Agriculture is another key industry that Mike believes the government should support and further develop. Throughout his career in the Illinois State House, Mike has fought to keep property taxes and equipment taxes low in an effort to support the farm industry. He will bring that same type of philosophy as a Member of Congress. Providing our farmers and ranchers with the tools they need to help mitigate against risk, in a fiscally responsible way, is beneficial to agricultural communities, consumers, and the taxpayer.
Moving Toward Energy Independence
For too long, we have lacked a long-term energy plan. It’s time to stop talking about the need to becoming more energy independent and start working on an agenda, in a bipartisan manner, to actually move us closer to it. Mike believes that America can and should be energy independent, and that a focus on exploration, innovation and technology are the keys to harnessing our own natural resources. As a leader in the Illinois State House, Mike was the chief negotiator for the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act in 2013, which will allow the state to expand and grow its energy production with the potential to creating thousands of good, high paying jobs in Southern Illinois.
Accessible & Affordable Healthcare
Obamacare is more than a broken website. The website was just the tip of the iceberg and as the full implementation of Obamacare continues to roll out. Mike Bost believes that individuals, families and small businesses understand their health care needs better than government bureaucrats. We can agree with the provisions of allowing younger Americans to remain on their parent’s insurance, banning insurance companies from denying pre-existing condition and removing lifetime caps however, it does not mean Obamacare is the right answer as it fails to address the affordability of quality health care.
There are several steps that we can take to lower costs and increase the number of insured without creating the government bureaucracy as Obamacare did. Mike supports allowing businesses and associations to pull together their health plans to obtain larger health care premium discounts from major health insurers, full federal income tax deductibility for co-payments, deductibles, out-of-pocket costs and premiums and encourage more, not less competition, in the Medicare system by expanding, not shrinking, the popular Medicare Advantage program. We need to support measures that reduce costs, which will ultimately affect the price of premiums and the number of people who can afford insurance.
Moving Our Economy Forward
With more and more people living paycheck to paycheck, Mike would advocate for policies that promotes economic growth and be an strong advocate for working Americans. Instead of hindering job creation with an overly complicated tax system and government overregulation, we should promote policies that allow the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish.
We must overhaul our tax code – making it less complicated for individuals and small businesses while also reining in burdensome government regulations to compete in a global market.
Reining in Government Spending
Money doesn’t grow on trees but those in Washington often think it does. For too long, legislators went to Washington with a focus of “how much to spend” instead of “what to cut.” Because of that mindset, federal spending is out-of-control with growing deficits that place the burden on future generations.
Just as Americans must balance their own household budgets, Congress should be held to the same standards. The next Congress must make decisions that balance our federal budget in a reasonable, responsible way that leaves a country to our children and grandchildren better than the one we inherited.
Providing for a National Defense
With growing threats to U.S. interests around the world, we must ensure our military is the best-trained and most advanced in the world so we meet the challenges of today and preparing for threats of tomorrow. As a U.S. Marine, Mike is committed to a strong national defense. He believes that any defense budget cuts directly impact the strength of our military today, and in the future, especially to Scott Air Force Base – a vital economic engine to Southern Illinois.
In the Illinois House, Mike has been a voice for Scott Air Force Base and will continue to be as the area’s congressional representative.
Protecting Social Security & Medicare
Those counting on Social Security and Medicare should not have to worry about the promises that were made to them are kept. Mike opposes efforts to privatize, raise the retirement age or increase the payroll tax.
Congress must work together to prevent the financial collapse of these programs by promoting bipartisan efforts to address systemic problems and ensure its longevity for current and future generations.
Guaranteeing 2nd Amendment Rights
We have a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms and it must be preserved and defended at all levels of government. Just as he has done as a member of the Illinois legislator, Mike will be a strong advocate for the 2nd Amendment.