LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Brooks Wicker, a Republican challenging Rep. John Yarmuth in Kentucky's 3rd District, is a CPA and the founder of Wicker Strategic WealthCare Group. He says he has been tireless in his work helping families protect their financial futures and helping businesses find ways to create jobs.
On the issue of the national debt, Wicker's campaign website says "It is time to put some fiscal sanity back into Washington before our politicians spend away the future of our great, great, great grandchildren."
The debt clock is now over the $16 trillion mark.
"We've got to stop spending money we don't have," Wicker told WDRB's Candyce Clifft, "If you look at where the debt clock was when my opponent took office - it was about $8.5 trillion. And he's voted for every one of those increases along the way."
Wicker does not agree with President Obama's plan to increase taxes on wealthier Americans.
"Most of the jobs created in our economy are created by small to mid-sized businesses. Eighty percent of those businesses pay their taxes as individuals," he said, "If you increase taxes on those individuals you're going to get less productivity out of those individuals."
Wicker says the US should broaden the tax base and simplify the deduction schedule. He also calls the Affordable Care Act the biggest tax hike and the largest power grab in the history of the Federal Government. Wicker says it's already costing jobs in Louisville, but that the economy the biggest issue in November.
"This race is all about the economy," Wicker said, "by reforming our tax system we can bring trillions in private sector money into the economy, and that's the kind of stimulus we need."