Rob Sherman: Candidate Profile
5th Congressional District (Green)
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City: Buffalo Grove
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Family: Celeste and I have been happily married for over 37 years. Our children both graduated with science degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and are now pursuing careers in advanced sciences.
Occupation: Airplane construction engineer
Education: Some college at Northwestern University, National College of Education (National-Louis University) and Harper College
Civic involvement: Longtime volunteer with American Red Cross. Former National Spokesman of American Atheists. Former scholarship chairman of the Palwaukee Airport Pilots Association. Board of Directors of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 153 in Schaumburg. Frequent litigant challenging illegal and unconstitutional acts by government.
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How will you work to make Congress more productive and effective? What actions are needed to produce a healthy federal budget? Specifically, what changes do you advocate regarding how revenue is produced or what our spending priorities are? In particular, what effect does current policy have on your district and what changes, if any, are needed?
I have a long history of setting an example of cooperation and collaboration with those who have different beliefs and opinions from me. I will propose legislation to stop "debt dumping" (my phrase), which is spending the money of our children and those not yet born simply because they can't vote to stop us from betraying them in this way, and thereby dumping our debt on them to pay. I will propose legislation to eliminat the income tax and replacing it with a consumption tax, which is much fairer, much harder to evade, takes far less time out of our lives, is more voluntary and can more easily produce a balanced budget. We must stop gifting grants to those who want a benefit or service but don't want it badly enough to pay for it themselves. They want to receive the benefit but want somebody else to be stuck with the bill. We should not spend a trillion dollars to replace our nuclear weapons because the environmental damage from using all those nukes would destroy the world anyway, so let's not throw away that trillion dollars on weapons we could never use, even if we wanted to. The people of the district would be far better off with my plans because they could spend more time producing products and services and less time trying to figure out the tax code and ways to dodge it.
What immigration policies do you support? Where, if at all, do you see room for compromise to produce an effective policy on immigration? How will these policies have an impact in your district?
We must cut off illegal immigration because illegal immigrants are undercutting the workforce. They are taking jobs from district residents by being willing to work for less than a fair wage here since that lower wage is more than what's being paid in their home country. Meanwhile, our district residents are cut out of the job market, which results in higher taxes to subsidize them when they can't get work because their potential jobs are being stolen by illegal immigrants. They are not "undocumented workers." They are illegal immigrants. If illegal immigrants want a job, go back to their home country and either get one there or create one there. As far as "room to compromise," I am willing to pay for their one-way ticket back to their home country and bill their home country for the cost, which the home country can recover from their resident when he returns there. These policies will greatly increase jobs for legitimate district residents who are US citizens, thus substantially lowering our taxes because we would no longer need to support them since jobs they want would open back up for them.
What should be the top priorities in Congress related to the Affordable Care Act? If you want changes, what specifically do you recommend? If you want the act entirely eliminated, please address these questions: Is that politically feasible? If it proves infeasible, where do you see the potential for compromise? If it is eliminated, what would you replace it with, if anything?
Ban "Medical Practice Membership Fees," which is a scam by which doctors charge a massive fee just for the privilege of being the doctor's patient for the next year. My doctor wanted me to pay $2,500 per year with such a fee, which would not have covered any services. All services would still have to be paid by insurance, co-pays and deductibles. The $2,500 per year would just be extra profit. Multiply that by the typical number of patients that a doctor has and that would be two to three million dollars in the pocket of the doctor each year for doing absolutely nothing other than scamming his patients out of their money. I left that doctor after being his patient for ten years when he proposed that I pay such a fee. The fee could also be used to cut out minorities from quality medical care because they typically can't afford such a fee. This kind of fee is also like a cancer, in that it could spread to other services, such as plumbers, electricians, towing and even restaurants. If you need one of those services, they could demand a $2,500 payment just for the privilege of being their customer during the next year. I will propose legislation to ban Medical Practice Membership fees as well as similar fees by other types of businesses before they are even implemented.
What military or diplomatic roles should the United States play to promote peace and stability in the Mideast? Under what circumstances, should we have military forces actively operating?
I subscribe to "Peace through strength." Make it clear that we will be there for any ally that gets attacked and that we will destroy any country that attacks one of our allies. This is the proper way to deter attacks on allies. Deterence is better than responding after an attack takes place.
Please list any elected office you have ever run for and what the result of that election was. Have you ever been appointed to fill an unexpired term?
State Rep 53rd District in 2006 and 2008.
Buffalo Grove Village Clerk in 2011.
Second each time.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Secular government for all; state-church separation for everybody, by banning Christmas as a federal holiday. Replace it with Science and Technology Day on New Year's Eve. That way, instead of getting stupid on religion, we'd get smart on science.
End federal government sponsorship of anti-atheist bullying by eliminating anti-atheist religious graffiti from our money and eliminating anti-atheist religious editorial from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Require compact legislative districts.
Require term limits for all elected offices.
Ban elections during winter and early spring.
No more animal abuse for entertainment by banning rodeos, pigeon shoots and bull riding.
Ban red light cameras.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Bernie Sanders. Progressive like him and me are finally being recognized as the kind of leaders that America badly needs.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Fight injustice, one victory at a time. If I am the only one who feels a certain way, then convince others that I'm right.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
I would have married Celeste sooner. Celeste is the perfect wife -- perfect in every way. Everything she does she does well and gets right.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Math. Logical thinking beats emotional thinking. That's why I'm an atheist. My success comes from Think, Plan and Act. With that, you don't need prayer.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Embrace personal responsibility instead of trying to use management tricks to evade your responsibilities or hide from them until somebody else does the work.