Reason #20 to Vote Out Hare

On November 1, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #20: Phil Hare and the
Democratic Congress led this
country down the wrong path.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 20th and final 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.

Reason #20 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare and the Democratic Congress have led this country down the wrong path.

The same politicians that got our country into this mess are now promising to get us out.

Since Congressman Hare took office, Democrats have controlled both the House and Senate. During this time, unemployment rates have doubled, $5 trillion has been added to the national debt, and we’ve had record setting deficits upwards of $1,416,000,000,000. We must make a change.

Phil Hare voted for the $787 billion stimulus package that failed to hold unemployment under 8% as promised. Instead, unemployment hit 10.1%, 2.7 million jobs were lost, thousands of jobs were sent overseas and tens of millions of dollars were wasted on advertising and payments made out to the deceased.We must make a change.

Phil Hare supported the government takeover of our health care system that will cut $500,000,000,000 from Medicare, cost 1.6 million jobs and pave the way for employers to drop health insurance coverage.We must make a change.

Phil Hare voted for the Cap and Trade National Energy Tax which would add a tax of $1,700 on american families and kill 2.5 million jobs. We cannot give Phil Hare another opportunity to support this job-robbing legislation.We must make a change.

Rather than making a budget or working to provide Americans with certainty due to the expiring tax cuts, Phil Hare cast the deciding vote to take a recess, neglecting his duties as a member of Congress.We must make a change.

Rather than defending his voting record and running a positive campaign, Phil Hare resorted to false attacks and outright lies. He lied about receiving an endorsement from an agricultural group, approved a malicious ad that falsely accused Bobby Schilling of not paying his income taxes, and tried to fool the people of Illinois into believing that Schilling’s small business in Moline was somehow shipping jobs overseas.We must make a change.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said that the time for Americans to voice their opinion on the direction of this country is just hours away.

“After almost two years, 265,000 miles driven, and thousands of conversations with Illinois families, Bobby Schilling is ready to serve. As a small business owner with a labor background, Bobby has experience in putting people back to work. He has balanced a budget, committed to not raise taxes, and will attack the wasteful spending of Washington. If you are tired of the same stale politics of yesteryear, want someone who leads by example and can get our economy moving again, Bobby Schilling would appreciate your vote. On November 2, 2010, we must make a change and Bobby Schilling is the right person to deliver our voices to Washington.”

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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 #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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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.

This morning the Politico just listed IL-17 as the #5 hottest race in the entire country. It is all due to your efforts.

National Review Online just reported on our positive momentum in fundraising with 15 days to go. Again, this is all due to the generosity of over 2,500 individual contributors who are ready for positive change.

Phil Hare has become so desperate that he has resorted to throwing mud and lies at our campaign, hoping to make something stick so he can distract the voters in the final two weeks of the election.

No surprise, but you just don’t see Phil Hare talking about health care being the big accomplishment that he is so proud of anymore. You also don’t see Hare talk about his support for the Cap and Trade national energy tax. And you don’t see Hare talking about the failed stimulus that sent jobs and debt overseas.

We are still the underdogs in this race, and we can win if we can get a final push over the finish line. Can you give a small contribution to the Schilling for Congress campaign today?

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Bobby’s Op-Ed on Earmarks

On October 17, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Check out Bobby’s op-ed on earmarks in the Quad Cities Online, or read it below.

This week our campaign released a television ad titled “Hare Was Here.” It is a 30-second clip showing the economic devastation our area has faced since Phil Hare came to office. Since Hare first tasted power in Washington, he has added $5 trillion to our national debt and doubled unemployment. Illinois ranks a miserable 48th out of 50 in job creation, and Hare continues to peddle the lie that our economy is on the right track as long as we continue spending more of your hard-earned money.

Congress’ out-of-control spending is the problem, not the solution. We need earmark reform that improves transparency, roots out corruption and eliminates wasteful spending. My opponent never met an earmark he didn’t like.

Lawmakers have gone to federal prison for abusing the earmark process and it is about time we cleaned up Washington. It was reported that a disgraced Washington earmark lobbyist for the PMA Group named Paul Magliocchetti, who gave hundreds of dollars in campaign contributions to Hare, pled guilty in federal court last month. Magliocchetti could face up to 15 years for funneling $386,000 in corporate campaign contributions to lawmakers over the last six years. What’s worse is that Hare secured $6.8 million worth of earmarks for Magliocchetti’s clients when people here in Illinois were losing jobs.

The U.S. economy lost 95,000 jobs last month, Illinois’ unemployment is at 10.1 percent, and our national debt is growing beyond $13.6 trillion. Hare was too busy trying to secure earmarks and working to save his job to pass a budget or even fight to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the middle class. Hare lost the will to govern a long time ago, but he hasn’t lost his appetite for out-of-control spending.

When I challenged Hare on his comment that “we’ve got job growth, we’re headed in the right direction” to the Quincy Herald-Whig, Hare responded by bragging about bringing home new projects.

It doesn’t matter that the process is corrupt and broken and that we owe nearly $900 billion to the Chinese. By Hare’s logic we would be continuing down the right path if unemployment and our national debt doubled again so long as Hare is able to double spending on earmarks and keep his own job. Sending American jobs and debt to China is the wrong answer.

There is a reason Hare said this summer that he wants to debunk the myth that this country is in debt – it’s because he is addicted to spending.

There is a reason Hare refuses to sign a pledge not to raise your taxes — it’s because he is reliant on raising taxes on middle class families to feed his insatiable spending appetite.

There is a reason Hare received some of the lowest scores in Congress from groups like Citizens Against Government Waste, the Club for Growth, the National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform.

Hare proudly says, “if it’s pork, give me a fork!” That’s not responsible government. It’s the mentality of a career politician who has been corrupted by Washington and has become detached from ordinary Americans. We need to address our economic crisis with lower taxes, less spending, limited government, and more transparency.

That is why I oppose the “move-margins-at-midnight-mentality” in Washington, where there’s a mad dash to write each congressman’s pet project into a big appropriations bill. Earmark reform that forces lawmakers to be more transparent is critical to weeding out corruption and waste. Programs should only pass if they have merit and can stand on their own. If an earmark is a good project, it will pass. If it’s for swamp mice in California, it won’t.

Hare wants to return to Washington with a fork to get more pork. I’ll go to Washington with a shovel to start digging families out of debt and focus on jobs and growing this economy. I will always fight for Illinois, the taxpayer and our local communities, but I will also advocate for new reforms to the spending process in Washington so that it works for ordinary people again.

I am running for Congress for Illinois families who don’t have a lobbyist in the Capitol or a loophole in the law. Lets get back to work and take our country back.

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

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Reason #2: Under Phil Hare’s
watch, the national debt has
increased by $5 trillion.

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

Reason #2 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office:  Since Phil Hare took office in 2007, the national debt has increased by nearly $5 trillion.  As of October 12, the national debt stood at $13.61 trillion.  This means that every child born in America today already owes $44,000 to help pay off the debt.

According to the Joint Economic Committee, since Barack Obama was sworn-in as president, $55,687 has been added to the national debt every single second.  That’s $3,341,220 every minute, $200,473,223 every hour, and $4,811,357,343 every day. Meanwhile, the 2009 Annual Median Household Income was only $49,777.

Communications Director Bobby Frederick said the national debt is an issue that Congressman Hare, President Obama, and the Democrat majorities in Congress refuse to take seriously.

“In just four years, Phil Hare and the rest of the Democrat-controlled Congress have gone on a spending binge that has increased the national debt by $5 trillion,” Frederick said. “Our country is accumulating an additional $55,687 in debt every second, which is more than the annual median household income in the US. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Phil Hare believes that the national debt is a myth that needs to be debunked. What’s worse is that we owe nearly $900 billion to China, the same country that Phil Hare rewarded with US tax dollars to outsource Illinois jobs. This reckless pattern cannot continue.”

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BLS: 95,000 Lost Jobs; High Unemployment

On October 8, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Today the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September report on unemployment, the last report before the mid-term elections. Bobby Schilling released the following statement regarding the report:

“14.8 million people in this country are unemployed, and the unemployment rates among youth (26%), African-Americans (16.1%), and Hispanics (12.4%) are disturbingly high. These numbers remind us why we need a clean break from the failed liberal policies of Washington. Over the past two years, Rep. Hare has consistently voted for more spending and higher taxes while refusing to promote policies that would create jobs. As a successful small business owner, I understand that our biggest priority right now is getting people back to work. While Phil Hare spends every minute he has ‘debunking the myth’ that our country faces a $13.6 trillion national debt, I’ll be fighting for jobs by advocating low taxes, less spending, and limited government.”

Bobby is focused on jobs and the economy. That’s what this race is about. Below is the second web-ad of the campaign, focused on that same theme: Bob’s for Jobs!

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Bobby Schilling wrote the following op-ed for the Quad Cities Online.

Phil Hare has voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda an astounding 98.8 percent of the time and his blind support for the government take-over of health care was no exception. Hare can’t run from his record of constantly taking away individual and state rights to further expand a massive and growing federal government.

Bragging that he “helped craft this legislation from the very beginning” and that it was “the big win that ordinary people get,” Hare still fails to comprehend the public’s disdain for both the politics and procedure used to shove this legislation down our throats. Hare refuses to acknowledge the harsh realities of what this legislation will do to our country: raise taxes, increase our job-killing federal debt, and cut $500 billion from the Medicare system.

When Congress should have focused on fixing the economy and getting people back to work, Hare was instead operating behind closed doors piling endless layers of government bureaucracy into a 2,500 page bill that the American people opposed. And even though the Joint Economic Committee analysis shows ObamaCare created at least 159 new bureaucratic entities; 47 new agencies, boards, and commissions; 29 new demonstration and pilot programs; and six new regulatory systems and compliance standards, the Nancy Pelosis and Phil Hares in Congress still aren’t satisfied.

They demand more government control no matter the costs, no exceptions.

A Hudson Institute Fellow recently highlighted the negative impact of ObamaCare on jobs writing in the Washington Examiner that “Many businesses across America would applaud repealing the new health care law, freeing them of the upcoming requirement to pay $2,000 per worker per year beginning in 2014… Since the rule applies only to businesses of more than 50 workers, every 50-person business is trying to figure out how not to hire any more workers, and every 55-person business is trying to figure out how to lay off five workers.” The only jobs the bill creates are the 16,500 new IRS agents needed to collect the law’s $570 billion in projected penalties over the next decade. It’s a job killer and a debt driver.

The Democrats even slashed Medicare benefits by $500 billion to help fund the legislation, similar to the way Hare voted to raid the Social Security trust fund to pay for the state bailout fund last month. Unfortunately, Hare has already proven that he is willing to break the promises we made to our seniors if it means he gets the chance to write new government programs into law.

Hare claims costs will go down and coverage will be more affordable. However, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services now estimates that the new law increases health care spending by 6.3 percent each year. Premiums and prices are increasing, in some cases by up to 20 percent. To add insult to injury, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that in the individual market premiums will increase 27 to 30 percent.

While most Democrats across the country are distancing themselves from ObamaCare, and even proposing state waivers from its destructive mandates, Hare makes no apology for his desire to move even further left by imposing a massive “public option” to the new law. Hare’s liberal proposal would mean an even greater surrender to the federal government and total destruction of the private insurance market in America.

Hare and his allies will try to cast me as an uncompassionate critic of ObamaCare. However, I want to be clear in stating that I’m not anti-health care. I’m not opposed to ensuring we provide an adequate safety net for the people who can’t help themselves, such as children and individuals with pre-existing conditions. The health care system was never perfect, and serious reforms are needed.

But the first step is for Congress to repeal the harmful provisions in the bill and replace them with patient-centered and market-based reforms that encourage job creation, bend the cost curve down, increase access to quality medical care, and improve medical outcomes without damaging our economy or stealing Medicare from our seniors. One thing is for certain: expanding government is not the right answer, as Pelosi and Hare believe, during these difficult economic times.

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

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ICYMI: CNN Reports on Bobby

On September 30, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

In case you missed it, the news story below about small business owners like Bobby Schilling running for Congress was published at www.CNNMoney.com. Bobby is quoted towards the bottom.

Small business for Congress!

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A lot of people are mad as hell at Washington right now. The recession is officially over, but it doesn’t feel over.

That anger could bring a sea change to Washington in November, come midterm Congressional elections. A number of small business owners are running for office for the first time on the back of that anti-Washington sentiment: They want Uncle Sam to get out of the way.

“Small business people are frustrated. They don’t feel like Congress, specifically, and the government, generally, gets what they need, especially in a difficult economy,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor for The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections.

Small business owners largely want less regulation and lower taxes, which they say can help them create jobs. And many voters like what small business owner candidates have to say. The message is really “resonating for the obvious reason that unemployment is high and people are feeling insecure,” said Duffy.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business advocacy organization, interviews new Congressional candidates to determine whether to endorse them as small business-friendly or not. Of the 200-plus candidates NFIB has interviewed this year, more than half have had small business experience.

Of course, being a friend of small business is popular right now and a lot of candidates this year are promoting themselves as small business people, even if they aren’t currently running a shop or have been working in politics for years. While it’s messy to try to tally the exact number, some candidates are attempting to make the jump straight from Main Street to Capitol Hill.

Small business = jobs: Small businesses are credited with creating two-thirds of all new jobs in this country in the last 15 years, according to government estimates. With the unemployment rate stuck near 10%, a recovery on Main Street is seen as a key component to any recovery in the job market. And small business politicians think that knowing how to generate jobs can give them an advantage with voters…

Push for smaller government: Republicans have been campaigning for smaller government as a reaction to the current administration’s policies, targeting such hot-button issues as health-care reform, financial regulation, and the possible expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.

Small business owners often are seen as leaders in the fight against big government.

“When Democrats surge, there tend to be more women candidates, and when Republicans surge, there tend to be more small business owner candidates,” said David Wasserman, House Editor for The Cook Political Report, in an e-mail.

One is Bobby Schilling in Moline, Ill. With his wife, Christie, he has owned Saint Giuseppe’s Heavenly Pizza, a shop that employs 8 people, for almost 14 years. Schilling has never run for office before, but he is the Republican candidate for a House seat in Illinois.

One of Schilling’s goals is to make economic conditions more business-friendly. For example, he would like to lower the corporate tax rate to foster domestic business and attract foreign investors.

Schilling also is cautious about deficit spending. As a small business owner, “you understand Economics 101,” said Schilling. “When the business is out of money, you have to be very careful about how you spend.”

Schilling says politicians today aren’t doing what is good for the country, and feels a sense of urgency to run. “I have been forced to… set my small business aside” he said. “I can bring something to the table that is missing.”

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