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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Martha Hanna August 19, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Good luck Dennis, sorry I missed the event yesterday, but very happy you are running. Hultgren has about 5 kids and his big issue is "abstinence only" Good luck with young love when your kids get older Randy, you will soon learn that YOU can't control everything no matter how hard you try.
Lou B. August 19, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I love it when Illinois democrats talk about reducing poverty. The highest unemployment in the nation, the highest taxes in the nation, and all at the hands of liberal Democrats, bloated Democrat teacher unions, and government subsidized baby mommas. I've watched Democrat policies in action for 30 years, in Chicago, and all they ever have to offer is the centuries old 'target the wealthy' scam... Well guess what, our poor are wealthy by any historical standard, and the House of Representatives with fiscal conservatives such as Randy Hultgren are doing a great job. The Democrat run Senate, and White House are the dysfunctional branches of government.
Martha Hanna August 19, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I disagree with everything you have to say Lou B. Get out of the bubble!!!!
Lou B. August 19, 2013 at 02:28 PM
The Democrats, and their crooked unions have bankrupted Illinois - let's elect them to do the same to the nation.
Lou B. August 19, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Martha, if you are happy with the killing of 50 million children, 70% out of wedlock birthrate, bankruptcy, and the highest unemployment in the USA, you must be a Democrat.
Martha Hanna August 19, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Lou, Let's see all of our jobs went overseas, the republican party has not contributed anything in the last 14 years, except inciting fear and hatred into the American people. My motto is "Stop Abortion, Use Contraceptives" Done talking to you, you are BORING me
Lou B. August 19, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Martha, why do you think that factories moved overseas?
Matilda B August 19, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Dennis,you have my support. Thanks for running. Hultgren needs to go. He has done nothing for us. The Republican House has been completely irresponsible and Hultgren has demonstrated the same
Lou B. August 19, 2013 at 07:59 PM
STD's all around, and this after years of Sex Education (condoms for all). Risk Avoidance education (or the practicing of good old fashioned self control) seems like a good course to pursue, hardly a radical concept as much as Anderson tries to portray it as such. Parents... do you want a guy in office who will hand condoms to your kids. Watch Randy himself, on C-Span and then consider if you want Anderson handing out free condoms to your children. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4372942
Martha Hanna August 19, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Lou B. NEWSFLASH Kids have sex. Would rather see them use condoms than without...duh...you are too hung up on this sex thing..get over it
Lou B. August 19, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Apparently Mr. Anderson doesn't care about encouraging self respect and self control in young people... I've seen him and he's a typical radical leftist, distorting the facts as to Congressman Hultgrens' positions. He'll lose by more than the 50,000 votes he lost by last time. Martha, does a 70% out of wedlock birthrate, which most often dooms a woman a lifetime of poverty, concern you at all? Just like you Martha....these baby mommas CLEARLY aren't -hung up on sex- either. Any intelligent voter would certainly see that there is a place for educating in favor Risk Avoidance, in terms of sexual behavior, as well as "protection." Unfortunately if you think that condoms, are all that is required to protect your kids against serious STD's then you're seriously in need of some education yourself.
Change IL-14 August 20, 2013 at 07:28 AM
Lou -- what has been distorted by Mr. Anderson about Congressman Hultgren's positions? Can you be specific?
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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