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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 49

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Joshua L. Hancock

Marine Veteran, Eagle Scout, Middle Class guy.
552 votes (0.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I am First and Foremost a Fiscal Conservative. Let's balance those federal budgets.
  • Let's cut Federal Spending back and also cut taxes. The average Californian is taxed at around 45% that's way too high. On average we in Cali. pay 10% state income tax, 25% Federal income tax, 6% Social Security, 3% Medicare. There is more!!
  • Let's make Healthcare affordable for everyone. If we try real Free Market healthcare, which we have never tried. Through competition and free market we can have businesses compete for your needs.



Profession:Marine Veteran, Eagle Scout, Middle Class guy.
Nuclear Security Officer, Southern California Edison (2002–current)
Marine Military Police, United States Marine Corps (2003–2003)
Marine Military Police, United States Marine Corps (1997–2001)


San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station Armed Nuclear Security Certification, Armed Physical Security, Federal Laws pertaining to Nuclear Fuel protection (current)
Mead High School, Spokane, WA. High School Diploma, General Education (1987)

Community Activities

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1985–1996)

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (6)

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua L. Hancock:

No, there should be no limitations. I believe if people want to live in the United States they can. We live in the greatest country in the world. Immigration regulations are broken. The process takes way too long and some parts unreasonable. Going back to their country of origin is sometimes impossible and is financially burdensome for families wanting to live here. If I were to change the law I would make the path way to citizenship a lot easier. I would start with removing the requirement for people to go back to their country of origin. Next, I would start them on a working visa so they could earn and pay into the system while they are working on their path to citizenship. Visit

Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua L. Hancock:

Yes, for fiscal conservative reasons. California is a very socialist state and will give away tax payer provided services to any one that crosses the border to the tune of around 128 billion dollars a year. That amount takes into account people that are already here illegally paying taxes which is around 30 billion a year. A border wall is the first step in securing our border and in immigration reform. Once the border is secured then we can work on getting people here illegally on a pathway to citizenship get them paying into the system. Get them in classes so they can properly integrate into society.

Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua L. Hancock:

No, not for California. California has the strictest gun laws in the country. They are also put in place by people who are clueless about how guns work. I support criminal background checks. Felons aren't legally supposed to own guns and background checks are the safeguard to stop them from obtaining guns the legal way. I support responsible gun ownership, which is education of gun owners with safety classes before they buy new guns every couple years at the minimum. I support a universal national concealed carry program. Every responsible person with the proper training should be able to conceal or even open carry. Concealed carriers are 5 times less likely to commit a crime than average citizens.  

Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua L. Hancock:

Yes, Free trade is a stable essential to the free market. NAFTA is essential to the free market and not only helps U.S. citizens but Canadian and Mexican citizens as well. NAFTA was put in place to promote free trade between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. enriching all three countries. NAFTA is good and should stay in place. 

Do you support raising the federal gas tax to improve the national transportation infrastructure (for example roads, train tracks, and bridges)? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua L. Hancock:

No, as a Fiscal Conservative and Libertarian, I am against new taxes or higher taxes. Our federal government has a horrible spending problem, they need to curb their spending and start spending more responsibly. There are billions of dollars wasted in programs that are going to none citizens. There are billions of dollars going to Veteran's programs that don't even make it to the veterans and are wasted on bureaucracy. There are billions being wasted overseas building up other countries infrastructures. We need to spend money on America first before other countries. 

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Joshua L. Hancock:

Virtually every person wants access to quality healthcare at an affordable price. I think the best way to achieve this is by removing government interference and enabling free markets. Government inappropriately controls our healthcare in many ways. Government and a handful of insurance companies have a virtual monopoly as payers. Because of this, they make most of the decisions about what kinds of healthcare are available. Government regulates where, when, and who may open new healthcare facilities. Government agencies greatly slow development of and access to new medicines, devices, and technologies that may improve quality of care and reduce cost of care. Currently, the healthcare industry is virtually monopolized by the government and a handful of insurance companies. They hold the checkbook and wield it for their own benefit.

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Political Beliefs

Position Papers



There isn't a simple answer for homelessness. I want to tackle this issue and am open to more suggestions also.

There are many issue I would like to help our country fix. One of those issues is Homelessness. We have a growing homeless population in Southern California that needs to be addressed. I have called the local homeless shelters and spoken to many people that have great ideas and information. There are four basic groups of homeless people each needing a different type of help. First is people that have lost their jobs, house and need help getting back on their feet. These people just need the opportunity to get back on their feet. There are pilot programs that people work for the city or county and get paid minimum wage and live in free housing temporarily with vocational training if needed till they can get back on their feet. The next group is actually two groups first is due to generational poverty and second are people who have done time in prison. This group of people are unable to hold jobs because they don't have the parent taught skills which most of us take for granted, like getting up on time for work, doing chores, doing normal day to day things to take care of their own health. These people would need more help then the first group. They need a very structured type environment to learn basic skills to function in basic society. So more housing and personal coaches and vocational training would be needed to help this group become functional members of society. The next group is the Mentally Ill these people don't have the mental capacity to keep a job or need medical attention or medication to be able to function in society. When all the mental institutions were shut down all the people who didn't have families to take care of them became homeless. How do we fix this? My solution is to set up Church run Mental Illness hospitals with federal funding. The churches have the caring and compassion more then the state run mental institutions of the past. How do we pay for that you say? We spend billions of dollars in foreign aid to countries that hate us. We spend billions of dollars to house our troops in foreign countries. We spend billions of dollars rebuilding infrastructure in countries we have bombed to pieces. We need to take care of Americans first. We don't need to raise taxes, We are already taxed enough. 

Border Security and Immigration


We need to build a wall. We need to have comprehensive immigration reform. We need to provide a pathway to citizenship for people here illegally. 

Right now, we have a porous border anyone can sneak into our country. A wall is fiscally cheaper then no wall. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimated that erecting a system of walls and fences along the entire U.S.-Mexico border would require $21.6 billion. Ever year taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. Let's build a wall. it will cut down the risk of deaths of people wanting to enter through the desert and enter the country illegally. On the other side of this is immigration. I am for legal immigration into this country. When you live in the greatest country in the world people want to come here to live. I believe they should have that opportunity. I believe also that the immigration system is broken. When you have a person living in the country for 30 years and unable to get his citizenship and gets deported and is a productive member in his community with a family. Something needs to change. I would change it by increasing the yearly number of people that can be made naturalized citizens a year. I would also remove the requirement to leave the country back to country of origin. If you are here waiting your turn to become a citizen a worker's visa would be required to work on the path towards citizenship. Also, citizens of the United States speak English. If people want to pursue the American dream they must integrate into our society. That doesn't mean forgetting their own culture but embracing both.

Federal Spending


We need to cut spending and cut taxes. 

Our government has a spending problem, our country is 21.1 Trillion dollars in debt. Our yearly spending deficit is 740 billion dollars. We spend way too much on everything. Endless wars on terror. Foreign aid to other countries that hate us. We have American troops in somewhere around 177 countries around the world. We need to have a balanced budget by cutting spending. Having so many troops around the world doesn't always make it safer for us in the United States. Why don't we cut down the number of bases we have worldwide and bring some of those troops home.

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