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 #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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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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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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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 #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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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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Reason #4 to Vote Out Hare

On October 16, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #4: Phil Hare wants to
raise your taxes.

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

Reason #4 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare wants to raise your taxes. In fact, Hare has supported all kinds of tax increases in his short tenure in office, including:

A number of new taxes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act featuring:

a $20 billion, 2.3 percent “medical devices” tax that will increase costs for seniors, veterans, and the disabled.
a $2 billion “1099″ tax. This paperwork nightmare requires companies, small businesses, and farmers to file a 1099 tax for any expenditure more than $600.
The individual mandate carries a fine of $695 for those who do not purchase health insurance.
a new 5% tax on cosmetic surgeries, with no exception for trauma or disfiguring diseases.
a new 10% tanning tax.

A new energy tax in the Cap and Trade bill that will raise energy costs across the board and send 2.5 million jobs overseas.

By voting to adjourn and ducking the issue, a $3.8 trillion tax increase on all income brackets could be on the way. Congress failed to address extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, instead choosing to leave early and campaign for re-election. Phil Hare cast the deciding vote to adjourn without extending the tax cuts or even passing a budget for 2011.

Phil Hare has received a 0/100 rating from Americans for Tax Reform, a 2/100 rating from the National Taxpayers Union, and a 4/100 rating from Citizens Against Government Waste. He also received an “F” grade from the National Tax-Limitation Committee.

In comparison, Bobby Schilling received a 100/100 rating from Americans for Tax Reform and an “A” grade from the National Tax-Limitation Committee. The “A” grade earned him an “Honorary Tax Fighter Award.”

Communications Director Bobby Frederick said voters have a clear choice on taxes.

“When it comes to raising your taxes, the difference between Bobby Schilling and Phil Hare is night and day,” Frederick said. “Bobby has signed a pledge to oppose any and all tax increases, while Phil Hare has a proven record of taxing every facet of our daily lives.”

Frederick said voters are tired of the failed policies of the last four years.

“The people have had enough of Hare’s reckless tax and spend policies that have doubled the unemployment rate and increased the national debt by $5 trillion,” Frederick said.” We need to keep taxes low, encourage growth in the private sector, and usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility. Bobby Schilling is the right candidate to achieve this goal.”

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Meet Bobby Schilling

On October 7, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Please tell us what you think of Bobby’s first campaign ad and consider contributing to the campaign to help keep it on the air. We can win this race and put IL-17 back in the GOP column. We’ve got the supporters, the polling, the momentum, and message. Now all we need is the money to stay up on TV. Please help however you can by clicking here.

Polling:

A recent poll by Public Opinion Strategies of 400 likely voters, conducted on September 26 and 27, with a margin of error of 4.9 percent shows Schilling and Hare tied at 37-38 percent. Schilling leads Hare by 18 points among voters who have heard of both candidates, and by 29 points among voters who have an opinion of both candidates.

Pollster Glen Bolger said of this poll “Incumbent Phil Hare has real problems with the electorate in this district. Voters are upset at the direction of the country. Hare’s image is underwhelming. Incumbents at 38% on the ballot test don’t win unless they are successful at burning down their opponent.”

Fundraising:

Thanks to the best volunteers and supporters anyone could ask for since June 30, Bobby has raised about $375,000 in the last quarter. However, we need to continue our fundraising efforts to finish strong and fight back against Phil Hare’s negative attacks and misleading TV ads.

These campaign funds will be spent on showing voters the choice they have between Bobby Schilling, a successful small businessman who will be a check and balance to Democrats in power and Phil Hare, an incumbent Washington politician who voted for the Wall Street Bailout, the government take-over of health care, and job-killing National Energy Tax.

Campaign Statement:

“The Schilling for Congress campaign is excited about the direction of this campaign and the momentum we are gaining on issues: cutting taxes, lowering spending, and limiting government. Hare is clearly detached from average Americans and he can’t run on his failed liberal record.”

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This weekend Phil Hare made several bogus claims regarding the new health care legislation that are simply not true.

Most notably, Hare said the new legislation would strengthen Medicare, reduce the deficit, and lower premiums across the board. All three of these claims are patently false and voters should take everything Phil Hare says with a grain of salt until he corrects the record. Below is a brief fact-check on some of Hare’s claims that stretch the truth and defy reality.

Strengthening Medicare?

Phil Hare says the $500 billion cut to Medicare in the new health care law “eliminates $500 billion in waste, fraud, and abuse, extending the solvency of Medicare by at least nine years.” That’s not true. The truth is these cuts were put into place by Democrats to help offset the massive costs of the government take-over of health care in attempt to sell the legislation to the public. That $500 billion in Medicare cuts will negatively affect seniors and Americans with disabilities. Here are the facts:

Almost three quarters of Medicare Advantage (MA) cuts hit those with incomes of less than $32,400 a year.
Average MA beneficiary will lose 15% of benefits.
The cuts will potentially harm future solvency of Medicaid and Medicare Part D.
The average MA enrollee will receive $3,714 less per year in the value of his or her coverage by 2017, a 27 percent reduction.
According to the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the MA cuts in the legislation reduce enrollment in those plans from 14.8 million to just 7.4 million by 2017. And the benefits still covered by MA plans will be much less generous than they are now.

Deficits Will Go Down?

Phil Hare says that a vote to repeal the health care legislation is a vote to increase deficits and that the new legislation is “reducing the deficit.” That’s not true. Earlier this year a Wall Street Journal editorial stated that “Never before has a vast new entitlement been sold on the basis of fiscal responsibility, and one reason ObamaCare is so unpopular is that Americans understand the contradiction between untold new government subsidies and claims of spending restraint.” Here are the facts:

Delaying the starting date of the health care implementation hides the true cost of the new health care law. The plan calls for 10 years of offsets for only 6 years of benefits. Americans are paying the costs up front before they get the bulk of the proposed benefits. No one pays the full cost of a new car over four years before they even get the chance to drive it.
The legislation didn’t include the $371 billion “doc fix” for Medicare reimbursement adjustments (which Democrats said would be part of separate legislation) over 10 years. When this reimbursement adjustment is included, the true cost would completely wipe out any assumed savings in the health care legislation alone.
Governments do an awful job of predicting how much money they will spend. Medicare cost projections were 10 times lower than expected when it was proposed.
The CATO Institute projects that the legislation will cost far more than advertised, more than $2.7 trillion over 10 years of full implementation, and will add $352 billion to the national debt over that period. The new law will increase taxes by more than $669 billion between now and 2019, and the burdens it places on business will significantly reduce economic growth and employment.

Premiums Are Lower Across the Board?

Phil Hare says that the new legislation is “driving premiums down for families across the board.” That’s not true. The truth is premiums are rising because of the minimum benefits mandates that federal bureaucrats are placing on insurers. Here are the facts:

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.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in the individual market premiums will increase 27 to 30 percent.

Other Developing Concerns?

Phil Hare says the new law will improve access, but new regulations that require companies like McDonalds to spend a certain percentage of their premiums on benefits may be causing some employers to drop coverage all together.
Phil Hare says you can pick which doctor you want to see, but the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the U.S. healthcare reform law will worsen a shortage of physicians. Reuters reported that the group’s Center for Workforce Studies released new estimates that showed shortages would be 50 percent worse in 2015 than forecast.
Hare now says the legislation is Constitutional even though he said last spring “the Constitution didn’t matter.” While the new law undoubtedly raises complex legal questions, there remain legitimate concerns regarding the use of federal fines through the Commerce Clause as a means to indirectly regulate activities. If Phil Hare believes the federal government can force you to buy health care what else does he believe the federal government can mandate of a private individual through the Commerce Clause?

The fact of the matter is Hare voted to cut Medicare by $500 billion, the legislation will raise the deficit, and premiums are currently rising. Voters know better than to believe Phil Hare’s misleading characterization of the new law. Misrepresenting the facts of the new legislation to the voters is wrong, but I would like to give Phil Hare the chance to correct the false assumptions and misleading statements he made in defense of his vote for the government take-over of health care.