An Interview with Michigan US Senate Candidate Michael Hoover
Michael Hoover: A Fresh Conservative Voice for Michigan's Working Class
January 8th, 2023: By, Walter Curt
In the political landscape dominated by seasoned politicians and insiders, Michael Hoover emerges as a refreshing exception. With deep roots in Michigan's small-town farming community and a wealth of experience in the private sector, Hoover is now eyeing a seat in the U.S. Senate. His ambition is to inject some of his real-world savvy into the halls of Washington. During an exclusive with America Mission, I had the opportunity to delve into Hoover's background, his motivations for this significant career pivot, and the policy ideas he hopes to advance.
Hoover's journey is a classic American tale of hard work and determination. Raised in a modest farming town, he shared stories of his upbringing and the values instilled in him from a young age. His parents, both factory workers in local manufacturing plants, set the stage for his robust work ethic. From his early days at Dow Chemical to the establishment of his own ventures in technology, marketing development, and later in recycling alongside his family, Hoover has been intimately acquainted with the struggles and dreams of blue-collar workers and entrepreneurs.
The impetus for Hoover's shift from the corporate world to the political sphere is rooted in recent events that have reshaped the national landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, served as a pivotal moment for him. This crisis, he believes, laid bare the extent to which the country has deviated from its foundational principles. The challenges posed by the pandemic heightened his sense that urgent action was needed to address the nation's drift and to realign it with its traditional values.
When I asked what motivated him to make the unconventional leap from business to politics, a decision often viewed with skepticism. Hoover's answer was marked by a deep sense of duty and urgency:
Hoover: “Well, I think there's a lot of us that are feeling the ‘slippage’ of our country. More so than it's been in the maybe the last the past two or three decades. Yeah, just when COVID and everything went down the way that it did. It was just a watershed moment where you just saw Oh, wow, the country really is slipping and been slipping for a long time.
I mean, we're so far away from what the Constitution and the way that everything was formulated upfront, down to how our country is supposed to run, to the power that has been taken over in all government aspects. So, I've certainly watched it over, you know, the history of my life. And it just seemed to get to a whole nother level where either we do something now or folks like myself that are actually going to go do the right thing. Instead of serving ourselves or we lose our country completely. We've lost a lot of it. In my personal opinion, we've lost a lot of our country already. But it just seems like to me that we're headed towards a world economic forum you know, that ‘worldwide government’ faster than most of us really thought that we were.”
Hoover's words resonate with a depth of concern and a sense of responsibility towards his country. This transition from a successful career in business to the uncertain path of politics is not merely a career change for Hoover; it's a call to action, a response to what he perceives as a critical juncture in the nation's history.
As Hoover shared his views, I couldn't help but reflect on my own experiences and the shared sentiments of many Americans who feel a similar call to action:
WC: “I couldn't agree with you more there. myself, personally, I walked away from a political life when I was younger. But you know, as you just said, I looked at the country and I was like, Man, I shouldn't have walked away, maybe I was needed there. I feel like this is what I have to do because some people have to start telling the truth. The lies are just too much. I mean, I used to be able to read three newspapers and feel like I had a good understanding of what's going on. That's not the case anymore.”
Hoover: “No, there's so much fabrication that has been going on. So many of us trusted the people that we thought were truly for small government, but they weren't. Yeah, I mean, we voted for people like George W. Bush, we supported Mitt Romney. We supported all these congressmen and senators. Yeah, just to have them go sell out or and maybe they were sellouts. They were just, you know, talking a good game and all of us are just living our lives. Yes. A lot of people still just trying to live their lives trying to get by, but I do believe there's more of the electorate that's opening their eyes now. Particularly as you saw the turnover take place throughout the country in terms of the Republican Party, it used to be the, you know, a club for the rich and now the party is truly grassroots working class.”
WC: “I mean, when you read the newspapers now, I don't feel like you gain anything.”
Hoover: You know, there's no substance. There are no solutions. There's just more talk and I been watching some of my opponents in my own race, and they're doing the same thing. They're just all Biden bad. Border bad, you know, inflation bad, but there's no solutions. There's no real discussion.
It was indeed refreshing to engage in a genuine conversation with a candidate who recognizes that merely echoing national issues isn't enough to connect with the electorate at a deeper level. In our discussion, it became clear that connecting with the electorate requires more than just echoing high-profile themes. Many candidates today concentrate heavily on these national issues, potentially neglecting the immediate, local concerns of their constituents. This approach can create a disconnect, leaving voters feeling that their specific needs are being ignored.
A poignant point from our dialogue was the challenge candidates face when they attempt to emulate figures like Donald Trump. Trump’s unique style is difficult, if not impossible, to replicate effectively. Candidates trying to mirror his approach often miss the mark, failing to forge a genuine connection with voters. The key to political success lies in addressing the unique needs of the people one aims to represent, coupled with maintaining authenticity. This approach is vital in a political environment where voters are increasingly wary of insincerity and duplicity.
Hoover's response to this was candid and insightful, emphasizing the need for authenticity in politics:
Hoover: “You have to be authentic. You know, if you're not authentic and a true real person, you're gonna lose. Because when I talk to people, that's the first thing I look for is, are you authentic? Are you trustworthy? Can we trust you? Are you going to do the right thing? That's really what most people want. I just want to make sure that they can cut through and see that you're going to be a real person.”
Michael Hoover's emphasis on authenticity resonates deeply with the working-class values of Michigan. This authenticity is crucial, but equally important is his understanding of the practical, everyday concerns of Michigan voters. Hoover's policy proposals are grounded in tangible issues that directly impact family life and economic well-being.
A central aspect of Hoover's campaign focuses on revitalizing Michigan's economy and enhancing family life. He proposes several strategies aimed at lowering the cost of living, which is a pressing concern for many families. These include reducing taxes and regulations that disproportionately affect small businesses, alongside lowering energy costs. Such measures are designed to alleviate the financial burdens shouldered by families and local enterprises.
Moreover, Hoover recognizes the significance of incentivizing family growth. He advocates for tax credits and more affordable healthcare, making it financially feasible for families to have children. This approach aligns with his broader economic vision of bringing back manufacturing jobs to North America from overseas markets like China. By negotiating fair trade deals, he aims to create stable, well-paying jobs that can support families and stimulate local economies.
In foreign policy, Hoover champions an America First stance. He argues for a strategy that focuses on deterring wars and conflicts rather than engaging in endless military entanglements. By reallocating resources domestically, he believes that more support can be provided to American citizens and their families.
On immigration, Hoover proposes reforms to establish a legal and controlled system. Such a system would protect wages and job opportunities for American citizens, ensuring that families are not disadvantaged by unregulated immigration.
As Hoover outlined these policy ideas, his primary focus was clear: making family life more affordable and sustainable for Americans. He elaborated on this point with a candid reflection on the nation's demographic challenges:
Hoover's vision for Michigan and the broader United States is one where economic policies support family growth and create a thriving, sustainable future.
Hoover: "We've got to make sure that having families is very affordable. We need more children in our country. We're at the lowest birth rate in the history of our country. And we know that for us to have a sustainable economy. We have to have mature workers; young workers and we have to have children. Looking at our future right now, we have a lot of millennials, which is great, but we need to have more children from those millennials so that we can have those sustainable classrooms at any day."
As Michael Hoover's campaign for the U.S. Senate gains momentum, his vision for Michigan and the broader United States becomes increasingly clear and compelling. Throughout our conversation, Hoover emphasized a future where economic policies not only bolster family growth but also ensure a thriving and sustainable future for all. His commitment to affordability, protecting rights and freedoms, and expanding economic opportunities stands out as a beacon of hope in today's political climate.
Hoover's focus is firmly on championing policy solutions that actively support working families rather than penalizing them. His approach is grounded in a deep understanding of the challenges faced by everyday Americans. "We’ve got to provide hope and opportunity,” Hoover stated emphatically. “People want to be able to trust their leaders, they want authenticity, and they want hope.” This sentiment resonates strongly with voters seeking genuine representation.
Among his specific policy proposals, Hoover has outlined several key initiatives:
Increasing tax credits for newly married low-income couples, a move that promises to strengthen family units and provide financial relief.
Making healthcare more accessible and affordable by easing restrictions for physician assistants to operate and provide care.
Promoting healthcare price and quality transparency, an essential step towards healthcare reform.
"We want to try to undo these problems through competition, through transparency and competition," Hoover said regarding his approach to healthcare reform, indicating a clear strategy to address one of the nation's most pressing issues.
Despite facing an uphill battle in a crowded Senate primary with nine other Republicans, Hoover's message focused on kitchen-table issues has the potential to resonate deeply with Michigan voters. His approach is a departure from 'politics as usual,' addressing the core concerns of the electorate with practical and well-thought-out solutions.
America Mission proudly offers a glowing endorsement and resounding support to Michael Hoover, a true conservative grassroots candidate. His authentic approach, commitment to problem-solving, and clear understanding of the issues at hand mark him as a candidate worthy of attention and support. Hoover's campaign embodies the spirit of true conservatism, focusing on the needs and rights of individuals and families, and paving the way for a brighter future for Michigan and the nation. As he navigates the challenges of his campaign, Hoover's dedication to his principles and his constituents remains unwavering, making him an exemplary representative of the values we hold dear at America Mission.