Friday, September 30, 2011

No on 2

*  I thought Gov. John Kasich was to speak to 200 supporters, but according to the following Fox Toledo News, only 100 people were in his audience.  (See the report at  Video: Kasich, Bell speak to Issue 2 supporters in Toledo YouTube WUPW.)

Kasich seems dismissive of the fact that some of Ohio's public employees have had to take up to 15 unpaid furlough days, pay cuts, pay freezes, and other cuts.  Meanwhile, Kasich keeps saying that there are some people who pay zero for their health care and pensions. Really?  Ohio's public employees have sacrificed a lot, but those double dippers in the state government, and those overpaid "yes" people in the governor's office, aren't making any sacrifices.

Here is additional information from the Washington Independent:
...While Ohio Republicans lawmakers may have been on the front lines of the battle over SB5, it has been Gov. Kasich that has led the vocal push in targeting public employees. He said his goal is to “break the back of organized labor in schools.” In addition, earlier this year, he called a police officer that pulled him over for speeding an “idiot.” (Read previous reporting by The American Independent on SB5′s potential impact on public safety workers.)

He claimed the union-busting legislation was necessary to get Ohio’s fiscal house in order, but he didn’t bother to look for any savings in his own office.....

....“It is absolutely hypocritical for the politicians who support Issue 2 to call for “shared sacrifices” when they aren’t willing to participate,” said Melissa Fazekas, a spokesperson for We Are Ohio, a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that has come together to repeal SB5. “While they were balancing the budget on the backs of public workers, they were also enjoying their perks and giving pay raises and bonuses to their highest paid staff members. This continued “do as I say, not as I do” attitude is exactly why Ohioans want to stop SB 5 by voting NO on Issue 2 on Nov. 8.”

* I've always enjoyed author Carl Hiaasen's books, and somehow I really wasn't surprised when he offered to give drug tests to the members of the Florida legislature. Hilarious.  The Florida legislature passed a bill to give drug tests to people that receive welfare.  I agree with Hiaasen.  Which members of the Florida state government are on drugs, and even Viagra.  I believe the public has the right to know.