By Mark Walters
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey is excited.
As he begins his statewide "More Jobs, Less Government Summer Bus Tour," Toomey is becoming encouraged by his support.
"I'm thrilled with where the campaign is but worried about the direction Washington is heading and the direction they're putting our country in," Toomey told a group of roughly 65 supporters at Boyer Nurseries & Orchards in Biglerville Tuesday afternoon.
He said that his competition, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak of Montgomery County, and President Barack Obama, deserve a lot of the credit for his campaign rolling along so well. Sestak defeated longtime Sen. Arlen Specter in May's Democratic primary.
"The government we have, and the policies they're pursuing, they're preventing us from having the kind of economic recovery and the kind of job creation that we could and should be having," Toomey said.
As senator, Toomey intends to put an end to the bailouts. He also wants to get the government on a sustainable fiscal path without raising taxes, making the 2003 tax rates permanent.
"These deficits, if they continue, will result in a very high interest rate and very ruinous inflation," Toomey said. "Keeping the current tax rates permanent would be helpful for Adams County."
While he does not have any county-specific policies, he made note of the importance of Adams County's agriculture and said that emissions trading would be devastating to this community.
"I'll make sure that doesn't happen," Toomey said. "I also want to repeal the death tax. When the patriarch dies, there's not enough cash and people have to sell the farm or business."
He wouldn't comment one way or another on the proposed casino in Cumberland Township, referring to that as something for the state to decide.
"That's not a federal policy," Toomey said. "I'll leave that for the state."
And he continually bashed Joe Sestak, claiming he received a rating of "F" from the NRA while Toomey received an "A," the highest rating they give in defense of the Second Amendment freedom.
"Just so you know, my idea of gun control is a steady hand," Toomey said to applause and laughter. "Joe may continue to vote with Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) 100 percent of the time, but I'm here to tell you the good news is Pennsylvania voters are not gonna elect a San Francisco liberal to the United States Senate."
State Rep. Will Tallman, R-193, said what he likes about Toomey is his position regarding limited government.
"The bridge is out and we're gonna go over," Tallman said after Toomey's speech. "Pat Toomey is gonna switch us off that track on a road that's gonna lead to more jobs and prosperity."