Today, on Labor Day, U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) praised the American worker, arguing that the strong fighters who built this nation from the ground up deserve gratitude and the freedom to earn their keep. Unfortunately, if congressional candidate and former Alderwoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) had her way, she would make outsourcing a priority in Washington, taking the same failed policies that have cost countless jobs in Illinois to Washington, where she would send even more American jobs overseas.
Schilling said that creating jobs locally and keeping jobs in the United States should be Illinois' top priority, and that requires an economically stable and predictable pro-growth climate.
"If you want to create jobs, you need to let employers know that you aren't going to make it harder for them to hire more workers," Schilling said. "What Governor Pat Quinn and my opponent don't understand is that companies are pulling out of Illinois because taxes could go up at any moment without warning--actually, they already have--and because of the government-imposed climate of onerous over-regulation. Businesses are making logical choices to do business in Iowa or Indiana because it costs less to do so."
Schilling said that his opponent's plan to make outsourcing a priority in Washington is concerning to local job-creators and to local workers.
"My opponent frequently reminds voters that Governor Pat Quinn and his Administration stand behind her candidacy," Schilling said. "Illinois has turned outsourcing into an art form, and Cheri Bustos plans to take that same mentality of over-taxation and over-regulation to Washington. We can't afford to let the same job-killing policies that have already crushed our state go to the federal level.
Schilling is a small business owner and a former union steward with more than 13 years of union experience, while Bustos has never served in a union.