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Baldwin vs. Thompson: County Party Chairs' Closing Arguments

Chairs of the St. Croix County Democratic Party and the St. Croix County Republican Party make a case for their candidates in the U.S. Senate race — Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson.

Editor's Note: Hudson Patch asked the chairs of both major parties in St. Croix County to provide a closing argument for each of their candidates involved in contested races on Nov. 6. Writing for the St. Croix County Democratic Party is chairwoman Susan Stori. Writing for the St. Croix County Republican Party is chairman Jesse Garza. Each writer was asked to make the case for their candidate in 300 or fewer words. The incumbent party gets the first word and the challenging party gets the last word.

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The Case for Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin has a strong record of taking on the corporate special interests in Washington who have too much power and influence. She stood up to the big insurance companies when she supported the Affordable Care Act and authored a provision to allow children to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.

We know Tammy stood up to Wall Street and big banks against risky practices that led to economic collapse. She was the lead sponsor on the Buffet Rule that would ensure people with over $1 million a year in income pay at least as high a tax rate as middle class families.

Tammy also stood up to China by leading a bipartisan effort to impose strong tariffs on their unfair trade practices that costs us jobs here at home.

Beyond standing up to special interests, Tammy is committed to a "Made in Wisconsin" economy. She cosponsors the "Bring Jobs Home Act," which would give a tax break to business owners who bring an overseas company home to the U.S. It also eliminates a tax break for companies that outsource jobs.

Tammy wants to invest in education, new energy, innovation, and infrastructure, focusing on our roads and bridges. These investments will help build a future with job growth and a strengthened middle class.

Tammy understands small businesses will continue to be the engine that advances our recovery. That’s why she voted to encourage and directly reward new hiring and investment by increasing lending and lowering taxes for small businesses.

Tammy Baldwin has always fought for for the people of Wisconsin; now more than ever she is fighting hard for our middle class. In the Senate, she will continue to stand up for the middle class and work to move Wisconsin forward.

  --Susan Stori, chairwoman, St. Croix County Democratic Party

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The Case for Tommy Thompson

With a soaring national debt and no federal budget for the last three years, the United States Senate needs more reformers. Wisconsin voters, concerned about our the country’s direction, sent one of the brightest and most successful business men to Washington, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

What Sen. Johnson found startled him and he began his journey of educating the good people of Wisconsin on what kind of fiscal crisis Washington has gotten us into over the last four years. Sen. Johnson found that we cannot tax or borrow our way out of this mess and political courage on the other side of the aisle has been lacking. Sen. Johnson needs an ally in the Senate who will champion for a prosperous America.

Gov. Tommy Thompson has had a career as a reformer. As governor of Wisconsin he was one of the first governors to implement school choice, and he created BadgerCare that provided health care for those struggling the most in Wisconsin.

Small town values are important to Thompson and he keeps concerns of Elroy and Hudson as well as all of Wisconsin forefront while providing quality public and constituent service. Gov. Thompson’s opponent has voted 98 percent of the time with her party, which makes her one of the most liberal representatives in America, reflecting Madison values, but not always the values of the rest of Wisconsin.

The Hudson Star-Observer recently endorsed Thompson saying, "he demonstrated leadership and the ability to compromise." Compromise will be needed to solve some of America’s biggest problems. He has the ability to find friends across the aisle who will work for the betterment of this country and not a party.

We need someone who can help fix some of this country’s most daunting challenges. Vote Tommy Thompson for the U.S. Senate on Nov. 6.

  --Jesse Garza, chairman, St. Croix County Republican Party 

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Colonel Mustard November 01, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Elisabeth... Who builds the roads and bridges? Workers who are hired by construction companies who are, in turn, hired by the government to design and construct the roads and bridges. Private industry does not initiate these projects; the government does. Education of people is necessary to provide them with the knowledge and skills to live and work at their jobs. Who provides this education? Teachers and professors who work in our public school system (K-12) and our public University System. Who operates these schools and universities? The government operates the vast majority of them and provides these jobs. You mention innovation. The innovations that provided this medium of communication are all based on research funded by the government: computers, the Internet, and satellites. Your GPS system was developed and is funded by the government, not private industry. Most basic medical research is funded by the government and takes place in our universities, both public and private, then the results are used by private industry. The entire medical products industry in MN and WI resulted in work done at the University of MN in past years. One overly hyped failure (Solyndra) is not an entire program. Incidentally the funding for Solyndra was in motion before President Obama took office. The failure was caused by China dumping solar panels on the market at cheap prices. So, perhaps you might want to use common sense and rethink your remarks.
Carbon Bigfuut November 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
There is a big difference between government putting money into research vs. giving money to companies for production. When taxpayer $$ are given to companies to support production, it creates an unbalanced marketplace, effectively taxing the competitors of the supported company. As for roads and bridges, private enterprise creates the demand and pays the taxes for those roads and bridges. Private enterprise then builds them. the government's only role is to coordinate the design and as a funnel for the tax $$ to pay for the bridge.
yomammy November 01, 2012 at 08:41 PM
oh, Colenel Mustard (...if thats your REAL name...[squint]...) So you are saying trickle down works then....interdasting...usually the left says it dosent...
Dianne Kiel November 02, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Solyndra is just one of many failed green project Obama has invested tax payers money in. Oh Colonel Mustard, Soloyndra, was on President Bush's desk. HE VETOED it as a bad investment. Government needs to look at their job description, wasting tax payers money is not on there!
Captain Midnight November 04, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Sorry Dianne, but the Solyndra deal was forwarded by the Bush Administration. One of those nasty facts. The Department of Energy has invested approximately $57 Billion in energy projects over the past 10 years and the overall fail rate is less than 2%, including Solyndra. Solyndra had a viable product which was disadvantaged when the price for Silicon based devices dropped quite suddenly and unpredictably. Just for your information, Romoney's Bain Capital had about a 23% bankruptcy rate of companies that it invested in.

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