Poverty in Missouri 8th Congressional District will continue under Smith

State Rep. Jason Smith, of Salem, Mo., speaks after receiving the Republican nomination to replace resigned U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson after six rounds of voting, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Van Buren, Mo. (AP Photo/The Southeast Missourian, Fred Lynch)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published an editorial about Missouri’s 8th Congressional District and the poverty that exists within it stating:

He’s no Robin Hood. None of this taking from the rich to give to the poor for him, nosiree.

Last Saturday, Mr. Smith, a 32-year-old lawyer and state representative from Salem, was chosen by the 8th District Republican Committee in a bruising popularity contest to replace former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau. She resigned right after winning re-election to a ninth term so she could cash in as a lobbyist. Democrats were scheduled to pick their candidate for the June 4 election on Saturday.

Mr. Smith indicated that his first job if he wins the race will be to make sure that wealthy people, and soon-to-be-wealthy people like Ms. Emerson, aren’t asked to pay more in taxes. Ms. Emerson’s salary as director of the National Rural Electric Cooperative has not been disclosed, but her predecessor made more than $1.6 million per year.

“When they tax the rich to give to the poor, it makes us less American … less free,” Mr. Smith told the small group of about 100 party insiders who chose him as their standard-bearer.

The Post-Dispatch is right to criticize both Smith and Emerson, but unfortunately, as usual, they criticize for the wrong reason.

Being a dependable outlet for left-wing America the Post-Dispatch calls him out on wanting to cut taxes and thus robbing welfare recipients of what they are due.

The 8th Congressional District is the poorest in the State of Missouri, expanding welfare will not eradicate this harsh reality. Instead the Post-Dispatch should look at why there is so much poverty in the district.

Wanting to cut taxes is a good thing. Low taxes are a key to building business and prosperity. Unfortunately former Representative Emerson voted on every so-called free trade bill that came across her desk.

According to Jerry Howard.Com

In 1980, there were FIFTY shoe factories in the 8th Congressional District.  Today there are none.

Representative Jo Ann Emerson voted for the bailout of WALL STREET & FOREIGN BANKERS, and she voted for job killing  “Free Trade”  Policies.

Voted YES on promoting Free Trade with Peru (November 2007)

Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to outsourcing of jobs (October 2007)

Voted YES on implementing Central America Free Trade Act (July 2005)

Voted YES on implementing Free Trade Agreement with Singapore (July 2003)

Voted YES on implementing Free Trade Agreement with Chile (July 2003)

Voted NO on withdrawing from the World Trade Organization (June 2000)

Voted YES on PERMENANT Most Favored Nation Trade Status for Communist China (2000)
Noted YES on ‘Fast Track’ authority for Trade Agreements (September 1998)

Mr. Howard’s website has a list of other Southeast Missouri factories that were closed under the leadership of “Team Emerson”. You can click here to read the entire list, and be warned, it is a very long list.

You can bet that if the Republican Party took the time to hand-pick Smith he will be true to his predecessor’s policies.

Southeast Missouri doesn’t need welfare, it needs work. Work that will allow its citizens to have dignity  and independence from the government.

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I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

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