Bob Corker supports keeping taxes low and simplifying the tax code. He supports making the tax cuts permanent including the marginal rate cuts, the capital gains and dividend cuts, the increase in the dependent child tax credit, the death tax repeal, the increase in small business expensing, and the research and development tax credits.
The federal government is too big and spends too much money - passing on debt to future generations. Today, our federal debt is over 8 trillion dollars. We need to get control of our spending by reducing the cost of government and learning to be more efficient with taxpayers' hard earned dollars.
In order to rein in government spending, Bob Corker will work to:
1. Reduce the size of government and overall government spending.
2. Balance the budget.
3. Eliminate waste.
4. Keep taxes low to keep the economy growing
Bob Corker and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for 19 years. They have two daughters, Julia (18) and Emily (17) and live in North Chattanooga. The Mayor and his family attend North Shore Fellowship.
Bob graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management.
After working four years as a construction superintendent and saving $8,000, he started his own construction company. His first big break came with a contract to build drive-through windows for Krystal restaurants. His construction business became extremely successful and eventually did work in 18 states. Over time, the acquisition of real estate and other investments became Mayor Corker's business focus and the construction arm of his company was sold in 1990. In 1999, he acquired the two largest and most historic real estate companies in Chattanooga. In recognition of his self-made business success, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga named him to their "Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame".
Bob Corker's impressive leadership talents were soon tapped for work on a statewide scale. In 1995 he was appointed Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee, the most influential appointed position in state government. Among his responsibilities were the preparation and implementation of Tennessee's $13 billion state budget and overseeing the general operations of the state. He applied his same conservative philosophy to his new job----as he helped move almost 40,000 Tennesseans off welfare and into jobs and tightened the state's budget-- all the while rejecting any notion of an income tax or any tax increase.
His interest in public service is the continuation of a commitment he made over 20 years ago. After traveling with his church on a mission trip to Haiti he recognized a duty to offer his time and talent in public service. "From him to whom much is given, much is required" is a Biblical truth that Bob Corker has taken to heart.
Following the mission trip, the Bob Corker began a series of thoughtful, creative initiatives that involved his entire community. He was convinced that homeownership could be a turning point for many poor families. As a conservative, Bob Corker rejected the idea of handouts, and focused instead on partnering with families and offering the education and tools they needed to become responsible homeowners. He founded a non-profit organization that has helped over 10,000 families through low-interest loans or personal training in home maintenance.
In 2001, Chattanoogans made a decision that tremendously impacted their city over the next 4 years. They elected Bob Corker as Mayor, giving him 54% of the vote in an eleven-person field of candidates.
During his term, violent crime in Chattanooga was reduced by half, the city budget was lean and balanced and now property tax rates are the lowest since the 1950's. During his term, over $2 billion has been privately invested in the community and teachers in some of Chattanooga's most challenging schools were rewarded with incentive pay, a results-oriented effort that has dramatically raised student achievement. Recognizing the importance of developing alternative sources of energy, Bob Corker helped bring entrepreneurs to Chattanooga to work on hydrogen fuel cell technology, and today, a building in downtown Chattanooga is being powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
Through Bob Corker's vision and leadership, Outdoor Chattanooga was created, designed to promote and cause citizens to appreciate the region's spectacular environment and God-given natural amenities.
By applying conservative leadership principles and a businessman's focus on results, Mayor Corker made Chattanooga one of the most admired cities in the nation. An independent pollster has recently confirmed that the citizens of Chattanooga are very grateful for Bob Corker's extraordinary leadership: "If he had run for re-election, he would have pretty much been a shoo-in".
Instead, Bob Corker decided to seek the United States Senate seat being relinquished by Senator Bill Frist, seeing a need to bring the right kind of change to Washington. He has an optimistic vision for America and a deep desire to help find constructive solutions for the challenges ahead.
On August 3, 2006, Tennesseans voted to make Bob Corker their Republican nominee for the United States Senate.
During his term, violent crime in Chattanooga was reduced by half, the city budget was lean and balanced and now property tax rates are the lowest since the 1950's. During his term, over $2 billion has been privately invested in the community and teachers in some of Chattanooga's most challenging schools were rewarded with incentive pay, a results-oriented effort that has dramatically raised student achievement. Recognizing the import [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
As our next United States Senator, Bob Corker will advance the pro-life agenda by supporting parental consent requirements.
Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)
As our next United States Senator, Bob Corker will advance the pro-life agenda by supporting parental consent requirements, a ban on partial birth abortion, and a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion.
As our next United States Senator, Bob Corker will advance the pro-life agenda by a ban on partial birth abortion.
Access to capital is a critical pre-condition for business start-ups. One of the many reasons why we must get serious about reducing our federal debt is the effect of big deficits on the supply of capital for private projects.
As someone who started and ran a large construction business and served as Mayor of Chattanooga, I understand the role of government in promoting good jobs and supporting the growth of business. I know that U.S. competitiveness is more important; than ever before. Businesses with emerging technologies can locate anywhere in the world. If we want them to be American firms, we must make America the best place in the world to start and grow a business.
As Senator, I will work to ensure that government works with entrepreneurs and businesses, rather than against them. By reducing the burden of taxation, litigation, and regulation, American entrepreneurs will be better able to create exciting new businesses and good-paying jobs. I will use my experience to identify and remove unreasonable government regulation on small business because I know how it impedes job creation.
America faces a serious problem with federal judges who overstep their bounds. That over-reaching is a dangerous breach of the separation of powers that is an essential part of our form of government. The Senate must put judges on the bench who will look closely at the Constitution for answers and leave legislating to legislators. Our founding fathers wisely designated a democratically elected, representative legislature to be the branch of government that creates new law. After balancing all competing views and interests, the representative legislature speaks for all Americans. When appointed judges overreach, their decisions undermine the public's faith in the democratic process.
I also support limitations on consent decrees. Taxpayers in many states, including Tennessee, have been frustrated by long-standing consent decrees that essentially put a judge, instead of the legislature, in charge of allocating the state's resources.
Frivolous lawsuits continue to drive businesses out of business and drive up the costs of everything we buy. We have begun to curb these abuses by limiting class action lawsuits, but much more needs to be done.
The best way to stop crime is to capture and imprison criminals. During my tenure as Mayor of Chattanooga, we cut violent crime in half in 3 years by putting repeat criminals behind bars.
As our next United States Senator, Bob Corker will work to:
Promote fuel cells, alternative fuels such as ethanol and bio diesel, and clean coal.
Pass a line item veto.
We must focus on reining in wasteful spending in Washington. A Republican budget should be conservative, balanced, and focused on long-term safety and prosperity for every American. I have had a lot of experience with managing budgets --in the private sector, in city government and in state government. If you send me to Washington, I will insist on putting our nation on a sound financial foundation.
In the Senate, Bob Corker will work with other conservatives to reexamine our spending priorities, eliminate waste, and reduce the size of government.
End the earmarking process as we know it today.
Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Increase efficiency and demand accountability from all federal agencies.
Iran and North Korea pose exceptional dangers because of their possession of nuclear materials and our relations with these nations should be a top foreign policy priority. We must be firm in our insistence that Iran and North Korea renounce any nuclear weapons programs and we should stay focused on solving this problem in the near term.
As our next United States Senator, Bob Corker will support legislation protecting traditional marriage.
As Senator, I will protect the Second Amendment's guarantee of our right to bear arms and reject attempts to limit the freedom of law-abiding gun owners.
Skyrocketing health care costs have a powerful negative impact on the competitiveness of American businesses. We should encourage the use of Health Savings Accounts and work to make health insurance more affordable for small businesses. We need to make full use of information technology to reduce costly paperwork and medical errors. Patients need high-quality data about the costs, risks, and outcomes of medical intervention in order to make good health care decisions. Our goal is a high-quality, affordable, efficient system driven by patients' choices.
As Senator, I will be committed to a comprehensive and effective system for homeland security. Controlling our borders and patrolling our points of entry are essential to winning the war against terrorism. In order to achieve this goal, we must address the problem of illegal immigration. Additional resources, both personnel and technology, must be employed along our borders to provide an effective deterrent against illegal entrants. Another critical component of an effective homeland security system is a marked improvement in our nation's intelligence gathering capability. We have made progress since 9/11, but I am convinced that we need to do a great deal more.
In order to keep our country safe and secure we need to:
Secure our borders by using the necessary means -- including more border agents and a barrier where appropriate in high traffic areas.
Reform our immigration laws to provide for controlled and orderly legal immigration. Illegal immigrants should not be rewarded with amnesty or allowed to jump to the front of the legal immigration line.
We must complete our mission in Iraq, supporting the new emerging democratic government until Iraqi forces are prepared to defend their country.
Promote Health Savings Accounts.
Promote the individual deductibility of health costs.
Thousands of brave Tennessee men and women are serving in our military, many of them in harm's way, far from home. We owe them not only our deepest gratitude, but also the best equipment and the best weapons available. Their families struggle with loneliness and anxiety and often face financial hardships. As Senator I will support measures to provide appropriate compensation for military service. We can never adequately repay our military troops, but we can take steps to make their service less of a financial sacrifice.
America must be the world leader in new technology. Our young people need an exceptional education in the sciences in order to compete for the jobs of the future. In a global market for human resources, education is the key to real financial security for American families. As Mayor, I worked hard to recruit venture capital, encourage technology start-ups, bring fuel cell manufacturing opportunities to Chattanooga and to stimulate $2.1 billion in private investment. As Senator, I would take that same commitment to Washington to promote initiatives that improve U.S. competitiveness.
The tax cuts passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2001 and 2003 must be made permanent to keep our economy growing. This includes making the death tax repeal permanent and the marriage penalty repeal permanent. Strong families who save for their children's future are the backbone of our country. Tax policy should never penalize the decision to marry or the desire to pass on a family business or farm to the next generation.
We have to get control of our federal budget by reducing the cost of government and learning to be more efficient with the taxpayers? hard-earned dollars. As someone who worked as a construction laborer and then built a business from scratch, I believe in allowing families to keep more of what they earn. As Senator I will be serious about reducing government spending and keeping taxes low.
Advocate for trade agreements that open markets for Tennessee products.
We owe our freedom to the veterans of our military. When they need to access the medical benefits they have been promised, those services must be easily accessible and provided promptly.