Jim Hickey Q & A

1) What is the No. 1 issue in your district and how would you address it?

JOBS! Bring manufacturing back to the 11th District. Lower Corporate Tax Rate to 20%, and remove all taxes on foreign profits. Currently corporations are keeping profits off-shore to avoid being taxed 35%. Common sense states to remove what doesn't work.  This will bring money back into America which can be used to Modernize factories, and create jobs.  I also propose a 20 year tax holiday to manufacturing firms that have atleast 75% of their employees in America. This will bring jobs previously out-sourced jobs back to America.

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2) How would you promote job growth in your district?

Increase Cash Flow to Citizens: Student Loan Payments and High Gas Prices are hardships on the American wallet. The average student loan payment is $500 a month, under my proposal that would drop to $100 a month, that is $400/month that could be spent in the local economy. Gas prices are high, today it costs nearly $80 to fill a tank a gas per week. 10 years ago the cost was only $20 a week. That is $240 a month that could be spent in the local economy. If citizens have money to spend in their local economy, that causes small businesses to open and prosper. Then the small business owner is busy and needs to hire another worker, which gives them money to spend in the local economy. If the small business owner is busy, then the warehouse is busy and needs to hire, if the warehouse is busy, then manufacturer is busy (I want to bring manufacturing back to America). I call this the GROUND UP THEORY. My opponent believes in the Trickle Down, which does not work! Giving millionaires tax breaks in hopes of them creating jobs does not work, these businessman are more interested in creating profits not jobs! I believe in the GROUND UP THEORY!

3) Should the federal government cut spending and where?

We need to create policies that create jobs. The focus needs to be on getting Americans back to work.

4) If Republican, which GOP presidential candidate do you support?

N/A. I am Democrat.

5) Give an example of something you’ve done that is bipartisanship in nature.

I am the President of the Orland Fire District with a spilt board. Compromise is always on the table in order to get things accomplished.

6) Name one good policy idea that comes from the opposing party.

Cutting Corporate Taxes, Canadian Oil Pipeline.

7) How do you define family values?

I am married with four children, my oldest being in High School and my youngest in 2nd grade. I believe that we need to teach our children how to be good citizens, be polite, and know that being a parent is to teach your children to be good people, someone that helps push a stalled or stuck car, someone that holds the door open for others, someone that smiles and says hello. The little things in life are so important, and we are only here for such a short time.  My children know that if I see a car that is stuck in the snow, or ran out of gas, I am pulling over to help that person, even if it means we will be late for school or an event, even if I have a suit on. I will pull over, and help my fellow citizen.

8) What are your thoughts on the healthcare law?

Since 2008, when my business began to fail, I have been unable to afford the $1200 a month for insurance, so I do not have Health Insurance.  I have ideas that are in their infancy stages and need to have more research, but I believe it is a starting point. My ideas concerning Health Care/Medicare reform: First of all I would keep the existing system in place, many Americans currently have health insurance and they like the current system. Even though my family & I have not had health insurance since 2007, when the costs continued to rise, and our income dropped. I believe that we could create another system, that would hire doctors, nurses, etc much like we currently pay our Policemen, Fireman, Teachers, and City Workers which is through local real estate taxes. I am not talking about a county hospital that is over crowded, more like an immediate care center. There is much upfront costs associated with this plan, but after the building and equipment have been purchased, salaries, upkeep and automatic replacement system needs to be in place. Here is an example: 25,000 households pay $250/year= $6.2M; Average Household size according to US Census 2.6 (25,000 x 2.6=65,000 residents) 20% are currently uninsured, or 13,000 (16.9% According to CNN Money) If we base our doctor size on United Kingdom, they currently have 2.5doctors per 1000 citizens. If we based our proposal not on covering 16.9% or 20%, but on covering 50% of the citizens that is 32,500 need care. We need to hire 81 physicians. Create a step up pay system, starting at $50,000/yr, and maxing out at $130,000/yr, just like our Policemen, Firemen, Teachers etc. I know that my plan needs much research and details, but this is a starting point

9) Who is your political role model?

Benjamin Franklin and John F. Kennedy

10) What’s on your iPod?

I have an IPhone with audio books, and music. I am currently reading Steve Jobs Biography.

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