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Thursday, June 3, 2010 05:23 pm

Cutting taxes creates jobs

It takes a lot of nerve to take credit for something you didn’t do. It takes a politician to take credit for something that hasn’t even happened.

My opponent, U. S. Rep. Phil Hare, is currently touting his alleged jobs record, patting himself on the back for how many jobs he’s created.

Unfortunately, Mr. Hare is mistaken. There are no new jobs.

In fact, the 17th congressional district is suffering from unemployment rates higher than the national average.

Instead of declaring his jobs record a success, Phil Hare should be apologizing to the district for watching the unemployment rate nearly double under his watch.

While the national unemployment rate is currently 9.9 percent, unemployment in Rock Island is 10.2 percent, up from 5.5 percent in November of 2008; 12.5 percent in Sterling, up from 7 percent; and at a staggering 13.8 percent in Decatur, up from 7 percent.

The problem doesn’t seem to be Hare’s effort towards creating jobs, but more so his understanding of how to create jobs.

You can work really hard at fixing up a car, but if you keep putting milk in the oil pan, water in the gas tank and pizza sauce in the transmission, your car isn’t going to get very far.

As someone who owns a small business and has worked his entire life in the private sector, I understand what it takes to create jobs and to fix this economy.

In order to grow our economy and get jobs back, we need to start running our government like a business.

In fact, that is the basis of my economic plan: slash wasteful spending in Washington, attract new employers with tax cuts and employment incentives, and stop all tax increases.

My opponent believes that bigger government is the answer to the job deficit. I believe responsible government and free enterprise is the solution.

I believe that raising taxes and adding more bureaucratic red tape makes it harder for employers to start businesses and harder to expand and create more jobs. My opponent believes that wasteful government spending and higher taxes will somehow fix the already terrible job climate.

While my opponent has touted temporary jobs, such as census takers, it isn’t a permanent solution.

We can create permanent jobs by cutting taxes to let Americans spend and invest their hard-earned money. If you have more money in your pocket, you can buy more goods and services, which will stimulate the economy and infuse jobs into our economy. Employers will inevitably start to hire more workers, and the cycle will continue.

That’s how economics works.

Instead, Phil Hare argues that we should be raising taxes. We’ve already seen here in Illinois what happens when you raise taxes on businesses: They take their business elsewhere. Not to the east coast or west coast; but to states that surround Illinois.

Throughout our history, we have seen that heightened taxes lead to recessions, and lower taxes lead to periods of great growth.
President Kennedy cut taxes in the early 1960s, and the economy experienced growth with increased wages and lower unemployment.

President Reagan also cut taxes in the early 1980s, and the results were remarkable: 19 million new jobs created during his eight years in office.

The historical evidence is blatant: cutting taxes creates jobs.

We can no longer afford to allow reckless politicians like Hare to manage our economy when they clearly have no idea what they are doing.

I look forward to bringing prosperity back to the 17th district when I am humbly elected to the United States Congress in November with your vote.

Bobby Schilling, a native of Rock Island, is the Republican candidate for Congress in the 17th district. He owns and operates Saint Giuseppe’s Heavenly Pizza in East Moline. He is the father of 10 children.