Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Keep Maurice Hinchey out of Utah for good.

I’m from New York State, but I’m very familiar with The Utah red-rock Wilderness bill that has been introduced for the past 20 years. My federal representative Maurice Hinchey who represents New York’s 22nd Congressional district is the chief sponsor of this bill. This is an outrage, Hinchey has absolutely no business trying to tell other states what they can and can’t do with their own land. In New York State the unemployment rate is sky rocketing and we are hovering right around the national average. Over the past year we have seen more than our share of job losses. What we need is a representative that’s going to focus on our needs and concerns rather than trying to limit access to 9.4 million acres of Western land. Now is the time to unite and send a strong and clear message to Congressman Hinchey that we’re going to get him out of Utah and out of office for good. Over the past 3 years I have been working with George Phillips who is a Republican/Conservative running for Congress against Hinchey. I invite you to take a look at our campaign and to visit our campaign website. We can’t do this alone but if we could get some crucial financial backing that would certainly help us defeat Congressman Hinchey. I thank you so much


Friday, February 12, 2010

Letter of Support for George Phillips

I have been working with George Phillips for about the past two and a half years, and even more extensively in 2009 helping to secure our base for the 2010 election. I have done everything from research projects to traveling to the Hudson Valley and even New York City to meet with potential donors. I have been asked a few times why I would give up so much of my time to campaign for George. For me it stems back to October of 2007. A buddy called me and informed me that George was going to be running for Congress, and invited me to his press conference at a local restaurant. At the time I had never met George before I had only heard about him briefly in conversations with my buddy. I decided to attend the press conference and when I had a chance to meet and talk with George I realized right away that he is down to earth and understands our needs and concerns. He’s very approachable, easy to talk to and get along with. What inspired me to help George on his run for Congress is his deep belief in core values. He believes in moral, ethical, and family values. That hit a homerun with me because that was the type of family that I grew up in during the 1980’s. Over the years however our country has stumbled significantly and lost focus and lost touch with the very core values that so many of us were brought up with and what our great country was founded with. Our founding fathers had a simple vision of small government, of the people, by the people, for the people. Everyone knows that our Government is anything but small. When George is elected to Congress he’ll going to Washington to restore the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Country. It’s been an honor and privilege to work with George on his campaign and I hope that everyone has the same opportunity to meet George that I did . Thanks so much.

Friday, January 29, 2010

George Phillips Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

George Phillips Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

George Phillips, candidate for Congress in New York’s 22nd district, released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address on January 28, 2010.

“President Obama’s State of the Union address was delivered in his typical, eloquent fashion, and it is encouraging to hear that he has finally realized what so many Americans have known for some time. The real concerns of our citizens today are the need to stimulate job growth and reign in the reckless spending we’ve witnessed during this administration thus far. Unfortunately, a temporary spending freeze which affects such a tiny portion of the budget is a small step in the correct direction. While saving $250B over ten years is a nice idea, it fails to carry much weight in an environment where Congress is running up a roughly $200B deficit each and every month. The President simply failed to offer a bold enough vision to rein in spending and create jobs. The real solution is to be found in broad tax cuts for small businesses and individual Americans which will get this country going again.

“The President touched on many other subjects, several of which seemed geared toward appeasing his liberal base, and it is unfortunate that he still seems determined to attempt some sort of government takeover of the health care system. One of the most important areas Barack Obama spoke of is education.Sadly, he still fails to realize that the path to improving America’s educational system will be found in offering real choice in schools to parents and building a competitive environment where good teachers are rewarded and successful schools prosper, attracting more students.
“Jobs, fiscal discipline and substantive improvements in our educational system are some of the chief goals I will be working toward in Congress. Unfortunately, we are going to continue to face a situation where billions of dollars are needlessly drained from small town America and wasted by Washington bureaucrats. Last night’s speech demonstrated that the current administration and their Democrat allies in Congress have not yet come to grips with these issues in any meaningful way.”

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Phillips officially announces he's running for Congress

New York 22nd District Congressional hopeful George Phillips made a Campaign stop at Brothers 2 in Endwell, NY to officially announce his intention to run against Maurice Hinchey for the 2010 election.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Phillips Blasts Hinchey's MSNBC Comments on Bin Laden

Phillips Blasts Hinchey's MSNBC Comments on Bin Laden

Binghamton, NY --- George Phillips, Candidate for US Congress in NY's 22nd Congressional District sharply criticized his opponent Maurice Hinchey for outrageous comments he made on MSNBC yesterday.

Hinchey stated President Bush 'intentionally let Osama Bin Laden get away' as part of an Iraq War plan (see link below).


Phillips stated, "These wild accusations by a Member of the United States Congress on national television are simply outrageous."

Phillips added, "Americans put their lives on the line to capture this terrorist leader. Hinchey's comments are simply insulting to our men and women in the armed services. He should retract these groundless allegations and issue an apology."

Contact: Phillips for Congress --- (607) 341-8866

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Phillips blasts NYC 9/11 Trials

Phillips Criticizes NYC 9/11 Trials
Trials will Give Terrorist Suspects the Stage, Put America at Risk

For Immediate Release

Binghamton, NY --- George Phillips, Candidate for US Congress against Maurice Hinchey, sharply criticized the Justice Department decision to give alleged terrorists civilian trials in New York City.

"The suspects being charged in the 9/11 terror attacks were involved with acts of war. They don't deserve a civilian trial," Phillips said. "Imagine if those who attacked Pearl Harbor had been given civilian trials. The idea is absolutely preposterous."

"I worry this trial will give terrorist suspects the stage and enable them to incite more violence and attacks on America with inflammatory rhetoric. Unfortunately this could turn into a circus-like atmosphere that these alleged terrorists will take full advantage of" Phillips warned.

Phillips noted that military tribunals and courts could offer the suspects a chance to have their cases heard without giving them the profile and that war crimes such as the 9/11 attacks should be considered in such courts.

"The decision by Attorney General Holder puts America at risk. I hope the New York delegation and the Congress will urge him to reconsider his decision," Phillips added.

Contact: Phillips for Congress (607) 341-8866

Health Care Debate Op-Ed

Weighing in on the Health Care Debate

By George K. Phillips

The health care debate has captivated the nation this summer as members of Congress travel to “town hall” meetings across the country to explain and discuss a complex health-care reform bill that is more than 1,000 pages long.

At the heart of the debate is an effort to provide health insurance to the millions of Americans who currently lack it while improving, or at the very least not diminishing, the current-health care system. While “shouters” at the meetings have garnered much of the media attention, I would like to offer a few of what I hope are “reason-minded” critiques of the current bill and suggestions for improving the overall system.

To assess the long-term implications of the legislation before Congress that could create a new, large government bureaucracy, we must consider the state of our national government and economy.

The federal government has racked up an astounding $11 trillion national debt and will run an estimated $1.8 trillion budget deficit this year. The Social Security and Medicare trustees report for 2009 estimates the Social Security program will start running deficits in 2016 and states that the Medicare program is already running deficits.

With these staggering deficits and baby boomers soon moving into retirement and raising Social Security and Medicare costs even more, does it make sense to add another large government entitlement program? Even if the proponents do not intend for this new program to ration health care, wouldn’t health-care rationing result if the government simply can’t afford to pay the bills?

The plan relies on penalties and taxes on small businesses to enforce implementation at a time when unemployment is hovering near 10 percent. In 2005, the most recent year it has data available for, the Small Business Administration estimated small businesses were responsible for creating nearly 80 percent of new jobs. How can we pull out of this recession and grow the economy if we are placing additional restrictions on already overburdened small businesses?

I believe the plan should take the opposite approach: instead of taxes and penalties, give small businesses and their employees tax credits to purchase health insurance. Current estimates show small businesses pay an estimated 18 percent more for health-care benefits than larger firms. Small businesses should be allowed to partner together, amassing a larger group of employees together to compete for better plans that would enable them to lower their costs and expand benefits.

Helping small businesses pay for help insurance would help cover a large number of the uninsured. Efforts could be made to get the remaining uninsured into Medicaid rather than creating an entirely new program.

A key part of the health care-reform debate that is not even being considered in the current legislation is medical malpractice reform. Frivolous lawsuits impose billions on the U.S. economy each year. These lawsuits dramatically raise medical malpractice insurance as well as health-care costs for all Americans and cause doctors to practice defensive medicine.

Capping these suits and reforming a broken part of the health-care system that currently allows OB-GYNs to be sued up to 21 years after they have delivered a baby would greatly reduce costs for all Americans.

Health care can be reformed without creating a new big-government program. Empowering small businesses to better provide health insurance and lowering overall costs through medical malpractice reform should be part of the solution.