Candidate Wilson:?I understand local economies
To the editor:
You don't have to be an economist to see the effects unemployment has had on our manufacturing industry. Drive north or south on Ohio Highway Seven and look at the abandoned steel factories that once represented a robust economic manufacturing hub now being sold for scrap. As a small businessman, lifetime resident East Ohio, I understand the impact American manufacturing has on our local economies.
Like so many of you, I too was hurt and confused by Congressman Johnson's support for free trade policies with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. I was shocked to see his dedication to protecting tax breaks for corporations that move American manufacturing jobs overseas and his lack of concern when given a bill that would hold China accountable for currency manipulation, a bill Congressman Johnson voted against. By supporting these policies Congressman Johnson has made a clear statement to the constituents of his district: Congressman Johnson does not believe in American manufacturing.
For decades our area has represented the backbone of our nation's economy. We have served as a manufacturing center for a democracy founded on the principles of capitalism. The sweat that fell upon our blue collars helped those wearing white collars build fortunes. In return we asked for the opportunity to make a livable wage that would allow us to support our families.
Congressman Bill Johnson, only recently moved to this area, so it seems he does not understand our policies offering tax breaks to millionaires in place of supporting local jobs is not the way to pull our district out of this recession. Pointing fingers, and passing the blame on to others, is not a value that we share. As a Congressman you must be accountable for your own voting record. Congressman Johnson supports sending American manufacturing jobs to South Korea, Panama, and Colombia, but voted against the American Jobs Act that would have provided $25 billion in additional investments in our schools, and $50 billion in investments in roads and infrastructure growth.
As a U.S. Congressman you have a moral responsibility to those who you represent. When I was privileged to serve this area I exercised great care in being an independent voice for the people I represent, not Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative independent.
It was my goal in this campaign to give the voters of east and southeast Ohio a clear choice. We may not agree on everything, but we agree on many things and the future of our manufacturing sector is something we agree upon.
I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 6 and look forward to returning to Washington to provide sound leadership to a district that needs leadership more than ever.
CHARLES A. WILSON,