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 #11 to Vote Out Hare

On October 23, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #11: Phil Hare can’t stop spending our money.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the eleventh 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 #11 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare can’t stop spending our money.

In a serious effort to address out-of-control spending, numerous proposals have recently been offered on the House floor that would cut billions in spending. Congressman Phil Hare’s voting record proves he is against cutting spending every step of the way.

Some Examples:

A common sense proposal to save $2 billion by eliminating the pay raise for Members of Congress and all civilian federal employees for one year.  Congressman Hare voted against this spending cut.
An opportunity to save $10 billion over ten years by prohibiting the hiring of thousands of IRS agents to enforce the health care bill.  Congressman Hare voted against this spending cut.
A fiscally responsible move to save tens of millions of dollars by prohibiting funding for the wasteful promotional stimulus signs.  Congressman Hare voted against this spending cut.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said voters have a clear choice when it comes to the issue of spending.

“While Illinois families are tightening their belts, Phil Hare, Nancy Pelosi and this Democrat Congress continue to engage in an outright spending binge,” said Frederick. “Under Phil Hare’s watch, $5 trillion has been added to the job-crushing debt. When it comes to spending, Congressman Hare has sided with the ‘Washington knows best’ crowd and spurned those who live outside the beltway. Bobby Schilling will provide a check and balance on the Democrats’ absolute power and apply some much needed brakes on this runaway spending train.”

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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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Bobby’s Op-Ed on Earmarks

On October 17, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Check out Bobby’s op-ed on earmarks in the Quad Cities Online, or read it below.

This week our campaign released a television ad titled “Hare Was Here.” It is a 30-second clip showing the economic devastation our area has faced since Phil Hare came to office. Since Hare first tasted power in Washington, he has added $5 trillion to our national debt and doubled unemployment. Illinois ranks a miserable 48th out of 50 in job creation, and Hare continues to peddle the lie that our economy is on the right track as long as we continue spending more of your hard-earned money.

Congress’ out-of-control spending is the problem, not the solution. We need earmark reform that improves transparency, roots out corruption and eliminates wasteful spending. My opponent never met an earmark he didn’t like.

Lawmakers have gone to federal prison for abusing the earmark process and it is about time we cleaned up Washington. It was reported that a disgraced Washington earmark lobbyist for the PMA Group named Paul Magliocchetti, who gave hundreds of dollars in campaign contributions to Hare, pled guilty in federal court last month. Magliocchetti could face up to 15 years for funneling $386,000 in corporate campaign contributions to lawmakers over the last six years. What’s worse is that Hare secured $6.8 million worth of earmarks for Magliocchetti’s clients when people here in Illinois were losing jobs.

The U.S. economy lost 95,000 jobs last month, Illinois’ unemployment is at 10.1 percent, and our national debt is growing beyond $13.6 trillion. Hare was too busy trying to secure earmarks and working to save his job to pass a budget or even fight to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the middle class. Hare lost the will to govern a long time ago, but he hasn’t lost his appetite for out-of-control spending.

When I challenged Hare on his comment that “we’ve got job growth, we’re headed in the right direction” to the Quincy Herald-Whig, Hare responded by bragging about bringing home new projects.

It doesn’t matter that the process is corrupt and broken and that we owe nearly $900 billion to the Chinese. By Hare’s logic we would be continuing down the right path if unemployment and our national debt doubled again so long as Hare is able to double spending on earmarks and keep his own job. Sending American jobs and debt to China is the wrong answer.

There is a reason Hare said this summer that he wants to debunk the myth that this country is in debt – it’s because he is addicted to spending.

There is a reason Hare refuses to sign a pledge not to raise your taxes — it’s because he is reliant on raising taxes on middle class families to feed his insatiable spending appetite.

There is a reason Hare received some of the lowest scores in Congress from groups like Citizens Against Government Waste, the Club for Growth, the National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform.

Hare proudly says, “if it’s pork, give me a fork!” That’s not responsible government. It’s the mentality of a career politician who has been corrupted by Washington and has become detached from ordinary Americans. We need to address our economic crisis with lower taxes, less spending, limited government, and more transparency.

That is why I oppose the “move-margins-at-midnight-mentality” in Washington, where there’s a mad dash to write each congressman’s pet project into a big appropriations bill. Earmark reform that forces lawmakers to be more transparent is critical to weeding out corruption and waste. Programs should only pass if they have merit and can stand on their own. If an earmark is a good project, it will pass. If it’s for swamp mice in California, it won’t.

Hare wants to return to Washington with a fork to get more pork. I’ll go to Washington with a shovel to start digging families out of debt and focus on jobs and growing this economy. I will always fight for Illinois, the taxpayer and our local communities, but I will also advocate for new reforms to the spending process in Washington so that it works for ordinary people again.

I am running for Congress for Illinois families who don’t have a lobbyist in the Capitol or a loophole in the law. Lets get back to work and take our country back.

Bobby Schilling of Colona is the GOP candidate for Congress in the 17th Congressional District.

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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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The Schilling for Congress campaign released its second ad “Hare Was Here” yesterday. This ad came on the heels of a bold statement Hare made to the Quincy Herald Whig that “we’ve got job growth, we’re heading in the right direction.” Hare is standing by his statement saying he “won’t apologize.” Hare refuses to acknowledge or concede that double digit unemployment means we are heading in the wrong direction, and he continues to argue for increased federal spending.

The Quad City Times reported on the story here. The paper reported that:

“Bobby Schilling employed some stinging symbolism Wednesday… a new television ad that takes the Rock Island congressman to task for job losses in the district, including using the old Seaford Clothing plant in Rock Island, where Hare worked for 13 years, as a backdrop… The Seaford example is particularly cutting. In 2009, the Rock Island congressman fought with Wells Fargo over the bankruptcy of Hartmarx, Seaford’s Chicago-based parent company. Hare accused the bank, a major creditor, of working to liquidate Hartmarx rather than allow its sale to London-based Emerisque Brands and the North America unit of Mumbai-based SKNL. The firms had said they would keep the plants open. But while the sale eventually got done, at the last minute, the Seaford plant was closed anyway, with more than 300 workers losing their jobs.”

HERE IS THE SCRIPT OF “HARE WAS HERE”:

Bobby Schilling: “I’m Bobby Schilling and I approve this message.”

Voice: “Phil Hare was here. Now our jobs are gone. Hare voted 98% with Nancy Pelosi, not with us. Phil Hare was here, and here, and here. Now Illinois ranks at the bottom in job creation. Hare says we’re heading in the right direction while running up record debt in Washington voting for more job crushing taxes on us.”

Phil Hare: “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Voice: “Now Phil Hare tries to save his job. He should’ve tried saving ours.”

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Sauk Valley News Endorses Schilling

On October 12, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

The Schilling for Congress campaign was proud to be endorsed by the Sauk Valley News yesterday. You can read their full endorsement here. Below are some of the highlights:

“Hare exhibits a tin ear about constituent concerns regarding the House’s spendthrift ways – the $787 billion stimulus bill, health care law, cap-and-trade bill, and the seemingly unrestrained use of earmarks to pay for lawmakers’ pet pork projects… Schilling brings a fresh approach to politics honed by his experience… As well as opposing the Pelosi-Hare agenda, Schilling has pledged, if elected, not to become a typical inside-the-beltway congressman… The U.S. House is in disarray, as is the U.S. economy. Joblessness hovers near 10 percent. House members adjourned Sept. 30 without passing any portions of the federal budget or extending the Bush tax cuts. That means more uncertainty for business owners and the unemployed, who continue to wait for the private sector to ramp up hiring. A change for the better clearly is needed. Schilling represents that change. He is endorsed.”

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BLS: 95,000 Lost Jobs; High Unemployment

On October 8, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Today the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September report on unemployment, the last report before the mid-term elections. Bobby Schilling released the following statement regarding the report:

“14.8 million people in this country are unemployed, and the unemployment rates among youth (26%), African-Americans (16.1%), and Hispanics (12.4%) are disturbingly high. These numbers remind us why we need a clean break from the failed liberal policies of Washington. Over the past two years, Rep. Hare has consistently voted for more spending and higher taxes while refusing to promote policies that would create jobs. As a successful small business owner, I understand that our biggest priority right now is getting people back to work. While Phil Hare spends every minute he has ‘debunking the myth’ that our country faces a $13.6 trillion national debt, I’ll be fighting for jobs by advocating low taxes, less spending, and limited government.”

Bobby is focused on jobs and the economy. That’s what this race is about. Below is the second web-ad of the campaign, focused on that same theme: Bob’s for Jobs!

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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.”

Please contribute whatever you can to help put Bobby over the top. Thanks!

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