Marlin Stutzman’s website states the following: “The most crucial issue facing Indiana today is creating jobs for Hoosier families.” Yet, earlier this year, before he was selected in caucus proceedings to run for Mark Souder’s empty seat, Stutzman took a different stance.
At a forum held in New Paris on June 10th, Stutzman was asked the following random question (or perhaps it was providence):
“Would you vote for a bailout of General Motors Corporation?”
“I would not. As bad as that sounds … I believe in free markets. … In this country, we have the right to be successful, but we have the right to fail as well. We should not reward bad behavior by bailing a company out.”
And, while Stutzman was adamant he would not “bail out” General Motors, he was – hmm – taking farm subsidies – a form of quasi bail out for his farming operation and a manipulation – to his benefit – of that free market in which he so heartily believes. But, Stutzman isn’t required to pay back the farm subsidies while GM is required to pay back the bail out loan. Bazinga!
GM’s failure would have resulted in an estimated loss of over 10,000 jobs – both direct through the termination of workers and indirect through the loss to suppliers, retailers, etc. Even Representative Souder – for whom Stutzman worked for three years – had enough common sense to vote for the loan to GM understanding the devastating impact the closure of GM would have had on the Third District.
If this is how Stutzman feels, why would Third District voters – especially business owners – want a representative with this attitude in Congress? His response to the bail out question was an extremely short-sighted and shallow answer to a critical issue which impacted the Third District and its representative – a position for which he is running and for which he is obviously not ready since he fails to understand how to balance his ideology with the good of Third District constituents.
And where does Dr. Hayhurst stand on GM and its workers? Here is his statement in a recent Fort Wayne Reader article.
With regard to bailouts, Hayhurst makes it a point to say no more Wall Street bailouts. “Frankly, with regard to General Motors, I would have supported that.”
Dr. Hayhurst understands this District and what it takes to protect our interests. Where Stutzman would have abandoned GM, Dr. Hayhurst would have remained steady in his support – now that is the kind of representative we need.