A decent job is one of the major foundations that every family is built on. Good jobs help feed your family, educate your children, and allow you to retire in dignity.
In the United States, we have lost three million well-paying manufacturing jobs in the last three years alone. Small-business owners, such as tool-and-die manufacturers, have seen their businesses crippled and much of their work go offshore to China and elsewhere due to unfair trade deals.
Indiana's Second Congressional District has been especially hard-hit by these failed government policies. We need a Congressman who will stand up and fight back - that's what I will do. Our trade policies export jobs and import economic weakness and heartache for working families.
I am not against international trade that is fair and free. I am against trade that pits America's policies of decent wages and benefits for workers, and a fair profit for small-business owners, against slave labor in another country - it's not a fair fight.
I pledge that I will take the following steps to help create jobs when I am in Congress. I will:
1) Support international trade that is fair and free, with labor and environmental standards in every agreement.
2) Vote against trade agreements that ship well-paying jobs overseas, such as the recent trade agreements with Chile and Singapore.
3) Promote increased technical training and education for our young people. We need Hoosiers to develop the skills needed to compete in the 21st Century.
4) Vote in Congress for the best interests of the working men and women of South Bend, Michigan City, Kokomo, Elkhart, and the rest of the District, and not for a partisan political agenda or extreme point of view.