James Quigley’s Biography
James Joseph Quigley was born on 1976 in Brooklyn, New York. He has been a Virginia resident since 1986, when his family moved to Midlothian, Virginia. His parents, David Edward Quigley and Ivette Quigley, both retired from the United States Postal Service of Richmond, Virginia. In 1994 he graduated from Clover Hill High School and was selected to attend the United States Air Force Academy by then 3rd District Congressman Thomas Bliley. After graduation from the academy, James was commissioned and performed tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. During Operation Enduring Freedom, he served as a surveillance officer on the E-8C JSTARS and flew twenty combat missions over Afghanistan, earning the Air Medal and an Aerial Achievement Medal. Later, he was assigned to a ground radar unit in Germany where he refined his leadership and planning skills before being deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq as a participant of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his stay in Balad Air Base, he became accustomed to working under pressure as he was subjected to multiple mortar attacks on a daily basis.
James received an honorable discharge for his service in 2005 and joined the private work force as an efficiency expert finding ways to cut costs while trying to improve the physical conditions of personnel in the workplace. This is an occupation in which he is currently employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), on behalf of the Department of Defense. Because of his professional experience, he knows the negative impact that government waste has on the workers and the United States citizens. When he is elected to Congress he will fight against wasteful spending.
James resides in Hampton with his fiancée Nicole, with his daughter Makenna and their infant baby son Thomas. He also has a young daughter, Emeline from a previous marriage that currently resides overseas. As a single income household, he understands the tough times that many families face today with the country’s unstable economy and high unemployment rate. He is ready to fight in Congress to turn the country around. James decided to get involved in politics on October of 2008, when the Bush administration successfully bailed out the failed banks by pushing Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He started his involvement by attending City Council meetings and taking time to speak on behalf of various citizens. His ability to speak publicly and motivate the crowd proved useful as he was elected as Chairman of the Hampton Roads Peninsula Libertarian Party. He has strong moral beliefs and plans on sticking to his guns on the tough issues that need to be resolved. James’ proven record as a decorated veteran and private middle class citizen will prove vital to return the wealth to the people.
No more bailouts
The bailouts of favorite institutions and other large companies defined as “Too Big To Fail”, has been harmful to the poor, middle class, and small businesses. Regardless of the intent, large companies have been rewarded for their poor decisions. Small businesses, accounting for 80% middle-class employment, have had to compete in a difficult environment with companies that do not need to follow the rules of the free-market.
The large banks could have used the time and money they received from the Federal government to change their behavior, but except for minor changes they are still taking the same financial risks that caused the economic crisis. The problems that started the economic crisis are still there, but are being hidden by money forcibly taken from the taxpayer in order to make sure the campaign contributions to the political elite continue to flow. With government backing, these banking institutions also engage in predatorial lending practices that keep the poor and middle-class bonded in debt. This is the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to the elite.
If elected to Congress, I will vote an end to all bailouts, corporate subsidies, and tax breaks that are only given to the politically connected. I will also push for investigations of banks that are owned by the government yet still insolvent and push for them to be shut down, broken up, and their parts immediately sold to private institutions in order to reimburse the citizen. Never should a tiny portion of the population be given such privilege and access to taxpayer revenue.
Barriers to Small Business
The government has become such a bureaucratic snarl that its rules and regulations prevent young men and women from starting their own businesses. Food prices have been inflating, yet people aren’t growing gardens or putting up vegetable stands; furthermore we hear that their legislation in the House to tax home gardens intended for personal use and to claim ownership of well water located on private land. The government currently counts the unemployment at the U-3 number of about 10%, but the U-3 only counts people collecting unemployment which usually quits in about 17 weeks. The U-6 number (sometimes called Labor Underutilization) includes those who have stopped looking for work or have not found full-time employment. While the U-6 number for all of America is about 17%, the number for the male black American may be as high as 30%. People want to work and provide for their families. Today’s rules and regulations do little to protect citizens from force, fraud, or abuse; their primary objective is to help large corporations and politically tilted organizations stay as their only competition in the not-so-free marketplace.
If elected I will remove any legislation that prevents small business from entering and competing in the marketplace. I will vote against any legislation that tightens control of the market place to the benefit of the large business. When there is appropriate legislation to prevent force, fraud, or abuse; I will vote against any bill that goes further and harms the return of a free market.
Protect against excessive fines and fees
The desire of the poor is to work their way up to the middle class, and the desire of the middle class is to work their way up to one day be wealthy. The US Government is making this increasingly hard through the loss of wealth due to government debt, by making it difficult to start a business, and finally by imposing harsh fees. The Eight Amendment reads: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel or unusual punishment inflicted.” However, our current system is one where the government will fine someone for violating a federal law, then if the person is unable to pay or misses the deadline the government imposes as additional fee. Often the total fees can add up to hundreds of dollars. For those in the middle class it can be a great and excessive nuisance. For those that are poor it might be impossible to pay such a fine, so instead the government places the poor into jail, and giving them a criminal record. Additionally there are many times persons with no criminal history, or a history but who never missed court, are kept in jail for excessive periods of time awaiting trial unable to raise the set bail; these people are accused, not yet guilty. Often, the fines accumulate while they are in prison and they have a limited amount of time once released to pay the fine or go back to prison.
If elected I would do all I could to uphold the constitution, including the eighth amendment. Debt as a crime supposedly went away in the 60’s; except for a public fee or fine. Fines and fees need to be reasonable and set according to what they are for. I will encourage legislation that will assume people are not a flight risk unless they have gone out of their way to be determined a flight risk. We need to remove some people from our society for the safety of our society, but only after a fair trial and not before.