With the approval ratings of President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presumably lower than fellow Democrat Congressman Baron Hill in Southern Indiana, Republican challenger Todd Young is following the same strategy of every other GOP challenger this fall - demonizing the Democratic candidate by linking him to the party leaders.
Hill is a member of the more conservative Blue Dog caucus, yet voted with Pelosi on key Obama liberal initiatives, the stimulus and the health care overhaul. Those votes are the centerpiece of Young's campaign, and national Democrats have thanked Hill and reenforced Hill's connection to the agenda in their support of Hill's campaign, with fundraising visits by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and Vice-President Joe Biden.
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Where are the Jobs, Baron?
New Albany, IN - Baron Hill recently confessed that he sleeps "very well at night." Too bad the rest of us can't say the same.
While Hill gets a good night's sleep, we toss and turn worrying about finding jobs or keeping the ones we have.
That's because the Hill-Obama-Pelosi policies of endless spending and bigger government are ruining the recovery and fueling unemployment.
Last February, with Hill's help, Prelsident Obama and Speaker Pelosi passed the so-called $862 billion stimulus. They promised this unfunded spending spree would keep unemployment below 8% and create millions of new jobs. Since then, the U.S. economy has lost 2.35 million jobs. Just last month we shed 125,000. Our unemployment rate is now nearly 10%.
That's because the agenda of more taxes, more spending and more government Hill so eagerly supports is discouraging the private investment and entrepreneurship so vital to real job creation. In fact the only new jobs we've seen are in Washington. Over the last year tax payers have picked up the tab for 86,000 new federal government jobs, which, on average, pay over 60% more than private sector positions.
How does that dubious list of accomplishments help Hoosiers?
It doesn't. That's why Hill is the only one getting any sleep of late. And while he slumbers peacefully, we keep asking one simple question: Where are the jobs, Baron?