Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Mac Collins meets with U.S. Troops in Iraq in 2003
The Tifton Gazette: Candidate for Congress visits Tifton
By Angie Thompson
TIFTON — The speech of a Congressional candidate was delayed when he and Kiwanis members he was scheduled to address Friday left their lunches on the table at the Holiday Inn to line U.S. Highway 82 and welcome troops returning from Iraq.

Mac Collins, a Republican candidate for the newly created District 8 Congressional seat currently held by Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall, told Kiwanis members once he took the podium that he was in Washington at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"I later voted on a resolution authorizing the deployment of troops," Collins said.
District 8 is comprised of 21 counties, including all of Tift County, and parts or all of Irwin, Ben Hill, Wilcox, Colquitt and Worth counties.

Collins said he still supported having troops in Iraq and that they should be stationed there until the country's government is well-established. He also said that Iraq had valuable resources in the form of oil and could use the money made from it against the United States if troops were pulled out too soon.

"Saddam had weapons of mass destruction," Collins said. "He admitted it and used them on his own people."

On the issue of Hispanic immigrants, Collins said the government should close the border between the United States and Mexico. Saying that there are an estimated 12 million illegal Hispanic immigrants in the United States, Collins commented that the government had no way to keep track of where they are.

"The only place we know where they are is if they are in prison," Collins.
As he talked about high gas prices, Collins cited the fact that the United States hasn't built a new oil refinery in decades and voiced his belief that drilling should begin on "the northern slopes of Alaska, in the Gulf and in California."

"Why are we not doing those things?" Collins asked. "There comes a time when you have to put some common sense to use and I haven't seen a lot of that in the past few years."

Collins said he favored ending the estate tax and other taxes he described as double taxation.
"Our tax codes, regulatory provisions and high cost of protecting yourself from possible litigation has taken jobs," Collins said.