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 #8 to Vote Out Hare

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

Reason #8: Phil Hare’s campaign is
based on falsehoods.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the eighth 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 #8 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare’s campaign is based on falsehoods.

In a desperate attempt to avoid discussing his failed record, Phil Hare has focused his campaign’s message on attacking Bobby Schilling. He has released several advertisements that flat out lie about Schilling.

Four lies frequently told by Phil Hare:

Lie #1: Phil Hare says: “Schilling signed a pledge to protect tax breaks for corporations that send our jobs overseas.”

This is blatantly false. The Hare campaign cites the pledge Bobby Schilling signed with Americans for Tax Reform promising to oppose any tax increases. FactCheck.org and the AP have already debunked this claim. Nevertheless, Hare continues to tell known falsehoods hoping to mislead voters.

Lie #2: Phil Hare says: “Schilling will raise payroll taxes on Medicare and Social Security.”

While the Hare campaign misuses the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in Lie #1, they conveniently ignore it in Lie #2. Schilling signed the pledge for a reason: he doesn’t support any type of tax increase — including a tax increase on Medicare or Social Security.

Phil Hare again demonstrates his fluency in hypocrisy: he actually supports raising the cap on Social Security and Medicare taxes by 65%.

Lie #3: While on the campaign trail, Phil Hare has claimed Schilling supports privatizing Social Security and raising the retirement age.

Nothing could be further from the truth. According to Schilling’s issues section at his website: “I do not believe in privatizing Social Security, and I do not believe in raising the retirement age.”

Lie #4: Phil Hare says: “Schilling did not pay his taxes.”

Schilling released the following statement on October 8th, debunking this outrageous claim:

“I have always paid my taxes. Hare’s gross distortion of two outstanding business franchise filing fees with the Secretary of State’s Office from over 10 years ago reeks of desperation. Upon learning of the filings from the Secretary of State’s Office I immediately instructed my accountant to remedy the situation, and the filing fees for my business were properly handled in a timely manner. This issue has long ago been resolved, and my family and I are very proud of our restaurant business and the excellent reputation we have built with our friends and neighbors throughout Rock Island County.”

In short, the IRS was never involved, and the slanderous claim is blatantly false.

Communications director Bobby Frederick said that Americans deserve better than the misleading and desperate tactics of Congressman Phil Hare.

“Phil Hare’s dishonest tactics are exactly why Americans are sick and tired of politics,” Frederick said. “He needs to be taken to task every time he tells one of these tall tales on the campaign trail. When you are down in the polls and afraid to run on your record, the only thing left to do is deceive, and that is exactly what we are seeing from Phil Hare. Bobby Schilling’s campaign is focused on the issues that face our country, and I believe the people of Illinois will make that distinction on Election Day.”

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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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