Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mandel Should Stay in His Office

*  Has Republican Josh Mandel released his financial disclosure report with the U.S. Senate yet?  Why does he refuse to file it when he is required by law?  Does Mandel think he gets a free pass when he released most of the salaries of all the public employees in Ohio (except for his people)?  I'm sure that people in their 40's and 50's are not going to be anxious to vote for Mandel, who wants to end Social Security.

* In another story related to Josh Mandel, the Ohio Treasurer of almost 9 months has asked Ohioans for their ideas on state owned properties.


State Treasurer Josh Mandel says there doesn't appear to be a concise audit anywhere in the state saying what property the state owns and what it's used for.

For example, among the properties Mandel lists that the state includes on its somewhat mysterious land is the Riverwatch Tower at Ohio State, apartments for OSU students.

The state doesn't know the acreage, and part of it is listed as being owned by the Ohio Department of Transportation......

It might be a good idea for Mandel to check at the website for the Franklin County Auditor.  Before Mandel starts selling off property at Riverwatch Tower on West Lane Avenue, he might want to check with the almost 300 private citizens who own some of the condos in the tower.

I'm going to suggest that Mandel spend a little more time in his office instead of running around the state trying to increase his profile.  If there is work to be done in the Ohio Treasurer's office, Mandel should stay in Columbus and do it.


*  Republican candidate for President, Michelle Bachmann, made a statement this morning that has made the American Academy of Pediatrics set the record straight.

USA Today:

....During Monday's debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's attempt to require the shots for school girls. In TV interviews Tuesday, Bachmann attacked the vaccines themselves as "dangerous," relating a conversation with a mother who blames the shots for her daughter's mental retardation.

But there's no evidence that the HPV shot — or any other vaccine — causes retardation, says O. Marion Burton, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"There is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement," Burton said in a statement. "Since the vaccine has been introduced, more than 35 million doses have been administered, and it has an excellent safety record."

The Republican debates have brought out the right wing bizarre responses from their audiences.  Their audiences have cheered for the high amounts of executions in Texas and people dying without health insurance.  Have the Republicans just gone over the edge?