WRIGHT TWP. ‚?? Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Tom Smith laid out his economic proposals Wednesday during at stop at a Mountain Top area business.
Smith, 64, of Kittanning, is challenging Democrat Bob Casey of Scranton in the November General Election. At a press conference at i2M in the Crestwood Industrial Park, Smith said ‚??explosive government growth is crippling our great country.‚?Ě
He detailed his plan to ‚??Restore the American Dream‚?Ě with his proposed policy initiatives aimed at cutting wasteful spending, repealing and replacing ‚??Obamacare‚?Ě and simplifying the U.S. tax code.
‚??But here‚??s the scary part,‚?Ě Smith said. ‚??President Obama, Sen. Bob Casey and the career politicians in Washington think the answer is to spend, tax and borrow.‚?Ě
Smith says he grew up on a farm, became a coal miner, a coal company owner and eventually a wealthy businessman.
‚??For most of my life, my face was covered with coal dust or I‚??ve had Pennsylvania farm dirt under my fingernails,‚?Ě he said. ‚??For many years I was a Democrat. Although, not a very good one.‚?Ě
Both political parties have had a hand in creating the current economic predicament, he said. Smith said some of the people in office right now ‚?? Casey included -- have voted for all the current spending and may be ‚??nice people.‚?Ě But, he said, said the country must change course before it‚??s too late.
‚??Big government is sitting on our economy and our people like an anvil,‚?Ě he said. ‚??The answer is to throw it off. And that is what this election is all about.‚?Ě
Smith said Casey votes for government reliance instead of self-reliance.
‚??The spending he has voted for is driving America into bankruptcy,‚?Ě Smith said.
Larry Smar, Casey‚??s campaign manager, said Smith‚??s plan is basically the (U.S. Rep. Paul) Ryan plan.
‚??And that is to dismantle Medicare, privatize Social Security and raise the retirement age with even more giveaways to the wealthiest Americans,‚?Ě Smar said. ‚??It is wrong for the middle-class, wrong for seniors and too extreme for Pennsylvania.‚?Ě
Smith said Nov. 6 will mark ‚??Economic Independence Day,‚?Ě when voters can choose to restore the American dream.
‚??While the administration claims the private sector is ‚??doing fine,‚?? I would encourage them to take the time to visit the areas still hurting across Pennsylvania ‚?? like the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region,‚?Ě said Chris Hackett, owner of i2M. ‚??Pennsylvania and America need more proven job creators like Tom Smith standing up for us in Washington.‚?Ě
A state-of-the-art facility, i2M manufacturers the leading brand of polymer-based sheet and roll products in North America.
‚??We will grow our economy and create jobs when we restore our economic freedom,‚?Ě Smith said.
Highlights of his plan to Restore the American Dream include:
‚?Ę Simplifying the tax code by instituting a flat tax and closing all special-interest loopholes.
‚?Ę Ending out-of-control federal spending by reducing annual spending to 20 percent of the gross domestic product.
‚?Ę Ending oppressive regulations.
‚?Ę Promoting the production of American energy.
‚?Ę Providing affordable and accessible health care for Americans and repealing ‚??Obamacare.‚?Ě
‚?Ę Saving Social Security through common-sense reforms.