the issue of global warming any longer—but despite overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are forcing global warming, John Linder and other climate change deniers refuse to take action.
Our country must shed its dependence on foreign oil. The relentless rise of gas prices over the past several years demonstrates this fact more clearly than ever.
I believe our national government should play an important role in strengthening our country's economy. In some cases, Congress's role should be to ease off regulations so the market can work more efficiently; in other cases, government intervention may improve our country's long-term economic outlook. I would like to elaborate on several of our country's most important economic problems and my ideas about how Congress can help solve them.
I recently spent close to a year on the ground in Iraq. As an Army Colonel, I was responsible for training and mentoring the Iraqi Army on the east side of Baghdad. I lived on an Iraqi base for that time and interfaced daily with senior US and Iraqi Army Officers.
Democrats and Republicans both shoulder blame for the national government's lack of fiscal discipline. According to Citizens Against Government Waste, the Republican-controlled US Congress of 2003-2007 and the Democrat-controlled legislature of 2007-2008 rang up a combined $110 Billion in pork-barrel projects, which does not include expenses for the War on Terror.
John Linder’s only major point of advocacy in eight terms is his FairTax proposal, which would replace all national taxes with a 30% or more flat national sales tax.