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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Wall Street Journal Story on IL-17

On October 27, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

We were pleased the IL-17 race was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Check out the story here. Here is some of what the WSJ reported:

“‘This race is very tight,’ says The Cook Political Report, which this spring didn’t rate the contest as competitive, now calls it a “toss up.”

A one-time Democratic union steward, Mr. Schilling says he evolved into a Reagan Republican. He says that opening a pizzeria 14 years ago gave him a new appreciation for the burden of taxes. As an opponent of the health-care overhaul and tax increases generally, Mr. Schilling has been endorsed by former Republican presidential aspirant Mitt Romney along with various tea-party leaders—and received campaign support from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune recently endorsed Mr. Schilling, calling him ‘a smart, independent conservative.’”

Schilling Op-Ed in Dispatch-Argus

On October 27, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

This election is about pursuing a new direction to get our economy back on track.

From day one, our campaign has been about lower taxes, less spending and more limited government. These principles provide the best path to prosperity for our communities, our nation, and our families. That is how we create jobs and provide the needed certainty for small businesses to expand this economy.

Over the past four years under Phil Hare’s watch we’ve seen unemployment double and the national debt skyrocket another $5 trillion. Illinois now ranks 48th out of the 50 states in job creation. We can’t continue taking our country backwards with the same policies that have failed us. Our children and grandchildren deserve a better, brighter future than the one we have today. That is our responsibility — to leave Illinois a better place than we found it.

Last week I challenged Congressman Phil Hare when he said to the Quincy Herald Whig, “in recent months the losses have been halted and jobs are being created. We’ve got job growth, we’re heading in the right direction.” Our country lost 95,000 jobs last month and Illinois has 10.1 percent unemployment. That’s not the right direction for our country. Empowering people, rather than the federal government, is the way forward.

Americans want to keep as much of their hard-earned money in their own pockets as they can, instead of sending more of their paycheck to Washington. As a successful, business-minded individual who understands the harsh realities of this struggling economy, I offer an alternative to our incumbent congressman.

I am the only candidate who has signed a pledge not to raise your taxes. I have proposed reasonable spending cuts and I offer a fresh voice of common sense to deal with Congress’ deficit spending. We live in the Land of Lincoln where Illinois’ greatest president once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Let’s heed Lincoln’s words again.

I want to go to Congress to represent people who don’t have a lobbyist in the Capitol or a loophole in the law.  If I am given the great honor of representing this area I will take responsibility and serve all of the people, not just one political party. We can do that by putting checks and balances back on our federal government and by returning government authority back to our state and local communities.

Rep. Hare’s voting record and his blind allegiance to Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda need to be cast aside. Rep. Hare voted in favor of the government take-over of health care and its $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, the National Energy Tax that will cost us 2.5 million jobs, the failed stimulus that sent our clean energy jobs to China, and the Wall Street Bailout that allowed corporate executives to receive mega-bonuses on the taxpayers’ dime.

I opposed these costly policies because they sent our jobs overseas, made America weaker, and increased our nation’s job-crushing debt. Rep. Hare can’t run from the status quo because he is the status quo.

I believe we need a balanced budget amendment. As your representative, I would work my fingers to the bone to protect these sacred priorities.

With every challenge brings new opportunity. I believe we must make difficult decisions and take these challenges head on with a new approach. We can put our economy back on track and put our families back to work building a brighter, more prosperous future. I’m Bobby Schilling and I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 2nd because the status quo today isn’t good enough for the Illinois of tomorrow.

Bobby Schilling of Colona is the GOP candidate for Congress in the 17th Congressional District.

Reason #14 to Vote Out Hare

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

Reason #14: On Phil Hare’s watch,
the unemployment has more than
doubled.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 14th 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 #14 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: On Phil Hare’s watch, the unemployment rate has more than doubled.

When Phil Hare became Congressman four years ago, Illinois unemployment stood at just 4.5%. Four years later, that rate has more than doubled to 9.9%.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said Illinois has lost thousands of jobs because of Phil Hare’s failed policies.

“Illinois families can’t take any more of this job-killing legislation,” Frederick said. “Phil Hare voted for a national energy tax that would raise energy costs across the board and send 2.5 million jobs overseas. He voted for a healthcare bill that will negatively impact small business and cost 1.6 million jobs. Hare’s record of out-of-control spending and raising taxes is indisputable. The message is simple — Illinois needs a change and we can’t afford another two years of Phil Hare.”

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Reason #13 to Vote Out Hare

On October 25, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #13: Despite record
deficits, Phil Hare believes there
has been deficit reduction under
his watch.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 13th 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 #13 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Despite record deficits, Phil Hare believes there has been deficit reduction on his watch.

Another week, another reality-defying statement made by Congressman Phil Hare. First, Phil Hare said he would “debunk the myth that this country was in debt,” even though the national debt currently stands at $13.6 trillion. Then, Phil Hare said the U.S. economy was “headed in the right direction,” despite 9.6% unemployment and four straights months of job loss. Now Phil Hare believes that Congress has “already done some deficit reduction,” even though we experienced record setting deficits in 2009 and 2010.

When asked by the Quad City Times about the sacrifices and changes 17th District voters can expect as Congress deals with our unsustainable federal deficit, Congressman Hare responded, “I think we’ve already done some deficit reduction.”

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.

In both 2009 and 2010, we had sky-high record deficits above $1 trillion. The national debt currently stands at $13.6 trillion, which represents a $44,000 share for every American. National unemployment is 9.6%, while unemployment in Illinois stands at 9.9%. These troubling numbers are not a “myth” and certainly not indicative of a country “headed in the right direction.”

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said that Illinois cannot afford another two years of Phil Hare.

“It’s hard to address job loss, the crippling national debt, and the ballooning budget deficits when elected officials like Phil Hare don’t recognize that we have a problem in the first place,” said Frederick. ”It’s time to send someone to Congress who has managed a business, created jobs, and balanced a budget.  We cannot afford two more years of the same old status quo, out-of-touch representation. Bobby Schilling is the change we need.”

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Reason #12 to Vote Out Hare

On October 24, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #12: Phil Hare was ranked 404th out of 435
Members of the House in effectiveness.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 12th 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 #12 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare was ranked 404th out of 435 Members of the House in effectiveness.

The Knowlegis Power Rankings rate the effectiveness of each member of Congress based on various criteria including position, indirect influence, legislative activity, and earmarks. Rep. Hare ranked just 404th, despite being from the majority party.

In a stark contrast, Bobby Schilling actually ranked 315th out of 13,500 agents in his last full year at Prudential Insurance Company.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said that Illinois families deserve an effective Congressman.

“As a union steward, insurance agent, and now a successful small business owner, Bobby Schilling has a proven track record as an effective worker with an indefatigable work ethic,” Frederick said. ”With unemployment near 10% and Illinois ranked 48th out of 50 in job creation, we need new leaders who can create an environment to foster job growth. If people want a change in Washington, there is no better candidate prepared to roll up his sleeves and work for Illinois families than Bobby Schilling.”

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Reason #11 to Vote Out Hare

On October 23, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #11: Phil Hare can’t stop spending our money.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the eleventh 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 #11 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare can’t stop spending our money.

In a serious effort to address out-of-control spending, numerous proposals have recently been offered on the House floor that would cut billions in spending. Congressman Phil Hare’s voting record proves he is against cutting spending every step of the way.

Some Examples:

A common sense proposal to save $2 billion by eliminating the pay raise for Members of Congress and all civilian federal employees for one year.  Congressman Hare voted against this spending cut.
An opportunity to save $10 billion over ten years by prohibiting the hiring of thousands of IRS agents to enforce the health care bill.  Congressman Hare voted against this spending cut.
A fiscally responsible move to save tens of millions of dollars by prohibiting funding for the wasteful promotional stimulus signs.  Congressman Hare voted against this spending cut.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said voters have a clear choice when it comes to the issue of spending.

“While Illinois families are tightening their belts, Phil Hare, Nancy Pelosi and this Democrat Congress continue to engage in an outright spending binge,” said Frederick. “Under Phil Hare’s watch, $5 trillion has been added to the job-crushing debt. When it comes to spending, Congressman Hare has sided with the ‘Washington knows best’ crowd and spurned those who live outside the beltway. Bobby Schilling will provide a check and balance on the Democrats’ absolute power and apply some much needed brakes on this runaway spending train.”

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Reason #10 to Vote Out Hare

On October 23, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #10: Phil Hare is a career politician.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the tenth 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 #10 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare is a career politician.

Hare has been living off the taxpayers’ dime for nearly 30 years. From 1982 to 2006, Phil Hare served as Rep. Lane Evan’s district director. After Evans won the Democratic primary in 2006, he retired allowing Hare to avoid a primary and win a Democratic caucus consisting only of precinct committee members. Hare then defeated Andrea Zinga in the 2006 election.

In a bold stand against the culture of career politicians, Bobby Schilling signed a contract with the 17th District. Schilling promised to:

Limit himself to four terms (eight years) in the House of Representatives
Reject the congressional pension plan
Reject any congressional healthcare benefits
Reject any pay increases
Provide constituent service second to no other congressional office

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said voters have a clear choice between a career politician and a true representative of the people.

“Phil Hare represents the politics of yesterday, while Bobby Schilling hopes to usher in a new era of government by the people,” Frederick said. “Bobby is leading by example. His commitment to cutting spending starts with his contract to reject the congressional pension and any pay raises. This is about service to the country, not establishing a cozy career backed by the taxpayers. Phil Hare has had his turn. This election is about change and Bobby Schilling represents the kind of public servant that Washington sorely needs.”

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