ATLANTA, GA, August 5, 2020 — Allen Buckley, a fiscal conservative independent candidate in the special election race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kelly Loeffler, says an oath of loyalty to President Trump by Doug Collins specified on a money solicitation by Collins for Senate, Inc. hurts Georgians.
On July 31st, Allen Buckley received a money solicitation that said it was “Paid for by Collins for Senate, Inc.” Included in the solicitation is the following language: “In this U.S. Senate race, with the eyes of the nation upon us, we need a candidate who: . . . Knows the Holy Bible . . . Allen, I’m an ordained minister . . . and an attorney . . . I took an oath of loyalty to President Trump and his agenda and it’s not written on a piece of paper . . .I can’t win without the help of patriots who are as loyal to President Trump as I am.”
According to the history.house.gov website, the oath Mr. Collins should have taken when he began his current House of Representatives term reads: “I, ___________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Buckley said: “Doug Collins’s stated loyalty oath to President Trump hurts Georgians. The loyalty of Mr. Collins was evident when he defended Mr. Trump in the impeachment hearings. If Mr. Trump were flawless and always acted within the boundaries of the Constitution, perhaps a dual oath would work. But, Mr. Trump has many flaws, including financial recklessness, little concern about the future and the environment, an unlikeable, selfish personality, and a failure to lead with respect to both the coronavirus situation and current racial unrest. His actions with respect to the Ukraine were inconsistent with Congress’s actions, and taken solely to increase his re-election odds. We need a senator who stands with the president when he or she is in the right, and opposes him or her when he or she is in the wrong. I would be so.”
On Collins’s House website, he has the following language: “Currently, the federal government is spending far more than it takes in, and the result is a national debt of more than $20 trillion. In order to strengthen our economy and encourage job growth, we must rein in government spending, reforms entitlement programs, reduce costly red tape, and cut out waste and fraud in government programs.”
Regarding spending, Mr. Collins voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA 2018) and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. Both bills suspended the debt limit. In conjunction with voting for the BBA 2018, Collins also voted for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. It was enacted, and it resulted in large increases to both defense and nondefense spending, in accordance with BBA 2018. On February 20, 2019, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said of BBA 2018: “The 2018 budget deal enacted a massive increase in discretionary spending. The deal grew spending by 16 percent from 2017 to 2019, blew through the bipartisan caps set in 2011, and added $420 billion to the debt — mostly over two years. Today’s spending levels are high by historical standards. In inflation-adjusted dollars, base discretionary spending in 2019 is higher than any other time in history besides 2010. . . . The law prior to the BBA 2018 had limited defense discretionary spending in FY 2019 to $562 billion and non-defense discretionary to $530 billion. The BBA 2018 increased these spending levels by $85 billion and $67 billion, respectively, for a total of $153 billion (0.7 percent of GDP).”
Collins regularly votes for tax cuts. He voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Cutting taxes while increasing spending results in more federal debt. Total debt is now approximately $27 trillion. Annual federal revenue has never exceeded $3.5 trillion. In 2007, when total federal debt was less than $9 trillion, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it foresaw our nation’s debts spiraling out of control. Collins has taken no legislative action to reform entitlement programs.
Buckley also said: “I’m not entirely sure how the Bible stands on hypocrisy, but I don’t think it jibes.”
Mr. Buckley’s “Save Tomorrow” campaign is about living for today and tomorrow, instead of living for today to the detriment of tomorrow. The focus is on doing things to make tomorrow as good as or even better than today, by acting now to address the nation’s financial challenges and confronting global warming in a practical way. Mr. Buckley is an attorney/CPA. He can be reached for comment at (404) 610-1936. Mr. Buckley’s campaign website is www.buckleyforsenate.org.