A “Bipartisan” Government Takeover

On February 26, 2010, in Uncategorized, by edwardpan

My friends,

After the “bipartisan” healthcare summit, I wanted to give you my own personal opinion in regard to what went on yesterday.

This “bipartisan” summit on healthcare yielded nothing but the same failed ideas–more taxes and more regulations. These failed ideas and policies have been plaguing the healthcare debate in Congress for the past 6 months. Below are just some of the “highlights” of the proposed plan:

-Major cuts to Medicare
-A price tag of at least $1 trillion
-Government funding of abortion

-New taxes, regulations and mandates for struggling small businesses.

Yesterday, liberals also announced that they are planning to use the “nuclear option” to push this healthcare overhaul through. How ethical is it to ram a government overhaul through with only a simple majority of 51%? We don’t even nominate judges with just a simple majority like that, let alone a government takeover.

Liberals think that they can ram this government overhaul of our healthcare system through, without any repercussions or consequences. With only 25% of Americans supporting the current healthcare proposals, we can’t sit back while they shove this through.

Just a few weeks ago I signed the “Repeal It!” pledge from the Club for Growth, where I promised to repeal any federal takeover of our healthcare system.

Will you help me get elected so I can fight these liberals in Congress with a donation of $500, $250, $100, $50 or whatever you can spare?

Liberals in Congress are taxing, spending and regulating our Country away. Please help me in my quest to stop them.

Thanks,

Bobby

 

Quote of the Day

On February 26, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

I know that it’s Ayn Rand, but it’s still a great quote.

“Creation comes before distribution — or there will be nothing to distribute.”
– Ayn Rand

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Update from the campaign trail

On February 26, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Thought I would give a brief update on the campaign trail.

Yesterday Bobby attended a luncheon in Springfield where he met with voters from the southern part of the district. We actually got to meet the 4 voters who live on the famous gerrymandered “bike path” that goes through Springfield(Tongue in Cheek).

Bobby and the campaign then headed on out to Decatur to give a speech at the Macon County Lincoln Day Dinner. Bobby was welcomed warmly and invited many people to come to his March 10th Town Hall in Decatur.

Today Bobby has meetings in Quincy with business and community leaders and will head back to the Quad Cities around 6pm. Bobby will also be conducting a radio interview with WQUB, Quincy University’s radio station later this afternoon.

Life on the campaign trail is busy and rough, but Bobby still has tons of energy and is unwavering in his determination to get this job done.

We will be back to give a complete update of upcoming events with Bobby Schilling for Congress.

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Quote of the Day

On February 23, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

“The more is given, the less the people will work for themselves
and the less they work, the more their poverty will increase.”
– Leo Tolstoy

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Quote of the Day

On February 15, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

“Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.”
– Laurence J. Peter

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Schilling Issues Response to Hare Campaign Kick-Off

On February 15, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

EAST MOLINE, IL–Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the IL-17, issued the following statement in response to Congressman Phil Hare’s campaign kick-off:

“Over the past year, I have traveled the entire district, many times. I have heard thousands of voters and their concerns for this nation. Voters across the country are sick of the status quo, and they want a clean break from the failed ideas and policies of the past. Recent victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts have proven this. While the 17th District is not Massachusetts, it also isn’t San Francisco. Rep. Hare’s voting record is more liberal than Nancy Pelosi’s. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t represent the 17th District, and neither does Congressman Hare. I look forward to having an open and honest discussion with Congressman Hare and the people of the 17th District, on his out-of-touch liberal voting record.”

Bobby Schilling, a native of Rock Island, has served as a local union steward and also has 13 years of union experience. Schilling, a local business owner and father of nine children, is running on a platform of bringing jobs and real representation back to the 17th district. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city “Bob’s for Jobs” tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the district. Schilling is the Republican candidate for the Illinois 17th District.

For more information about Bobby Schilling please visit his website at http://www.bobsforjobsblog.com

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Illinois Fair Map Amendment

On February 13, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

I recently came across this great article in the Chicago Tribune’s Trib Local, in which Joanzie discusses the reason why incumbents  win over 98% of the time in Illinois races. Its because of one single party rule over the land (literally), deciding where districts are located, and selecting the voters, instead of the voter selecting the candidate!

WHY ARE ILLINOIS INCUMBENTS REELECTED 98% OF
THE TIME?

By: Joanzie
02/08/10 10:36 PM
The answer: because Illinois legislators have created districts that ensure their re-election by drawing their own maps behind closed doors. Since the last map was drawn in 2001, there have been 630 general election contests for the Illinois House and Senate. There were no challengers in almost 45% of these races. In 547 of them, incumbents seeking reelection won 536 times, or 98%. Thus, the competition is snuffed out, and power is concentrated in the few who are in control.

A fair map is the first step in taking Illinois back from the politicians. If you are unsatisfied with Illinois government, join The League of Women Voters of Glenview on Saturday, February 20th from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Glenview Police Station (Northwest Corner of East Lake and Shermer in Glenview) to kick-off a petition drive for a fair and transparent redistricting process.

Illinois voters remain skeptical that the era of wheeling, dealing, backroom politics is over. Why? This is the only state in the nation with a history of legislators creating their own voting districts by drawing a name—Republican or Democrat—out of a hat. The winners get to decide the re-mapping boundaries, drawing district lines to protect themselves and their friends while punishing their enemies.

With no transparency or oversight, this practice continues and can result in some gerrymandered districts resembling pretzels. The legislature could change this process – but they haven’t – and they won’t. It is up to us, the people. We need your help to change this process and take it from the legislators and put it in the hands of an independent commission in order to make redistricting more transparent, fair, and accessible to the public.

The League of Women Voters, in concert with other concerned groups, is now working to try to insure a new process. An Illinois Fair Map Amendment, based on an Illinois Reform Commission Proposal, should be placed on the November, 2010 ballot. This Amendment will be on the ballot only if we get 500,000 registered voters to sign a petition demanding it.

The Illinois Fair Map Amendment:
• Places map-drawing duties in the hands of an independent commission;
• Allows de-nesting: Representative districts need not be contained within a single Senate district;
• Requires a 2/3 majority vote of the General Assembly to approve maps put forth by the independent commission, and does not allow the General Assembly to draw maps on its own;
• Removes the Governor from the approval process;
• Increases public transparency by requiring public hearings, public display of proposed maps and allowing submission of maps by the general public;
• Requires the commission to use neutral criteria that will specifically protect minority voting rights and eliminate unduly favoring a political party;
• Removes the current tie-breaker provision and replaces it with fair resolution of map-making process. If the commission fails to produce an approved map, the Illinois Supreme Court would choose a “Special Master” to review all maps and data and draw the district boundaries.

To learn more about the Illinois Fair Map Amendment visit www.ilfairmap.com ; for more information on the League of Women Voters of Glenview visit www.glenview.il.lwvnet.org.

If you want to see why we need this Fair Map Amendment, look no further than the IL 17th District…

Quote of the Day

On February 12, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

“The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency.
An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.”
– Eugene J. McCarthy

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We’re Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

On February 11, 2010, in Uncategorized, by edwardpan

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign is now accepting applications for internships, lasting from now until the election.

This internship is going to give ‘hands on’ campaign experience to anyone who is interested in learning how campaigns work. This is not your typical “Copies and Coffee” internship. Interns will work hands on with voters, volunteers and donors in order to help fix Washington.

To be an intern for the Schilling campaign fill out the Internship Application here.

If you know of anyone that is interested please forward this email to them. If you have any questions, please email Terry at terry@bobsforjobsblog.com.

 

The Wall Street Journal recently conducted a survey of economists, predicting that a quarter of the 8.4 millions jobs won’t be returning. Accordingly, job retraining and jobs in growing industries will need to replace extinct jobs.

“While the job market is constantly shifting as some sectors fade and others expand, this recession threw that process into overdrive. Thousands of workers lost jobs as companies automated more tasks or moved whole assembly lines to places like China. As growth returns, so will job creation—just with a different emphasis in the mix of jobs being created.”

Further, economists say that job creation this year won’t keep up with new job entrants, typically high school and college graduates:

“Economists in the survey are predicting a slow upswing for the economy as a whole. Respondents on average expect economic growth to settle at about 3% in 2010, off sharply from the powerful 5.7% seasonally adjusted annual growth rate in the fourth quarter.

This is why job creation has become such a worrisome issue: Based on that growth projection, over the next year economists estimate the U.S. will add about 133,000 jobs a month. That sounds good and it’s certainly better than more job losses. But with about 100,000 new jobs a month needed just to soak up new entrants to the work force, that pace of job creation will only slowly reduce the high unemployment rate.”

In order to effectively compete on a global scale in the IL 17th District, the government needs to encourage innovation and growth again, instead of the status quo; the bailouts and pork-barrel projects.