Reason #19: Phil Hare’s frightening follies

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 19th reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #19 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare’s frightening follies.

This Halloween we take a look back at Congressman Hare’s most frightening follies. We hope voters consider these five delusional and out-of-touch statements as they head to the polls on Tuesday.

1. Hare: “We’ve got job growth, we’re headed in the right direction.”

In reality, we’ve lost almost 400,000 jobs in the past four months. We cannot continue to head in this negative direction.

2. Hare: “Every minute I have here is going to be spent on trying to debunk the myth that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend.”

In reality, we’ve seen another $5 trillion added to our national debt on Phil Hare’s watch. Our national debt now stands at a frightening $13.7 trillion. Each American’s share of the debt stands at $43,000 and counting. We cannot continue on this path of fiscal irresponsibility.
 
3. Hare: “I think we’ve already done some deficit reduction.”

In reality, our country has run deficits of epic proportions under Phil Hare’s watch.

Federal Deficit By The Numbers

2007 – The deficit was $161 billion or 1.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
2008 – The deficit was $407 billion or 3.2% of the GDP.
2009 – The deficit was $1.416 trillion or 10% of the GDP.
2010 – The deficit was $1.294 trillion or 8.9% of GDP.

We cannot risk another two years of Phil Hare and his out-of-touch views on deficit reduction. 

4. Hare: “Tomorrow I’m going to be receiving the endorsement of the corn growers.” 

During the WQPT debate, Phil Hare falsely claimed to have received the endorsement of the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA).

In reality, the ICGA never endorsed Hare. Phil Hare’s re-election plan is to mislead voters rather than run on his own voting record.

5. Hare: “I think quite frankly, I don’t think they know, and I don’t think we know yet.”

This was Phil Hare’s response when asked whether businesses would stop insuring their employees under the new healthcare bill. Even though Nancy Pelosi’s legislative philosophy is, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it,” Phil Hare can’t tell us what is in store under the healthcare takeover that he claims to have read three times.

In reality, we have already seen companies such as McDonald’s, Deloitte, AT&T, Caterpillar, and John Deere weigh the costs of paying a fine rather than keeping healthcare coverage for their employees.

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Reason #18 to Vote Out Hare

On October 31, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #18: Phil Hare voted for a new
National Energy Tax

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 18th reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #18 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare voted for a new National Energy Tax. On June 26, 2009, Nancy Pelosi and Phil Hare pushed through H.R. 2454, the Cap and Trade National Energy Tax.

This 1,428 page, job-robbing piece of legislation would cap greenhouse gas emissions and set up a trading system where companies could trade emissions permits. Not only would this legislation raise taxes on American families by more than $1,700 a year, it would also kill 2.5 million jobs, forcing more than 120,000 jobs out of Illinois. The process for this job-killing bill was flawed and lacked transparency. Democrats inserted a 300 page amendment in the middle of the night and gave members less than 16 hours to read and comprehend the changes. When asked about his position on the Cap and Trade National Energy Tax at a recent debate, incumbent Phil Hare could only say that the bill “is dead in the United States Senate.” What he failed to tell the people of Illinois is that he voted for this bill and would again if the Democrats continue to control the Congress.

Incumbent Phil Hare also sent 6,000 jobs overseas with his vote for the $787 billion failed stimulus package.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said this is just another example of an incumbent Congressman refusing to own up to his voting record.

“The Cap and Trade National Energy Tax will undoubtedly raise taxes on Illinois families and send 120,000 jobs out of our state. Phil Hare’s voting record has stifled job creation and sent jobs overseas. We need elected officials who are committed to lowering taxes and keeping jobs in Illinois. Bobby Schilling has signed a pledge to not raise taxes on anyone, and he will fight this National Energy Tax so that we can keep jobs in Illinois where they belong.”

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Second Day of Schilling’s GOTV Effort

On October 30, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

You can read some of the stories about Bobby’s tour across the region in places like  Monmouth, Macomb, Galesburg, and Decatur.

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Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus Endorses Schilling

On October 29, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Check out this great endorsement today for Bobby, “A New Direction?” The editorial board wrote:

“We believe, as do many Americans, that the one-party rule in Washington is propelling our country in the wrong direction on several issues that greatly impact Main Street.”

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Reason #17 to Vote Out Hare

On October 29, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #17: People are fleeing the
district at an alarming rate.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 17th reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #17 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: People are fleeing the district at an alarming rate.

Since 2000, the Illinois 17th District has lost 22,786 residents. In fact, our district has experienced the 25th worst population decline in the entire country by congressional district over that period.

It is clear that the job-killing policies that Phil Hare has supported for the past four years have not helped move us in the right direction. Hare voted for the healthcare takeover that will cost 1.6 million jobs by 2014. Hare also voted for the Cap and Trade National Energy Tax which would send 2.5 million jobs overseas. On Hare’s watch, our unemployment rate has doubled and we’ve added $5 trillion to our national debt.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said that people are leaving our area because Democrats in Congress have not created an environment that will fuel job growth.

“It is vital that we bring change to Illinois and our area. It’s time to elect a Congressman who will proactively work with small business to create jobs, instead of sending them overseas. We cannot afford another two years of the adverse, job-killing policies pushed by Phil Hare and Nancy Pelosi. Bobby Schilling will fight to bring jobs back to this area.”

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Bobby’s New Ad: Say Goodbye to Phil Hare

On October 29, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Today Bobby released his third and final new ad. It’s a positive message about the changes we need in Washington.

We’ve also started a new initiative called the “Bobby Schilling Voter Bomb.” The voter bomb is a massive Get Out the Vote effort asking supporters to pledge to bring their friends to the polls on Election Day.

We need every possible Bobby Schilling supporter to vote. This race is incredibly close and every vote counts. Please pledge to bring people to the polls today by going to this site and by contacting our campaign directly! We can still use more phone bankers and walkers. With just five days left until Election Day, we need our volunteers out in full force.

To volunteer at the Moline Victory Center, located at 3637 Avenue of the Cities in Moline, contact Jim Sprakties at 309-428-5265.

To volunteer at the Quincy Victory Center, located at 1111 Maine in Quincy, contact Luke Neuser at 217-617-9258.

Please forward this link to as many people as you can to help get the message out before November 2nd.

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Reason #16 to Vote Out Hare

On October 29, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #16: Phil Hare lied about the
ICGA endorsement.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 16th reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #16 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare lied about the Illinois Corn Growers Association endorsement.

Last night in the WQPT debate, Hare claimed that he had the endorsement of the “corn growers.” Hare was clearly referring to the Illinois Corn Growers Association, a group he had a press conference with yesterday morning discussing river infrastructure.

However, we checked with the ICGA. They do not endorse political candidates.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said this type of dishonesty is why Americans are turned off by politics and career politicians.

“It’s one thing to hide from a failed record, but it’s another to outright fabricate an endorsement,” Frederick said. “The Illinois Corn Growers Association does not endorse political candidates, and Phil Hare knows this. Hare is desperate to save his job — he should’ve worried about saving our jobs the last four years. If we can’t trust Phil Hare to be truthful about something as simple as a political endorsement, how can we trust him at all?”

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Reason #15 to Vote Out Hare

On October 27, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #15: Phil Hare voted for the government
takeover of healthcare.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 15th reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #15 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare voted for the government takeover of healthcare.

This past March, the Democrat-controlled Congress passed one of the worst bait-and-switches in American history. They promised health insurance for everyone, lower costs, and complete transparency. Instead, they rammed through a bill with major tax increases, more job losses, back room deals, cuts in Medicare, and increased healthcare costs across the board.

Despite previous assertions to the contrary, President Obama recently said, “We didn’t think we were going to cover 30 million people for free.” That much is clear, as this enormous bill is set to cost $2.5 trillion over ten years.

The new bill adds more than $475 billion in new taxes to the tax code, including:

An individual mandate tax that forces small businesses to pay for their employees’ healthcare plans or pay a fee.
A ”1099″ tax requiring all small businesses to report any expenditures more than $600.
A “medical devices” tax that will raise healthcare costs for seniors, veterans and the disabled.
A 5% tax on cosmetic surgeries with no exception for trauma or disfiguring diseases.
A 10% tanning tax. 

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the healthcare bill will cost 1.6 million jobs by 2014. 

In addition to raising taxes, the bill cut more than half a trillion dollars from Medicare benefits for seniors. More than 105,000 seniors in Illinois will no longer have Medicare Advantage. The average cut per beneficiary will be $3,100.

Recent reports have also indicated that healthcare costs are still increasing. More than 23 million people will still be uninsured by 2019.

The bill is so bad that the senior congressional staff who helped write the law exempted themselves from having to comply with its privisions.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that the health care bill is just another in a long line of examples of Washington Democrats thinking they know better than the people they represent.

“The majority of Americans and people in Illinois disagreed with this approach to health care reform, yet Democrats rammed it through anyway,” said Frederick. “Passing legislation that pushes new taxes, kills job growth and cuts a half trillion dollars from Medicare for our seniors is no way to run a country. Illinois needs a change and this Democrat Congress has proved it is blind to the will of the people. If you want change, vote for Bobby Schilling on November 2nd.”

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Decatur Herald & Review Endorses Schilling

On October 27, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Bobby Schilling has been endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, the Sauk Valley News, and now the Decatur Herald & Review. Click here to read the story. Here are some of the highlights:

“It’s time for a change… Schilling is running for his first political office. He and his family own a pizza restaurant in the Quad-Cities after being a union member for years. Schilling says that makes him both “pro-labor and pro-business” and he claims that the best solutions involve a balance between needs. He wants more transparency in the federal government and wants to work across party lines… there’s clearly a need for more representatives in Congress who understand business and who are not professional politicians. The 17th District deserves the change that Schilling will bring.”

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