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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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 #9 to Vote Out Hare

On October 21, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #9: Phil Hare voted for the
failed $787 billion stimulus.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the ninth 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 #9 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare voted for the failed $787 billion stimulus. In January of 2009, the Obama Administration promised that passing the economic stimulus bill would hold unemployment under 8%.

However, since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act became law, unemployment has shot up to 10.1 percent in Illinois and currently stands at 9.6 percent nationwide.

We were promised the stimulus would create between 3 and 4 million jobs. Since the stimulus passed, we have lost 2.7 million jobs.

Nearly 80 percent of the $2.2 billion in green energy grants within the stimulus have gone to foreign corporations, resulting in 6,000 jobs being shipped overseas.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said that the verdict is in, and the stimulus has failed.

“People in Illinois are still asking, ‘where are all the jobs?’ Twenty months and nearly $1 trillion later, it’s clear the stimulus was ineffective,” Frederick said. “We need a clean break from the policies of the past four years. Democrats proclaimed a ‘Recovery Summer‘ even though we lost 298,000 jobs during June, July and August. Despite this, Phil Hare still believes we’re ‘headed in the right direction.’ While our current elected leaders fail to recognize the true state of our economy, the people of Illinois have been paying attention. It’s time for a fresh start in Washington. It’s time to send the career politician packing and elect a small businessman to Congress. That is the change we need.”

The stimulus also contained some particularly wasteful expenditures, including:

Around $20 million spent for stimulus road signs. Congressman Hare even voted to block a proposal that would recoup this money and prevent further funds from being spent on these signs.
$22.3 million in payments were mailed to dead people or prison inmates.
$71,623 to study monkeys getting high on cocaine.

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