Dennis Anderson Announces Candidacy in St. Charles for Congress - IL 14

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For those residents who missed Dennis kicking off his campaign for congress at a fundraiser this afternoon, here are his remarks:  

So here we are.  We the people.  We the people.  Who are we the people?  We're men, we're women, we're families, we're children.  We're white, black, Latino, Asian.  We're urban, suburban, we're rural.  We're small businessmen, we're farmers.  We're doctors, lawyers, teachers and laborers. We work at Fermilab and we work in hospitals and nursing homes, we work at WalMart.  We're unemployed, we're retired.  We've got two PhDs, and we never finished high school.  We're rich, middle class, and we're poor.  We're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist.  We're unaffiliated and we're atheist.  We're gay, straight, bisexual and transgendered.  We are all in this together, and cannot be divided into makers and takers, into 53 percent and 47 percent,

As was the case two years ago, we have a Congress that doesn't work.  The House, in particular, is broken.  Our opponents are people who, if faced with only two choices in reducing the deficit, either to ask a little more of those who have much or to take from those who have little, they will choose the latter.  As we used to say back in the late 60s, "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."  And our current representative is clearly not part of the solution.  He was all but invisible during the last election, and appears to be taking that same path now, holding "mobile office" meetings that are so poorly advertised and so poorly scheduled that in some cases no one appeared but some of us in this room.  He apparently held a telephone town hall this week, but only some select constituents knew of it in advance.   He has voted against women, labor and the environment.  His chief legislative interests seem to be in abstinence-only sex education, as evidenced by his introduction of a bill to spend $500 million on it; and in making it safer for banks to engage in the sort of risky trading that nearly brought the economy down just a few years ago.  His solution to the jobs shortage seems to be his suggestion that if every small business would just hire one more person, problem solved.  He says constantly that he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and seems to believe that any problems with the current health care system can be solved by simply allowing more insurance companies to sell their policies across state lines.  His priorities are not those of the people of this district.

 We have serious problems in the country, and they require serious discussion.  Where is the Congressional debate on poverty?  Where is the discussion of the fact that middle and working class wages have been stagnant or falling for decades while those at the top have seen their share of the Nation's wealth grow explosively?  Where is the Congressional outrage over the many efforts in states around the country to make voting and women's access to health care ever more difficult?  We need to fight for labor.  These issues, I would argue are more critical to the Nation's future than teen abstinence.

 This is an important race.  I am running to represent the people of the Illinois 14th district in the U.S. House, and I need your support.  I need you to volunteer to help me and other Democrats throughout the District.  I need your contribution, be it $5 or $2,500.  Most of all, I need you to promise me that you talk about this race, and that you will get out and vote and that you will convince your friends and neighbors to get out and vote.  Together, and only together, we can make this happen.


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Joni Lindgren August 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM
What do the following all have in common? Social Security Medicare Medicaid Interstate highway system 1964 Civil Rights Act Labor Unions Pensions, public and private Man on the Moon Universal Health Insurance ERA…Equal Rights Amendment EPA…Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Postal Service Answer: They all were opposed by Republicans in Congress, just like the issues below… In 1964, Ronald Reagan said Medicare would destroy the American economy and make America a Socialist society. Results: millions of senior citizens were able to retire with dignity and prolong their lives by 20 years. In l993, when Bill Clinton raised taxes from 35% to 39%, the Republicans said the tax increase would destroy the American economy for a decade. Results: deficits turned into a surplus and we had the strongest economy in over 50 years! In 2012, Republicans said Obamacare would destroy our freedom because the government would be in charge of our medical insurance. Results: 30 million uninsured people will have medical insurance and we can all stop worrying about losing our medical insurance…even with pre-existing conditions or from a life-threatening illness! Locally, Congressman Randy Hultgren has stated at Town Hall meetings that he does NOT expect to get Medicare and Social Security in the future. What do you think this means for you and your children?
Martha Hanna August 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM
yay Joni! If we would just increase taxes back to what they were under Clinton we would be fine...but no we can't raise taxes on anyone because of legislatures like Hultgren.
Lou B. August 20, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Joni, just read paragraph two of this article. Go down the list, claim by claim... all they are is political one liners, void of any real analysis, typical Democrat playbook rhetoric.
Lou B. August 20, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Civil Rights act, to rehash old news was favored by both houses, although Southern Democrat segregationists like Howie Smith from Virginia tried to keep it from ever being voted upon. Kennedy couldn't get it out of committee. Medicare, is a financial train wreck... ala Illinois Pensions (Democrat run), and Detrioit (Democrat run). Your return on Social Security (ha) investments is about 2%, unlike the market which has returned almost 4.5 times that during my lifetime. Democrat programs, like the laughable "Great Society" boondoggle have fostered dependency, 70% out of wedlock birthrates, and cultural disintegration - one only needs to look at the statics to see how the Democrats programs are eiter financially unsustainable, or failed in meeting their objectives. Republicans start businesses, employee people, and encourage free market capitalism in all segments of society (including healthcare). Free market capitalism has done more for poor people than all of the Democrat redistributionist programs put together.
Lou B. August 20, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Economist Thomas Sowell argues that the Great Society programs only contributed to the destruction of African American families, saying "the black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life." Take a look at Democrat policies in Chicago, or Illinois with the HIGHEST unemployment in the nation... that will remind people how Anderson's noble socialist redistributionist, 17th century ideas ultimately transfer into failed outcomes and a weaker, poorer population.


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