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Democratic Candidates Talk Jobs, Deficit

Find out where 10th District candidates stand on major issues.

The three Democratic Congressional candidates seeking the nomination to unseat sat down with Patch last week to explain their positions on major issues facing the 10th District.

A three-part series that explores where the candidates stand on topics like social security, tax policy and education begins Tuesday with jobs and the deficit.

Helping small businesses

“We need to focus on programs to give small and medium size businesses an opportunity to grow,” said , 50, as he sat in his Northbrook campaign office. “If every small business in the 10th District hires one or two people, that will take us a long way.” 

Community organizer , who opened his Waukegan campaign office Saturday, agrees helping small businesses is a key to job growth and economic recovery. The 25-year-old suggested expanding tax credits for job creation as a method to motivate entrepreneurs to hire people.

“I talked to a small business owner in Waukegan who wants to hire one or two people as apprentices to learn the tools of the trade,” said. “He can’t hire them full-time. We should extend a tax credit to him (for part-time hires).” 

Sheyman takes a broad-based approach to job creation and economic stimulus. The Waukegan resident would extend unemployment benefits beyond the current 99 weeks. 

“We have to use every tool in our tool box,” he said “We have to stop the bleeding.” 

Wheeling resident , who is exploring options for a campaign office, has the most elaborate idea for creating jobs. The 29-year-old wants to recreate the Works Progress Administration (WPA) from the New Deal-era of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

“We need to put people to work doing things to benefit our country and this [WPA] is a good way to do it,” McKenzie said. “For today we should rebuild transportation: roads, bridges, railroads and airports.” 

Reduce the deficit

All three candidates want to reduce the burgeoning federal deficit, though each takes a different approach. McKenzie would spend more efficiently on existing programs, like Medicare and Medicaid, but would stop spending on programs he considered ineffective. 

“We know how to make the hydrogen car, but it doesn’t make sense if we have no place to fill it up,” McKenzie said, citing an example.

Sheyman blames the deficit on failed policies of the last 11 years. He would start by rescinding the Bush era tax cuts. He also believes increased employment will bring the deficit down. 

Schneider considers the deficit a problem years in the making that needs a long-term solution. 

“I want to eliminate the deficit in my generation so my children can pay down the debt and my grandchildren can live in the world I had growing up,” Schneider said.

Check back Wednesday for part two of this three part series, when the candidates discuss social security and taxes.

flower child June 07, 2011 at 04:11 PM
I’m supporting Ilya too! It’s the Republicans who don’t have a clue, isn’t it?
ralph September 04, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Government meddling in the economy is the cause of the problems. Not the solution.
Tony Horwitz September 05, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Hey Ralph....You and everyone else seem to forget that it IS government that creates the economy. Governments authorize currency and ideally keep that currency stable, and governments make all the things that are required for economies to function, such as a stable banking and lending environment, law enforcement to see that business is transacted safely, etc. All of you folks who think government is the problem should move to Somalia where there is none and see how easy it is to have a stable economy.
Deadcatbounce September 05, 2011 at 01:37 AM
The freer the market, the freer the people.  Government has a necessary and proper role in our society to protect property rights, and this includes property rights in the market.  However, government does not have a responsibility to micromanage the economy. Look at North Korea, they have a government, and that government doesn't believe in property rights or an economy.
flower child September 08, 2011 at 02:27 PM
DCB, Here’s a quote about free markets from “Faustian economics: Hell hath no limits,” by Wendell Berry, which appeared in Harper's Magazine in May 2008.: “Some of us … have thought … that we should not be free at anybody else’s expense. And yet in the phrase ‘free market,’ the word ‘free’ has come to mean unlimited economic power for some, with the necessary consequence of economic powerlessness for others.” For the full essay, go to: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/05/0082022

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