Recently we’ve see a total decay of trust in the federal government by the American people following the revelation of the NSA’s data collecting and the IRS targeting conservative groups. The government we deserve is a government that is willing to protect the taxpayers, not one that abuses power, intimidates and plays politics. We have to take steps to ensure that all government agencies are held accountable when they cross the line and violate the rights of Americans. We must focus on what’s best for America, not what’s best for us politically.
Too many Americans are out of work, especially in areas across the 13th District. We have to put a stop to the endless cycle of unemployment and put Americans back to work. Commonsense legislation such as the Opportunity KNOCKS Act would be a step in the right direction as it would allow Americans receiving unemployment to get the education or training they need to find a job.
Rodney also believes we must lower taxes for everyone, including small business owners, and reduce red tape and regulations. Government doesn’t create jobs, which means Congress should get out of the way of business owners and let them do their jobs.
Our tax system is in serious need of reform. U.S. companies currently pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world, making them less likely to invest and create jobs here in America. Rodney believes we must create a simpler, fairer tax system that ensures everyone pays their fair share and makes America a more attractive place for companies to invest and create jobs.
We have a government that still spends, borrows and taxes too much. As President Reagan said, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”
Our national debt has surpassed $17 trillion, nearly $53,000 for every man woman and child in America. In fact recently, the CBO released a report stating without major reforms, federal debt held by the public would reach 100 percent of GDP in 2038. This is wrong and immoral. It undermines the dollar and our place in the global market, resulting is more economic uncertainty that the nation cannot afford.
Washington should live by the same rules as every American family and that means balancing our budget and only spending what we take in.
Obamacare is still costing Americans jobs and has not lived up to its promises. Americans were told that they could keep their health care if they like it, that they could keep their doctor and that they would ultimately end up paying less for coverage. We’ve seen that this is simply not the case. Millions of Americans have received cancellation notices, are finding out that they won’t be able to see their doctor and that their premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed.
Rodney knows that a one-size-fits-all, government-mandated health care system is not the answer for addressing the needs of both people with health insurance and the uninsured. Early in their marriage, Rodney and his wife Shannon confronted a serious medical issue when Shannon was diagnosed with colon cancer. They fought through the cancer, but it gave Rodney first-hand knowledge of dealing with serious medical conditions under our health insurance model.
Rodney believes in a market-based approach that provides not only choice in health care for those who are insured, but will address the needs of the uninsured of our country; an approach that will allow those doctors and hospitals to concentrate on delivering needed care and not on what programs they may need to cut due to decreased payments.
As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Rodney fights for the agriculture community in Washington. His perspective comes from knowledgeable farmers, ag business owners and his family’s small business experience in rural Illinois communities. This real-world experience serves him well in Congress where he uses his knowledge to advance agriculture and rural development policies which reflect the hardworking farmers and business owners in Illinois.
Agriculture is a key economic engine of the 13th Congressional District. The 14-county district stretches across Central and Southwestern Illinois. It contains farms of many sizes and a wide array of agriculture-based industries. Ensuring profitability of the agriculture sector and protecting an owner’s ability to manage their farm or rural business without cumbersome government regulations and over taxation is very important to Rodney.
Rodney will always work to ensure that producers and rural businesses have the opportunity to prosper and grow. His knowledge and willingness to take on issues will offer much needed leadership in Congress.
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