Pat Kreitlow believes that investing in small businesses will get the economy moving.
“Tax credit priority should go first to the middle class and to small businesses that create jobs,” said Kreitlow, a Democrat from Chippewa Falls. A targeted credit could be used to reduce the tax burden for those creating jobs.
“Unfortunately, good ideas aren’t being taken up by this Congress because it is addicted to games and gridlock,” said Kreitlow, who faces Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) and Independent Dale C. Lehner of Chetek in the Nov. 6 election.
Kreitlow said Duffy, who is serving his first term in Congress, believes in corporate loopholes that have nothing to do with job creation.
“He says (the House has) sent 30 bills to the Senate — jobs bills. They don’t contain anything that leads to jobs creation. They are tax cuts for the very wealthy.”
The House is where jobs bills are being held hostage, Kreitlow said, along with a new farm bill. Many good ideas are bottled up there because of a large group of freshman representatives who put ideology before tax relief, the Democrat said.
Kreitlow, 48, from the town of Eagle Point in Chippewa County, served one four-year term as the 23rd District state senator from 2007-2010.
On preserving Medicare, Kreitlow said: “Medicare will be there if we take the good responsible steps that have been taken to increase their solvency.”
He was referring to the president’s health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act. Kreitlow said Duffy has voted 30 times to repeal the law.
“What a colossal waste,” he said of Duffy’s repeal votes.
The Affordable Care Act puts medical decisions back into the hands of patients and doctors, Kreitlow said.
“You’ve got to make it less about bureaucrats and more about doctors and patients,” he said.
As an example of savings that can be made, Kreitlow cited a pilot program in western Wisconsin that pays for quality outcomes rather than quantity of patients seen.
Kreitlow says the U.S. should pull troops out of Afghanistan. The question, he said, is how long will it take the U.S. to remove the considerable material it has placed in Afghanistan.
“From a mission standpoint, we’re doing the right thing and bringing the material home,” he said. “(But) we need to bring that mission to a successful conclusion.”
Kreitlow said voters want someone who works hard for them, like Duffy’s predecessor, longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. David Obey.
“They want to be represented by someone who will represent all of the district and not play games,” Kreitlow said.