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 #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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Reason #6 to Vote Out Hare

On October 18, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #6: Phil Hare Voted to Send
Jobs Overseas.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the sixth 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 #6 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare is the only candidate in this race to actually send jobs overseas.

The $787 billion stimulus bill not only failed to hold unemployment rates below 8%, as the Obama Administration promised, it also managed to ship jobs overseas.

According to an ABC News Report, the stimulus bill has resulted in U.S. dollars going overseas to support foreign jobs. Russ Choma of the Investigative Reporting Workshop says that nearly 80 percent of the $2.2 billion in green energy grants within the stimulus have gone to foreign companies. In fact, it is estimated that this grant program in the stimulus has shipped 6,000 jobs overseas.

Communications director, Bobby Frederick, said that Phil Hare cannot hide from the facts.

“Phil Hare can spend all the money he wants on false ads, but the proof is in the voting record and Phil Hare is the only candidate in this contest to send American jobs to foreign countries,” said Frederick.

ABC News also reported that a wind farm in West Texas was slated to obtain a $450 million grant, even though most of the turbines would be made in China. A leading Democrat Senator even demanded that President Obama block the project, which would create up to 3,000 jobs in China. Frederick said the stimulus law, which Phil Hare voted for, lacked the necessary safeguards to protect American jobs.

“Democrats in Congress were successful in ramming this $787 billion, 400 page law through, but they failed to ensure that all the money would be spent in the United States,” Frederick said. “Sending career politicians like Phil Hare back to Congress ensures that Washington will always be broken. Phil Hare’s record of sending jobs overseas stands in stark contrast to the small business and job creation experience of Bobby Schilling.”

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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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In case you missed it, the CNN Political Ticker covered the race for IL-17. Here are some of the highlights:

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The Associated Press published a story yesterday titled, “Economic Worries Strain Loyalty for Some Democrats.” It’s worth a read, but here are some of the key highlights (which happen to also closely reflect what we are seeing everyday on the campaign trail):

“Some independents and conservative Democrats — particularly white men who supported Obama before — say they no longer believe Obama and the Democratic Congress can help them. Polls and interviews suggest they’re ready to swing to the Republican side — the leading edge of a storm bearing down on Democratic incumbents…

Even the signature accomplishment of Obama’s first 18 months in office, a national health care overhaul, doesn’t earn the president much credit with voters…

Republican Bobby Schilling is focusing on economic worries with a series of “Bob’s for Jobs” campaign events…

Schilling, the Republican congressional candidate, said his campaign is getting support from Democrats who feel Washington is ignoring their needs.”

Amazingly, incumbent Rep. Phil Hare was also quoted in the AP piece, arguing that stimulus money was creating jobs. The statement really shows how out of touch Hare is with the district.

Facts are stubborn things: its hard to tell someone that just lost their job that the stimulus is working. Democrats promised the country that the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%, but the unemployment rate in Illinois is still above 10%. The argument that the stimulus creates jobs becomes even more difficult to swallow in a places like Decatur, IL where unemployment has gone from 7% in 2008 to more than 12.4% today.

Independents and conservative Democrats are coming to the conclusion that more government spending, more debt, and additional taxes might not be the best way to get this economy moving forward again. These sentiments were also reflected in yesterday’s We Ask America survey which showed Schilling winning Independent support against Hare by an impressive 2:1 margin. The message is clear: the people 17th district want a new direction and a renewed focus on improving the economy and creating jobs.

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