This is an election year and you will hear a lot of political rhetoric about jobs and so called “jobs bills”.  Be wary because a tax hike disguised as a jobs bill is coming your way if President Obama and Senator Manchin succeed with their agenda.

It would be wonderful if Congress could pass a piece of legislation that would cure our economic woes but the simple truth is there is no such thing as a jobs bill.  The idea that the 535-men and women in Washington can craft a piece of legislation to put America back to work is simply a cruel myth.

John Raese believes the key ingredient to a sturdy economic recovery is taking positive steps to unleash America’s unparalleled ingenuity and world-class productivity.

The first step is getting government off the backs of business and generally out of our lives.  In today’s super charged and divisive political climate anyone suggesting less governmental regulation and less governmental interference is immediately labeled as anti-clean air, anti-clean water or anti-consumer protection.  That is the biggest lie you’ll hear in the clutter of this campaign season.

Just like any one of us, John Raese is committed to an environment that provides safe water, clean fresh air and protected natural areas that can be enjoyed not just now – but by generations of West Virginian’s to come.  John believes in providing jobs that earn a livable wage that can support and nurture a family – to protecting our natural resources and using them to enhance and improve our quality of life – and in the belief that American’s inherently do the right thing and do not need a government looking over their shoulder that uses bloated over-reaching agencies to disrupt the natural flow of business, the undeniable engine that powers our national economy.

If elected to the United States Senate John’s first priority will always be the welfare of West Virginians.  His family has lived here and provided jobs in West Virginia for nearly a century.  He understands that feeling of self-worth and of self-reliance that comes from having a good secure job – and contrary to the apparent beliefs of President Obama and both West Virginia Senators – John knows jobs are created exclusively by businesses, small and large, all across this country.  Pointing out excesses on Wall Street is not only proper, it is the duty of a vigilant government and our elected leaders – but using the bad actions of one industry, or one group, to paint all businesses as if they are somehow against the interests of American’s is not only dangerous – it is just plain wrong.

Government programs that give tax credits for hiring new employees are meaningless if a company doesn’t have the need or the increased market for additional workers.  That is the type of simplistic ideas that come from the Obama/Manchin camp.  They believe that gimmick federal programs somehow will entice business people to act a certain way – do certain things.  Such incentives are naive and are simply designed for stump speeches – sound bites in an election year to give voters the appearance that something, anything, is being done.  The tired ideas generated by Obama and Manchin always wind up with the same result – a bigger government for them and a lighter wallet for you.

Encouraging business begins with a simple tax code.  A competitive tax system that is straightforward and simple enough that we can all understand.  It starts with the idea that we are a country of innovators, scientists, risk takers, developers, artists, craftsmen, conscientious workers, teachers and dedicated students.  That we can finally have a meaningful dialogue about how we are teaching our kids and grandchildren – and how we can devote both the resources and the will to once again establish the American educational system as the very best in the world.

President Obama is right when he talks about the importance of America winning the future but his ideas only include a bigger, more invasive government.  That is a fundamental error and just will not work. The President and Senator Manchin talk in soaring terms about transforming America – but their vision for our country is based on the flawed European model that is crumbling before our eyes.  They have started down a path that will only diminish America and they will do, or say, anything to make you believe it is the only choice we have.

Don’t buy it.

John Raese and millions of Americans from Maine to Hawaii – from Martinsburg to Matewan – are in open revolution to the Obama/Manchin takeover of our way of life and will make their collective voices heard this fall.

Getting America back to work and rebuilding a productive economy that serves everyone requires the effort, hard work and participation of all of us.  Every time this country has been attacked, or has been struck with hardship, we’ve survived and thrived on sheer determination, iron clad discipline and raw effort.  Yet there are some that think America’s time has passed and that we have to accept a decline.

Not John Raese.

John thinks America’s most outstanding years are ahead of us – but only if we make the changes now to unleash business, fortify our education system and free all American’s from crushing personal and governmental debt.

American exceptionalism?  Absolutely.

If you see this great country as a beacon for the world to admire and emulate – a leader in technology, innovation and invention – and an economic engine with no peer on this planet then the choice is crystal clear.  Let President Obama and Senator Manchin know that you’ve heard and seen enough.  Elect John Raese – a proven leader with a track record of creating and providing good jobs in the real world.

A Pro-life Conservative

John is a very strong pro-life conservative.  He believes deeply in the sanctity of life.

A family man with a loving wife and two wonderful children, John believes life is God’s greatest gift. That is why he and his wife Liz are life-long supporters of  West Virginians For Life as well as the Susan B. Anthony list, two fine organizations dedicated to fighting for the rights of the unborn child.

In keeping with his pro-life beliefs, John is also opposed to human cloning as well as federally-funded stem cell research.

Run Away Debt

Every West Virginia family is forced to stay within a budget – live within their means.  That simple idea has been lost for years in Washington.

In fiscal year 2012 the federal debt will top $16.7-trillion dollars.  When you look closer it’s even worse.  The actual debt held by all of us – the United States public – is $10.8-trillion dollars.  We get it up to nearly $17-trillion in gross debt with the IOU’s owed to the Social Security Trust Fund – money that was set aside for those who earned benefits and paid into the program – but is now being siphoned off at an alarming rate to fund more spending.  This debt has increased by more than a trillion dollars since Senator Manchin took office just a year ago.

Each time President Obama has proposed increased spending Senator Manchin has been a reliable rubber stamp.  When a Republican Balanced Budget Amendment bill came up for a vote Senator Manchin, taking marching orders from the White House, voted NO.  It failed 47-53 in the Senate.  When Democratic colleague Mark Udall put up a version of the bill for political cover Senator Manchin, knowing it would fail, voted YEA.  The measure fell 21-79.

In only his second vote as a Senator, Joe Manchin voted NO to a bill designed to end the unsavory practice of earmarks attached to regular spending bills for pork barrel projects and political slush funds.

John Raese would vote FOR a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U. S. Constitution and vote NO to the budget busting practice of earmarks.


Besides robbing your family of basic medical care choice, the new Obamacare health plan passed by the Democratic Congress is expected to employ thousands of new IRS agents to track down Americans for payment of healthcare taxes.  The cost of the greatest social spending program in the nation’s history is still under debate, but since the inception of Medicare in 1965 the cost of the program has grown 2.7% faster the economy and should reach 20% of America’s GDP within the decade.

Here’s an example.  An employer with a number of chain restaurants employs nearly 1,000 full time and part time workers.  Each worker generates $58,000 in revenue and that works out to a $3,000 profit per employee when salary, taxes and overhead are deducted.  Under President Obama and Senator Manchin’s new government mandated healthcare program, Obamacare, this employer will be forced to pay between $7,000 and $10,000 more per employee.  You don’t have to be a mathematics genius to understand this will just not work – and will cost jobs.  In fact, the Congressional Budget Office now believes Obamacare will cost the economy more than 800,000 jobs!

According to the Heritage Foundation new taxes, penalties and fees resulting from Obamacare will decrease the amount of investment in the economy.  That reduced investment will in turn lead to a decline of productivity causing the economy to produce $706-billion dollars less in goods and services.

Despite election year statements to the contrary in 2010, Senator Joe Manchin had an opportunity last year to repeal Obamacare but voted NO in lockstep with President Obama.

John Raese stands in direct opposition to Joe Manchin and would vote to repeal Obamacare as a United States Senator.


America is a land of immigrants.  John Raese’s family, probably like yours, came here from Europe.

John is proud of that pioneering heritage and still believes this country offers a wonderful opportunity to anyone who will make the commitment to learn our language, obey our laws and peacefully assimilate into the American society.

Illegal immigration is causing an ever-increasing and unsustainable hardship on our diminishing resources.  Getting back to fiscal responsibility means getting control of our borders.

The numbers are staggering.  It’s estimated that there are nearly 24-million illegal aliens in the United States today.  They have accounted for more than 397-billion dollars in Social Services not counting more than 154-billion dollars in K-12 education costs and another 21-billion dollars for incarcerations.  In time of record high employment, more than 12.5-million skilled jobs are being provided to illegal aliens.

The Arizona legislature enacted the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” in 2010.  It was intended to make it a state misdemeanor crime for an undocumented immigrant to be in Arizona without carrying registration documents as required by federal law – allows state law enforcement officials to enforce federal laws – and cracks down on employers of illegal workers.  Almost immediately the state was sued by the Obama administration to stop implementation of the law.

John salutes Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her state lawmakers for having the courage to stand-up to both an onslaught of undocumented immigrants and to the clearly misguided Obama administration.

John Raese believes there can be no discussion or solution to this ever-growing problem until the borders of this great country are once again secure.

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