From crafting legislation on Capitol Hill to promoting freedom to working one-on-one with constituents in order to ensure that their casework is resolved, Rob has committed the last 16 years to fighting for conservative ideals and common-sense government. During his time in working with Congressman John Linder, he has served as Congressman Linder's lead staff on the Speaker's Health Care Task Force, the Speaker's Medicare Task Force, the Speaker's Tobacco Settlement Task Force, the House Rules Committee, the House Administration Committee and the Elected Leadership Committee.
As Congressman Linder's Chief of Staff, Rob has made it his priority to create an office that functions for the people. Working from both the Washington Office and the Georgia Office, he has committed to making constituent service the foundation of the Linder Staff, a staff that has assisted over ten thousand constituents one-on-one in the last decade and responded to literally hundreds of thousands of incoming constituent inquiries.
In 1999, Rob began the push for the FairTax with Congressman Linder. He has traveled from coast-to-coast to promote the initiative. In 2005, he assisted Congressman Linder and Neal Boortz in crafting The FairTax Book, and when the duo decided to write the second book, FairTax: The Truth, they enlisted Rob as a partner and co-author, resulting in a second New York Times #1 Bestseller in 2008.
The second of two children, Rob Woodall was born in Athens, GA, while his parents were finishing at the University of Georgia.
He attended both public and private grade schools, ultimately graduating from Marist in 1988. Rob attended Furman University where he graduated in 1992, and enrolled in law school at the University of Georgia that same year.
Rob has committed the last 16 years to fighting for conservative ideals and common-sense government. During his time in working with Congressman John Linder, he has served as Congressman Linder's lead staff on the Speaker's Health Care Task Force, the Speaker's Medicare Task Force, the Speaker's Tobacco Settlement Task Force, the House Rules Committee, the House Administration Committee and the Elected Leadership Committee.
As Congressman Linder's Chief of Staff, Rob has made it his priority to create an office that functions for the people. In 1999, Rob began the push for the FairTax with Congressman Linder. He has traveled from coast-to-coast to promote the initiative. In 2005, he assisted Congressman Linder and Neal Boortz in crafting The FairTax Book, and when the duo decided to write the second book, FairTax: The Truth, they enlisted Rob as a partner and co-author, resulting in a second New York Times #1 Bestseller in 2008.
In 2005, he assisted Congressman Linder and Neal Boortz in crafting The FairTax Book, and when the duo decided to write the second book, FairTax: The Truth, they enlisted Rob as a partner and co-author, resulting in a second New York Times #1 Bestseller in 2008.
Politicians love to talk about what they are going to do in Washington. For me, being your Congressman is even more about what I do here in Georgia. My career has been one of service to you. I have been proud that when you had nowhere else to turn, you turned to your Congressional office, and my staff and I have been there for you. From Social Security checks to passports, from disability payments to veteran benefits, I have been proud to lead a team that exists only to help you. I will continue that strong tradition. I will make you proud with my service in Washington, but I will be most proud of my service to you here at home.
Source: robwoodall.com/index.php/issues (12/02/2010)
I am strongly pro-life. This issue is not a sound-byte as it has become for so many. With an estimated 1 million babies aborted each year in America-about one-third of all the babies born in America-being pro-life requires more than just being anti-abortion. My pro-life principles make me a strong supporter of abstinence education, which will help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies among our nation's teens. I am also a strong supporter of adoption programs to ensure that all children are wanted and loved. The mothers who are aborting these babies clearly do not love these children. Those of us who are pro-life must stand together at the family level, the church level, the community level, the state level and more to nurture and love these children as they come into this world.
A nation that has created an industry for supporting the destruction of unborn human babies yet jails its citizens for the destruction of the eggs of a bald eagle or a loggerhead turtle is a nation that has clearly lost its way.
Source: robwoodall.com/index.php/issues (06/25/2010)
Every year hard-working Americans armed only with faith in our free market system and a dream venture out to start a small business. The recession has hit small businesses hard, but they continue to do more with less. Most Americans in the private workforce continue to either operate a small business themselves or be employed by one. These businesses-not an expensive government program-are the the driver for new employment in this nation. Individuals with ideas and a focus on the bottom line are far more effective at creating jobs, wealth, and success than is the government, which is simply recycling stale policies that complicate business decisions and minimize profits.
Small and nimble, these new enterprises can grow by quickly adapting to changing circumstances. As such, these businesses can weather recessionary business cycles. Unfortunately, the current Administration is adding additional business burdens with universal health care mandates, a 1000% increase in unemployment insurance premiums, and a punishing tax environment for small business. While my ultimate goal is to pass the FairTax in order to create the most vibrant business environment possible, if Congress is not going to commit to help our small businesses, the least it can do is get out of the way of their success. Small businesses need Congress to focus on a simpler tax code, relief from health care and environmental mandates, and continued access to financing and small business capital instead of artificial "jobs" bills that simply grow government and regulatory position.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses make this nation great. They have my admiration today, and they will have my support in Congress when I am elected.
The stimulus program: I will work to repeal the stimulus bills and reclaim all of the stimulus dollars that have not yet been spent. Rather than being squandered on short-term, feel-good programs, these dollars are better used to pay down the crippling debt that our nation currently endures.
I am a fierce advocate for more local control of education. The education of our children is far too important and far too expensive (it costs roughly $100,000 to put a child through school-kindergarten through grade 12) to hand off to bureaucrats in Washington, DC. Federal involvement has not led to better test scores from students, but it has certainly led to headaches for parents and teachers.
Our communities and our families know best what our kids need, and I will protect our right to make these important and formative decisions. Congress must repeal ineffective education policy that consolidates decision-making in Washington,DC, and must return authority to the states and power to the the parents to choose the education system-be it public school, a home school, or other option-that is right for their child.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 90% of the funding for Georgia schools comes from state, county, and private sources. Less than 10% of the funding comes from Washington, and of course every nickel that does come from Washington is a nickel that was taken from a Georgia taxpayer to begin with. I will work to keep all of those Georgia taxpayer nickels in Georgia, so that Georgia has the resources to fund it school system free from Federal interference.
The TARP program: I completely opposed this bank bailout bill, but even its advocates agree that it was only supposed to be a short-term program that would terminate as the funds were repaid. I know that you share my outrage that as these dollars have been repaid to the Treasury, the Obama administration is finding new ways to spend this money and keep the program alive. I will repeal the TARP program and target all repaid funds toward deficit reduction.
A rescissions bill: It is true that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are currently working to pass a budget that promises to triple the national debt over ten years. However, even if they succeed, America is not locked into that budget. Next year, we can pass a "rescissions" bill that looks at all of the excessive spending promised by President Obama for 2011 and that terminates those objectionable programs, finally targeted those saved dollars toward deficit reduction.
I will work to repeal TARP, Stimulus, and all of the other misguided and wasteful Obama jobs proposals, and I will retarget this money at deficit reduction and across the board tax reductions.
The economy is tough. I know many families who are having a difficult time making ends meet, particularly if one of the breadwinners has lost a job. Most of these families are doing a couple of wise things. First, they are curtailing new expenses. You don't need a new car if the old one gets you from point A to point B. Second, they are eliminating other expenses, such as switching to Netflix instead of going out to the movies.
The government must do the same. Now, I realize that much has changed since the government last balanced the budget. Our national security situation has changed dramatically. So we must prioritize. Like families, we should not buy expensive new things. Obamacare leaps to mind. We need to pare back. There are so many cockamamie Federally funded projects, it would make your head spin--from pickle science to wood research. I will stand up and say, "No."
As your representative, I will watch out for your money. I will support fiscally responsible spending and common sense. I will not support new entitlements and I will hold the Federal Reserve accountable to Congress and to the American people. I will support lower taxes and smaller government. Each of my decisions about taxes and spending will be based on what denies the government any more of your hard-earned money and what prevents our government from mortgaging America's future. I won't stop with simply a balanced budget. I will insist that we begin debt reduction as well! America's families must do it; the Federal government must do it too.
It is true that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are currently working to pass a budget that promises to triple the national debt over ten years. However, even if they succeed, America is not locked into that budget. Next year, we can pass a "rescissions" bill that looks at all of the excessive spending promised by President Obama for 2011 and that terminates those objectionable programs, finally targeting those saved dollars toward deficit reduction.
We must all hold ourselves accountable, and we must hold our leaders accountable. I applaud Republican Leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor for holding Speaker Nancy Pelosi accountable as she seeks to freeze both the minority and the American people out of the legislative process. I commit to joining them in that fight for fairness, and I commit to working to hold both Republicans and Democrats accountable to the same high standards. The disappointing shenanigans of Speaker Pelosi would be equally disappointing from a Republican Speaker, and I will condemn those shenanigans irrespective of which political party engages in them. Congress can do better, and the American people deserve better.
Like most Americans, I am tired of the inside-the-beltway shell game that prevents Americans from understanding what is being passed in Congress. I am committed to bringing openness to the process. Every bill must be published for at least 72 hours before a vote is taken on it, and it should be short enough so that it can actually be read and understood within that time frame. There is nothing that Congress needs to do that can't be broken into smaller pieces. Finally, bills should concern only a single topic. Miscellaneous bills should not be attached to others. I will work to ensure that only germane language is in each bill that comes to the floor.
As your representative in Congress, I will take seriously my duty to protect our Constitutional directives. I have been licensed to carry a gun since I was 22. I go to the firing range and shoot on the family farm. Folks like me--or Georgia's hunters or those who just wish to protect their home--do not need more gun laws on top of the dozens in place now. The law-abiding citizens follow these laws and the criminals do not.
In Congress, I will stand up for gun owners and against further restrictions. Let's penalize those who use firearms in the commission of a crime but not those of us who use guns for recreation or sports. Let's not write more laws the bad guys will just ignore.
Thomas Jefferson had it right when he said, "NO free man shall ever be debarred from the use of arms." I stand with you and with him.
The United States is fortunate beyond measure for the foresight of our Founding Fathers. They didn't all agree. But they considered and debated issues that shape our country today. When debating the Constitution in 1787, they rightly worried that the central government would grow too big. So they wisely added a Bill of Rights that spelled out limits on the Federal government.
I think about the solemn responsibilities of our Founders. They knew they were risking their lives to outline these revolutionary ideas. They spelled out that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It doesn't get much clearer than that. Yet, there is no shortage of legislation in Congress to limit this right the Founders named for us.
The health care bill: There are many things that we can do together to lower health care costs and improve health care quality in this country. H.R. 3400, the "Empowering Patients First Act" is one such solution. We can and must work together to do bring those bills to passage for the American people. In bringing these solutions, however, we must also repeal the government-controlled health care model that President Obama passed. We will repeal this bill and replace it with one that is driven by the doctor-patient relationship and consumer choices.
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) James Woolsey put it best in describing the end of the Cold War when he said, "We have slain a large dragon -- but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes. In many ways, the dragon was easier to keep track of." After September 11, 2001, the United States became engaged in a long-term battle against an enemy capable of widespread devastation to nearly every facet of daily American life. Our government and the private sector now spend countless man-hours and resources to thwart emerging and possible threats and attacks, and we must continue to do so.
Our enemy is highly mobile and capable of re-inventing itself and its modes of terror, whether it be through potential threats to our transportation infrastructure, contamination of our drinking water and food systems, or bacterial pathogens introduced into the population. We are certainly more prepared to address certain forms of terrorism than we were nine years ago, but the danger remains in other areas, and that is why democracy promotion throughout the world and our continued presence in Afghanistan are necessary features of our fight to rid the world of terrorism.
I strongly believe that General Petraeus will prove to be the positive guiding force that will lead us and the Afghani people toward victory in our fight on the Afghan front of the Global War on Terrorism. I greatly admire his leadership and resolve, and I will work hard to support him as he makes the tough decisions necessary to win this war. His leadership during President Bush's troop surge in Iraq brought victory, and I pray that his leadership during President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan will bring the same.
I strongly believe that General Petraeus will prove to be the positive guiding force that will lead us and the Afghani people toward victory in our fight on the Afghan front of the Global War on Terrorism.
The 14th Amendment was ratified in the aftermath of the Civil War to ensure that all persons who had been born into slavery on U.S. soil would become citizens of this great country and to reiterate that the Federal government could make no law abridging the rights of any citizen as guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution without due process of law.
Today, however, many illegal immigrants come to this country, have children, and claim birthright U.S. citizenship for their children under the authority of the 14th Amendment. This is wrong, and it must be stopped.
As such, I'm committed to supporting legislation that would clarify who is considered a natural born citizen. Former U.S. Representative Nathan Deal introduced H.R. 1868 in the U.S. House of Representatives last year. Under this bill, the only way that someone could be considered a natural born citizen is if a parent meets at least one of the following three criteria: 1) is a citizen or national of the United States, 2) is a lawful permanent resident, or 3) is an alien that is on active military duty with the U.S. military. Passing this law would solve the birthright citizenship issue without the need to amend the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution is a remarkable document and we should be very careful before jumping to the conclusion that passing an Amendment is the only way to fix our current problems. Since 1791, when the Bill of Rights was ratified, the Constitution has only been amended 17 times. This is not a failing of our Republic, but a testament to the strength of the Constitution, which has governed for hundreds of years, almost exactly as the Founding Fathers drafted it. I respect the wisdom of the United States Constitution and vow to uphold it at all costs.
We are a nation of immigrants, and we should all be proud of that. Immigration built this country and has been a key to our nation's strength. I swell with pride at the thought of our humble beginnings, and I am a strong supporter of legal immigration. Throughout our history, and still today, immigrants are among our nation's greatest engineers, scientists, political leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, and more.
As these legal immigrants know, we are also a nation of laws, and illegal immigration has no place in America. We have laws to control how and who we allow to enter this nation, and for what reason they come. There are migrant worker visas, permanent immigrant visas, student visas, fiancee visas and many more. If you have a legitimate reason to come to this country, there is a legal avenue for you to do so. Those who ignore our laws demonstrate by doing so that they do not respect this country.
The responsibility of safe-guarding our nation and securing our borders is exclusively the job the Federal government and, sadly, the Federal government has failed to aggressively enforce these laws. A country that cannot maintain a secure border has lost its sovereignty. Although I support efforts to drastically reduce the size and scope of the Federal government, my commitment to properly funding and implementing the security of our borders is non-negotiable.
"Immigration reform" must begin with the securing America's border. Until we succeed in that first step, there cannot be a second.
We are certainly more prepared to address certain forms of terrorism than we were nine years ago, but the danger remains in other areas, and that is why democracy promotion throughout the world and our continued presence in Afghanistan are necessary features of our fight to rid the world of terrorism.
President Obama just doesn't get it. First he focused on energy taxes and "global warming." Then he turned his attention to nationalizing our health care. Now, he is finally focused on jobs, and he is bringing predictable government-driven solutions. The Federal government doesn't create jobs. Small businesses and entrepreneurs do. The government simply gets in the way. I will work to repeal TARP, Stimulus, and all of the other misguided and wasteful Obama jobs proposals, and I will retarget this money at deficit reduction and across the board tax reductions. I will work to ensure that American products can compete on a level playing with foreign competition and that the Federal government removes the destructive disincentives that encourage American jobs to relocate overseas.
The FairTax has hundreds of thousands of supporters across this country and in the hall of Congress--but it is losing it's champion as John Linder retires. I will be that next champion. I know the FairTax. I believe in the FairTax. Both John Linder and Neal Boortz have endorsed me in this effort. Too often politicians simply vote the right way and do no more. I will be tireless in championing the FairTax and its principles of freedom. The FairTax will move power out of the hands of Washington and return that power to the individual. The promise of the FairTax is an American economy that can continue to grow and thrive in the 21st century.
I will work to ensure that American products can compete on a level playing field with foreign competition and that the Federal government removes the destructive disincentives that encourage American jobs to relocate overseas.