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Several years into his first term in the U.S. Senate, Pat Toomey has firmly established himself as a friend to the average taxpayer and a champion of policies that create jobs throughout our economy. Thanks in no small part to Sen. Toomey's leadership, excessive federal government spending has been slashed (annual deficits have been more than cut in half), corrupt practices like earmarks have been halted and pro-growth legislation such as the JOBS Act has been enacted.

Now a nearly forgotten face from the past has emerged and is proposing a dramatically different agenda if he is elected to the U.S. Senate. Joe Sestak served a brief two-term stint in Congress, but in that short time he enthusiastically supported liberal policies that gave us $5.3 trillion in new debt, a bloated and ineffective $787 billion stimulus scheme, over $900 billion in bailouts to politically favored industries and a health care bill that has forced millions of Americans out of insurance programs they previously enjoyed.

More disturbingly Sestak supported the passage of a job-killing energy tax which would make it even tougher for domestic manufacturing to compete in the global economy. President Obama predicted so called "cap and trade" legislation would cause energy prices to "necessarily skyrocket." Members of former Gov. Ed Rendell's Public Utility Commission estimated that such a policy would cost our commonwealth 66,000 jobs. Even a U.S. Senate with a Democrat super-majority thought the legislation sent to them by Congress was too radical to pass. Predictably, Joe Sestak lamented that it didn't go far enough.

Instead of learning something from his defeat in 2010, Joe Sestak looks as if he wants to double down on all the policies he supported in the past. That is a gamble Pennsylvanians shouldn't take by reelecting Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016.

CHRISTOPHER B. REILLY

York Twp.

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