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23 Jul
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Incumbent Congressman’s Vote Puts 16,000 Oklahoma Jobs At Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 23, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: [email protected]

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Incumbent Congressman’s Vote Puts 16,000 Oklahoma Jobs At Risk
Sequester Legally Required By Incumbent’s Vote May Seriously Damage U.S./Oklahoma Economy

Oklahoma City – Tom Guild, the Democratic Nominee for Congress from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, declares that the incumbent Congressman’s vote puts 16,000 Oklahoma jobs at risk and the sequester legally required by incumbent’s vote may seriously damage U.S./Oklahoma economy.

All five of Oklahoma’s House Members, including fifth district incumbent James Lankford, voted for the budget deal enacted into law in August 2011, which called for the appointment of a congressional “super” committee that would work to find common ground for cuts in the federal budget. If the “super” committee failed to reach agreement, which it did, the law supported by the entire Oklahoma house delegation, including the fifth district incumbent, mandates the sequestration of funds (automatic budget cuts) to take effect starting on January 2, 2013. $500 billion of the pending sequestration or automatic cuts would be in the defense department. The rest would be mostly in social programs affecting the safety net.

An academic study showed that 16,000 Oklahoma workers, half in jobs related to the defense industry, would lose their jobs in the next 15 months if the $1.2 trillion in sequester or cuts go into effect.

“Congressman Lankford voted for the 2011 budget deal. He showed poor judgment in playing games with his vote to raise the debt ceiling. His refusal to cast his vote logically and wisely, and his brinksmanship behavior, could ultimately bring the American economy to its knees. His actions led directly to the mess and crisis currently facing our country. His irrational, partisan and ill-advised behavior and vote led directly to the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating in 2011 for the first time in American history.

We would not be in this position if House Republicans would have simply voted to raise the debt ceiling in August 2011 without insisting on budget cuts and without unnecessary drama. This would have allowed our country to pay its bills that Congress has racked up in recent years. Sequestration in January 2013 would likely stifle the current recovery and take the national economy back into recession.

For the incumbent to complain about the pending automatic cuts (sequestration), caused by his vote in Congress, is a day late and a dollar short. He should have considered these possibilities before he cast his vote for the budget deal. If 16,000 Oklahomans are thrown out of work and the economy is dramatically harmed, the congressman has only himself and his actions to blame. To show concern at this point, considering the role he played in creating this mess, is to say the least hypocrisy and simply an attempt to further his own selfish political ambitions and employment at taxpayer expense,” stated Tom Guild.

Guild is currently running as the Democratic Party Nominee for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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16 Jul
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Tom Guild Supports Tax Cuts for the American Middle Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: [email protected]

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Challenger Tom Guild Supports Tax Cuts for the American Middle Class!

            Incumbent Congressman Favors Tax Cuts for the Wealthy!

               Tom Guild, the Democratic Nominee for Congress from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District,  supports extending current tax cuts, due to expire on January 1, 2013, to those earning $250,000 or less each year.  He favors allowing ordinary income in excess of $250,000 each year to be taxed at Clinton-era tax rates.  This proposal would reduce the federal budget deficits over ten years by ~$866 billion.  This would also help the hard pressed American middle class that has been badly hurt economically for the past ~5 years.

Despite his protestations that he wants to reduce the budget deficit, Tom’s opponent, the incumbent congressman in the fifth district, favors additional tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

“Taxpayers, including small business owners earning $251,000, would pay the Bush era rate on the first $250,000 of income and the Clinton era rate on $1,000.  Less than 3% of small business owners reach the level of $250,000 in revenue each year,” states Guild.

Guild continues, “The main reason that businesses are not creating more jobs is middle class consumers and American consumers generally don’t have the financial resources to purchase needed consumer goods.  Consumer spending accounts for ~70% of all economic activity.  Middle class tax cuts will help spur the economy by putting more money in the hands of Americans who will spend the money to buy things they haven’t been able to afford in the past few years.

Median incomes have been dropping for a number of years and this difficult economy has hit the middle class and working poor the hardest.  Those who have income over $250,000 each year are the wealthiest Americans and most of their income is taxed as capital gains, which is 15%.  The capital gains tax rate would rise to the Clinton-era rate of 20% if the current tax cuts are not extended.

The tax rate for ordinary income over $250,000 would go from 35-39.6% if the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are not extended.  39.6% is the tax rate that applied to income over $250,000 during the Clinton presidency, and resulted in the generation of 22 million American jobs, therefore, it is critical that we work towards that end,” concluded Guild.

Guild is currently running as the Democratic Party Nominee for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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10 Jul
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Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2012
Contact: Wallace Collins
405-427-3366
Human Rights Alliance Holds Second Meeting

 

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance held their second meeting at the Oklahoma City campus of Langston University.  On the agenda was the election of officers and work on a mission statement for the newly formed group.  The primary focus of the OUHRA is to replace the various committees and commissions that gave a voice to many minority groups in Oklahoma.  These committees and commissions were eliminated by Republican Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma legislature last session.

 

The new officers elected were:  Chair, Wallace Collins; Vice Chair,  Marguerite Leon; Secretary, Pedro Martinez; and Treasurer; Sean Cummings.  All were elected by unanimous consent of the body.  After the elections were held, the new Chair, Collins, related a story of support from the original Senate author of the Affirmative Action bill from decades ago, former State and U.S. Senator, Fred R. Harris.  Harris, originally from Lawton, told Collins that he was strongly in favor of the formation of the new group, and very pleased that it has been organized to take up the slack left by the elimination of the Affirmative Action; Human Rights; Native American Affairs; Asian Rights; Hispanic Rights; and other committees  or commissions that gave representation to minority groups in Oklahoma.  Senator Harris, who is a past Democratic Presidential candidate, stated that he believed it was a mistake to eliminate these vital committees and commissions.  Harris, who is currently a professor at the University of New Mexico, also promised to personally visit with the OUHRA in the future.

 

The next meeting of the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance is scheduled for Monday, August 13, 2012, 11:30 to 1 P.M. at the Oklahoma City campus of Langston University, 4205 N. Lincoln Boulevard.  The “brown bag luncheon” will feature more organizational work, plus a focus on the group’s opposition to State Question 759.
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09 Jul
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80,000 New Jobs in June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: Email: [email protected]

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Democratic Congressional Nominee Tom Guild Applauds the 80,000 New Jobs in June

          Edmond, Oklahoma– Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma, applauds the creation of 80,000 new jobs in the month of June.

80,000 new jobs were created in June. These new jobs will bring new opportunities for 80,000 Americans. This news is a great deal better than the 750,000 jobs that were being lost in the month that President Obama and the Democratic Congress took office in January of 2009.

“There are still millions of folks who are hurting and need jobs, and assistance while they find work.  Many were formerly living their American dream and we need to give them the strength and support to get back to where they were. If a single American who wants to work can’t find a job, that’s one too many and a tragedy,” stated Guild.

Guild continued, “Too bad the Republicans in the U.S. Congress have turned down nearly every opportunity for more than three years to help those who are down and out and the middle class and have instead voted to cut programs in the safety net when they are needed the most.  God bless every family and every job and every opportunity created.  We need to do better and if the voters are wise and elect folks on the side of the middle class in making public policy, instead of those who have more than they can possibly consume and spend, we will continue to find our way, month by month, out of this economic crisis that has been going on the better part of five years now.”

Tom Guild is currently running for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: [email protected]

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

02 Jul
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CD5 Democratic Candidate, Tom Guild, Challenges Incumbent to Debates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Democratic Congressional Nominee Tom Guild Challenges Incumbent to Debates

             Edmond, Oklahoma– Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma, challenges Incumbent James Lankford to a series of five debates between now and the November 6, 2012 general election.

Guild and Lankford disagree on women’s health and reproductive freedom, Medicare, Social Security, firing employees based solely on status, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the Affordable Care Act, extension of the George W. Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, the recent DHS policy initiative in the area of immigration, and many fundamental issues.  Debates are a way that voters will become familiar with both candidates positions on the issues, without the filter of a biased press, and enable voters in the Fifth District to make an informed decision in November.

“Since we disagree on women’s issues, Medicare, Social Security, campaign finance, employment discrimination, education, special rights for wealthy taxpayers, and many other issues, we need to debate and let the political chips fall where they may.  We owe it to the people of the Fifth District to give them the opportunity to observe both candidates demeanor and become informed on our views on the important issues of the day,” said Democratic Nominee Tom Guild.

We challenge the incumbent to five debates.  One debate should take place in July, August, September, and two in October (or early November) of 2012.  Neutral organizations (e.g. colleges and universities etc.) acceptable to both candidates should host or co-host the events and the moderator(s) should be agreeable to both candidates.

“The incumbent has a very poor, anti-middle class voting record, and has made many provocative and even radical statements on a variety of issues.  Let’s see where the voters land after a full and unfiltered exposition of that voting record and our positions on the issues,” Guild concluded.

Lankford has been notified of the debate challenge by his campaign manager Pam Paul by e-mail and in person at one of his town hall meetings, and by a reporter for the Edmond Sun.

Guild is currently running for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: Email: [email protected]

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

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