OTTUMWA, Iowa – One year after the passage of a $787-billion economic stimulus package that was supposed to hold unemployment around 8 percent, Americans “are the ones stuck paying for the mistakes of Rep. David Loebsack and the rest of Nancy Pelosi’s big-government, anti-individual-freedom allies,” Republican congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks said tonight.
“Unemployment is hovering around 10 percent, average Americans are saddled with massive new debt and the economic climate is nowhere near as bright as it should be. Congressional Democrats should have approved significant tax cuts for the people who create jobs to turn the economy around,” Miller-Meeks said. “Instead, more and more southeast Iowans are being added to unemployment rolls and small businesses continue to fail as Dave Loebsack and other congressional Democrats have driven us deeper into debt.”
She added, “I don’t know what would be worse, the fact that he voted for the 1,000-page ‘stimulus’ bill without ever reading it or that he would have supported it no matter what was in it because that’s what Nancy Pelosi told him to do. Either way, we have nothing to show for this stimulus package other than a worsened job climate and massive new debt for us, our children and grandchildren to pay off. America deserves better.”
Miller-Meeks noted that Loebsack “didn’t stop there in heaping mountains of debt on Iowa families.”
“David Loebsack also voted earlier this month to raise the national debt ceiling by $1.9 trillion to its highest level ever, after backing job-killing cap-and-trade legislation and a government take-over of health care that will increase costs and decrease the quality of patient care.”
The stimulus bill alone strapped taxpayers and families with payments of nearly $100 million per day over the next 10 years just to pay off the interest on the debt being financed by foreign governments like communist China.
“As a member of Congress, I give you my word I would work every day to cut our bloated government with a balanced budget amendment, pay down our debt and reduce taxes on job creators to get our southeast Iowa economy moving again. I’ll stop Washington bureaucrats from dictating health care to southeast Iowa patients and move forward in developing patient and family centered health care reforms that will increase affordability and protect quality of care,” added Miller-Meeks. “The bottom-line: we must create jobs, cut spending and reduce taxes to get our economy moving again here at home.”
Miller-Meeks announced her candidacy for Congress in December and was the 2008 Republican nominee in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Growing up poor, she worked her way through college, became an Army nurse and soon after graduated medical school. Miller-Meeks is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a former president of the Iowa Medical Society. She owned and operated a small business – an ophthalmology practice – up until last year when she gave it up to run full-time for Congress. Miller-Meeks and her family live in Ottumwa.
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