John Archer, R-Bettendorf
Archer said he has both the large business experience at John Deere and the small business experience at tTe Schebler Company in Bettendorf to create common sense regulations for large businesses that won’t produce negative effects on small businesses.
He said his contract negotiations work between John Deere and other companies have taught him how to compromise and cooperate across the aisle to complete a contract by the end of the day.
“I want to fix what’s broken, not create more problems and more government,” he said. “I’ve had situations where two groups are not communicating and I finally said, enough is enough. Let’s get together, tear down those silos of each department and get into a room so we can solve this problem.”
America has to be as competitive as possible with respect to the rest of the world, Archer said, and right now the nation has the highest corporate tax rate in the world.
“These companies are moving because they will save hundreds of millions of dollars,” Archer said. “That’s not the America I believe in.”
A company will set up operations in India, for example, to compete against local Indian firms. If they don’t, it means the local firms will grow the market share in India, he said, and start encroaching upon the market share in the United States.
“We have to allow these companies to bring back the dollars that they have made overseas at a much lower tax rate, perhaps even zero, repatriate that money and invest here in southeast Iowa, invest in America to create the jobs that are needed,” he said.
As with any other country, if they’re breaking the rules, they need to be punished, Archer said when asked about China.
“They hold a lot of our debt,” he said. “So it’s not in their best interest, nor is it in our best interest to see a very, very weak China or a very weak United States.”
Southeast Iowa has some of the world’s best manufacturers and some of the best farmland and farmers, he said.
“We need a five-year farm bill to provide stability and certainty to our farmers,” he said. “At the end of the day, farmers are small business owners.”
He also said the Mississippi River is a vital resource for farmers that needs to be improved.
“Our farmers rely on the Mississippi River to export commodities, and it’s in terrible shape,” he said.
Archer said the nation’s timetable to withdraw from Afghanistan needs to be based on information from those on the ground.
While Archer agreed the nation needs to withdraw as soon as possible, he said announcing publicly an end date of 2014 was dangerous, as was Loebsack saying the United States should withdraw even sooner.
“Everyone needs to be on the same page, and Loebsack doesn’t have as much information as the commander-in-chief, so saying that was a dangerous proposition,” he said.
Archer also said the nation is less safe than it was a few years ago.
“Yes, bin Laden is dead, but the biggest threat to our national security is our $16 trillion in debt,” he said.
While he said cuts need to be made, he said there’s plenty of waste outside of the defense budget — especially czars — that need to be considered first.
“We can streamline some processes without gutting our military,” he said.
Archer said if elected, he will have at least four open town hall meetings in each county per year. He would also incorporate technology into his work, using email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and FaceTime in order to still have a presence in his district while working in Washington, D.C.
While Archer’s plan is to come back to Iowa every weekend, he said that may not always happen, since sometimes the job isn’t finished in a week’s time.
“The problem I see is trust,” Archer said of the relationship between congressmen and congresswomen. “They spend so little time together.”