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Jim’s message of REAL hope for the people of the Capital Region

 

America is at a crossroads. In 2014 we have a choice to make: do we continue traveling down a road of failed government policies and an ailing economy, or do we chart a new course that offers real hope for all Americans? Do we continue accepting mediocrity, or do we roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of restoring this great nation of ours? Do we continue electing career politicians hoping that they will fix the mess they created, or do we elect new leaders who live in the real world, raise families, solve problems, create jobs and succeed in spite of economic turmoil and government failures? This is what Jim has achieved in his life. Overcoming adversity, persevering through trials and having faith in the promise of America have given him a perspective that a career politician like our current Representative will never have. America needs leaders like Jim at a time like this. Leaders with experience, wisdom, faith in America and her people, and the willingness to listen to members of both parties to find solutions that work.

Jim knows who he is and what he stands FOR – Freedom, Opportunity and Responsibility.

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FREEDOM

Defend our Constitutional Liberties

Our Constitutional Liberties are a gift from our forefathers and must be protected against any efforts to undermine them, through any means by the government.

 

 

 

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OPPORTUNITY

Increase Economic Growth and Jobs

America has always been the land of opportunity. Jim will fight for pro-growth economic policies that will help raise wages and living standards for all Americans, and create good-paying jobs for those looking for work. Free market capitalism is the greatest creator of wealth the world has ever known. We must move in the direction of more opportunity, not less.

 

 

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RESPONSIBILITY

To the People of the 20th Congressional District

As a compassionate nation, we must honor our responsibility to those who are in genuine need of our help. We have an obligation to our seniors, disabled, U.S. Veterans and active Military members. We also have a responsibility to future generations to begin paying down our enormous national debt. Finally we must encourage individual responsibility and discourage dependency upon government.

Issues

ECONOMY / JOBS

As a small business owner for over 24 years, Jim has a first-hand understanding of the challenges small businesses face in the current economy. Jim will fight for a pro-growth economic agenda that will create good-paying jobs, raise wages, reduce dependency on government programs and lower our deficit. Having studied Economics, Jim understands that only sustained economic growth will enable us to maintain our standard of living and finance our social safety net.

The policies our government has pursued for the last five years have contributed to the current slow economic growth. Obama care, higher taxes, and increased regulations hinder our small businesses from growing, investing and hiring additional full-time workers. If we want to support the middle class and working families, we need to support the businesses that employ them.

HEALTH CARE

While a small percentage of previously uninsured individuals have gained health care through Obama care, a far greater number of middle class families and small businesses have been hurt by it, as has our national and local economy. Jim is glad that some have been helped, but he understands the pain of those who have been hurt, because he too lost his high quality, affordable insurance policy, due to the requirements of the ACA.

Jim will support efforts to revamp Obama care with common sense, market oriented reforms that will provide real choice and increased competition by allowing families and businesses to shop across state lines, pursue tort reform to reduce frivolous lawsuits, allow individuals to deduct health care premiums from their taxes as businesses can and keep popular provisions of the ACA such as protection for those with pre-existing conditions, and the ability for young adults to stay on their family’s plan. Jim will work with members of both parties to come up with solutions that work for all Americans, and do not damage our economy and health care system as Obama care has.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

$55,000.00. That’s the amount that every man, woman and child in the United States is saddled with as their share of our nation’s over $17 trillion debt. As we continue to spend more than we bring in, this amount grows daily, and the entrenched politicians in Washington have no plan to bring our budget into balance. We must be prepared to make difficult decisions on our country’s priorities if we hope to begin paying down our debt.

Jim is committed to working with members of both parties to find solutions to the main drivers of our debt: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, while working to reduce the size of government and enhance economic growth to grow tax revenues and reduce government expenditures necessary due to weak growth.

CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES

Our Freedoms have been under assault by the big government agenda being pushed by the administration and its supporters in Congress and in the New York State governor’s office.

Jim will be a stalwart supporter of all of our constitutionally protected freedoms as a member of Congress. He strongly opposes the NY SAFE Act which will have no effect on deterring gun violence.

Jim is a member of the National Rifle Association and NYS Rifle and Pistol Association.

EDUCATION

Education is critical to the future of our country, and opens the door to economic prosperity for our children. While the federal government has a role to play in encouraging high performance standards in our schools, programs such as Common Core are proving to be more detrimental to student’s achievement than helpful.

Educational excellence can be best achieved if teachers, parents, school boards, and administrators work together at the local level to develop curricula to achieve goals defined according to national standards. Common Core and Race to the Top takes control away from local educators and parents and nationalizes education, while collecting up to 400 data points on every student in the country. This goes well beyond what parents and local educators want or need in order to achieve academic excellence for our children.

ENERGY

Affordable energy from domestic sources should be our objective.

Families and businesses around the Capital region struggle from increasing heating fuel, electric, and gas prices while their incomes remain stagnant. As a nation we remain dependent upon foreign sources for our energy while we have vast quantities of natural gas available to us through the use of safe, clean extraction technology.

Jim supports exploration and safe extraction of our natural resources while ensuring we protect our water supplies and environment. We must follow an “All of the Above” policy that encourages clean, safe energy from all sources: solar, natural gas, wind, clean coal, and nuclear. We have a responsibility to provide for our energy needs and economic development while having reasonable protections for our environment.

ENVIRONMENT

Here in upstate New York we have a special appreciation for the environment. The Capital Region is home to, and surrounded by, some of the most beautiful geography in the US, if not the world.

Jim believes we are called to be stewards of the environment. We have a responsibility to hand down a country to our children that is at least as healthy as what we grew up with. In Jim’s lifetime, he has witnessed our waterways being cleaned up and turned from industrial sewers to recreational oases. We must continue to build on these successes while achieving a balance with our need for economic progress.

Economic progress is not contrary to environment protection. We must balance these responsibilities to provide future generations with the same opportunities for prosperity and enjoyment of our environment as we have had.

AGRICULTURE

You might say that agriculture is in Jim’s blood. His mother was raised on a farm in Waterville, NY where her parents grew hops for the local beer breweries. As a child, he told his mother he wanted to live on a farm. Now he lives surrounded by farms in the town of Ballston.

Family farms grow our food, provide milk for our dairy products, care for our environment and contribute greatly to our economy and our communities. Farmers deserve our respect and appreciation, and the support of their elected representatives.

Jim will work hard to represent the interests of farmers from the 20th Congressional District in Congress. He will advocate for his neighbors who perhaps know better than any of us the importance of a strong economy, a clean environment, and limited governmental interference.

IMMIGRATION

America is a nation of immigrants. We are a compassionate people who welcome others from around the globe, while expecting that they will follow our laws and contribute to society.

Our immigration system is broken. While some wait years to become citizens and spend thousands of dollars following legal procedures, others are coming into our country illegally. Those who have subverted the law should not be rewarded with citizenship, without having paid a penalty and going to the back of the line. That is a matter of simple fairness to those who have followed the rules.

Jim will collaborate with others in Congress to support immigration reform that secures our borders, and upholds laws, while providing adequate legal immigration to meet our economic needs, while remaining compassionate to all.

NATIONAL DEFENSE / FOREIGN AFFAIRS

America has been a force for stability in the world and must remain so. We have a unique responsibility to support those who yearn for freedom and democracy. But we are not called to be the “policemen of the world”. There are limits to where American power can and should be used, but we should always maintain a position of military strength. We must always have a clarity of purpose and a firm resolve.

Jim supports a strong military, and a foreign policy that operates out of a position of strength. We must state our positions clearly, and be prepared to use force only when our national interest clearly calls for it. Teddy Roosevelt said it best: “Walk softly and carry a big stick”.

Our allies must know that we are with them, and our adversaries should have a healthy respect for our potential to harm them, if they threaten our interests. This means the willingness to use all of the powers available to us; economic, diplomatic, as well as military. But we must always use diplomacy until every potential peaceful avenue has been exhausted.

VETERANS AFFAIRS

Is there any group of people we have a greater responsibility to care for than our Veterans? These are the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect us from our enemies, and defend our freedoms. The fact that they often receive inferior care in our Veterans’ Hospitals is a national disgrace! How can we ask our young people to go out and put themselves in harm’s way, if they can’t know that if something happens to them, we will provide them with the highest quality care in the field, as well as when they return home?

Jim clearly supports strengthening and reforming our Veteran’s programs so that our military personnel receive the absolute best care available. The United States of America must do all we can to provide excellence in care for our national heroes.

Recent News


Ballston Spa, N.Y. – June 10, 2014

20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – Today Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar endorsed Congressional candidate Jim Fischer.

“I am proud to extend my endorsement to Jim Fischer to represent western Rensselaer County communities in Congress. Jim has the common perspective to best serve our Capital Region families who value hard work, their personal freedoms, including the 2nd Amendment, and want to see more opportunities for their families to succeed in our area. Jim knows that government has an appropriate role in safety, security and providing for the common good of our children, through strong education, community activities and safe neighborhoods. The federal government and its representatives sometimes lose touch with what we need locally. Jim is committed to supporting local officials with what we need and not over-burdening us with more big government programs that too often don’t work well or as intended. We look forward to his being our strong voice protecting our personal freedoms and helping deliver valuable resources that those of us on the front lines can use to protect our communities.”

“I am proud to have the endorsement of Sheriff Mahar and his support in my campaign,” said Fischer. “Sheriff Mahar is a dedicated public servant who works everyday to protect families and their Constitutional rights in Rensselar County.” “The Sheriff understands the proper role that the federal government can play in supporting local government’s efforts to serve its citizens.” “It’s an honor to have his support.”

New York’s 20th Congressional District covers Albany and Schenectady Counties and portions of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

Information

Jim was born and raised on Palmer Ave. in Schenectady and graduated in 1979 from Niskayuna High School. In 1983 he graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in Economics and a Minor in American History. Jim has been in the wireless communications industry since 1985 when he began working for Motorola, Inc. Over the past 24 years, Jim has succeeded in building a respected business that serves clients in business, government, education and public safety.

Experiences

Jim, and Katie; his wife of 20 years; have three teenaged children and reside in the Town of Ballston in Saratoga County. They both serve various roles at East Glenville Community Church in Glenville, where Jim is currently Chair of the Board of Elders, and Katie teaches Sunday School. Jim also served on the Board of Spa Christian School when their children were attending.

Jim’s Story

Jim was born and raised on Palmer Ave. in Schenectady, and graduated in 1979 Jim-Fischerfrom Niskayuna High School. In 1983 he graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in Economics and a Minor in American History. Jim has been in the wireless communications industry since 1985 when he began working for Motorola, Inc. In 1990 he pursued a dream of starting his own business, now named Crystal Clear Communications (www.crystalclearcomm.com). Over the past 24 years, through various industry, technological and economic changes, Jim has succeeded in building a respected business that serves clients in business, government, education and public safety.
Jim, and Katie; his wife of 20 years; have three teenaged children and reside in the Town of Ballston in Saratoga County. They both serve various roles at East Glenville Community Church in Glenville. Jim also served on the Board of Spa Christian School when their children were attending there. After the death of a childhood friend to cancer, Jim started the Bill Swanker Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the New York State Trooper Foundation. Over ten years, this charitable event raised nearly $200,000 to benefit families of New York State Police who were faced with catastrophic circumstances. The support that Bill and his family received from his friends in the NY State Police at the time of his illness was the inspiration for the Tournament. Many families of Troopers have benefited from the proceeds raised from this event.
Jim’s passions include camping, boating and travel with his family, competitive golf, tennis, reading, learning and serving. Jim is the youngest of four children born to Theodore and Helen (Lally) Fischer.

Information

Jim was born and raised on Palmer Ave. in Schenectady and graduated in 1979 from Niskayuna High School. In 1983 he graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in Economics and a Minor in American History. Jim has been in the wireless communications industry since 1985 when he began working for Motorola, Inc. Over the past 24 years, Jim has succeeded in building a respected business that serves clients in business, government, education and public safety.

Experiences

Jim, and Katie; his wife of 20 years; have three teenaged children and reside in the Town of Ballston in Saratoga County. They both serve various roles at East Glenville Community Church in Glenville, where Jim is currently Chair of the Board of Elders, and Katie teaches Sunday School. Jim also served on the Board of Spa Christian School when their children were attending.

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