Thursday, September 30, 2010


Republican John Kasich's views on education sound risky to both school children and tax payers.

On the Issues:
John Kasich on School Choice: Apr 6, 1999

Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools

Kasich wants “total school choice,” which would allow states to organize schools as they wish, even using tax money to send children to private schools. A free-market enthusiast, he envisions entrepreneurs with “minimal qualifications” setting up new schools and competing for students. He has little patience for concerns that some of the neediest children could be left behind: “I don't know what will come, but I know what we have ain't working.”
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Kasich Eagerly Rolls”, 4/6/99

Modern Esquire over at Plunderbund shows that John Kasich doesn't know much about some of the industries in Ohio that are already engaged in the use of wind energy.

 (pic and caption from Plunderbund)

Kasich is living in some 1990's time warp because he seems completely ignorant about some issues and problems.  He wants more computers in the classroom, but does he even remotely understand the cost of such an idea? You can't have computers in the classroom without teachers and technology specialists who are trained educators.  I hope Kasich doesn't think he could replace teachers with computers.  He isn't that stupid, is he?

Kasich has this deep seated hatred of public school teachers (that might explain why women, who make up a majority of the teaching profession, support Strickland over Kasich).  Here are a few things that Kasich has said about teachers (from the Kasich website):

....Addressing education in Ohio, he said, "We've got to invest dollars in the classroom to empower buildings. We don't need curriculum advisers and the knuckleheads in Columbus should not tell you how to run the schools.....

...Students don't want textbooks but to learn technology, however, education is stuck in the past. We've been fighting them for 28 years.....

The Star Beacon provides these Kasich  quotes on education: 
....Expand the school voucher program and break the grip unions hold on education. "Now my concern with the teachers union is that I am convinced they are a lot more concerned with their own situation rather than the situation of our children," Kasich said.

“We need more school choice, we need to break the back of organized labor in the schools, and we need to turn our schools into institutions that excite our kids and teach them, and the best way to get it done is to give mothers and fathers the power to take their kids out of bad places and put them in good,” Kasich said to a round of applause.....

Kasich's words are evidence of his bull-headed, pompous, know-it-all, attitude about everything.  He doesn't want to discuss a problem--- he'll tell you his way is the only solution, even if he knows nothing about the issue.  Kasich has demonstrated his total disrespect for teachers, educators, college professors, education curriculum supervisors, and those who work in public schools with the challenges of the modern classroom. Does he even know what goes on in a public school? I think he is clueless.

Kasich thinks that just because he had some cushy job at Ohio State, where he was paid $1,000/hour, that he is suddenly an expert on education.  Trust me. Kasich knows nothing about schools, students, teachers, and education. Yet, Kasich, if elected, plans to make major cuts in education.  You cannot have success in life without a good education, but Kasich is willing to pull the rug out from under our public school children to feed the coffers of his campaign contributors who just happen to own charter schools. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Which parts of Ohio's government will Kasich destroy?

John Kasich still doesn't get it.  The Kasich campaign brought some people to distract voters from Kasich's lack of real plans and policies.  Kasich has enlisted Indiana's Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and now, massive, rude, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  John Kasich cannot detail which parts of the state structure he'd dismantle, if he is elected governor.  Kasich won't tell us which university programs he'll eliminate to fund his tax cuts, if he wins election.  Kasich won't tell us how much he'll cut from the total education budget.  In an effort to take the voters' eyes off of Kasich's lack of specifics, he offers up distractions - like Christie, Bush, and Daniels.  Frankly, Ohio voters don't care what those right wing Republicans have done.  We're interested in knowing what parts of Ohio's government Kasich will destroy.

 Ed Schultz of MSNBC has criticized N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's verbal attacks on citizens.  (Visit  Huffington Post to see a video of Ed talking about Christie.)  Christie is a large, pompous bully. Kasich admires him, and wants to emulate him. (It might also be that in an effort to refuse to answer questions himself, Kasich tries to hide behind Christie and others.  Kasich is known as a poor public speaker, especially in debates, and has refused to answer certain questions from the media on - How did the state's public retirement funds lose over $400 million by investing with Kasich's Lehman Brothers?   How did he get a bonus even when the retirement funds lost money?  Why won't Kasich release his tax returns like Strickland did? )

Tell Kasich to stop trying to distract voters from his lack of a specific plan on how he'd govern, if elected.  From the beginning, Kasich has talked in generalities and platitudes, but he has not revealed what part of state services he'd eliminate,  which state parks he'd sell off, and what state programs he'd privatize.  Is he afraid that voters can't handle the truth?

David Pepper, Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor, is even winning endorsements from conservatives.  His Republican opponent, Yost, has attracted a lot of negative attention over his spending and behavior during previous elections when he tried to prevent the recounting of votes.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Josh Mandel- - - Not Ready for Prime Time

Josh Mandel, Republican candidate for Ohio Treasurer, was for gay rights before he was against it?  Why the flip-flop, Joshie?  There are grave concerns about Josh Mandel's inexperience, especially in the area of keeping track of the state's money.  Without real knowledge or experience on such a large playing field, can we really risk having someone like Mandel with so little experience to take care of our state's treasury? 

When we compare Mandel's legislative record with one of his colleagues who was elected the same time he was, we only have more questions about Mandel's experience. Jay P. Goyal (District 73), a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, was elected to office the same year as Mandel.  Compare Mandel and Goyal and what they've done:(From info page on members of Ohio House: Mandel and  Goyal.)

Mandel: sponsored 2 bills, cosponsored 41 bills
Goyal:   sponsored 9 bills, cosponsored 79 bills

Mandel: sponsored 1 resolution, cosponsored 6 resolutions
Goyal sponsored 2 resolutions, cosponsored 7 resolutions

Mandel: 0
Goyal: United Way of Richland County, North Center State University Foundation Board, Rehabilitation Center of North Central Ohio, Richland County University and College Access Network, Mansfield/Richland Chamber of Commerce, Nation Federation of Independent Businesses, Richland County Farm Bureau

Mandel: 0
GoyalBowhay Institute of Legislative Leadership Development Fellow (2007); Ohio Civil Rights Commission "Eagle Award" recipient

Mandel was also a cosponsor of the completely stupid, Kasich-fueled HB 400, which would phase out the Ohio income tax over 10 years.  (This incredibly idiotic bill would wipe out 40% of the funds that the state needs to function.)

Republican Mandel, is facing the current Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce.  Boyce has been acting state treasurer and has been doing a great job.  In order to save some important programs for the state, Boyce even cut his own salary- twice.  Boyce is definitely the better candidate for the Ohio Treasurer.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Made in China

Today, as I was getting my mother's walker, I noticed the Invacare tag on it.  However, I also noticed that the tag read: Made in China.  Invacare outsourced their jobs and Kasich, as a member of the board of directors, signed off, and gave permission for those jobs to leave Ohio and move to China.

In an article from the Chinaresourcenetwork, and published in the Plain Dealer in 2005, we learn that  a little about the Chinese workers in an Invacare plant in Suzhou, China:

....The factory makes oxygen concentrators, which remove gases from the air so they can pump nearly pure oxygen to someone who has breathing difficulties. 

About 140 people are involved in the process, from the salaried department heads to the 110 production workers who earn about 1,500 to 2,000 yuan, or $185 to $250, per month.
A mid-level professional might make three times the production wage...

China isn't the only country that has gotten jobs from Invacare.  The Bellwetherdaily had this little ditty from Invacare's CEO:

...And here's Malachi Mixon, chairman of Invacare Corp., near Cleveland. Kasich is on Invacare's board of directors. The company moved Ohio jobs to China, a fact that Mixon confirmed in a Jan. 31, 2008 inveterview with The Plain Dealer:

"Q: How difficult was the decision to move production to China?Invacare CEO Mixon: 'It wasn't difficult because it's about survival. [and] We realized we simply couldn't compete from America. You can take virtually any product made in Cleveland, make it in China, ship it back here and pay the freight for probably about 25 percent lower cost.' Invacare CEO Mixon said his Ohio labor costs were about $14 an hour; "And China, 50 cents."

Kasich joined the Invacare Board of Directors in 2001. In the first debate, Republican Kasich said, "We haven't lost jobs to China."  I guess all those jobs that Kasich and Invacare outsourced are just figments of our imaginations.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Time to Balance the Ohio Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court is made up of all Republicans, except for Justice Eric Brown, a Democrat.  Even though the Ohio Supreme Court is supposed to be fair and neutral, their rulings in the past have always seem to favor Republicans.  It is time to make the Ohio Supreme Court a real balanced entity and the only way to do that is to vote for Democrats like Justice Eric Brown and Mary Jane Trapp.  The Republicans on the Ohio Supreme Court are so entrenched in Republican politics in the state, that it makes too many cases and decisions that seem to favor the GOP.

Here is a small important note from DailyKos from 2005:
...In 2004, Ohio's central "Coingate" figure Tom Noe served as campaign manager for Judith Ann Lanzinger's successful run for Supreme Court Justice.....

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Tom Noe?  Tom Noe is still in prison because of his convictions involving the Coingate Scandal.  Background info can be found at

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Recycled Ideas from the Boehner Gang

- - The Republican Tea Party presented their Pledge to America (the group, formerly known as the Republican Party, has gone full right wing and united with the Tea Party) :
Christian Science Monitor:
"....The two-page pledge introducing the policy document is anchored in the language of the tea party movement and the nation’s founding texts, notably government’s powers derived from the consent of the governed and [inalienable] rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. “Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a different course,” the document states....

What has been the reaction to this "Pledge to America" that was presented to the country from an aisle in a hardware store?  The headline from Newsweek says it all:
Reactions to the 'Pledge to America': Mixed, but Mostly Negative

Once again the down home GOPers, show up to do their presentation in plaid, open collared shirts (probably Brooks Brothers), without ties.  Eric Cantor looks a little perplexed or is he still at war with Boehner?   Needless to say, their document is the same recycled mumbo-jumbo, tax cuts for the rich, trickle down, pro-business, no health care for you, poppy cock, only this time with a new title.  They have no idea how they'll pay for it.

- The DaytonDailyNews is reporting something different: 

The political arm of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has broken with tradition and endorsed a governor candidate for the first time in 117 years.
They chose Republican challenger John Kasich (KAY'-sik) over incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat....
.....Strickland spokeswoman Lis Smith says Strickland fights for average Ohioans over "Wall Streeters and outsourcers."

Even the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has sold out to Wall Street????

****  Here's something that Republican Steve Stivers, a former bank lobbyist never would have done---- sponsor legislation called the Medical Debt Relief Act .

(Background information fromYouTube:  
Over 28 million Americans were harassed by debt collectors in 2007 because of health care bills, but a new piece of legislation from U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy would end the practice of using that debt even after it is settled to affect consumers credit scores. The Medical Debt Relief Act of 2009 would prohibit medical debt paid off or settled as a criteria for credit bureaus to determine approvals for mortgage rates and other consumer purchases.)


Mary Jo Kilroy cares about her human constituents.  Stivers cares about banks, bankers and their profits.

*** I was wondering how the people engaged in farming in Ohio's 15th congressional district (Franklin, Madison, and Union Counties) feel about Republican Steve Stivers plan to eliminate the Department of Agriculture.  Here is the entire Stivers list:

1. Repeal the health care reform bill
2. Repeal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution
3. Repeal the 17th Amendment to the Constitution
4. Eliminate the Department of Agriculture
5. Eliminate the Department of Education
6. Eliminate the Department of the Interior
7. Eliminate the Department of Housing of and Urban Development
8. Eliminate the Department of Transportation
9. Eliminate the Department of Energy

(To see the complete survey that Steve Stivers, a former bank lobbyist, filled out for the Glenn Beck meet up 912 group of central Ohio, visit - OH15 MTC QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.)

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Old and Crabby

The Republicans in the U.S. Senate are nothing more than a bunch of crabby, old, white people who seem unable to get over the fact that it is 2010, not 1930!  Yesterday's vote in the Senate proves that, no matter what excuse they're using today, Republicans are living in the past and are unable to provide solutions to today's problems.  They've gone so far to the right that Barry Goldwater wouldn't recognize his own party.

Boston Globe:

Senate Republicans dealt a stinging setback yesterday to efforts to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy for gay soldiers, defeating attempts by Democratic leaders to take up a major military bill that includes the issue.

Democrats fell four votes shy of the 60 votes needed to break a GOP filibuster — which included Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts — that prevented consideration of the overall bill.....

I fully agree with Sen. Menendez of New Jersey, quoted by the Boston Globe:

“It’s ridiculous! Ridiculous!’’ said Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey. “What this is all about is using the minority to obstruct.’’

We should all be thankful that  old, white, crabby McCain is not the President.

****   A far right religious commentator is skeptical of the poll showing Kasich with a double-digit lead in the election for governor.  Check out OneNewsNow.
- - -
> Kasich has already indicated a few places he'd make his cuts.  Dispatch:

Republican John Kasich says that, if elected, he would get rid of Ohio's new school-funding model, which Gov. Ted Strickland points to as one of the signature accomplishments of his term.

Strickland and legislative Democrats say that once the formula is fully funded, which they hope will occur by 2019, it will be a constitutional, adequate and fair way to pay for public education....

....Although most details remain undisclosed, Kasich's plan could mean more school levies by districts across the state, critics said....

If Kasich wins, Ohio's school children lose.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

McCain Doesn't Get It

From  Americablog we have this:

....McCain and his sidekick, Lindsey Graham, held a victory press conference after they won the filibuster vote, which insured no imminent legislative action on DADT repeal. Kerry Eleveld was there -- and she deals in facts. She questioned McCain's flawed interpretation of how DADT works. He was wrong -- and it sure looked like he was was getting ready to explode because someone had the audacity to challenge him....

 Youtube video

...Igor adds:
In fact, as Almy explained in testimoney before McCain’s own committee (Senate Armed Services): “In Iraq, during the height of the insurgency, someone in the Air Force ordered a search of my private emails solely to determine if I had violated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and to gather whatever evidence could be used against me.” “I was relieved of my duties, leading nearly 200 Airmen, my security clearance was suspended and part of my pay was terminated. Even as my commander was relieving me of my duties, he assured me this was in no way a reflection of my performance or my abilities as an officer,” Almy testified...

 I'm thankful that McCain is not the President of the United States. You might want to check out the comments at the Youtube website on this video.
* Sen. Al Franken's speech today on the floor of the Senate was amazing.  Franken, who is against the current DADT policy, spoke from the heart:  Youtube

Sen. Al Franken's speech really makes a lot of sense.  It is time to repeal DADT.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The GOP's Plans

 * Rep. Joe Barton, the former oil executive, is salivating at the possibility of taking over the congressional committee on energy.  Politico has the lowdown on how Republicans are setting up plans with lobbyists in the event they take the majority:

Ranking member Joe Barton of Texas, potential 2011 GOP panel leader, Michigan's Fred Upton, and Reps. John Shimkus of Illinois, Mike Rogers of Michigan and Greg Walden of Oregon met Wednesday with 40 to 50 industry officials during an event at the National Republican Club. 
An industry source in the room said the meeting wasn't billed as a fundraiser. But the lawmakers' message tacitly linked donations to the committee agenda in 2011 if Republicans regain control of the House. 

“You should be giving us money because we're going to be in charge," the source said. "We'll ensure there is no climate bill. But at the same time, they think they'll build nuclear plants and more clean coal."

I know that things don't look good for Democrats right now, but I'd love to see the Dems retain control in both the House and the Senate.  I'd also like to see Joe Barton's plans go down the toilet.

* Oh goody.  It appears that there is some disagreements, accusations, and yelling going on within the Republican Party.  CNN has the details.

*  As Rachel Maddow said tonight, Sen. Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, voted against saving the U.S. auto industry, but was at a celebration at the factory where he tried to bask in the revival of the car industry. 

Think Progress:

General Motors recently announced that, thanks to federal efforts to keep the American auto industry from going under, it would be able to rehire 483 workers at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to manufacture “three variants of Ecotec four-cylinder engines.” The $438 million arrangement will start producing engines for the Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC models by 2011.
As auto blog Jalopnik reports, the plant recently held a ceremony to welcome back the new workers to begin production of the Ecotec engines. Attending the ceremony were three local Republican legislators, Sens. Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Ironically, all three of these lawmakers opposed the plans to save General Motors and other U.S. auto companies. This didn’t stop Corker from taking credit for the federal rescue, anyway. At the event he claimed he “contributed to strengthening the auto industry in this country.” Jalopnik reports that “irony of the Republican lawmakers’ presence wasn’t lost on the workers who attended the ceremony; they booed Tennessee Republican Bob Corker”:
...The irony of the Republican lawmakers’ presence wasn’t lost on the workers who attended the ceremony; they booed Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, and one UAW official made clear from the stage that the union still remembered which politicians had voted to rescue Wall Street but opposed an auto industry bailout...

Bob Corker is disgusting. 


A small portion of the song, "Witchcraft" was just played as a teaser for a story about Christine O'Donnell.  Does the far right queen of Alaska, Sarah Palin, still support a former witch?

Andrea Mitchell just said on MSNBC that, "We all had bad dates in high school but I never had a date that involved witchcraft."

And as if there hasn't been enough negative news about Christine O'Donnell, we have this from CBS News:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, today filed a pair of complaints concerning Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's use of more than $20,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. 

"Christine O'Donnell is clearly a criminal, and like any crook she should be prosecuted," CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a release. "Ms. O'Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses. Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much these days, but both sides should agree on one point: thieves belong in jail not the United States Senate." 

....The group said its allegations are tied to former O'Donnell aide David Keegan's affidavit stating O'Donnell, who has run for Senate three times, paid her rent for two months out of campaign funds in 2009 and also used campaign funds for meals and gas. In addition to misappropriation of campaign funds, CREW argues that O'Donnell is guilty of lying about the expenditures and committed tax evasion by not reporting the money as income... 

I don't know all the ins and outs of campaign finance law, but I know that you are not supposed to be using your campaign funds in this manner.

> In today's Columbus Dispatch, a newstory about the three candidates for Ohio Secretary of State lists the city of residence for each candidate: 

Democrat Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessy
Residence: Columbus (Victorian Village)

Republican Jon Husted
Residence: Kettering

Libertarian Charles Earl
Residence: Bowling Green

I'd like to play that game from Sesame Street, "One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong....."

Look at the list above of the candidates and decide which one doesn't belong.

Have you decided which one doesn't belong????????????

Jon Husted!  Even though the then all Republican Ohio Supreme Court declared that Husted was a resident of Kettering "for voting purposes"---- HE DOESN"T LIVE  THERE!
Husted lives in Upper Arlington with his family.  What is the definition of lives?  Husted rarely visits his house in Kettering and, when he was taken to the Montgomery County Board of Elections, his utility bills proved it.  If you are looking for background on this story, you can visit the OhioDailyBlog, Ohio15thDistrict, hu-huFacebook, the ToledoBlade,  and BuckeyeStateBlog.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Oh, dear me.

More on Republican-Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate for Delaware, Christine O'Donnell.

This video shows Miss O'Donnell in 1999, as she appeared on Bill Maher's program, Politically Incorrect: (ABC News)

Hmmm.  This should go over big with some far right conservative voters.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Gospel According to Mike Huckabee

I was a little surprised about Republican Mike Huckabee's recent statement that he is against health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.  Huckabee, obviously must have been preaching from some other holy book when he was a Baptist minister. I don't recall anything in the Bible which says that Jesus healed people, except if they had a pre-existing condition. 

Rick Ungar puts in his two cents about Huckabee's views at Forbes:

...I guess Huck figures that a child born with a serious medical condition should never be entitled to expensive but needed medical care throughout his or her life because, in the Governor’s words, that house has already burned down....

...there are hundreds of thousands of ‘innocents’ in this country who did nothing to earn their pre-existing condition beyond being born.

I found myself wondering how Huckabee could possibly believe that his lack of compassion for these people  somehow represented a Christian point of view....

Mike Huckabee has revealed himself as a man who'd rather gain power, than show kindness.  None of us chose what traits we'd have or what disabilities/defects we'd have.  Huckabee has demonstrated his lack of compassion, kindness, and understanding.

From EncouragingBibleQuotes:

Matthew 25:41-45
Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least among you, you did not do for me.'

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mice With Human Brains!!!!!!!!

The Christine O'Donnell story just keeps stranger.  O'Donnell, the Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate for Delaware, seems to have a long history of bizarre quotes and questionable behavior.

...In a brief statement posted Friday morning on its Facebook page, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced, "CREW calls for FEC and criminal investigation into Christine O'Donnell. Stay tuned, more to come."

Meanwhile, O'Donnell is being widely mocked for a claim she made just a few years ago that scientists were "cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains."

During a discussion of the cloning of monkey embryos on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News program in November 2007, O'Donnell, introduced as a Republican strategist, insisted that "the real point of all of this research is to lead to human cloning."....


I have a human brain! I have a human brain!
Pic from Mus-Musculus
Pic from Mus-Musculus
Christine O'Donnell just seems like someone who just rattles on while jumping from one topic to another.  Some of the quotes that have popped up in the last few days have been weird.

Here is what The Note from ABC News had to say:

...Speaking to an adoring crowd at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday, Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell cast herself as an enemy of the “ruling class” and took aim at the “anti-Americanism” that she said taints the establishment....

....O’Donnell, who began her speech with a indictment of the Obama administration -- a reoccurring theme at the event, organized by the conservative Family Research Council -- said that the “incremental assault on our freedoms, our values, our free enterprise, our property rights our economic stability” had gone on too long....

O'Donnell might feel especially unhappy because she allegedly is having some personal financial problems of her own.  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kasich: "We don't want public employees."

Have you actually read some of the stuff that John Kasich has said?  Here is an example:

John Kasich on teachers' unions from the Starbeacon:

...we need to break the back of organized labor in the schools...

As a former teacher, I'm insulted by obvious disdain for teachers and working people.
Why would he say something like this?  What does he think he can do?  Would he try to vacate agreements?  It is clear to me that
(1) John Kasich has no respect for teachers and other working people,
(2) Kasich has no idea what goes on in a public school,
(3) Kasich is definitely an elitist who cares only about himself and his rich friends.

This YouTube video really sums up what Kasich has done in the past and what he plans to do in the future:

At 2:50, Kasich says, "We don't want public employees."  Someone has to ask him what he means by that.

The Anti-Small Business Republicans

H.R. 5297(Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 has finally been passed in the U.S. Senate. The Republicans in the Senate had a filibuster on this bill for several months. According to the U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home, the vote was 61 Yeas to 38 Nays.

Which U.S. Senators voted against this bill????? (Which U.S. Senators are against small business?)
Here are the "Nay" votes from the U.S. Senate:

NAYs ---38
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting - 1
Vitter (R-LA)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Holy Cow!

Christine O'Donnell, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Delaware, is a real, bona fide, wing nut.  Then again, she was endorsed by Sarah Palin.

The Huffington Post has a list of some of "The Craziest Things Christine O'Donnell Has Ever Said".  Just do a GOOGLE search to find more of the wacky stuff that just pours out of O'Donnell's mouth. Here is what I found:
On evolution from NYMag
CHRISTINE O'DONNELL, Concerned Women for America: Well, as the senator from Tennessee mentioned, evolution is a theory and it's exactly that. There is not enough evidence, consistent evidence to make it as fact, and I say that because for theory to become a fact, it needs to consistently have the same results after it goes through a series of tests. The tests that they put — that they use to support evolution do not have consistent results. Now too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact. But when you get down to the hard evidence, it's merely a theory. But creation —

Whoops. Technically, evolution is a theory in the scientific-nomenclature sense, but it's so widely accepted by every legitimate scientist in the world that it is considered fact. Not enough evidence?.....

Is there something wrong with this woman?

The Democratic Underground has this:
...Reports have surfaced that she owed $10K in back taxes, defaulted on her mortgage and holds outstanding campaign debt....

I guess she'll be leading by example.

* And, one more time about the Strickland - Kasich debate from ProgressOhio:

...Then there is the bravado of the John Kasich whose budget pen stared down Bill Clinton and lost. He now brags about his accomplishments over the Clinton budgets he once shut down Washington over in a Gingrich induced game of "blink." 

But on the very day John Kasich bragged about his budget bravado, Bill Clinton outside the debate sucked the air out of that fairy tale, reminding Ohioans of who really won that blinking contest.... 

Thank you, President Clinton for that valuable piece of information about Kasich's 10% contribution to the budget fix.

ProgressOhio also noted that Kasich moved around a lot. I also saw Kasich movements, but I found them very distracting.  Is he nervous?  Is he hyperactive?  Does he have a medical condition that causes him to move about so much?  Did he have to use the restroom?  We'll probably never find out the truth.  I'll just add Kasich's constant motion to just another thing that annoys me about Kasich.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Debate Winner: Strickland

It was a very busy evening for Ted Strickland, Democratic governor of Ohio.  First, a rally was held for Strickland at Genoa Park with President Bill Clinton providing the reasons why we all need to get out and vote. With a crowd of just over 2,000 people, Clinton said that under Strickland, the state has gotten rid of the franchise tax, has recruited hi tech and manufacturing jobs, and has been highly rated as being ready for green jobs.  Strickland has created 50,000 new jobs.

Strickland's second big event was the debate with Republican, John Kasich, former managing director for the now bankrupt Lehman Brothers.

Ted Strickland was quick with his statements and responses including the following:
"Ohio and this country were hit by major recession, not of our own making.  It was caused by Wall Street."

Strickland has
- balanced budgets
- cut taxes by 17.5
- provided for a tax cut for senior citizens who own homes.
- helped Ohio be regarded as the 5th strongest education system in country
- froze college tuition for 2 years
-  there are 56,0000 more people in college than at the start of his term
- according to Federal Reserve Ohio has the 6th fastest growing economy
- entrepreneur and small business council says Ohio is friendly to business.
- Ohio has fewer government workers than any other state
- has released ten years of his income tax returns
- Strickland  blamed Kasich and "his buddies on Wall Street" for the recession
- accused Kasich of using dated information on Ohio's education
- when Lehman manipulated things on Wall Street, Ohio's pensions lost  over $400 million, and then Kasich got a bonus
- Strickland called Kasich "impulsive and reckless"
- called Kasich's development plan to use public funds to pay appointees, give them bonuses and not report information to the public as against Ohio's constitution

Kasich will be remembered from this debate for saying certain things:
- Kasich said, "We haven't lost jobs to China."
- used the phrase "snouts in the trough" at least four times in referring to special interests
- all Kasich talked about was business
- he would not use the money provided for the 3 C train project (money would then be turned over to another state)
- Kasich claimed he was the architect of the budget fix in the 90's
(Note Here is what Bill Clinton said about Kasich taking all the credit for the budget fix:
Kasich should only get credit for 10% and Democrats, including Strickland who was in Congress at the time, should get the remaining 90% credit. Clinton said that what Kasich is saying about the budget during the 90's is wrong because it was not Kasich's budget that was passed. Kasich wanted to eliminate the Dept. of Education, Energy, cut Medicaid, cut Medicare, and make various other serious cuts.  When Clinton wouldn't "budge" (Clinton's word), the Republicans shut down the government twice.)

"We haven't lost jobs to China," uttered by Republican candidate John Kasich during his debate with Gov. Ted Strickland, will be remembered by every working man and woman in the state of Ohio.

 Kasich repeated the same lines over and over again and seemed somewhat off balance by having to respond to questions.  Also, Kasich uses hokey stories to explain things. I don't think that is a real winning strategy.

I give Strickland the win in this debate.

Trumka calls it "economic treason"

Greed is a terrible thing.  We saw greed during the collapse of Enron, and the collapse of Wall Street firms  like Lehman Brothers. Some corporations and their business leaders have a hunger for more profits.  It has been said that some corporations are sitting on major profits during this economic downturn.  They've trimmed their operating costs, fired thousands of workers, and now are enjoying record profits with obscene bonuses.  Richard Trumka has accused these fat cat corporations and business people of "economic treason' according to the Daily Caller:

...The big health insurance companies – the same ones that racked up tens of billions in profits last year and paid their CEOs megabucks – they say they need premium increases of 20 percent or more for no reason at all – except guess what? Greed.....
.....After a banner year — $555 million in profits, and millions in bonuses — the corporate bosses of Mott’s – a 168-year-old company that’s as American as applesauce – are demanding cuts in their workers’ pay and benefits, because, they say – quote – workers are nothing more than “commodities” like “soybeans or oil.” Hey, they say, in a recession, wages go down....

....This recession isn’t a natural disaster like a storm over Kansas! It’s man-made! And one of the men who made it is running for governor of Ohio! John Kasich is the poster child for those paper-pushing, job-killing Wall Streeters who tanked our economy and stole our pensions! Kasich is the problem!............

Trumka has plenty more to say about Kasich and Portman and the rest of the Republicans.  Thank goodnes there are fine people like Trumka who point out the culprits that caused this economic disaster.  Read all of Trumka's speech at the Daily Caller.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Job Killers

The AFL-CIO wants you to know that there are "job killers" among us:

...Job Killer #1: John Kasich: “If it’s in the Yellow Pages, outsource it.” This is the mantra of gubernatorial candidate and former Lehman Brothers executive John Kasich. But it doesn’t end there. There is no doubt John Kasich interests lie with Wall Street. Kasich worked for years as a managing director at Lehman Brothers, one of the Wall Street firms that helped create the economic crisis that caused the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in Ohio....

...Job Killer #2: Rob Portman. Like Kasich, Senate candidate Rob Portman voted for NAFTA and other trade deals that killed Ohio jobs. Portman continued to support trade agreements in his role as Trade Czar for President George W. Bush, that outsourced Ohio jobs overseas. Along with Kasich, Portman also supported tax breaks for companies that moved jobs out of Ohio. Click here for a video on Portman’s job-killing record.

Job Killer #3: Mike DeWine. Republican Attorney General candidate and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine called NAFTA, which killed tens of thousands of Ohio jobs, a “big success.” DeWine, Portman and Kasich also supported trade “normalization” with China, with the result that more than 90,000 jobs were outsourced from our state. He voted for tax breaks for corporations that shipped jobs overseas and put Wall Street before Ohioans by opposing regulations on predatory lending. Click here for a video on DeWine’s ties to Wall Street.....

Of course, we cannot forget that Kasich went after Ohio's public employee pension plans so that they could invest with his employer---- Lehman Brothers. When Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, those pension plans lost over $400 million.  With friends like Kasich....

How can anyone forget Mike DeWine's employee, Jessica Cutler, who worked in DeWine's senate office, until it was discovered she wrote a blog detailing her sexual escapades with congressional staffers.  Cutler described her job this way----
(Washington Post)

...Jessica tried opening and sorting mail. That's what she was paid to do as a staff assistant for Sen. Mike DeWine, a Republican from Ohio. She liked to joke that her job was really to throw out the mail, the stacks of letters from earnest voters who believe members of Congress actually care what they think....

Portman is responsible for the economic disaster we've lived through and continue to experience.  We've lost jobs, thanks to Portman's trade policies and Portman's control of the Bush budget.

Kasich, Portman and DeWine would do just about anything to promote their "trickle down" economics.  We've seen their work and we know that they care little about average Ohioans.  Their focus has always been and will continue to be the wealthy.  They'll do whatever they can to rollback wages, cut safety regulations, and eviscerate labor laws, because they want to make it easier for businesses and corporations to run over workers' rights and protections, and the environment.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


It was a great day today!  After the Ohio State Buckeyes disposed of those Miami Canes and their super duper quarterback, it was all good.  The Miami team's boasts didn't match their ability.  I read a post on a blog from Miami that showed their complete lack of ignorance about Ohio, Ohio State, and our Buckeye traditions.  I think that Miami came here with a lot of arrogance.  They underestimated our team, our fans, and the loudness of the stadium.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Shopping with a Conscience

I have always enjoyed shopping at Target.  Recently, however, I've been avoiding going to my local Target store.  When I first heard about the Target political contribution made to a group that was supporting the campaign of Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer, I was a little surprised. I had always viewed Target as a good place to shop that respected all people. Target was the store I picked to get many household items for my family.  However, the more I read about Tom Emmer and his hatred of gays, it made me feel upset that I may have provided money for Target to make their contribution.

I haven't been to Target in several weeks.  That statement would surprise a lot of people because I often visited the store 2-3 times/week.  Some people smoke cigarettes. Some gamble.  I always shopped at Target.

I have categorized Target with Walmart----- places I don't shop.

Why does a 59 year old wife, mother, and grandmother care what happens in a governor's race in Minnesota?  Why do I even care about how a corporation spends their millions?  As I said, I'm a mother.  When Target made that donation that was then sent to Emmer, it certified their acceptance of Emmer's platform against gays.   In essence, Emmer and Target said it was okay to attack, discriminate, and deny rights to gays.  Target funded hatred. 

I know that my lack of shopping at Target won't make a dent in their profits.  The managers at my local Target probably haven't even noticed that I've not been in the store.  Right now, staying out of Target just makes me feel better.

Thursday, September 09, 2010


I don't know if you've seen the ad by Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH-12), but I think it makes Tiberi look very uncomfortable.  Tiberi, who walks in lockstep with Boehner, seems out of place talking on his own without Boehner pulling his strings.

Tiberi voted against the stimulus bill, and then begged for stimulus dollars.  Do you remember this article from February 2010?

...U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi of suburban Columbus is among more than a dozen Republican lawmakers who criticized Obama's economic stimulus plan, then turned around and quietly sought money from the plan, according to a blistering story today in the Washington Times....
...In October, Tiberi complained that the stimulus package bill was "loaded with Nancy Pelosi's grab bag of big spending wishes" and that it "saddles future generations with mountains of debt," the Times reported.

Yet Tiberi "struck a different tone in a letter" to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the newspaper said....

Yes, folks, Tiberi actually wrote a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture trying to get money for a business in his district.  Incredible.

I don't know if you are knowledgeable about Ohio's 12th district, but it certainly could have used some help from Tiberi.  According to information gathered by the Ohio State University Exurban Change Program, 19.1% of the people in Tiberi's district had incomes less than $25,000/year in 2000.  Tiberi hasn't delivered to the people in Ohio's 12th congressional district.

Isn't just like Tiberi trying to cash in on some deal that he didn't support.


Rachel Maddow talked about the latest astroturfing by the Koch Brothers-- They are busing in people who work for oil companies to make it seem like regular people are rising up against green jobs and green energy.  As Rachel Maddow pointed out, one of the "regular" persons who was a speaker in the Canton area, was actually Karen Buchwald-Wright, the president and CEO of Ariel Corporation, which manufactures gas compressors. The Akron Beacon Journal covered the event as news but the people involved were all employees of gas companies and manufacturers of gas products.  ThinkProgress has even more about this latest campaign to stop legislation to protect the environment, including a video from the event (see YouTube video) which stars Karen Buchwald-Wright!  Oh, the manufactured outrage!!!!!!

Some people will go to any lengths to stop legislation that protects our environment.

By the way, according to OpenSecrets, Koch Industries contributed $6000 to Steve Stivers, a former bank lobbyist and current Republican candidate.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


 The Republican candidate for Ohio's 16th district, Jim Renacci, loves to sue people. 

...Renacci has sued other people and corporations more than 10 times during his career in business - including a new suit last month against a labor union that is running an ad attacking him....
...And he's faced at least 20 lawsuits himself, including one for the wrongful death of a patient in one of the nursing homes he operated, according to records obtained by POLITICO....

SwingStateProject has more on Renacci:
OH-16: Someone get Jim Renacci a high school history textbook, stat! When asked at the candidates' first debate what he'd like to do about civil rights, the Republican challenger to John Boccieri retreated to Rand Paul-style teabagger boilerplate, saying "We need to get our federal government out of the way," and that it was better dealt with as "local issues." Yeah, because local and state governments in the 50s and 60s were the paragons of tolerance and virtue during the civil rights movement, and that federal government just came in and screwed everything up... 

Civil Rights is a local issue??????? 

******  Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Ohio!!!!

Former President Bill Clinton will return to Ohio next week to stump for Governor Ted Strickland in two of the state's key cities - Cleveland and Columbus. Clinton will hold fundraisers and public rallies for the Democratic incumbent on September 14, the day of his first debate with his opponent....
Don't you just love Clinton!!!!!!

An Embarrassment

Republican David Yost is already in trouble in the area of keeping promises.


Despite pledging to oppose any new taxes, Dave Yost, the Republican candidate for state auditor, acknowledged yesterday that he kept quiet about two tax proposals in Delaware County, where he serves as county prosecutor....
....Yost's Democratic opponent, David Pepper, a Hamilton County commissioner, said Yost's silence regarding the taxes makes his pledge meaningless, particularly as he attended county meetings in which the plans were discussed....

Promises. Promises.

* John Boehner, Republican leader and friend of lobbyists, has come up with an idea.  Are you ready?  According to an article posted on The Hill, Boehner has suggested that  they should "....freeze tax increases for two years and cut spending to 2008 levels....."

This is the best that Boehner can do????  Boehner wants to keep the unfunded tax cuts from the Bush years??????  How pathetic.  I think Boehner has his catch phrases on a recording device and he just keeps playing them over, and over, and over again.

When Boehner speaks, he usually says something like------

"It is a job killer!"
"Tax cuts"
"...The American people..."  
(Is he referring to the American people he meets on private golf courses?)

John Boehner is an embarrassment. 

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Good and The Extreme


*  Vice President Joe Biden was in Ohio yesterday.  Toledo Blade:

Vice President Joe Biden marched in Toledo's Labor Day Parade yMonday, giving a boost to the morale of union members stuck in a weak economy and lending political support to the re-election efforts of fellow Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland.
To the delight of several thousand cheering union marchers and parade spectators, the 67-year-old vice president walked briskly and sometimes broke into a trot as he bounced from one side of the street to the other, at times outrunning his gaggle of Secret Service protectors....

...."The vice president, he's a real person and I admire him a great deal, and had a chance to spend some quality time as we drove here from the airport," Mr. Strickland said after the parade. "He's committed to do everything he can to make sure Ohio is successful and moves forward."

I just love Joe Biden! 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE  EXTREME -
****  What the heck is going on in Florida?

Washington Post:

Gen. David H. Petraeus on Tuesday denounced plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran this weekend, saying the demonstration could "endanger troops" and damage the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan....
...The Dove World Outreach Center, a 50-member evangelical Christian church in Gainesville, Fla., announced plans to burn the Islamic holy books on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. At the Kabul protest, residents burned an effigy of Dove World pastor Terry Jones... 

Why are the members of this church trying to incite terrorists? I hope they come to their senses and stop their planned demonstration.

*  Some Ohio bloggers have been questioning the validity of the most recent Columbus Dispatch mail in poll. The poll showed Kasich running ahead of Gov. Ted Strickland.  

*  Gov. Ted Strickland has been telling it like it is. He knows what the Republicans and Kasich have up their sleeves.  WLWT:

Ted Strickland delivered a blistering attack on his Republican challenger John Kasich, labeling him a "Wall Streeter" and an "out-sourcer" of jobs....

.....He told the crowd that the recession was not inevitable, that the Wall Street mentality and corporate avarice cost Ohio hundreds of thousands of jobs.

He also hit hard at the GOP, declaring it overrun by extremist elements and conservative radicals who want to change the Constitution.....

Strickland is correct.  Right ring extremists in the Republican Party want to repeal parts of the Constitution that they don't agree with because they think it gives too much power to citizens.

We know that Republican Steve Stivers, a former bank lobbyist, wants to repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments!  (More of his views can be seen at 912group-Stivers.) This kind of talk on his part and other is just plain wrong!  In his attempt to woo the voters of the 912 Beck groups, Teabaggers, anti-reproductive choice advocates, and other righties, Stivers has gone to the extreeeeeeeeme in politics while he gets big money from big oil, big banks, and major polluters.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Nicely Said


With the midterm elections approaching quickly, voters are starting to evaluate the various candidates.  People wonder why they should vote for Democrats. You almost wonder if some people were completely asleep during the administration of George W. Bush.

This is an excellent presentation about what the Republicans have done for you:


These reasons clearly show what the Republicans did for us and what they'll do again.  With plans to shut down government, Boehner and McConnell, are leading the charge against progress.

The website RetireGarrett had posted this from BlueJersey.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Arrogance? You betcha!

 ****  Jon Husted, Republican candidate for Ohio Secretary of State and a resident of Upper Arlington but a member of the Ohio State Senate for Ohio's 6th district, has raised a ton of money from the usual contributors.

....Husted’s August money includes $75,000 from the Summit County Republican Party, $61,177 in in-kind funds from the Ohio Republican Party, $22,790 from Akron industrialist and major charter school operator David Brennan and his wife, a maximum $11,395 contribution from nursing home operator Brian Colleran, and $11,000 from FirstEnergy’s political action committee....

Here is a video from Progress Ohio on Husted testifying about his residence and part of the Montgomery Co. Board of Elections hearing on his residency:

 ***   Republican leader, John Boehner, is so cocksure of his ability to take back the House of Representatives that he has made some promises.

 He's telling listeners he'll do election night radio from "... the portico of the Speaker of the House’s office in the U.S. Capitol. I’ve been invited there by the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and I’ll be the only radio talk show host in the speaker’s office, doing my show from the portico overlooking the Washington Monument,” Cunningham said. “And I’m going to do it.”

That could be a problem because if Boehner would assume control of the House, that would not happen until January 2011. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Late Wednesday

Two Republican candidates stand out for their very extreme views. Take a look at Miller and Angle.

> Joe Miller (Republican- Alaska, endorsed by Palin)
...Among Miller’s views: He wants to eliminate the Department of Education, believes the government shouldn’t pay for unemployment insurance and says of climate change on his campaign site that it “may not even exist.” Among the more mainstream GOP positions he’s taken: Miller would cut welfare; eliminate health care for the poor by scrapping Medicaid; and the Anchorage Daily News reported that he has has called for sweeping cuts to Medicare and Social Security with a goal of phasing them out entirely in favor of total privatization.

Miller is backed by the Family Research Council and opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, a view far to the right of the mainstream of the GOP.

Miller has said that unemployment benefits may not be constitutional and wants to completely repeal health care reform....

> Sharron Angle (Republican - Nevada)
Washington Monthly:
....But as further evidence of Angle's ideological rigidity, consider just how far she's willing to go on women's reproductive rights....

...In a segment that has gone unnoticed since it first aired, the Tea Party-backed candidate told the Bill Manders show -- a favorable platform for Republican candidates -- that she opposed abortion even in cases of rape and incest. A pregnancy under those circumstances, she said, was "God's plan."

Angle told Manders that "in her book," there's never a reason for a woman to terminate her pregnancy. When he asked about women who get impregnated by a rapist or by way of incest, Angle said, "You know, I'm a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things."

What would these candidates tell a young woman who had been raped?  How would they force her to carry a pregnancy to term?  Miller and Angle are not only extreme, but dangerous.  Angle and Miller seem as though they want to impose their religious views on the country.  That is very frightening.

****  Paula Brooks, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 12th district, reminded Republican Pat Tiberi of his lack of accomplishments in Congress.

Democratic challenger Paula Brooks sees the growing national debt and other problems facing the nation and wonders what Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi has accomplished in Washington.
"You've been there 10 years, why not results?" Brooks asked as the two candidates for Ohio's 12th Congressional District sparred frequently during an editorial board meeting with Dispatch editors and reporters yesterday....  

Tiberi, and his puppetmaster, Boehner, and the Republicans have been blocking a bill to help small business.  Shame.

*****  Note to reporters --- Don't ask John Kasich about what he did at Lehman Brothers!!!!  He'll get very angry.  Don't ask him about his state income tax roll back plan!!!  He'll get even angrier.  PLEASE don't ask him why he used his influence to rip off Ohio's public pensions.  He'll get even more upset if you ask him how many millions of dollars he made at Lehman and what bonuses he received.  If you do ask him any of these questions, please bring a camera.

Time for Simpson to GO

***  John Kasich and his soul brother, George W. Bush (YouTube):

*  Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, said tonight on Keith Olbermann's Countdown, we have a choice to keep moving forward, or return to the days when Wall Street-corporate America ran wild. 

* I think we may have seen the last of former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican.  Simpson seems to put his foot in his mouth every 48 hours.

Paris Post-Intelligencer: his response to an Associated Press report Monday that diabetes is now the most frequently compensated ailment among Vietnam vets, even though research has found no more than a possible link between diabetes and wartime exposure to Agent Orange.

“The irony (is) that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess,” Simpson said.....

Shame.  Mr. Simpson needs to go away, far away.  We don't need him to insert his stupidity into our budget discussions.