Having spent the past 18 months traveling the 8th district, I’ve had a chance to meet with thousands of voters and listen to their concerns. One thing is clear: Hoosiers are worried about our economic future. I share the same concern.
Having been raised in a working-class household, I know firsthand the struggles of Hoosier families. My dad worked at a local power plant, my brother was a coal miner, and my mom and sister worked at a factory until it closed and their jobs were shipped to Malaysia.
My parents taught me early on the value of hard work. That’s how I was able to work my way up from working at a local radio station after school to building my own media business.
I’ve balanced budgets and met payroll. I’ve taken failing businesses out of the red and turned a profit while creating jobs here in Indiana. I understand what small businesses and middle-class families are going through, and I’m fed up with what we’re seeing in Washington, D.C.
With sky-rocketing debt and federal spending out of control, Washington politicians are more out of touch than ever before. Democrats don’t want to get serious about cutting spending, and Republicans like Congressman Bucshon continue to support tax breaks for companies that outsource American jobs.
So how can Congressman Bucshon look middle-class families in the eyes and promise he’s got an agenda to help create new jobs, and protect our interests?
This is the same congressman who has been undermining our workers and our businesses by supporting policies that encourage more outsourcing, while doing little to help our small businesses to stay afloat. This is the same Congressman who voted for new NAFTA-style trade deals and voted against a bipartisan measure that would force China to play by the rules. This is the same Congressman who supports tax breaks for companies that abandon our country and move to places like Mexico and China.
What’s worse is that Congressman Bucshon wants to pay for these tax breaks by asking middle-class families and seniors to foot the bill. He voted time and time again to end the Medicare guarantee by voting to change the current program into voucher system that will force future retirees to pay an extra $6,400 per year for their Medicare benefits.
My family and yours have paid into Medicare for years, and it’s wrong to undermine our retirement security because politicians in Washington are out of control and out of touch.
I’m running for Congress because I believe that we need to get both sides to the bargaining table. I will take on Democrats to cut spending responsibly. I will stand up to unfair trade deals that shortchange Hoosier workers. I will support tariffs on China until it competes fairly, and I will fight to make sure our seniors’ benefits aren’t the first item on the chopping block.
Elections have consequences. In this election, voters have a choice between a congressman who will continue to support policies that undermine our economic security and hurt American workers, or a small business owner who will stand up to the special interests and work to strengthen the middle-class.
Dave Crooks is a small business owner, former State Representative and candidate for United States Congress. Dave lives with his wife Shelley in Washington, Ind. They have three children, Mackenzie, Jared and Jacob.
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It is easy to understand why shivers run down local people’s spines whenever rumors hit the streets about Sony DADC’s plant on Terre Haute’s east side. With more than 1,400 people currently employed in Sony’s production and distribution facilities, the community has grown somewhat dependent on the economic stability Sony provides.
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
If you’re a feral cat wandering freely through a trailer park in Indiana, the General Assembly has taken action to make your life better.
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
Editorial: A good place for persistence
The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
RONN MOTT: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
I remember when by edict the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were lumped into a single celebration called “Presidents Day.” I thought it was stupid then, and I still do.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
EDITORIAL: New attention on sex assaults
Youth sexual assault in Indiana is a troubling issue that has not received the attention it deserves.
KELLY HAWES: It’s time to take politics out of redistricting
A bill to form a bipartisan redistricting commission apparently died in the Indiana Senate last week.
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
FLASHPOINT: Restoring trust, respect in schools rests in fundamentals
A recent Harris poll of 2,250 adults reveals a troubling educational trend.
EDITORIAL: Voters don’t have to stand for entrenched partisanship
Realistic Hoosiers understand members of Congress will typically follow their political party line.
MARK BENNETT: People spaces
THOMAS L. STEIGER: Creativity requires freedom from the risks of failure
Last week I wrote about the themes that emerged from the panel discussion by five Wabash Valley members of the “creative class.”
Flashpoint: Everyone would benefit from responsibly expanding health coverage for Hoosiers
A medical epidemic is one of the worst scenarios a hospital can face — when a significant portion of the population is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness.
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
Candle still burns at St. Ann’s Clinic
Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
How should we define marriage?
An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
Central time zone makes more sense
Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Cheers, Jeers and Tears
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Reader Poll results
RONN MOTT: Independent thinking in a rapidly changing world
I am a rather independent person. Oh, I don’t belong to any radical, political organization.
Editorial: Toward a better Lifeline Law
In a perfect world, no college or high school student under 21 would drink alcohol, especially to excess. No student would be sexually assaulted. And no student would experience a drug overdose. There is no perfect world.
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
RONN MOTT: Ukraine
It’s quiet in Ukraine as I write this but, trust me, it won’t be quiet very long.
EDITORIAL: More welcome news for downtown
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READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
Editorial: A display of confidence
Successful organizations and institutions have stable and effective leadership at the top. Those who don’t suffer the consequences. So it’s no surprise that Indiana State University’s board of trustees is offering a three-year contract extension to President Dan Bradley to run through mid 2019.
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Olympics
In the medal count in the Olympics, we ended in second place. In times past, without infusion of money, training, etc., second place might have been OK. For this sports-crazy nation, it is not OK.
LIZ CIANCONE: Preference wins over etiquette every time
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