Q & A With Guy Furay
Guy Furay will be a “Listen First” Candidate and, if elected, will always keep this unifying and guiding principle. The United States House of Representatives is “The People’s House.” As such, we should always remember who we work for and listen accordingly. Congress should work for you – not the other way around.
The Endless Partisan Warfare, the politics of division, and the Us vs. Them” mentality Needs to Stop. Now.
Guy Furay will actively engage Members of Congress with a focus on finding Common Ground. It won’t be easy. But it actually is (at least it should be) kind of in the job description for Congress. As we said above, “Who does Congress work for?”
It’s mind boggling that this even needs to be said, but we always need to put People before Party. After all, that’s who Congress works for. Right?
Term Limits are and should be one of the most important requirements for public service
Government which is “Of, By, and For The People” is completely incompatible with lifetime “service.”
We Need to Encourage Increased Citizen Participation in our Elections
The Bipartisan Policy Center has stated that only 58% of registered voters actually vote. Said another way, that means that 42% of US registered voters did NOT vote. Our system of government works best when every eligible citizen feels that his/her participation matters and views voting as both a civic duty and an opportunity to choose our government and our leaders.
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We need to fix our broken Healthcare system, and we need to fix it Now
As a professional health insurance broker who is literally on the front lines of the “Affordable” Care Act, Guy Furay understands innately what is working, what is broken and why. If elected to serve you in the 4th district, Guy will bring this valuable experience to Congress and try to accomplish his #1 goal: Fixing our broken healthcare system and making sure that everyone has access to truly Affordable healthcare.
Our political system has devolved into an endless Blame Game. The 2 political parties actively participate in the "politics of division." This makes it almost impossible to actually solve our common problems because the focus is on blaming the other party and our politicians put what is good for the political party ahead of what is good for us--We The People. Because of this divisive nature of our current elected government, We The People suffer because our problems NEVER get solved. And they never will get solved if we continue to send partisan politicians to DC. Health insurance is the biggest problem that keeps many of the voters of the 4th Congressional district up at night. it is also my particular area of expertise. I'm on ground zero of the broken health insurance and health care markets. I know why they are broken and what to do about it. This problem will not be solved with more partisan politics.Immigration, education, guns, safe schools. There is a Common Ground on each. Our government needs Leadership. Leadership involves Listening, Understanding, Consensus Building and Hard Work. But the payoff is enormous. Solving problems for real Americans. That’s what good government should be about. Let’s get back to that.
We need to have a good balance between being good stewards of our precious natural resources and also not going crazy with regulations that destroy jobs.It should be our goal to leave the Earth better than we found it. I am FOR exploration and development of any alternative fuel sources such as solar, while I am definitely opposed to regulations which have a negative effect on jobs and opportunity.Taking the question a bit further, one of the most important things we need to do as a state is to change our toxic political culture, In 2016 we saw this toxicity explode. Not only the opponents, but the opponents supporters were labeled as "racists, sexists, deplorables, irredeemables,..simply because they supported someone else. We're in an environment where it seems ok to some to practice the politics of division and hate. We are NOT the DIVIDED States of America. We are and should be The United States of America.Abraham Lincoln said "A House divided against itself cannot stand."
The Chambers of Commerce are organizations whose very purpose is job creation and business growth. Shockingly, all 13 Republican candidates for the 4th Congressional District denounced the US Chamber of Commerce and by extension, the Upstate Chamber Coalition and individual Chambers who share the same pro business/pro growth mentality.I don't understand this at all. These are the JOBS CREATORS. If elected to Congress, I would work very closely with all of the Chambers to evaluate what impact any potential legislation would have through the prism of Upstate JOBS.Policies which would promote new jobs I would generally support, while policies that would have a negative impact on JOBS would be ones I would generally oppose.Increasing job opportunities also entails improving education. If elected, this would be my focus.
This issue is my most passionate one, because this is what I do for a living. Every single day, someone tells me, "Guy, these health insurance prices are killing me. I can't sleep. My health insurance costs more than my mortgage!"This is completely unacceptable, & it's the reason why I go to DC at least 3 times every year for the last 5 years--to meet with Congress folks and fix our completely broken health insurance/healthcare systems. I know what's broken and why, and I could be a part of the solution to finally fixing this mess. But it cannot be fixed in our toxic political environment...the politics of BLAME and the politics of division. It will take all parties working together for the good of the American people to fix.President John F Kennedy demonstrated true leadership when he said: "We must not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. We must not seek to assign BLAME for the past but rather accept our own responsibility for the future."
We need to address some of the flaws that are currently in our system. We need campaign finance reform. Currently, foreign governments participate in our electoral process by contributing dark money in form of donations of lots of gift cards in small amounts beneath the reporting limit.We should also seek to encourage every single citizen to vote. Our voter participation rates are appalling. Perhaps a very important reason for this is the voter's discontent with being told to "vote for the lesser of 2 evils." That voter knows intrinsically that this means by definition that we are voting for someone we don't believe in.A lot of this would be immediately fixed by the large scale emergence of a new 3rd party. I'm proud to be affiliated with and a formal nominee for just such a party. The American Party was founded by a Democrat and a Republican who were dismayed at the toxic 2 party system which places the party before the People.The American Party focuses on FIXING PROBLEMS.