Bobby Schilling, candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, recently discussed the issue of outsourcing. Schilling believes that we should make every effort to keep jobs here in the United States. In order to do that, we have to create a favorable business environment. Rep. Hare has supported and/or voted for several policies that incentivize outsourcing, listed below.
Cap and Trade ("The American Clean Energy and Security Act" H.R. 2454)
This is a national energy tax that would send 2.5 million jobs overseas according to the Heritage Foundation, including 400,000 jobs in the manufacturing industry. Rep. Hare voted for the bill.
Obamacare ("The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" H.R. 3590)
The healthcare reform raises taxes by over $475 billion. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the employer mandate tax could cost 1.6 million jobs by 2014. Rep. Hare voted for the bill.
Allowing The Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 and 2003 to Expire
Rep. Hare supports allowing the tax cuts to expire, resulting in income tax increases for all five tax brackets. This is irresponsible policy when we need jobs now more than ever. These tax increases will result in less consumer spending and more businesses laying off workers, resulting in an even higher unemployment rate.
Increasing Capital Gains and Dividends Taxes to 39% From 15%
Rep. Hare supports the massive increase on capital gains and dividends taxes. This will result in less money being poured into investment, and more businesses opening operations overseas where they will face a more favorable business environment.
"Don't be fooled by campaign commercials. Rep. Hare supports policies that cause outsourcing," Schilling said. "Congress has enacted policies that increase taxes across the board and create a hostile business environment. These policies are encouraging businesses to go overseas. We must work to keep jobs here in the United States by keeping taxes low and providing incentives for businesses to expand and hire new people. Congress has us headed in the wrong direction, and we need to get back on track."
Terry Schilling, campaign manager, pointed out that Rep. Hare's track record on outsourcing isn't very good.
"Rep. Hare has been working for this district for almost 30 years, and during that tenure we've seen company after company leave our area. We've lost jobs at Rock Island Railroad, International Harvester, J.I. Case, Case-New Holland, Eagle Food Stores, Eagle Warehouse, Maytag, Quad Cities Die Casting, Seaford Clothing, John Deere Foundry, and John Deere. In the last four years since Rep. Hare took the reins from former Rep. Evans, we've seen the unemployment rate double and the national debt increase by $5 trillion. Rep. Hare has done nothing but encourage the epidemic of outsourcing. For him to go out and claim he's defending 17th District jobs is not only misleading, it's shameful."
Schilling, a native of Rock Island, graduated from Alleman High School and attended Black Hawk College. Schilling, a local business owner, is the Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Bobby is running on a platform of bringing jobs and real representation back to the 17th District. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city "Bob's for Jobs" tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the 17th District.