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 #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 #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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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 #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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