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 #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.

Reason #3 to Vote Out Hare

On October 15, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #3: Hare voted with Nancy
Pelosi 98.8% of the time.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the third 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 #3 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: According to OpenCongress.org, Phil Hare voted with Nancy Pelosi 98% of the time.

Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, said it’s clear that Phil Hare is not an independent thinker.

“Phil Hare has proven he is a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s agenda,” Schilling said. “When small business owners needed Phil Hare to stand up and vote against the healthcare bill that will cost 1.6 million jobs by 2014, he stood with Pelosi. When Illinois families needed Phil Hare to stand up and vote against the Cap and Trade energy tax that would significantly raise energy costs and send 2.5 million jobs overseas, he stood with Pelosi. When our children needed Phil Hare to stand up and stop the deficit spending that risks our country’s future economic security, he stood with Pelosi. I will stand with the people of this district, not with party leadership. I am concerned about the interests of Illinois, not San Francisco.”

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Politico Labels Hare a Liberal; MSNBC Reports Hare is Far-Left

A pattern seems to be developing with Phil Hare’s fading candidacy for re-election. Hare is moving further to the left of the Democratic Party and the president in an effort to shore up his base. Just yesterday the Politico reported on Phil Hare calling him the L-word because he is threatening to hold the tax-cuts for all Americans hostage unless the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party gets its way.

Then today MSNBC reported on Hare mentioning him as a “Progressive” among a small group of frustrated legislators that are to the left of even President Obama because a majority of the Democratic caucus and the president weren’t willing to push for an even more costly “public option” to the health care bill.

When the public is concerned about the economy, jobs, a massive federal debt, and out-of-control spending in Washington, it’s no wonder this race has gotten closer over the last several months. And now Hare has started digging for dirt and going on attack over the TV airwaves to compensate for his liberal voting record.

Things appear to have gotten so bad for Hare that the Washington Post just reported startling news that “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved time in the Davenport, Iowa, and the Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill., media markets — likely both for Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.). Hare is perhaps the biggest surprise among members the DCCC has spent money on thus far, but recent GOP polling has shown him in the 30s.”

Waves Work Themselves Down the Ballot

On September 23, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

It appears that Phil Hare might have more problems than just his 98.8% voting record with Nancy Pelosi and his party’s poor record on the economy and jobs. Hare also has to compete against forces he can’t control: the top of the ticket in Illinois where Republicans are winning handily.

Today in CQ-Politics Stu Rothenberg, a national political handicapper, said that “waves seem to work themselves down the ballot” and that means more good news for Bobby Schilling in IL-17. Rothenberg says:

“Voters in the state, certainly fatigued from the bizarre drama surrounding former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and angry about the economy, seem prepared to elect Republican Bill Brady over the sitting governor, Democrat Pat Quinn, who succeeded the discredited Blagojevich when he was impeached in 2009. Brady has been leading Quinn in polling since the February primary, and voters seem to have lost patience with the state’s Democrats. Reps. Bill Foster and Phil Hare find themselves barely hanging on as a result of the Republican Party’s strong Senate and gubernatorial candidates in the Land of Lincoln.”

The Politico also reported today that Democrats are fretting over their weak Midwest bids. They write:

“Democrats are increasingly concerned about the weakness of their statewide tickets across the heartland — and its potential effect on House candidates… One vulnerable Midwestern House Democrat, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that weak Democratic top-of-the-ticket performance could spell trouble for his own reelection bid. ‘I’d be lying if I [said I] wasn’t concerned about it,’ the Democrat said. ‘I am.’… For many House Democrats, the answer to the problem is in getting some separation from the rest of the ticket. Privately, Democratic strategists don’t expect many of the candidates in Ohio, Illinois or Iowa to campaign with their Senate or gubernatorial candidates now until Election Day.”

This race is getting even more interesting as Phil Hare has been forced to run a more negative campaign. Voters want to see results and Hare doesn’t have any new ideas or favorable accomplishments to highlight. That’s why Bobby Schilling is gaining momentum — he is an outsider whose campaign is based on issues like lessening the tax burden on middle class families with JFK and Reagan style tax-cuts, cutting out-of-control spending, promoting market-based solutions to health care, and getting our economy back on track to encourage job creation.

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Pelosi-Hare Agenda Losing Momentum

On August 31, 2010, in Uncategorized, by edwardpan

Phil Hare is not an independent-minded legislator. He is an ultra-partisan liberal ally who votes with Nancy Pelosi 98.8% of the time, and he was even recently rated as one of the least effective members of Congress.

It is amazing how Phil Hare has so consistently and blindly voted for the interests of Nancy Pelosi than for the best interests of the 17th district, even when other Democrats across the country are seeking to put greater distance between themselves and their party’s failed leadership. The Politico reported today that:

“Some of the Democratic Party’s most endangered lawmakers are taking steps to distance themselves from Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an attempt to inoculate themselves from charges that they are beholden to the unpopular House leader and supportive of the ambitious national Democratic agenda.”

However, Phil Hare is not one of the Democrats running away from Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda. Instead, Phil Hare unfailingly embraces Pelosi’s failed policies. Phil Hare’s blind allegiance to everything Pelosi wants is perhaps only another reason why only 39% of voters in IL-17 believe he deserves another term in Congress.

The differences between Bobby and Phil Hare are clear, and having gained 11 points in the polls, the momentum is on Bobby’s side. Just this week the generic congressional ballot showed that Republicans have a 10 point advantage over their Democrat colleagues. 10 points is the largest lead Republicans have held over Democrats, ever.

Coincidentally, the Hill newspaper cited a national Democratic strategist this week saying he was “pessimistic on the [Democrat] party’s fall prospects… If someone like [Phil] Hare is in trouble, that could obviously mean bad things for us.”

The fact is independents and moderates are swinging towards common-sense candidates with business experience like Bobby, and even national Democratic strategists are singling out Phil Hare as extremely vulnerable. The positive momentum for Bobby shows that Phil Hare is more in touch with Nancy Pelosi than the voters of the 17th district.

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What’d He Say?!?!?

On August 28, 2010, in Health Care, by edwardpan

Phil Hare is embarrassing our district all over the country and we need to remove him before its too late (see 1:48 in the video above). Hare continues to say the most silly things and people all over the country are noticing. Not only that, Hare votes with Nancy Pelosi 98.8% of the time.

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Phil Hare = A Lot More Gov’t Spending

On August 27, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

As Bobby Schilling was in the Quad Cities yesterday calling for an end to government takeovers, massive spending, crushing deficits, high taxes, and bailouts, the Hare campaign continued its crusade against the private market and the private sector of the economy.

Hare spokesman Tim Schlittner was quoted in the Quad-City Times today. The Hare campaign’s only response to the problems of government spending and government takeovers was that, “The government does not control health care. The health care reform bill we passed didn’t even include a public option.” It is clear that Phil Hare wants more control and that he wants a public option that would cost even more to the taxpayers. Phil Hare believes that more government spending will fix our economy because he thinks government can solve our problems better than private individuals and free private enterprise.

Phil Hare has voted with Nancy Pelosi on almost every vote he has ever taken in Congress, a 98.8% rating with Pelosi. Plain and simple, Phil Hare has always been, and always will be, an advocate for big liberal interests, out-of-control spending, reckless deficits, and failed economic policies.

Can someone share this chart from the Joint Economic Committee with Phil Hare if he ever decides to have another town hall meeting? Even Hare should know that without the public option, the heavy hand of government is all over our health care system. The JEC chart below shows just some of the growth of taxes, bureaucracy, and new government programs that Hare voted for.

Americans and the people of the 17th district are facing some serious economic issues and these disagreements on economic policy highlight, yet again, the need for several debates in the 17th district.

Voters are excited by the alternative Bobby offers. People are resonating with Bobby’s proposals for cutting wasteful spending, growing jobs with Kennedy and Reagan style tax cuts, and his pledge to fight for the middle class.

Unlike Hare, Bobby knows we can’t continue down this failed course that Nancy Pelosi has led us — we can’t afford to gamble our future with Phil Hare. As you know, we are at a crossroads and we need your help.

Please do what you can today to help Bobby take back our government so we can remove Hare and get people back to work by cutting spending, lowering taxes, and rolling government back from crowding out the private sector. Contribute to Bobby’s MoneyBomb today to make a difference and send the message that you want real change. Help us remove Hare today.