ATLANTA, GA, April 23, 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 the race for the seat is like a political version of “Let’s Make a Deal” because almost all of the candidates take no stand whatsoever on the most significant issues.
Including Mr. Buckley, according to balletopedia.com, 18 candidates have qualified for the race. Also according to balletopedia.com, four of them, Jamesia James, Joy Felicia Slade, Annette Davis Jackson and Michael Todd Green, have no campaign website. Thus, they apparently have not made their positions, if any, known in writing. That leaves 14 candidates.
Of the remaining 14 candidates, all of whom have a campaign website, six candidates, including Stacy Abrams-endorsed Raphael Warnock, do not cover issues at all on their websites. Also included in this list are Deborah Jackson, A. Wayne Johnson, Kadiss Taylor, Elbert Bartell and U.S. House of Representatives member Doug Collins. Mr. Collins has or had a U.S. House website. On it he lists or listed positions regarding major issues, including the national debt, many of which are contrary to his voting record. That leaves eight candidates.
Of the remaining eight candidates, three cover five or fewer issues on their campaign website. These persons are Matt Lieberman, Ed Tarver and Derrick “The Minister of Truth” Grayson. Lieberman briefly covers in overview-type language his pro-environment stance, his guns safety stance, his support for quality affordable health care, his pro voting rights position and his support for Roe v. Wade. In relatively few words, Mr. Tarver covers the needs for criminal justice reform, removal of barriers to Georgia farmers while protecting the environment, and responsible taxation and responsible utilization of taxpayer dollars, along with the need to provide/improve affordable, accessible and equitable health care. Derrick Grayson covers abortion (stating he is both pro life and pro choice), the Second Amendment, marriage, human trafficking and the role and power of the Federal Reserve Bank. That leaves five candidates.
Of the remaining five candidates, no one other than Mr. Buckley tackles the tough issues, including simplifying the tax system, means of reducing health care costs and spending in general, and a real means of solving the nation’s financial problems. The incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, covers eight very generic areas in very general “feel good” terms, by stating she is pro-agriculture and farmers, pro-taxpayer and private sector solutions to healthcare problems, anti-regulation and pro-business, for enforcement of the immigration laws, pro-education, and pro-military and veterans. No substance whatsoever is provided. Her section on the budget and debt has the exact language of her education section. Perhaps this was a mistake, but perhaps not. The other three candidates, Tamara Johnnson-Shealey, Richard Dien Winfield and Brian Slowinski, take positions with respect to many significant issues, but none of them deal with the financial issues, the tax system or how to cut costs and balance the budget. Mr. Slowinski says the income tax should be repealed, but he provides no suggestion of an alternative source of revenue to replace it.
Buckley said: “The race for Kelly Loeffler’s seat is like a political version of ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’ The candidates either don’t know where they stand on the major issues or they’re not making their positions known in writing. Our nation has significant challenges. A U.S. Senate race should be about issues. This is no time to be taking what is behind the curtain. I propose specific solutions to all of the nation’s major problems, the most significant of which are the financial problems. Our national debt will soon exceed $25 trillion and our annual revenue has never exceeded $3.5 trillion. Unlike all of my opponents, included on my campaign website are my positions with respect to all the major issues, including several bills drafted to solve a number of the problems. Those problems include reasonable reductions to entitlements, means of addressing climate change, means of reducing the power of the Executive Branch and means of better protecting consumers.”
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.