Have you seen the latest polls? Biden’s approval rating is underwater. Republicans are set to demolish Democrats in state and federal elections. We’re taking back the House. We’re taking back the Senate.
It’s truly shaping up to be a ~spooky~ Halloween for Washington Democrats.
While Pennsylvania Ave faces a nightmare of their own making, Main Street has been battling the frightful reality of its policies for two years. One-party Democrat rule has made everything more expensive, from tricks to treats and everything in between.
Just take a look at how Bidenflation is weighing down your child’s candy bucket:
- Pumpkins are UP 7.5%
- Twix are UP 53%
- Skittles are UP 41%
- Reese’s are UP 35%
- Starbursts are UP 30%
- Kit Kats are UP 21%
- Snickers are UP 12%
- M&M’s are UP 12%
- Sour Patch Kids are UP 10%
- Butterfingers are UP 5%
Candy prices on average are up OVER 13%, which is no surprise, given the “hotter” than expected at 8.2% inflation numbers for September. Inflation has outpaced workers’ wages for 18 months in a row under Joe Biden’s watch. For Georgians, our inflation rate is 14.1%, which adds up to over $8,000 a year.
That’s not just one paycheck, that’s several paychecks. Something has to change.
House Republicans have unveiled our Commitment to America which includes building an economy that’s strong. Our plan to build a strong economy includes curbing the wasteful spending that is driving inflation and growing our national debt.
We will also increase take-home pay, create good-paying jobs, and bring stability to the economy through pro-growth tax and deregulatory policies.
We’re going to make an America that’s energy independent and reduce gas prices.
We are going to strengthen the supply chain and end dependence on China.
This is how we build an economy that works for the American people.
All treats, no tricks.
Monday, October 24, 2022: On Saturday, I had a live interview on the Saturday Report show with Rita Crosby on Newsmax to discuss inflation, the midterm elections, and news of the day.
Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking to the Georgia Medical Association at their annual meeting in Savannah. After my speech, along with Georgia State Legislators Sen. Ben Watson, Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, Rep. Sharon Cooper and Rep. Mark Newton, I participated in a panel discussion on health care issues.
I’m in downtown Savannah this morning as I speak to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers who are meeting in our city this week. After a lively interaction with this great group, I head to Midtown Savannah where I meet with two constituents, one of whom runs a trucking company in our district and shares with me his concerns impacting this vital industry.
Next, I head to Patterson City Hall in Pierce County, and during the drive, I join in on our all staff conference call. Once in Patterson, I have the very special honor of presenting Charlotte Minter-Cox with her deceased husband’s military medals that he never received before his death. Among the medals that Private Robert S. Cox received, and we were able to obtain, were the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Loops, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. We often get requests to help our veterans obtain their medals as well as their service records and are glad to help.
Afterwards, I head to Offerman in Pierce County to the Chemours mineral separation facility where we have a tour and discussion on critical minerals and supply chain before heading to the Jesup mine in Wayne County where we get a windshield tour of the surface mining facility. The process used here to extract titanium, zircon, and staurolite, is minimally invasive using an on-site gravity spiral separation process that does not require the use of chemicals.
Next, I head to Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup where I attend the 2022 Wayne County Annual Chamber of Commerce meeting. Representing the business community in Jesup and Wayne County, the Chamber of Commerce helps advance and expand the local economy.
From here, I head back to Savannah in Chatham County where I meet with Korean Ambassador Taeyong Cho, the Korean Consul General to Atlanta and Commercial Attache for Korean Embassy. All are in town for the groundbreaking ceremony in Bryan County tomorrow of the Hyundai Electric Vehicle plant.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022: Today is a special day in the life of the First District and Georgia as we hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the largest economic development project in the history of our state, the Hyundai Motor Groups Metaplant America in North Bryan County near I-16. The $5.5 billion investment will create more than 8,100 jobs and will spur the creation of many ancillary businesses and jobs in the area. Along with state and federal officials, including Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr, the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of construction of the facility that is expected to open in 2025.
Afterwards, I head to Hinesville in Liberty County for the grand opening of the Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners, a great addition to our area that is located just outside Fort Stewart. The clinic will provide mental health care and counseling for those post 9/11 veterans, service members and families with emotional, mental, and psychological issues. Started in 2016, this is the 23rd clinic that the Cohen Veterans Network has opened and has already helped more than 45,000 veterans, active-duty service members and their family members.
Afterwards, I head to Harris Ace Hardware in Jesup where I meet with constituents before heading to our Savannah District office where I have a conference call with the Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. Shereef Elnahal, to discuss the recent decision by the Department of Defense to eliminate 1,500 community pharmacies from the TRICARE prescription network that will leave 400,000 recipients without access to their local pharmacies.
Next, I head to Tybee Island in Chatham County to meet with constituents, and during the drive, I have a live interview on the Vince Coglinaese Radio show to discuss recent legislation I have introduced to restrict pay and travel if the President fails to meet budget deadlines.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022: I’m up early this morning and have a phone interview with the Washington Examiner to discuss energy policy.
Later in the morning, I head to The Club at Savannah Harbor Golf Club where I participate in the 200 Club of The Coastal Empires annual golf tournament. This great organization provides financial assistance, including fully paid college education to the surviving spouse and children of law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty.
After the tournament, I record this week’s edition of Buddy’s Briefing before having a phone interview with Axios to discuss my Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) legislation.
After stopping by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Savannah Connection event downtown, I head to the Forest City Gun Club where I meet with constituents before heading to Skidaway Island to meet with constituents.
Thursday, October 27, 2022: After a phone interview with Military.com to discuss the TRICARE prescription program, I head to Darien in McIntosh County to meet with constituents and, during the drive, I join in on our all staff conference call.
Next, I head to the Darien News offices where I have an interview before heading to Jesup in Wayne County where I meet with constituents.
Later, I head to St. Simons Island in Glynn County where I meet with constituents.
Friday, October 28, 2022: I’ve got three interviews this morning beginning with my good friend Scott Ryfun on StraightTalk radio as we discuss news of the day.
Next, I join in a panel on Mornings with Maria on Fox Business as we crunch the latest economic numbers.
My final interview this morning is back on the radio with my good friend John Fredericks as we discuss news of the day.
Later in the day, I head to Richmond Hill in Bryan County as I meet with constituents.
I was saddened this week to hear of the passing of legendary University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, a man who had a tremendous impact on many of us in the State of Georgia.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Coach Dooley while serving in the Georgia State Legislature and in Congress through his work on historic preservation policy and his trips to Washington. He always commented about how much he enjoyed reading our newsletter every week and, as you can imagine, it made me and our team extremely proud.
One of the last times I saw Coach Dooley was at the National Championship game in Indianapolis last January. He was kind enough to allow me and two of my sons to get a picture with him. His only request was that it be in the newsletter that week. It was indeed and this week, in honor of this Georgia legend, we’ve included it again.
Our thoughts and prayers, and those of the entire DAWG nation are with Barbara and the Dooley family.