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John Hosta

Demographics

Democrat

Spring Grove

Bachelors Degree, Business Administration, Economics, Hope College

Manufacturer, Elite Quilting Company

Divorced,

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.

Why should voters consider you the best candidate running to be elected representative of the 14th Congressional District?

I have a strong business management background and understand the economic changes that need to take place in order to restore economic vibrancy to the United State. I am not loyal to any special interest groups and therefore can be objectively loyal only to the needs of our nation. 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 past 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, increasing 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. I will provide 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.

Congress' approval ratings are abysmal, largely because of all the partisan rhetoric and the inability to compromise. Will you be willing to reach across the aisle and work on compromise with members of the opposite party to resolve this country's many issues? Explain.

I do not believe that Congress’ abysmal approval ratings are a result of their inability to compromise. In fact it must be noted that only recently Congress has agreed to the 2016 Government Budget which embraces a record national debt of 20 trillion dollars. Congress’ dire approval rating is a direct result of their glaring inability to resolve economic issues such as the National Debt, Affordable Care Act, Trade Imbalance, Unfair Trade Agreements, The Iranian Negotiations, Tax Reform, Immigration Reform, political corruption, cronyism, perceived military weakness, Corporatocracy, ect.., These issues and many others are the issues that the public demands to be acted on if not resolved. Instead, Congress’ approach to these issues is one of indifference if not defiance. Once more, the American public feels the sting of a receding economy with the backdrop of frightening economic possibilities. No, I believe that Congress’ abysmal approval ratings are not about their inability to compromise. I believe that Congress’s abysmal approval rating is a deserved reflection of the American public perception of their incompetence to lead our country.

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 can be done 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 U.S. manufacturers to establish their manufacturing facilities within our district.. 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 proceed with the expansion of the Metra Lines within our district. Also, I would expand 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.

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.

What transportation projects are a priority in the 14th Congressional District?

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 first concern is that over 10 million dollars have been earmarked for the expansion of the Metra Rail System into our district. Yet our current leadership has not made use of these funds. I would secure additional funds to expand the Metra Rail System into three primary sections of the 14th Congressional District. This project would immediately create jobs, increase cash flow throughout the district, and provide economic stimulation. In addition, this viable project would help stabilize real estate by providing assistance to commuters outside of our district.. It would reduce traffic congestion and boost local commerce. In addition, 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, waste of business time and business effectiveness. This not only affects our residence, 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 overall condition of our Metra and auto transportation issues. Route 173 is another 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.

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.

Do you support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Why or why or why not?

The Affordable Care Act is the perfect example of how well our two parties work together. The first rolled out the program with little thought and the other did everything they could to make it fail, all at the massive expense to tax payers. But let me be clear. People die because they don’t have health care. So let’s fix it. I have proposed four effective adjustments that the American public will like and greatly benefit from and ,of course, the lobbyist and special interest groups will attack. First, we must allow more generic pharmaceutical companies to compete. If we lower generic pharmaceutical licensing fees and individual drug fees while shortening the long term drug patents, we will ultimately significantly lower pharmaceutical costs. After all, if taxpayers are providing grants for drug research then the taxpayers should be awarded some of the monetary rewards from this research. By allowing more competition in the market and allowing the free market to flourish the direct result will be drastically lower pharmaceutical costs. Second, allow medical insurance companies to compete nationwide, not just within state boundaries. And, allow more of the “not for profit” group insurance programs more freedom and less regulation to compete. This will drive down insurance costs. Three and four are linked. Third, all medical fees, and costs are to be publically displayed on-line, in a comparable concise manner, and given to all patients. Costs need to be clearly public. Fourth, once cost disclosures are made public and assessable, everyone is given a $2000 medical savings account. Any year in which the insured does not use this money or a portion of the money it will be rewarded back to the individual as a tax credit. This will incentivize people from abusing medical coverage, encourage price shopping, increase medical competition, and will ultimately drive down costs.

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.

What should be a part of any immigration reform Congress considers?

I first support border security. This is the first and must step to gain control over our immigration problem and national security. I do embrace the position that the United Kingdom Border Patrol held about one year ago. Their stance, which is the same as mine, is that we currently do not have the hard infrastructure and the soft infrastructure in place to support a substantial increase in immigration at this time. In our history we found it prudent to drastically reduce the inflow of immigration for economic reasons. Currently the U.S. economy and the U.S. debt problem does not support an aggressive immigration program. In view of our current situation it is appropriate to minimize migration to the United States . Any immigration that does take place, immigrants must be properly and thoroughly screened for criminal, terrorist links, and other harmful discrepancies. Also, background screening is not only searching for the absence of undesirable problems but also background screening is to verify legitimate existing personal history. In addition, new immigrants must be in harmony with our values as a country, our government structure, and our government sovereignty. Immigration reform must include an employer verification program which holds employers accountable for verification of all employees or be subject to stiff penalties. Finally, it must be noted that because of the abnormal influx of immigration into the U.S. in recent years, new immigration must be drastically reduced at the present time for our current economic infrastructure cannot adequately support more employees.

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.

How should the U.S. deal with ISIS and global terrorism?

The first goal of the United States to fight global terrorism and ISIS is to increase stability in the Middle East. This begins by working with and through a Muslim coalition within the region to regain stability. This is key. In order to disarm terrorism and restore stability, the fight must be brought through the Muslim community itself. Once the Muslim community is involved then terrorist leadership must be methodically removed as well as the source of the teaching. It is vital to understand that the core of the problem is the bad theology that leads to terrorism. There is a way to systematically bring into question the terrorist belief structure and our counterintelligence needs to be active in this area. In the meantime, I am a strong advocate for border security. I do not believe that we can depend on domestic surveillance alone for security. We must, also, have an aggressive vetting process for all immigrates which includes background verification. I do, however, hold a great concern for the Patriot Act violating the privacy of U.S. Citizens.

Will you support or oppose implementation of the Paris Climate Change agreement? Please explain.

I was taught years ago that when it comes to things like politics that one should approach such things as, “Being wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove”. The Paris Climate Change agreement is no different. I will say that I embrace the enthusiasm of tackling pollution emissions, international peer pressure to meet environmental goals, and improving advanced energy sources to achieve a cleaner environment. I am confident that most people would embrace such a noble cause; however, I do believe that one must approach the situation from a realistic standpoint. First, I believe that it will be a futile effort to hold many of the countries accountable to reach the goals that they claim they will seek. There is no accountability or supervision that will hold these countries to their agreement. After all, how can we trust countries that regularly infringe on U.S. Industries’ patents and rights as well as regularly engage in corporate espionage and even violate many of our most basic human rights that we value. So let me just basically summarize my position like this, when it come to tax payer money,, it stays right here in the U.S.A., and for the rest of the agreement, I am all for it with a wait and see perspective.

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Why or why not?

Our current trade policies in the last forty years are unprecedented in U.S. history. Our current radical trade philosophy which is embraced by our current leadership is the same philosophy that lead to the great recession of the 80’s. And, we still feel the frustration of the impact today. Americans have lost over eight million quality manufacturing jobs which adds arguably five hundred billion dollars to the U.S Debt annually. We have lost more than 40% middle class families to poverty. Today’s average American family has historical record debt with record low savings. Today’s college graduate begins his/her career with record debt, with record low employment prospects, with record low salary, and with a record high number of them still living with parents. Our new radical trade policies such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership are, without question, the leading contributor our National Debt. Record numbers of families, as a result of losing quality jobs, now in record number must rely on government subsidy for food and shelter. Case and point,,, Detroit. Detroit’s pitiful economic condition is not the result of people not wanting to work, or socialistic policies or whatever propagated reason you may have heard. Unemployment in Detroit was only approximately ˝% in 1962 because of the past strong trade policies which created quality manufacturing jobs. These old trade principles, which were strong trade policies, were in place since the naissance of this country. Past leadership created quality, family supportive, jobs. Jobs like these and many more were shipped overseas because of weak, ill conceived trading policies like the TPP which lead to the disastrous economic peril our nation now faces. It is the imprudent leadership that we have today that gives General Motors 75 Billion Dollars in Corporate Welfare and then allows them to manufacture new cars in China. And yes, it is worth mentioning that the monopoly of the Big Three Auto Manufacturers, through political protection ,and judicial exploitation, squashed local competition. This manipulation lead to the direct result of public demand for overseas auto imports which ultimately exported American jobs. We do not need imperceptive trading policies like the TPP. We simply need to stop having corporations dictate our trading policies, and having them stop manipulating government leadership. Government leadership must stop believing that benefiting the few will result in benefiting the country as a whole. We must get back to the policies that economically built this country for the first two hundred years since its inception. It is highly doubtful, if not for certain, based on the historical early trading policies of our country that none of the founding fathers of this country would have supported such foolish trade policies.

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