CUMMING — Fresh off a family trip to New York and Washington, D.C., newly re-elected state Rep. Geoff Duncan of Forsyth County told a recent gathering of a local veterans organization that many of Georgia and America’s ills can be fixed by taking personal responsibility and not spending above the country’s means.
Duncan, a Republican who represents District 26, will begin his second term in the Georgia General Assembly this January.
He told the Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America that economic recovery can be attained with a simple three-part plan: Produce more goods, spend less and become energy independent.
While acknowledging that putting those parts together would take a lot of work and coordination, it should be a priority for national leadership.
The lawmaker said his faith and conservative philosophy have led him to conclude that bigger government is never going to be the fix for poverty.
“I truly believe that churches, charities and individuals can make a serious dent in what poverty looks like,” he said.
Duncan added that these organizations can also provide the necessary ingredient of encouragement for people to be productive on their own.
A one-time pitcher in the then Florida Marlins’ organization, Duncan is a homebuilder who enjoys coaching his sons’ athletic teams. He serves on three key state legislative committees: Banking, Interstate Cooperation and Science and Technology.
The local Vietnam veterans chapter meets the first Monday of each month at Golden Corral restaurant on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with the meeting following at 7 p.m. All Vietnam-era vets are invited.