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My name is Barry Welsh and I am the Democratic Congressional Candidate in Indiana's 6th District.  I am running against Mike Pence.
First, I had an interview this morning with Jason DeParle of the New York Times.

Last night I was honored to be a Co-Keynote Speaker with Baron Hill (IN-09) at the Bartholomew County, Indiana, Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

It was the second time in five days that former Congressman Hill and I have shared a stage.  Baron and I do not agree on all things.  But as was said "We will both stand up to Bush, and you cannot say that about the two Mike's." (Pence and Sodrell)

More below

I spoke first and among other things said:


We should have never been distracted from those that wish to do as harm by Iraq.

We were lied to, we were mislead, and the military continues to be misused and mislead, all the while veterans benefits are cut, and enlistment requirements are lowered to try to find replacements.  

They call me someone that wants to "Cut and Run" because I call for redeployment.  I call them, people who want to "Stay and Sink"  because that is all we are doing in Iraq.

I have been using "Stay and Sink" to counter "Cut and Run" and it is working.  I asked the crowd if that is not what they thought was happening in Iraq, and it was met with silence.  They were thinking about it, and then they started nodding.  

I finished my talk, and Baron began.

He told us how I was right and that the administration lied to all of us, and went on to tell how he was not told the truth to get his vote for the war.  He said he was not where I was yet and ready to redeploy, he was close, and thought by election time more and more would be agreeing with me.

We cannot stay and sink in Iraq.  

I am running against Mike Pence, chair of the Republican Study Committee  who is going to run for President in 2008.  He is trying to gain national attention with his Immigration Plan.

Here is my response:

I do not support Mr. Pence's immigration plan. His plan gives a blanket
amnesty to those that entice illegal immigrants with illegal employment,
and sets up a system to insure an increase in below-minimum-wage labor, for
generations to come. The purpose of his plan is to benefit big corporations
and special interests, and the result of his plan will be to undermine
American workers.

My plan to deal with illegal immigration is quite simple: We have
immigration laws, we have employment laws, and we should enforce them!

The problem arises when employers illegally entice people to enter this
country illegally. If we bring serious penalties upon those that break the
law by hiring illegal workers, it will not take long for the practice to
stop. If a business is behaving in an illegal manner, we should not just
take a percentage of the illegal profits in fines, and then allow the same
firm to conduct more business. If a business or company will lose all
assets and licenses when caught hiring illegally, that is real consequence.
The lure of illegally entering America will not be nearly as great, when
the jobs are no longer available to those here illegally.

Legal immigration is welcome. This is not about our Latino citizens or
residents that are here legally. This is not about our citizens or
residents that have come from Africa, or Asia, or the Middle East, or any
corner of the globe, that are in this country legally.

The answer is not mass arrests or race-based harassment of workers - nor
mass amnesty programs.  The answer is to address the problem at its source:
requiring corporations who seek to profit by evading our minimum wage laws
to obey the laws of the land.  

To those that claim they have to hire illegally to stay in business, I say,
"If you have to break the law to stay in business, you should not be in
business.  By law, you must pay living wages to American workers."

To those that are here illegally, I say, "I understand you came to better
yourself, and do not blame you for that, but you must return to your home
lands and await your turn to enter legally as others have before and will
in the future."

Mr. Pence visited the US-Mexico Border and New Orleans to see if there is any need for aid to that area.  If Mr. Pence has a similar report as when he goes fact finding in Iraq, we must take what he says with a tablespoon full of salt because one grain will not do.

Finally, for those in driving distance and that includes candidates and campaigns, The Welsh Campaign is going to be part of the "Crashing The States Documentary" and we will be having a rally on October 5th.   The site for the rally is still under debate, but we want all of the netroots people from all around the Midwest to come and be part of this filming, so mark your calendars now.
More details to come of course.

No more Stay and Sink, get'em out of Iraq.

Barry Welsh Indiana 6th District Democratic Congressional Candidate

Originally posted to Barry Welsh on Thu Aug 24, 2006 at 02:39 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  'Cut 'n run' vs 'Bleed for greed' (5+ / 0-)

    What IS our mission in Iraq?

    Bush Mission in Iraq:

    Keep putting troops into the meat-grinder as long as Dick Cheney and Halliburton can bleed the country dry with unbid contracts.

  •  how about this to the Cut and Run label? (1+ / 0-)
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    paddykraska

    George Bush says he brought democracy to Iraq. So let's let the Iraqi's decide if the US has completed its mission in Iraq. How about a referendum by the new Democracy in Iraq? The Referendum would read " has the US accomplished its mission in Iraq and if it has, should they leave? or if not should they stay longer? Since Bush is so gung ho on his spreading democracy, lets use this idea to let the Iraqis decide if we stay or go. If they vote they want us to leave, its Democracy in Action, and we can declare Mission Accomplished!.

    •  We accomplished our military mission in my (3+ / 0-)
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      Ckntfld, paddykraska, Nightprowlkitty

      opinion.  This is not the fault of the fighting man and woman, this is the failure of the politics after the military success.  The military took out the opposing regime and that was their objective.  

      The politicians have messed it up ever since.  

      Barry IN-06

      •  exactly! Thats my point.... (2+ / 0-)
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        paddykraska, myrealname

        Mission was accomplished.. so lets use that "slogan" to call for a referendum to let the Iraqis decide if we stay or leave. You know they will vote for the US to leave.. then we are just "respecting" the will of a democratic people. We aren't Cut and Running, but taking this " Democracy" to the next logical level- Let the Bush Democracy decide.

    •  Cut and Run might have some positive points (2+ / 0-)
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      paddykraska, myrealname

      The Republican’s main justification for the stay and sink position seems to be that if we give the insurgents a date certain that we will leave Iraq, the insurgents will fool us into a false sense of security by stopping their attacks until we actually leave the country.  That the first half of this theory should come true would be the greatest boon to us and the Iraqi people that we could ask for. (Of course since nothing the neo-cons have said has been right I don’t know why any part of this justification should be right either, but we can hope).

      It seems logical to me that if the insurgents were to stop their attacks once we announced our departure date, then the pace of reconstruction will pick up dramatically.  This will improve the living conditions of the Iraqi people, they will again have water, power, be able to sell their oil on the marketplace, create jobs, feed their families, etc.  It has been my experience that people whose lives are improving would be less willing to go back and start destroying their country again once we have left.  Not to say that someone might not blow up a market or two, but the populace will probably be less willing to kill themselves if they jobs, food and housing.

      Maybe I am deluded but believing the first half of the Republican position maybe the most likely way to get out of there alive.  So the next time a Republican says well the insurgents will just stop until after we leave, reply well the people who are not blown up  during our withdrawal will thanks us for keeping them alive and might even throw flowers as us as we exit stage right.

      •  I agree completely (0+ / 0-)

        Cut and Run might have some positive points

        I had been thinking the same thing.  Once people begin to live without terror and get their lives in order, it seems likely they will not tolerate the insurgents.  The Iraqi people are smart, brave, and resilient.  They need a chance to recover without any more of our "help".  

  •  I just want to say thanks again to PastorDan (3+ / 0-)

    for the spread on the front page of Street Prophets the first of this week.

    Thanks Brother!

    Barry

  •  Good one. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ckntfld, paddykraska

    "Stay and Sink".

    That's excellent.  You should forward that to the DNC, the DCCC, and the DSCC.

  •  Hey Barry. (1+ / 0-)
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    paddykraska

    Thanks for the update.  How's it going on the ground over there?  Feeling good about the fall?

    Best of luck,
    Sandwich

    •  We are feeling good. The reception we have been (3+ / 0-)

      getting all across the district is great.  The number of Republicans we have coming up and saying they are voting Democratic for the first time is amazing, and if they actually do, then we will raise some eyebrows November 7th.  We have energized county parties helping us across the district and we are getting student volunteers from the campus communites.  If we get the influx of cash that we are supposed to after Labor Day, we will be ok.
      Thanks Sandwich!

      Barry IN-06

  •  Looks Like (0+ / 0-)

    According to news reports and various activities within the Bush administration, that Iraq may be OBE soon.

    I'm concerned that Bush and his crowd is still on plan to attack and/or invade Iran sometime soon.  Given their history with Iraq and their plans for that part of the world, I think war in Iran is going to happen.

    My question for you is, do you support Bush and his drumbeat for war with Iran and, if elected, will you support any such war?  Granted, of course, you'll be served up a steady load of fake intel and the likes.  Do you have what it takes to go back to your District and tell the voters Bush is full of it?

    Thanks for taking the time, and for your hard work.

    •  ' Do you have what it takes to go back to your (0+ / 0-)

      District and tell the voters Bush is full of it?"  Yes.  I have been doing it for the past 18 months even before it was 'popular'.
      But it is a very legit question!

      Barry IN-06

      •  Thanks For Your Reply (0+ / 0-)

        Just seems to me that Democrats are going to have to stand together, if in the majority, to stop Bush and his gang from starting a war in Iran.  My hope is that Democrats from GOP leaning districts will oppose the war drums as well, and not claim their districts want it.

        We're gonna need people in Congress with courage, so we don't end up in Iran like we did in Iraq.

        Keep up the good work.

  •  I agree 100% with your views on immigration (0+ / 0-)

    Until we seriously punish the businesses and corporations that knowingly hire illegal aliens so that they can improve their bottom line and line the pockets of their top executives, nothing is going to change.  We have to address the problem at its source.  Punishing the people who illegally cross the borders to have a better life is not only mean-spirited but it is a waste of time and resources.  Very few politicians have the guts to say this, so it's quite refreshing to hear you speak the truth!

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