Bachelors Degree, Business Administration, Economics, Hope College
Manufacturer, Elite Quilting Company
On The Record
Why are you running to represent the 14th Congressional District?
I am a business owner and I have seen and experienced firsthand, like myriads of business owners across the country, the direct result of our weak trade policies. Trade policies like Free Trade Act With Asia, the newly proposed Free Trade with China, NAFTA, and the newly proposed Transpacific Partnership have wiped out American manufacturing jobs. Quality manufacturing jobs have always been an economic foundation of our country and this is why the founding fathers and our leadership have always protected American Industries. Unfortunately, in recent years our leadership has embraced free trade with countries that exploit labor which has had a direct and serious impact on our economy. Weak foreign trade policies have increased government spending, decreased revenue and financially crushed middle class families. Our current political dissentions, increase spending, increase deficit, debt, and government shutdown are simply symptoms of our loss of quality jobs in the United States that have been exported to foreign competition. We need leadership that will steer our country back to the traditional economic policies American leadership has always embraced since the inception of The United States.
The Supreme Court upheld the legality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, and the act's rollout continues to move forward. What – if anything – would you do as a congressman to make sure the act is successful?
I support the concept of the Affordable Care Act. There are many improvements that will take place over time and the goal of good leadership is to make this a better product. I do remember that Richard Nixon offered a very similar program during his campaign and so the model of the Affordable Care Act is not new. I do support stripping back some of the mandated “over” coverage in order to encourage insurance companies to offer additional policies with lower premiums. For example, catastrophic health care plans should be offered to individuals who want to pay for routine medical expenses rather than broad encompassing policies with higher premiums. By encouraging lower premiums this will encourage a “willing” public participation rather than mandating participation. We can also reduce premiums by moving “uninsurable’ people from the insurance exchanges into state programs. I am encouraged by the Republican proposals that also focus on reducing premiums. Their suggestion to lower premiums by eliminating taxes on pharmaceutical drug and medical device companies and capping tax exclusions is welcomed input. In order to make the ACA or the Republican HealthCare Program successful, leadership from both parties must work together. I am willing to support leadership from both parties.
The U.S. faces a $17 trillion debt burden. Can this debt be brought down without raising taxes? If not, where can spending be cut? Be specific in your answer.
The key to balance federal spending and reduce the $17 trillion debt burden is managing the budget, incorporating beneficial cuts and constructive duty increases. First, cuts need to be implemented in programs that are not cost effective. Other expensive programs such as welfare, food stamps and Medicaid need to be reformed which can greatly reduce spending. Corporate welfare is another area where cuts and reform can be applied to save Billions. Strong cuts need to be executed in many government agencies that are outdated, or serve no real purpose. With this said, I know that welfare, food stamps and Medicaid can be reformed to save approximately 70 billion dollars based solely on the findings of the U.S Department of Justice. Many of the reforms are based on the very suggestions from the people that receive welfare, food stamps and Medicaid. The people that truly need these programs wish to protect these programs from misuse from individuals that should not qualify for the programs and are taking advantage of these programs. An additional 15 billion should be cut from corporate welfare; 6 billion cut from foreign aid and of course, the 7 billion that has recently been allocated to Iran. Federal agencies that are not beneficial and should be cut would reduce our spending by an additional 50 billion dollars. As far as revenue increases there are a few that are very attractive that would greatly benefit our country as a whole, but for the benefit of this short essay I would first propose a duty increase that matches Ronald Reagan’s numbers which could increase revenues as much as 275 billion dollars. This would encourage U.S. Industries, increase domestic income revenue and cut unemployment. This overall direction would have an immediate impact on balancing the budget, reduce the $17 trillion debt burden, and would significantly improve the real economy. I do not see a need to increase taxes at any level if our foreign trade policies are changed.
What would you do if elected to create more jobs in the 14th Congressional District?
A priority as your elected representative would be to protect and stimulate existing manufacturing in the 14th Congressional District as well as encourage new manufacturers to establish new manufacturing facilities. One company that I would immediately contact would be Whirlpool Corporation. Whirlpool Corporation is making a conscious effort to reestablish manufacturing facilities in the United States. I would offer tax and property incentives to bring manufacturing of appliances and other related parts to our district. This would bring millions of additional revenue to families in the area and bolster real estate values. Also, I would protect local businesses such as precision machine shops and other manufacturers that are located nearby. One manufacturer of industrial cutting knifes indicated to me that if imported knifes were reduce their company would hire an additional one hundred employees. This could bring in an additional three million dollars in revenue in our area and save potentially one million in government assistance programs. If we protect our industries in our district, other companies nationwide will benefit as well. I would use the Small Business Association (SBA) to stimulate local small businesses. SBA financial packages are available to businesses to encourage financial activity. I will make use of these funds. There is approximately $14 billion available to establish and expand businesses. Our local economy should be using some of these funds. The services of SBA should be made available to the 14th Congressional District to stimulate our local economy. I would approach businesses and entrepreneurs through local conferences to inform and instruct them of the programs that available to bring jobs into our communities. Also, business tax credit and tax cuts are going to be made available in the new Federal Budget and I will make every effort to advertise these programs. In addition, venture capitalists are looking for supplementary investments in new companies or expanding companies. I will bring these individuals to our area through incentives that already exist and connect these with business people in our district. I will set up help shops that give assistance to small business of less than 50 employee to receive Federal assistance with health insurance costs through the ACA. Also, I would encourage expansion of several of the main road arteries throughout the 14th Congressional District. My main objective would be to communicate all these programs with business people in our district and stimulate economic growth. Communication is key to our business people which will result in job growth and help struggling local families. I would set up my first business help shop within sixty days of being in office.
Where do you stand on immigration reform?
I support a broad, across-the-board immigration reform program. This would include securing our borders to insure safety from infiltration of individuals that threaten the security of the American people. This would also include eliminating the ability of employers exploiting illegal immigrates which reduces wages and disrupts legal U.S. labor markets. I support protecting current non-documented immigrates with broad labor laws to force employers from exploiting laborers. I support recognizing non-documented labors that have proven work employment records and would move to exclude immigrates that have exploited government programs, criminal records , or owe Federal taxes. Once full reform has been put in place, I would support strict enforcement of illegal labor activities at all levels.
If elected, what transportation projects in the 14th Congressional District would be a priority for you?
The 14th Congressional District is experiencing a population growth that is greatly exceeds that in comparison to the State on Illinois as a whole. The state growth is approximately 3% as compared to the 25% of our district. My concern is that the main transportation flow of Route 47, Randall Road and Route 173 have been largely ignored and will shortly experience great congestion beyond what we are already experiencing. This congestion creates a great deal of waste to fuel, business time and business effectiveness, not just to our immediate area, but the outlaying regions that depends on the 14th Congressional District for quality transportation flow. Needless to say that many businesses as well as families have been frustrated with the current condition of the transportation in our area. Route 173 is a prime example of how our area’s transportation needs has been neglected by our governing leadership. We should be employing hundreds of people right now in our district to solve our transportation problems. We need the work, so let’s get people to work. The intersection of Wilmot Road and Route 173 is an intersection where literally hundreds of cars, trucks and work vehicles are jammed at peak seasonal times. This is just another example of where our leadership is simply out of touch with the middle class.
How are you different from your primary opponent in this race?
It is time that we begin to reform the Federal programs that are currently in place. I have a strong management background which separates me from the other candidates. I have direct knowledge of how individuals exploit programs such as welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid. I also understand corporate tax loopholes as well the problems that surround corporate welfare. I am willing to make real changes because I do not represent any special interests. My opponent does not believe exploitation within government is a problem and is not willing to change it. We must improve our programs which helps the people that truly need assistance and cut costs to reduce spending. Management is the key to solving significant concerns within our government. My primary opponent also supports removing the debt ceiling. The purpose of a debt ceiling is to signal unreasonable spending which forces leadership to cut unnecessary spending. I will support economic changes that will reduce government spending and stimulate revenues without increasing taxes. I will bring direct, real changes in government that will strengthen our district.