I believe that the family is the most important element of society. Strong families create hard working, honest and productive citizens. I am pro-life and believe that every person deserves the opportunity to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Families and the middle class are under attack from high inflation to crime to high taxes. I will an advocate for families throughout the 5th District.
As self-employed businessman, Tommy is very concerned about the effect the federal deficit is having on the economic security of our children and grandchildren. Our federal deficit now exceeds thirty trillion dollars ($30,000,000,000,000), an unbelievable number. That is 125% of our entire GDP (gross domestic product) which is the annual total of all U. S. goods and services). Out-of-control federal spending is causing the dramatic rise in the current inflation. Inflation government created and an unnecessary, punitive tax on every American.
I have a plan to address our federal spending crisis, which causes families to lose their hard-earned wages and deprives our state and local governments of the funds we need to provide needed services such as schools, roads and bridges. In the US Congress, I will support using the Tenth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution and my experience as an accomplished businessman to bring the federal government back to its limited Constitutional powers.
The Tenth Amendment clearly says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” James Madison—the father of the Constitution—wrote that the powers of the federal government are “few and defined” and those of the states are “numerous and indefinite.” Our current system of government has strayed from it’ original, constitutional intent and we the people must take control back from our government so that we don’t bankrupt our country and economy even more. “When I was raised in the north Chicago suburbs, my parents lived within our means. We did not spend what we did not have and we certainly did not take from others to give to someone else. That is what our current government is doing and I will proudly stand with the 5th District to stop runaway federal government spending!”—Tommy Hanson.
Growth and Development
I have been a commercial real estate professional for decades. I’ve seen good times and bad and believe that we need to change course when it comes to regional growth and development. Smart, sustainable and reasonable growth is the prudent, long-term approach that will serve our community the best. Currently, our economy is struggling for several reasons, but primarily due to the dramatic increase in crime in the Chicagoland area and I believe we will improve our economy when we reduce the crime rate. 40% of Chicago office space is empty, tourists are staying away, trains are half empty and families in the suburbs are not visiting downtown as they once did.
I understand why some do not want to invest in a business when that business may be looted and burned by radical protestors or taxed out of business. I understand why families choose to not visit the Shedd Aquarium, Natural History Museum or Lincoln Park Zoo because they fear for their lives. I understand why the Chicago Bears want to move to a new stadium. Radical leftist approaches are obviously not working. The solution to these issues is common-sense, reasonable leadership for the 5th District. I will provide that leadership for the families and businesses in our community.
This is a multi-faceted and complex issue, but the initial solutions are fairly simple.
First—I believe in prosecuting and keeping violent criminals in jail as long as legally possible so that they cannot victimize more innocent people. No early release and no reduced bail. I will respect victims of crime by supporting our criminal justice systems attempts to put away bad guys.
Second—I will fully support law enforcement and first responders so that they feel fully appreciated and stay on the job. The expense of training new LEO’s is substantial and introduces too much inexperience on the streets.
Third—I will work with families, schools and churches to help young people find purpose, adventure and a future they look forward to. Graduating from high school—something many of us take for granted, can and is one of the major milestones that helps young people stay out of trouble and lead productive lives. Crime on our streets and neighborhoods is causing many to leave our city and suburbs. Crime also prevents tourists and businesses from choosing our region. We must get crime under control or it will destroy our future.
I believe in robust, lawful immigration. Did you know our country allows over one million immigrants from countries all over the world to come here every year? We are one of the most diverse and dynamic immigrant cities in the world. But, illegal immigration, erodes trust —puts an undue burden on taxpayers and does not promote our communities and unique culture. Open borders and rampant illegal immigration is not only unlawful but has destroyed (and continues to destroy) families. The uncontrolled influx of fentanyl and other illegal narcotics across the southern border has caused thousands of deaths in the United States. We must secure our border to preserve, protect and defend our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I will advocate for legislation that protects our communities against illegal immigration.
Supporting Small Business
I believe in the free enterprise system because I have been self-employed for decades and understand that small businesses are the real life-blood of our region. I will ensure that all job-creating businesses receive fair treatment and not have more stifling regulations and taxes burdening them. From the blue-collar trades to white collar tech professions, all taxpayers and productive citizens should enjoy their careers, afford a good lifestyle and not worry about government interference.
I know there is something Congress can do to reduce inflation—stop printing money. Too much money coupled with too little supply = inflation. This is really simple, but for some reason Washington thinks it can spend (print money) its way out of a bad economy. Inflation is a government created problem and only the government can stop its bad fiscal policies and allow the free market to compete. Competition provides better products and services at a better price which benefits everyone.