Your Choices For Congress: Tim Wolfe, 9th District
Get to know the candidates for Congress who will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Tim Wolfe, a Republican, is running against incumbent Jan Schakowsky in the 9th Congressional District.
Patch: As you go around the 9th district, which issues are people talking about the most? What is it that has people worried or concerned?
Tim Wolfe: One of the major concerns is the representation they’ve had. They haven’t seen Schakowsky in their district campaigning, or just on a normal basis. I think a big issue is kids getting out of college and not being able to find a job or having to move to different state.
How would you address those issues in Congress?
Wolfe: It boils down to getting the economy moving and it has to be by private sector jobs being created. We have to get government out of the way. We shouldn’t look at government as a job creator. What we need to do is simplify the tax code, make it more straightforward, lower rates, reduce regulations. I don’t think peope understand the magnitude regulations have on businesses. The cost of regulation is $7.5 trillion per year. That’s substantially greater than all the income taxes collected.
Congress has to do its job and pass laws. Now it’s just allowing regulations to be written by the executive branch-- it's abdicating responsibility. An example is the Health and Human Services mandate that all insurance policies have to cover women’s contraceptives in health insurance policies. Obamacare needs to be repealed, but because the executive branch has been writing regulations, that needs to stop.
What is the best way to get the economy growing again and create jobs?
Cutting out the federal government to the extent possible, lowering tax rates, having a better tax code. There are specific areas ripe for job growth. The energy sector. In North Dakota through fracking, there’s job growth, and related to it, real estate growth. Those are the types of things that can be right for a growing economy.
What approach do you favor to provide health care to citizens?
Insurance has to be provided through the private market. We have to get rid of Obamacare. Two years later, we’re still trying to figure out what’s in that law. It takes away our rights to choose. Government is mandating certain coverage. Those mandates of the federal government are just going to continue to grow. The issues it’s trying to addesss, such as preexisting conditions, interstate coverage, can be handled outside this huge bureaucracy. They can be handled in the private sector.
How would private business cover preexisting conditions?
To cover interstate sales of policies, there has to be a law passed. And the government can pass a law covering preexisting conditions. I’m not saying there’s no role for government. Another thing that needs to be done is tort reform. (putting caps on the amounts of what doctors can be sued for).
I think we need to get rid of Obamacare, but preexisting coverage, interstate sales and tort reform, we do need the federal government and private markets working together. Once those are in place, private markets can innovate and come up with better products to sell. Certainly a better policy, and maybe a better premium.
What can be done to prevent random shootings such as at the Batman movie in Aurora, Colo.?
We can’t legislate everything. We need to have some gun laws. But in a country of over 300 milion, not everything can be legislated, especially when people are bent on destruction. Our culture is involved in terms of personal responsibility and caring for others. Once we start to get people working and putting government in its place—it’s involved in so many things that are invasive in our lives—when people are busy and responsible, it creates a better society. Even in the 60s before government grew, these things happened. These things can’t be prevented. Hopefully you can minimize them, but they can’t be absolutely prevented.
Many college students are getting into tremendous debt, and will be saddled with these debts as they graduate into a sluggish economy. What can be done about this?
Get the federal government out of the educational loan business. Because federal government is involved in college loans, anytime money is taken, there are strings attached, so the federal government is almost dictating what’s offered in colleges and universities. When the federal government’s involved in loans, say a Pell grant or an education loan, the federal government requires institutions to do certain things. For example, disability access—I’m not saying that’s wrong, but the federal government requires schools to follow certain procedures that make the cost of education greater.
One other thing that’s important. Some in Congress have said we need everybody to have a college education. Well, not everybody needs a college education. We need to rethink our priorities in terms of how important college education is in terms of each individual person’s life.
To some degree we need to have a higher quality education starting in middle and high school, so people don’t necessarily have to go to the perceived best schools. Those things are just driving up the cost of education.
Due to partisan politics, it has become increasingly difficult for political parties to work together, compromise and get things done. What can be done about this?
There’s no doubt this is a tough issue. One of the key points I’m running on is that we have to be Americans first. We need to be partisan toward this country, whereas people are partisan toward the Republican or Democratic party. We need a president, Congress, Senate which looks at representing America first. We all should have principles, but we have to look at, what does the Constitution tell us to do. We need to get back to smaller and more limited government, to change our mindset as to what the priorities are and what our government is.
Any other issues you'd like to comment on?
We have too many people in Washington who are professional politicians and that’s their priority, it’s not America. I’m running to make a difference. I think this country is on the wrong path. We’re almost 16.5 trillion in debt. There’s nothing with the Obama administration that will change that. I want to rein it in.
To keep going the way we are--we’ve got Taxmageddon coming up. The Bush tax cuts are expiring Dec. 31, and we’ve got more Obamacare taxes coming in. So as of Jan. 1, we’ve got this gigantic tax burden that’s coming in. The Heritage Foundation estimated that in the 9th district it will be a $300 monthly increase per tax filer. I believe something will be done, but the point is, everybody knew the Bush tax cuts were expiring. Why just right before the election is there an argument about what should be done?
They should extend the Bush tax cuts and put in place a new tax system for 2013. That’s exactly why we need to replace people in Congress because people are not serious about doing what needs to be done. Another alternative is let’s extend the Bush tax cuts and make proposals on what to do in 2013 in terms of a new tax system. Tie spending cuts to any change in the tax rules. We need spending cuts today, not 10 years down the road. There’s a lot of waste in government.
In regards to taxes, I would be open to alternative taxes, such as a flat tax or national sales tax.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m 58, from Bloomington Ill, and hold a bachelors in business adinistration from Illinois Wesleyan in 1975. I received a second bachelors from Illinois State University in accounting 1978, then I got my masters in taxation from Northern Illinois in 2003. I’ve been self employed for 20 years, and have a tax and accounting firm in Mount Prospect. I’m married to Kyle and we have two daughters. We’ve lived in Arlington Heights for over 30 years. I’m a certified public accountant and certified financial planner.
Why did you decide to run?
Last year I was listening to the debt limit increase discussion and President Obama started talking about social security recipients not being paid and the military not being paid, and it hit me the people in Washington are not serious about getting the economy moving. I started to ask myself, what can I do? I’ve never run for office before. I found out redistricting was taking place, and I found out my new Congressperson would be Jan Schakowsky, and I found out she’s one of the more liberal people in Congress and supports more government and more taxes. I looked around to see who else was running and no one else was. I thought maybe this was an opportunity to serve my country. It’s a financial mess and somebody needs to step up.
I'm financing my campaign through private contributions. There’s no PAC I’ve received money from, certainly no super PAC. I’ve put some money in through traveling around, but I have’t put any loans in. My time is pretty valuable and that’s my contribution. When I made the decision to run, I knew it wouldn’t be good for my business. I didn’t campaign before April 17, and I can’t go out and look for new business, but what’s most important is doing something for this country.