Candidate Full Name:
5th Congressional District
Campaign Office Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 911 Skokie Illinois 60076
Rosanna Pulido for Congress
Please tell us about yourself, your background and why you believe you are qualified to hold this office.
I was born and raised in the 5TH Congressional District, I care about the district and I pay the high taxes there. I spend my hard earned money there. I have been a grassroots activist that has worked on issues that effect the everyday life of the people who reside here.
My life experience of seeing problems and speaking out, writing letters and educating the public about the issues are a great start. I have cared enough to act, with my own time, my own money and my own volunteerism. I have been an active citizen caring for and defending the rights of the American worker, senior citizens, and veterans and upholding our Constitution.
My goal is to bring "Common Sense" back to the Illinois 5Th Congressional district. I am in touch with what folks are experiencing on a day to day basis. Personally, I have not had health care for years. I have left a job to take care of my frail, dying mother. I have been a caregiver to both of my parents. To help the everyday average person who was experiencing the same overwhelming problems with care giving, I started a radio show called "Caregivers radio ..Featuring the best in Senior Care" so folks could find resources and get educated about issues and senior services.
My past professional experience helps me understand what our Police officers and Fire Fighters are up against. Police officers are just regular men and women who need our help and support to maintain the rule of law. In a day where right is wrong and wrong is right, our law enforcement officers need to be given the tools they need and the support of those they serve.
My experience as a Police dispatcher on the night that Hal Demar's house was broken into in Wilmette, was a life changer. He experienced the horror of being robbed 2 times in 24 hours. When he defended himself, his property and his family, with just cause he was treated like a Criminal! Where is the common sense?
With the high murder rate in Chicago, as a woman I know the great equalizer if a gun. Women all over the United States are allowed to protect themselves with Conceal and Carry. But women who live in Illinois are discriminated against. Politicians in Chicago can protect themselves with firearms, but women are treated as second class citizens. Women who are law abiding citizens and get the proper training should be allowed to defend themselves with conceal and carry, that's "Common Sense" I applaud the recent news that Illinois Sheriffs' Association has announced support for the Family and Personal Protection Act.
Right now the most important discussion is American Jobs. We see Americans losing there jobs by the thousands. Illegal immigration has depressed wages and people who are here unlawfully are holding jobs American citizens and Legal residents SHOULD have.
In November 2008 I spoke to an Illinois State Rep. who told me the Illinois General Assembly is set to pass Drivers certificates for illegal aliens AGAIN. I was asked "How are these people supposed to get to work? I answered "I BEG YOUR PARDON?" What about the 2 million Americans who were just laid off of work? Could we give those jobs to them? Does anybody care about their fellow American Citizens, be they African American, Asians, Hispanics and legal residents? I do, I have spoken out when it has been unpopular, I have been called all kinds of names and have been physically threatened. My only crime was speaking out on behalf of the American worker. I have testified for my fellow Americans in Springfield Illinois and Washington D.C. I have fought the hard work of freedom, now I would like a chance to continue to go to bat for the little guy in Washington D.C. While I my not have all of the answers, it is Obvious that the law makers in Congress now have a single digit approval rating and we can do better than that.
Please tell us your general views about the role of government and some of the most important things you would like to accomplish in office?
I find it a bit amusing that you are asking why I believe I am qualified to hold this office. Obviously, I am not a political insider. What kind of qualifications do you need to have a single digit approval rating that our "DO NOTHING CONGRESS" has now? Does power and influence help? Rahm Emanuel was a man of great power and influence and the 5Th Congressional district is in disarray. Why didn't he use his power and influence to make the 5Th district one of the top in the nation? Our roads and bridges are in terrible shape, we should have the best in the country. Our veterans have a 23 % homeless rate in Illinois we should be leading the way in the 5th district with solutions for these veterans who fought for the country!
The poor folks in Albany Park have begged for years for a retaining wall to stop the flooding and the damage to their home and property, what did Rahm Emanuel do ? NOTHING. These folks experienced the worst flooding last year, this should have never happened! Rahm Emanuel had lots of qualifications. Did it do the 5th district any good? NO.
My qualifications? A citizen who sees, acts and educates. I have a passion for the little guy a passion to hear those everyday people who are being ignored and paying the high taxes. I have a record of defending and advocating for American workers. I was a Teamster Union Steward and a Union Steward for IBEW. You do not win personality contests being a Union Steward, but fighting for my fellow workers was the right thing to do.
My view on Government is that it should be small and not become a nanny state like Illinois! Legislators should be about making life better for people, not having spending sprees with taxpayer's money. As an elected official your main job is to uphold the constitution and the oath of office that you take. The Illinois 5th Congressional district should be leading the way in solutions. Our seniors and veterans need prescription drugs they can afford. The Illinois 5th would bring answers to the homeless veterans we have in our state. American workers need a fair playing field; we need to enforce immigration laws on the books. Americans need to be working not illegal aliens. Fixing our roads and bridges is good for the district and will create jobs and is sorely needed. Small businesses need tax breaks so they can Re-invest into their businesses.
My main goal is to continue to get people involved in their government. Taxpayers need to get educated and get involved in government, keep their legislators accountable, and be heard on every level. The electorate is asleep and it is why we have a run away government filled with corruption.
The current economic crisis is squeezing the middle class. What should Congress do about it? What specifically would you do if elected to Congress?
I would work to get E- Verify mandatory across America. Businesses need help in verifying that the people they hire are legally qualified to work in this country. We need to help the Legal immigrants and American workers keep their jobs. It is their country, why don't we even the playing field for them instead of promoting cheap unlawful labor?
What are some of the main things you would do to help create jobs in Illinois?
Give tax credits to small businesses so they can re-invest in their companies. Being a nanny State and City has hurt small business. We need to sit down with the small business owners and ask them what would be the most help to them in this economic downturn.
What do you think can be done to bring short-term stability to gas and energy prices? Also, what do you think is the best strategy - to both affordably and responsibly - provide for the nation's future energy needs?
Where were our elected officials on Oversight when gas went up to 4.19 cent a gallon? They were AWOL. Best strategy both affordable and responsible to provide for the nation's future energy needs? DRILL BABY DRILL!!
Is there anything that can be done to make health care more accessible and affordable in Illinois? If so, what would you do?
No free service for illegal aliens is a good start.
Please state your general views about the war in Iraq.
The only priority that I have is bringing our troops home safely. Our troops must be brought back when it is 100 percent safe to do so, with the safety of our men and women in mind. This information would come from officials in the military who are on the scene in Iraq and not in Washington DC
What are your thoughts on how to deal with illegal immigration? Also, what do you think should be done about illegal immigrants who are already here in the U.S.?
Build a Fence; Make E-verify Mandatory across the United States so only LEGAL immigrants and American Citizens who are legal to work in the United States are working. This gives American working poor a chance to better themselves. Let's Help America's working poor build their American dream, after all it is their country. Stop any benefits except emergency health care for illegal aliens.
Send invoices to Mexico and other nations for services rendered to their citizens. Illinois spends 3.5 Billion dollars a year on services for illegal aliens. How did we get here? Because our Cook County Commissioners and our Illinois State Reps and Illinois State Senators in Springfield Illinois have voted to roll out the red carpet for cheap labor in Illinois. Send them a Thank You card when you have time. Big Business benefits by cheap labor: Illinois taxpayers pay the benefits package for illegal aliens. Brought to you by political insiders and the politicians of Illinois and Chicago.
When a State starts enforcing immigration laws on the books, what happens? People leave! Illegal aliens have left Arizona, Oklahoma, and every other state that decides to protect their hard working taxpayers. If we cut benefits for people who are not here legally, they will find another state to reside in. It has been proven over and over. Oklahoma is on the upswing now that they enforce the immigration laws.
What ideas do you have for improving our education system and for making our colleges and universities more affordable?
Education in Illinois has little uniformity today as to teacher qualifications, what curriculum is taught, and how well are our children taught. What is uniform is the fact that, as taxpayers, we are throwing huge sums of money at public education, and the leaders we elect are doing a miserable job in seeing that students are receiving the best education possible. Our state needs common sense leadership at the Federal, State, and local level. Our public schools and elected officials have to be held accountable for our tax dollars. If private schools and home schooling are doing the best job, maybe government should be out of the education business.
What are your highest priorities for protecting the environment in Illinois?
Answer 10If you want me to buy into the global warming craze, forget it. I agree with Former ABC TV Chicago weatherman John Coleman and 30,000 scientists The Earth does not have a fever. Carbon dioxide does not cause significant global warming. But if you want to argue that it does, I would ask everyone to start walking or riding a bike so that Al Gore can continue flying his private jets everywhere. We must protect Lake Michigan and fight against companies like BP who want to dump more garbage and chemicals in our great resource.
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