Evers says Congress must deal with debt and immigration
Bruce Evers said he first got the idea to run for Congress while sitting in a deer stand, thinking of his six grandkids.
What will they have if the United States doesn't get its spending under control? he wondered.
"Truly, my motivation started at that point," said Evers, a financial advisor who spends his working days assisting clients with their retirement strategies.
When he attended a town hall meeting hosted by incumbent Ron Kind, it seemed to Evers that the congressman said one thing but did another.
While Kind describes himself as fiscally responsible and says he doesn't want his sons to inherit a huge national debt, the incumbent's voting pattern is "completely opposite to that ideology," said Evers.
The top two issues facing the country now are the national budget and immigration, said Evers during an interview Monday in River Falls.
Evers faces Dan Kapanke in the Republican primary Sept. 14 with the winner running against Kind for Wisconsin's Third District seat in Congress.
Evers proposes a series of measures to bring government spending under control. First on his list is immediately reducing the size of federal government by 25%, a step he says could be taken by the House Committee on Appropriations.
Other proposals include cutting all corporate taxes in half to encourage expansion and job creation and giving companies incentives to bring jobs back to the United States.
He proposes using 10% of the savings from cutting government by 25% to repay money borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund and insists there be no more raiding of Social Security. He also supports establishing a secure retirement program into which all Americans can contribute 10% of their annual income to individually-owned funds.
"We not only need to stop it," said Evers of the growing national debt. "That's a no-brainer. We need to take it and reduce it."
He said the U.S. government is the largest business in the world and must be run as a business. To cut costs, he suggested finding the waste, evaluating agencies with regard to the service benefits they provide and eliminating some, cutting pork-barrel spending and stopping bailouts to banks and the auto industry.
As for the national debt, Evers notes the U.S. pays $600 billion a year in interest alone.
"And for that we get nothing," said Evers. "That's what blows my mind."
'An invasion of our country'
He is also adamant that immigration laws need to be toughened and enforced.
"You close borders, there's no more benefits, and you send 'em home," said Evers of treatment of illegal immigrants. "We have an invasion of our country. They need to go home, and their children have to go with them."
"Anchor babies" should be sent home when their families are and allowed to declare U.S. citizenship when they turn 18, said Evers.
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gives citizenship to persons born in this country was adopted in the 1860s to give citizenship to freed slaves and American Indians, said Evers.
"The intent was to provide citizenship to correct a wrong," said Evers, adding that the 14th Amendment wasn't adopted to facilitate illegal immigration.
"Until we resolve that, I suggest they go home with their parents," said Evers. "That's not brutality. That's just reality."
Health care reform
"Everybody says we have to repeal 'Obama Care,'" said Evers, but he thinks that is neither doable nor desirable.
"There are, whether we like to think it or not, good things in that bill," said Evers.
Refusing to insure babies born with severe medical problems or denying insurance to adults with high-risk health conditions is wrong, said Evers. He suggests keeping private insurance, but repealing state mandates, allowing states to expand their high risk insurance plans.
"We don't always have to be creative," said Evers. "We have to start looking at what's there and what can be done."
He also objects to a 2,500-page bill that is too hard to understand and so long even the people who voted for it didn't read it.
"No bill coming out of Washington should be more than 100 pages long," said Evers, adding that legislation should be written in English that can be understood without the assistance of a lawyer.
Government involvement in medical care will create a mess, said Evers, who suggested instead looking at reform piece by piece.
"Those things that are good, they're good for America, and by golly, we should have them," he said.
Evers attended Rhinelander High School and worked in a factory for a year before joining the U.S. Army and serving two years in Germany during the Vietnam Era.
He and his wife, Lynda, have been married over 40 years and have a son and six grandchildren.
After being discharged from the Army, he attended night school on the GI Bill and worked in a bank in Wausau.
He was named president of a bank in Mercer at age 31 and later became president of the Bank of Poynette in Columbia County. He left banking to become chief of business development for a national mortgage company and worked with Housing and Urban Development on multi-family housing projects across the U.S.
He later worked as territory manager for a regional insurance company but left that job to start his own financial advisor business.
He and his wife own a farm in Crawford County where their son, daughter-in-law and six grandchildren live and raise berries and alpacas.
"What will he bring to the table?
"Honesty, integrity and loyalty," replied Evers. "When I give my word, I mean it. Integrity can't be compromised ever."
For more information, go to his website: www.evers4congress.com.