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Columbus Dispatch... Taming fear
Ohio prisons chief aims to give inmates a chance to do better - Ohio’s new prisons chief is taking a common-sense approach to targeting gang violence, an escalating problem that threatens inmate and staff safety and could hamper an inventive reform plan. Instead of giving prisoners a slap on the wrist — 15 days of punishment, then transfer to another prison where they are soon out walking the yard and stirring up trouble again — Gary C. Mohr is setting up tough “control prisons... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Agent of change
Advocates of the Affordable Care Act talk about the health-care reform legislation as a “game-changer,” requiring significant adjustments in the way everyone approaches health care. The thinking at its crafting was that the changes would spur consumers and providers alike to re-examine how they use or manage health care, with the goal of maintaining high quality while driving down overall costs. Summa Health System now is taking the steps that reformers anticipate every
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The Vindicator... Ban texting and driving in Ohio, and begin saving lives
The Ohio Senate begins work today on a bill that was approved by the House in the spring and is long overdue for passage and signing by Gov. John Kasich. The Senate Transportation Committee will begin hearings on House Bill 99, which will ban texting while driving. Thirty-four other states already have enacted texting bans, but that’s only a sign that Ohio is behind in the game; it is not of itself a reason for Ohio to ban behind-the-wheel texting. The need is derived by one thing... read more
Town Hall Patriots... Herman Cain - Know Your 2012 Candidates
Herman is running for the Republican nomination for President. Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs—as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur—and his mother was a domestic worker. Even though these jobs required hard work and little glamour, his parents knew this life was better than the dirt farms upon which they grew up. They also knew
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Human Events... Mitch Daniels Dares GOP Candidates to Be Grown-ups, by Michael Barone
09/29/2011 - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did not attract as large a crowd when he spoke at American Enterprise Institute (where I am a resident fellow) earlier this week as he did when several months ago, before he disappointed admirers by announcing that he wouldn’t run for president. I saw no political reporters there -- though a few may have been lurking in the back -- and he got only one question (from me)
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Ohio Republican Party... $herrod $ilenced by $olyndra $ums
Brown Should Speak Out and Return Campaign Donation From Solyndra Board Member - Columbus - Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine released the following statement regarding the $2,500 contribution Sherrod Brown’s reelection campaign received from a Solyndra board member: “Sherrod Brown frequently talks about standing on principle and staring down special interests, but it’s clear today that a $2,500 campaign contribution from a Solyndra board member is
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Townhall... Media Bias 101, By Byron York
9/27/2011 - You want a quick and easy introduction to media bias? Just look at the reception given to author Ron Suskind when he appeared on NBC’s “Today” show recently to promote his new book, “Confidence Men,” which is critical of President Obama -- and then compare it to the reception Suskind received in 2004 when he appeared on “Today” to tout another book, “The Price of Loyalty,” which was critical of President George W. Bush. Start with the new book. The newsworthy bits in
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Human Events... Subdividing America -- to Win, by Patrick J. Buchanan
09/27/2011 - “Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. “Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the
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Townhall Finance... Barack Blames Blacks, Bush, Banks, Budget, You, By John Ransom
Barack Obama continued his stirring “It’s All Your Fault” campaign tour this week scolding crowds in New York, Ohio, Washington, DC and people on the West Bank and in Israel for not doing their jobs. It seems that citizens around the world are screwing up what otherwise would have been a fun-filled four years of taxpayers’ subsidized vacations for Barry and Michelle. And Obama is hoping that will change
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Daily Events... Mondays with Tony Lee: Wild Card
09.26.11 - When Herman Cain crushed the competition at the much ballyhooed Presidency 5 Straw Poll this weekend in Florida, getting more votes than Mitt Romney and Rick Perry combined, it revived Cain’s campaign. Here are the reasons why Cain should not be underestimated: He fits this anti-politician and anti-Obama election cycle, he knows how to speak to conservatives, and he has unparalleled success in the private sector. Others looked at the Straw Poll results as indicative
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Redstate... Because Herman Cain Runs For SomeTHING, Not Against SomeONE
Posted by Erick Erickson, Tuesday, September 27th - “Herman Cain may or may not win the nomination, but right now he is the center of gravity within the Republican field and all the other candidates are, after last week, being pulled into his orbit.” I’ve gotten to know Paul Begala sitting with him in the greenroom at CNN and he has some of the most consistently awesome political anecdotes in modern America
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Townhall Finance... Taxulationism: The Obstacle to Economic Recovery, By Jack Bouroudjian
In the decades that followed World War II, Keynesian theory was the widely accepted economic tenet of the day. As such, it was believed that recession and inflation could not occur simultaneously—it simply didn’t make sense.  But in the 1970s, during the dark days of Jimmy Carter, economic growth stalled and inflation skyrocketed. The world needed a word to describe this new economic condition. “Stagflation”—a portmanteau of stagnation and inflation—fit the bill, and the word caught on
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Zanesville Times Recorder... Ohio has a congressional redistricting travesty, by Bob Brems Sr.
Sep 25, 2011 - The Republican-dominated redistricting committee for the state of Ohio has spit in the face of Ohio voters with their new, heavily partisan, grossly gerrymandered Ohio Congressional District map that already has passed the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. This gross misuse of political power is the reason most people have tuned out of the political process because it reeks of political self-interest, not the public’s interest. This is not what the people
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Columbus Dispatch... Congress should act
Without lawmakers’ OK for reforms, Postal Service can’t make ends meet - The U.S. Postal Service faces huge barriers to solvency, with a service that has been profoundly undermined by competition and labor agreements that bloat its costs. But it remains too important to allow it to slide into default, as officials suggest could happen as early as this winter. Instead, the Postal Service will have to change radically to survive, but it can’t do that without intervention
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Sent by a reader, from Tea Party bloodbath computer game
Published: 08 September, 2011 - Computer gamers take aim at zombie Tea Party members in this new online sensation. Sayonara, Sarah! Online gamers now have the chance to aim an Uzi at the skull of Sarah Palin and some of the Tea Party figurehead’s Republican chums. You won’t be allowed the opportunity to blow the brains out of Mrs. Palin, per say. No, no, no. “Tea
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Akron Beacon Journal... Drawn to excess
Republicans rammed their map of the state’s new 16 congressional districts through the legislature Wedneday on party-line votes, sending the plan to Gov. John Kasich in the same spirit of excessive partisanship evident from the beginning of the redistricting process. The state is headed toward a March 6 primary with 12 districts that heavily favor Republican candidates, a goal accomplished to a large degree by packing Democrats into several oddly shaped territories, among them... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Ohio’s new poor
Across Ohio, the effects of the recent recession are emerging, harsh and widespread, in the census data for 2010. The number of Ohioans living in poverty has nudged up to 15.8 percent. More than one-third of the residents of Cleveland and Dayton, and close to 30 percent of Akron’s population, have fallen below the poverty line. What is striking about these numbers, social service agencies note, is that many of them are newly poor, middle-class households knocked off their feet by the... read more
Townhall... Capitalism’s Biggest Users, by Katie Kieffer
9/26/2011 - What do Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, business tycoon Warren Buffett, Dallas Mavericks billionaire owner Mark Cuban, and movie star Brad Pitt have in common? Each man is a high profile capitalist asserting that American capitalism propagates greed while government redistribution of wealth produces justice. It’s easy for Cuban, Schmidt, Buffett and Pitt to criticize capitalism after they’ve used
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Columbus Dispatch... Worthy of debate
Proposals might improve support for school levies - Ohio is undergoing some significant reforms — to the way public employees are compensated and economic development is courted, to name two prominent examples. In this climate of rethinking, members of the state Board of Education have thrown out some other provocative questions: What if school property taxes followed students instead of staying with local school districts? And why do property taxes have to be so complicated... read more
Townhall... The End of the Beginning, By Hugh Hewitt
9/23/2011 - “These debates do have winners,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Neil King in that paper’s “Washington Wire” column last night after keeping up a running commentary on the GOP gathering in Orlando. “And more than any other contest so far this year,” King continued, “this has a clear one: Romney, hands down.” King’s opinion was shared by other MSMers including Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post and Time’s Mark Halperin. “In each of the five debates, we’ve... read more
Townhall... The Fox/Google Debate, by Rich Galen
9/23/2011 - Debate night - UH-gain. This time co-sponsored by Fox News and Google - unlikely partners who make the case about strange bedfellows UH-gain. The stock market is in free fall: The Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost 675 points or almost nine percent of its value in the past two days alone, so it is likely the economy will be a big part of the debate. The execution of Troy Davis in Georgia
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Redstate... Green Profiteers and Plastic Bags, Posted by Ben Howe
Wednesday, September 21st - Believe it or not, there’s been a war going on over plastic bags for some time now.  It seems that manufacturers of those reusable bags you see near the checkout line were none too pleased that so many people were continuing to choose plastic or paper bags as opposed to shelling out $20 bucks for their environmental solution. So the reusable bag company known as ChicoBag did what any good environmental alarmist would do: they lied. For instance... read more
Townhall Finance... Gridlock Isn’t So Great, By Jeff Carter
I remember in the halcyon days of the Bill Clinton Presidency, many told me, “gridlock is good”. Republican controlled houses of Congress with a Democrat President. “Nothing can get done.”, they said. “It’s better for working families.” Well, some things did get done and as we look at certain segments of the Clinton foreign policy, there were seeds for quite a bit of damage later on. But, with regard to economics and fiscal policy, Clinton was much more interested in being popular and... read more
Townhall Finance... A Twisted Outlook, By Larry Kudlow
Stocks collapsed roughly 700 points over two days after the Federal Reserve launched its “Operation Twist.” The market correctly perceives that the central bank’s plan to swap $400 billion of short-term notes for long-term bonds adds no new reserves to the financial system. So it wasn’t QE3, that’s for sure. No stimulus. In fact, with the Treasury yield curve flattening, the Fed’s sterilized asset swap actually tightened financial markets. The Fed should have listened to the GOP congressional... read more
Townhall... The Wrong Way To Help the Unemployed, By Steve Chapman
9/22/2011 - In his dogged quest to boost employment, President Barack Obama has searched far and wide for new solutions. One provision in his American Jobs Act may very well have a positive impact on hiring. Just not in America. The section consists of a ban on discrimination against the unemployed. Some companies have posted ads that say those who are out of work need not apply. It sounds like
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Columbus Dispatch... Policing casinos
The State Highway Patrol has the professionalism and independence needed - Ohio officials must decide which state police agency will provide security for the first couple of years on the floors of its four new casinos. The turnaround time is tight: The first, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, is expected to open in March; Columbus’ casino opening will be in late 2012. The state is fortunate to have two exemplary candidates vying for the job: the State Highway Patrol and the Bureau of... read more
Columbus Dispatch... No solution
President’s proposals are aimed at re-election, not serious debt reduction - The problem the nation faces is a federal government that spends money at a rate that is unsustainable. The solution that President Barack Obama outlined in recent speeches is to have the government spend even more money, then tax Americans harder to pay for this increase, while leaving the biggest element of the problem — entitlement spending — virtually untouched. The president’s recent proposals don’t... read more
Townhall... Don’t be Too Sure Ohio Leans Democrat, By Mona Charen
9/23/2011 - When New York’s District 9 went Republican, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, explained that the district, which has been in Democratic hands since 1923, is “a very difficult district for Democrats.” By that standard, the entire nation may go Republican in 2012. Democrats hold a 3-seat majority in the U.S. Senate. But two-thirds of the... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Ohio Democrats gambled, lost -- and now they’re angry
By Joe Frolik - When Statehouse Republicans unveiled their proposed map of Ohio’s soon-to-be only 16 congressional districts last week, Democratic leaders in Columbus reacted as they do to pretty much everything these days: First, a primal scream. Then, a threat to force a referendum -- a process that will at least delay use of the map until after November 2012. If that happens, it’s likely that a court -- Republicans would like it to be the GOP-dominated Ohio Supreme Court... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Ohio energy summit and energy policy both need a wide reach
It’s certainly laudable that Gov. John Kasich is assembling some of the nation’s top energy experts for his energy summit starting Wednesday in Columbus. It’s an important moment that could set the priorities for state energy policy for years. That’s why Kasich and his team need to be as comprehensive as possible in their approach to energy planning -- building on existing solar innovations and wind opportunities in Northern Ohio, while responsibly setting the stage for the coming shale... read more
Human Events... Fed-Up Democrats Lash Out at Obama, by Audrey Hudson
09/20/2011  - Congressional Democrats are turning on President Obama and denouncing several of his key policy efforts, effectively distancing themselves from the administration’s faltering approval ratings. Sen. James Webb (D.-Va.) last week called the President’s plan to raise taxes “terrible,” and said he does “not believe we should be increasing ordinary earned-income taxes on any level... read more
Townhall Finance... Obama’s Bizarre Tax Attack, By Larry Kudlow
9/20/11 - It could almost make your head spin. With an economy on the front end of another recession, President Obama’s tax attack on the folks who are most likely to succeed, invest, start new businesses, and create jobs is nothing short of staggering. Only liberal-left class-warfare ideology can explain this. In his speech on Monday, Obama laid out $1.5 trillion in tax hikes over ten years, aimed almost entirely at America’s well-to-do. This includes $800 billion from rolling back the top... read more
Townhall... Obama Rips Up the Constitution, By Robert Knight
9/20/2011 - The Constitution of the United States, whose adoption we celebrate every Sept. 17, clearly lists the powers of each branch of the national government. Let’s take a look at what Barack Obama, like any president, is empowered to do and see if it squares with his actions. In Article II, Section 1, he is sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Section 2 names the president as commander in chief of the armed forces, grants him the power to... read more
Townhall... I’m for The Rich, By Mona Charen
9/20/2011 - President Obama and the Democrats are finally happy. Liberated from thoughts of compromise with Republicans, they can fully indulge their most lascivious pleasure -- trashing rich people. “We simply cannot afford these special lower rates for the wealthy,” President Obama declared in his Rose Garden message Monday. “Give ‘em hell, Barry,” cheered Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... President Obama returning to Ohio next week, with a bridge on the agenda
By Stephen Koff - 9/17/11 - WASHINGTON -- Let’s skip the jokes about someone trying to sell you a bridge. President Barack Obama is returning to Ohio next week, traveling to Cincinnati on Thursday, Sept. 22, to talk about his new jobs proposal and the Brent Spence Bridge. That’s the freeway bridge (I-75 and I-71) that crosses the Ohio River from Covington, Kentucky, to Cincinnati. It’s getting worn out. “Functionally obsolete” is how Cincinnati leaders and the White House put it... read more
Townhall... Why Obama Should Withdraw, by Steve Chapman
9/18/2011 - When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was “Morning in America.” For Barack Obama, it’s more like midnight in a coal mine. The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant, and the poor guy can’t even sneak a cigarette. His approval rating is at its lowest level ever. His party just lost two House elections -- one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years. He’s staked... read more
Columbus Dispatch Editorial... Sensible reform
Proposals would curb risky behavior that led to housing crisis - 9/17/11 - The political fight has begun over proposed rules to rein in the lending industry and avoid another mortgage mess like the one that hobbled the economy and made miserable legions of former homeowners. Changes are sorely needed. New federal rules, to be finalized by April, would require borrowers to have a sizable down payment to purchase a house. Under the proposals, the best loans would go to those with a 20 percent... read more
Townhall... The Government Does Not Create Jobs, President Obama, by Austin Hill
9/18/2011 - If I could get close to President Obama, close enough to speak to him, I’d like to ask him this question: “Mr. President, how, exactly, is a job created?” It’s a rare opportunity for one to speak directly with the President of the United States, and I’m not anticipating that any of the privileged few who speak with Mr. Obama regularly – members of his Administration and the White House media... read more
Redstate... Those Divisive Social Issues, Posted by Leon H. Wolf
Thursday, September 15th - I think it is painfully obvious to everyone who is paying attention to anything that is happening in America that the economy will be the deciding factor in the 2012 elections, absent a major terrorist attack or other unforeseeable game-changing event. I don’t know of anyone who thinks at this stage of the game that 2012 ought to be primarily a referendum on abortion. That having been said, the claim has been made by some who purport to represent the TEA... read more
Redstate... President Obama and the EPA’s War on Jobs, Posted by Ben Howe
Thursday, September 15th - For some time now, I and others have been documenting the relentless assault on economic growth by the EPA under President Barack Obama.  I feel like a broken record at times trying to beat this drum and get people to realize that while Obama doesn’t keep all of his campaign promises, destroying the coal industry is one that he has done everything he can to stay true to. For anyone that paid attention during the 2008 presidential cycle, Obama made it clear... read more
Townhall Finance... New Day, a New White House Scandal: First Solyndra, Now LightSquared
By Bob Beauprez - 9/17/11 - It must feel like SSDD at the White House – same stuff, different day.  While the stink from the Solyndra political corruption scandal continues to grow, a new one involving a 4-star Air Force General and military intelligence erupted yesterday from Capitol Hill. According to reports published by The Daily Beast, General William Shelton, Commander of the Air Force Space Command... read more
Columbus Dispatch Editorial... Worth studying
Open mind needed on effort to simplify income-tax compliance - Ohio has a lot of government — too much of it, in the view of many. A multiplicity of cities, villages, townships and school districts can lead to inefficiency in delivering public services and confusion for those who have dealings with more than one jurisdiction. For businesses considering where to locate or whether to expand, the prospect of having to comply with numerous and different local income-tax schemes can be... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Americans mustn’t let medicine go postal, By Kevin O’Brien
With the effects of a badly ailing economy and a clueless national leadership all around us, Americans could use some cheering up. If you’re depressed, either because President Barack Obama hasn’t worked out the way you hoped or because he has done precisely as you feared, here’s a word of advice to help you keep up whatever spirits you’ve got left: For God’s sake, don’t take a look at the U.S. Postal Service. As for those of you who still have the courage and the will to face reality... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Living in poverty
The Census Bureau released poverty figures for 2010 on Tuesday. The figures are a sobering reflection of the economic hardships confronting growing numbers of Americans and the enduring nature of the so-called war on poverty. Since the 1960s, the federal government has identified who is poor by setting thresholds for poverty according to family size and income. The thresholds are adjusted yearly for inflation. Last year, the poverty guidelines for the Department of Health and Human... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Do as they say?
September 13, 2011 - Local governments can expect to pay higher fees for required audits under a plan David Yost says is part of an effort to maximize efficiency in the state auditor’s office. Instead of charging local governments fees that vary according to the salaries of individual auditors, a flat fee of $41 an hour was approved this week by a joint legislative committee. The fee is expected to generate an additional $5.3 million over the biennium. Understandably, some local officials are scratching... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... No alternative
September 13, 2011 - Three years ago, Ohio joined other states in adopting alternative energy standards, a requirement that utilities build into their portfolio renewable and advanced sources of energy. Ted Strickland, then the governor, initiated the effort. Jon Husted, then the House speaker, strengthened the proposal. In the end, Democrats and Republicans gave their overwhelming approval. By 2025, utilities must find one-quarter of their power from renewable and advanced sources... read more
Redstate... No Girls Were Harmed During the Production of This Executive Order
Posted by Erick Erickson - Tuesday, September 13th - From Ben Domenech’s most excellent Transom comes this, backing up what I think ends this as an issue for Perry: The attacks on Perry’s HPV vaccine actions five years ago have now taken up roughly 15 minutes in both the MSNBC debate and the CNN debate. Perry’s message on this has been straightforward: that he made a mistake on the way he did the approach, that he’d approach it differently if he could do it over again... read more
Statement Regarding We Are Ohio Ad
Columbus - Jason Mauk, spokesman for the Building a Better Ohio campaign, issued the following statement today in response to We Are Ohio’s latest television ad: “If there’s one thing you can count on from opponents of Issue 2, it’s that they’ll never let the facts get in the way of a good story. This ad is nothing more than smoke and mirrors from a campaign that will say anything to keep voters from the truth. Opponents of Issue 2 are desperate to avoid talking about the substance of these... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Review warranted
Pulling driver’s licenses sometimes causes more problems than it fixes - A legal penalty that a lot of people ignore is a legal penalty that isn’t working. Such appears to be the case with a number of Ohio laws that impose a harsh penalty — loss of driver’s license — for a variety of offenses, including some that have nothing to do with driving. Good for state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, for convening a working group to explore whether this legal hammer is being applied indiscriminately... read more
Townhall... Too Much Higher Education, By Walter E. Williams
9/14/2011 - Too much of anything is just as much a misallocation of resources as it is too little, and that applies to higher education just as it applies to everything else. A recent study from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity titled “From Wall Street to Wal-Mart,” by Richard Vedder, Christopher Denhart, Matthew Denhart, Christopher Matgouranis and Jonathan Robe, explains that college education for many is a waste of time and money. More than one-third of currently... read more
Townhall... Obama’s Big Green Boondoggles, By Michelle Malkin
9/14/2011 - With the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra (a shady California solar power company that received $535 million in stimulus funds and is now under investigation by the FBI) hanging overhead, President Obama wisely whitewashed any mention of “green jobs” out of his latest address to Congress. But buried in the details of his latest government jobs bill released this week -- Spawn of the Spendulus... read more
Redstate... The Headline Goes Here, Posted by Erick Erickson
Tuesday, September 13th - No, that title is not a placeholder or an error. “What’s your headline,” so many people came up to me and asked last night after the CNN Tea Party Debate. There are so many headlines about the debate. You all, I’m sure, want the quick and dirty scoop. The short answer is Rick Perry won, but only by default. He had a stellar one hour and fifteen minutes until the full on conservative assault against his HPV decision and immigration decision began. Everyone took bites... read more
Human Events... Perry Wins One-on-One Battle With Romney, Gets Bloodied by Field, by Tony Lee
09/13/2011 - There were two questions going into Monday’s GOP presidential debate, which was sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. First, who would emerge as the victor in the battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, the two Republican front-runners, over Social Security. Second, which candidates would elbow their way into the conversation? Perry Wins Battle Against Romney - After Perry characterized Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” in a debate last week... read more
From State Auditor Dave Yost... Let Us Always Remember, September 11, 2011
A famous Washington Post columnist wrote this week that – once we have remembered September 11 this week – it is time to put the day behind us.   The timing was disrespectful, but his thesis is foolish. America is not weaker as a result of 9-11.  If we are weaker than we once were, it has more to do with squandered treasure and poorly chosen military adventures.  We can regain our strength and still solemnly remember the day the towers fell, and how, and why... read more
Townhall Finance... How Low Can We Sink? By Bob Beauprez
It looked like another case of the left hand of government not knowing what the right is doing, and indeed that was the case.  The Fed is considering QE-3, Quantitative Easing, to drive interest rates lower at the same time that rates have already reached an all time historic low. According to the Washington Post, the Federal Reserve is contemplating another round of bond purchases “which should lead to lower interest rates... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... A decade later
Never before had the country experienced such a devastating attack. This was the mainland, airliners hijacked, then deployed as missiles, striking the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon across the river from Washington, D.C., on a brilliant September morning. A fourth plane may have been targeted at the Capitol or the White House. Courageous passengers disrupted its mission, forcing the airliner to crash in a field in southwest Pennsylvania. In a matter of... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Go where Ohio’s hurting, Mr. President, By Thomas Suddes
According to the old saying, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” An update for President Barack Obama: If speeches created jobs, any Ohioan who needs work could find it. The president is to speak in Columbus on Tuesday, presumably to ballyhoo his new, improved, jobs-jobs-jobs plan. No question, the president is a great orator. No question, either, he is a weak manager. And when Ohioans elect someone to high office, what they are really doing -- did James A. Rhodes say... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Bad time for Senate staff raises
Ohio Senate President Thomas Niehaus appears to have a blind spot. He was among the Statehouse Republicans who voted for Senate Bill 5, aimed at curbing the bargaining clout, pay and benefits of public employees in the state. Then he ladled out pay raises to 19 Senate employees. Ohio voters, who will have the final say on SB 5 in November, must wonder what Niehaus was thinking. First things first, though: The Plain Dealer’s Joe Guillen reported from Columbus on Friday that... read more
Townhall... Ms. Napolitano, Show Us the Border, By Katie Kieffer
9/12/2011 - Out of sight is out of mind. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano can give the impression she’s doing her job and keeping Americans safe when Americans are unaware of the dangers lurking next door. Napolitano can’t stop natural oppressors like tropical storms, hurricanes or earthquakes but she can impede the drug cartel violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. Nevertheless... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Consumers and honest bankers deserve a Cordray confirmation
Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray isn’t the only one getting a raw deal from Senate Republicans who say they have no intention of allowing him to become the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. So are everyday Americans who were hurt by the mortgage and credit-card excesses of the past decade. And so -- difficult as it may be for some of them to admit -- are the honest bankers and financial services executives who continue to face both popular... read more
News Herald... Editorial: Prison reforms a worthwhile idea
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - Gary Mohr has a plan. No one could ever accuse the state’s director of prisons of being a status-quo kind of guy. No, Mohr is plunging head-first into what he says is an overhaul of the state’s prison system, creating a “tiered” system that puts prisoners to work and forces them to prove they’re ready for life on the outside. Mohr said the first tier, or lowest, would manage low-risk inmates working as truck drivers or in light manufacturing... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Stop the invaders
More states should heed Ohio’s call to thwart spread of Asian carp - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his counterparts in five other states are right that the possibility of invasive species arriving via the Great Lakes is a threat to waterways across the United States. So it was smart to ask for the backing of other attorneys general in a plea to the federal government to speed up efforts to block progress of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes. A recent letter from the six states... read more
Townhall... Political Cartoon for the Day
From the Editor: Editorial and political cartoons on the “number one conservative news leader,” Townhall opinions discuss conservative ideals and values and are not necessarily supportive of either of the major political parties. These political humor, jokes, and pictures on current news events in American politics come from the leading satirical political cartoonists... read more
Townhall... When Health Insurance is Free, By John C. Goodman
9/10/2011 - Did you know that an estimated one of every three uninsured people in this country is eligible for a government program (mainly Medicaid or a state children’s health insurance plan), but has not signed up? Either they haven’t bothered to sign up or they did bother and found the task too daunting. It’s probably some combination of the two, and if that doesn’t knock your socks off, you must not have... read more
Canton Repository... State is wise to study laws on license suspension
The issue: Matching punishment to crime - Our view: Out of carrots, legislators choose sticks that may not work - A task force has been studying a question that’s worth studying: Is the state suspending too many Ohioans’ driver’s licenses for issues unrelated to highway safety? It surely sounds as if that is the case. One of every eight Ohio drivers has a suspended license. And not all of these one million or so drivers are menaces on the highway. The task force has been studying... read more
Townhall... The Jobs Speech, By Rich Galen
9/9/2011 - President Barack Obama’s speech wasn’t awful. It wasn’t great. It had some excellent lines “Last thing [vets] should have to do is to fight for a job when then get home.” It some tired union-soothing rhetoric. At 7:35 Eastern I Tweeted: “Officially bored. This could have been a 20 minute Oval speech.” True. Here’s the thing the President left out: He never told us how many jobs this would create and how far down it would bring the unemployment rate... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... The ‘middle class’ will be fine, thanks: Kevin O’Brien, By Kevin O’Brien
For political purposes, the “death of the middle class” is greatly exaggerated. Clearly, it’s a line that played well in some focus group, and Democrats and unionists have been shrieking it ever since. Ohioans have gotten an earful already, and will hear it incessantly as they approach the referendum on Senate Bill 5 this November. But it’s a lie, and whatever traction it enjoys is the result of the undeserved traction gained by another lie -- the notion that the United States is a... read more
Redstate… Obama’s Fuzzy Stimulus Math, Posted by Daniel Horowitz
Obama proposes 36% cut to Social Security revenue - Thursday, September 8th - Let’s forget the fact that Obama’s entire Stimulus 10.0 is a counterintuitive proposal that doubles down on the very failures that precipitated this speech.  Let’s also disregard the fact that enshrining unemployment insurance as a permanent handout will perpetuate unemployment.  And more union-induced, short-term money drops on infrastructure will do nothing but stimulate traffic jams.  Let’s focus purely... read more
Townhall... Wired for Overregulation, By Steve Chapman
9/4/2011 - Outside the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission is a sculpture of a powerfully built, shirtless man forcibly restraining an unruly horse. It’s called “Man Controlling Trade,” and it captures a common attitude in government: Oftentimes, capitalist firms need to be saddled and broken. That assumption underlies an antitrust suit filed Wednesday by the Justice Department to block a... read more
Townhall Finance... Obama’s Speech a Shovel Ready Moment, By Jeff Carter
9/9/11 - Peter Berkowitz wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal today about Conservatives and compromise. In it, he cites Reagan compromising with Democrats to get a lot of his agenda passed. He also cites William F. Buckley’s big tent conservative principles as a guidebook for the future. I don’t disagree that conservatism is a big tent movement-and that in the last election cycle the Tea Party blew a couple of Senate elections by putting forth bad candidates. I think they call... read more
Townhall Finance... Obama Proclaims: Stimulus Forever, By John Ransom
9/9/11 - Bet you didn’t know that cement was really, really bad for you. It’s not actually bad for you, but that isn’t stopping the EPA from imposing more ridiculous rules, known as MACT, that will require the cement industry to invest billions in new technology over the next two years in order to improve air quality. Hey: We may not have jobs, but take a deep breath. Can’t you breath easier knowing that you’ll breath easier in the unemployment line now that Obama’s extending the dole... read more
Townhall... Who Really Kept Us Safe After 9/11, By Steve Chapman
9/8/2011 - If there was any certainty in the weeks and months after the 9/11 attacks, it was that these were just the first in a campaign of terror on American soil. “You can just about bet on it,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee. New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, “I anticipate another attack.” Gary Stubblefield, who directed the Naval Special Warfare Task... read more
Townhall... Political Cartoon for the Day
From the Editor: Editorial and political cartoons on the “number one conservative news leader,” Townhall opinions discuss conservative ideals and values and are not necessarily supportive of either of the major political parties. These political humor, jokes, and pictures on current news events in American politics come from the leading satirical... read more
Townhall... Where Are We, Ten Years After 9/11? By Frank Gaffney
9/8/2011 - So, where are we ten years after 9/11? It is comforting that we have been blessed with a near-unbroken decade without further mass-casualty attacks since those that killed nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, our government is pursuing policies that can only encourage those who aspire to do us harm to redouble their efforts. Such an assessment was implicit in a critique of President Obama’s new counter-terrorism”strategy” delivered... read more
Townhall... Myth and Reality After 9/11, By Victor Davis Hanson
9/8/2011 - Why did radical Islamic terrorists kill almost 3,000 Americans a decade ago? Few still believe the old myth that prior U.S. foreign policy or support for Israel logically earned us Osama bin Laden’s wrath. After all, the U.S. throughout the 1990s had saved Islamic peoples from Bosnia and Kosovo to Somalia and Kuwait. Russia and China, in contrast, had oppressed or killed tens of thousands of their own Muslims without much fear of provoking al Qaeda. Moreover, thousands of Arabs... read more
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Dayton Business Journal... Obamacare limits choice, increase cost
Thursday, September 8, 2011 - Obamacare is so complex that only a few of its impacts have been widely publicized. In fact, many of the law’s far reaching mandates and requirements are still being defined by Washington bureaucrats. But as you look closer at some of its lesser known provisions, one thing becomes clear: the authors of Obamacare are more concerned with a government takeover of... read more Employers Cautious But Not In Retreat On Labor Day 2011, By Tig Gilliam
Published September 05, 2011 - In good times and bad, and especially when there’s a bit of both in the economy, just as there is now, the engagement of temporary and contract workers in the marketplace can be a telling indicator about the direction the economy is headed. When companies fear the future, they cut back wherever they can and temporary workers are among the first investments to go. When the outlook improves, part time and temporary positions are the first to come... read more
Townhall Finance... President Scuttles One Reg...More to Go? By Marita Noon
9/5/11 - This week President Obama announced, “I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time.” Just hours before, the worst jobs numbers in a year were released. Coincidence? Or campaign strategy? Business and industry groups have been beating the drum regarding the EPA’s excessive regulations and their impact on the struggling American economy. The EPA has already backed down from their foolish attempt... read more
Townhall Finance... A Reagan Moment, By Larry Kudlow
No sooner had President Barack Obama shocked the political world with a gloomy economic forecast -- projecting 9.1 percent unemployment for this year and a re-election-killing 9 percent for 2012 -- than the dismal August jobs report arrived showing no gain in non-farm payrolls. That’s right, no gain at all. Private jobs increased a scant 17,000, while hours worked and wages actually declined. Obama’s... read more
Townhall... Political Cartoon of the Day
From the Editor: Editorial and political cartoons on the “number one conservative news leader,” Townhall opinions discuss conservative ideals and values and are not necessarily supportive of either of the major political parties. These political humor, jokes, and pictures on current news events in American politics come from the leading satirical political... read more
Townhall... Obama Uses Euphemism to Obscure His Unpopular Agenda, By Carol Platt Liebau
9/5/2011 - This week, as President Obama prepares for a big jobs speech (yet again!), even his partisans have begun to lose hope that he’s going to have any new or effective ideas about how to create jobs in America’s stalled economy.  But one thing is certain: Whatever he says, it will be cloaked in euphemism. There’s an old cliché insisting that fuzzy speaking means fuzzy thinking.  Somehow, however, the Obama Administration has managed to turn the aphorism on its head... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Want jobs in Ohio? Leash government, By Kevin O’Brien
One of the standard complaints from critics of Gov. John Kasich’s administration and the current Republican-run Ohio General Assembly is that GOP candidates promised to focus on jobs, then got into office and focused on abortion and union-busting. Now that Kasich’s JobsOhio creation is picking up momentum and actually beginning to change things around, the push-back from the usual critics is changing from a dismissive, “What’s he doing?” to a scandalized, “What’s he doing?”... read more A Childhood Defined By Before and After 9/11, By Garrett Kling
Published September 05, 2011 - I am part of the paradigm shift generation of 9/11. We embody a group of Americans who lived two childhoods: pre and post-9/11. Born roughly between the years of 1988 and 1993, we spent the first part of our childhood in the 1990s in a country of seeming invincibility. Immediately following the Cold War, we were born into a time of relative peace as the beginning of the Information Age was upon us. In school we read textbooks about the American... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Algae solution may be simple
Parts of Lake Erie are critically ill. The signs of sickness float on the surface of its warm and shallow western basin: blue-green algae blooms that contain a liver toxin, microcystin. Signs warn would-be swimmers to stay out of the water, away from the undulating scum off the beach at Maumee Bay State Park. A year ago, scientists warned that the blooms would only worsen. In western Ohio, they closed Grand Lake St. Marys, the state’s largest inland lake, where the... read more
Townhall... FEMA Offsets Set Left Ablaze, By Mike Needham
9/5/2011 - Another hurricane is brewing in the Atlantic and fires rage in Oklahoma and Texas.  Meanwhile, all across the country, Americans are working to rebuild after spring floods, summer tornados and Hurricane Irene.  Enter the federal government. State and local officials often look to Washington for financial assistance after a disaster strikes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a product of the Carter administration, is frequently a governor’s best friend, doling... read more
Toledo Blade... Reality Check
For all its noxious features, Senate Bill 5 — Issue 2 on the November ballot — is winning support from Ohio voters who reject the idea that they should pay higher taxes or take cuts in government services so that public employees can maintain pay, benefits, and job security that they don’t get. It’s a reasonable argument, but it continues to elude public employee unions that disdain necessary modernization of the 28-year-old state law that defines the collective-bargaining rights of... read more
Townhall... Start Saying ‘Electable’ By Katie Kieffer
9/5/2011 - Let’s all agree to take a month off from using the word “unelectable.” I promise it won’t be nearly as hard as refraining from using your iPhone for a day. I recurrently hear people suggest that a seasoned physician-turned-representative (Ron Paul), a tax attorney-turned congresswoman (Michele Bachmann) and a businessman who took Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza from deficiency to... read more
Daily Events... Fridays with Erick Erickson: The Obama Administration really is a collective of whiners.
They claim they approached Speaker Boehner about speaking to the nation on jobs next Wednesday. They claim Boehner was okay with it. Never mind John Boehner denies this all. Obama could count on his media playthings repeating his every word as gospel. But it did not fly. Even Democratic strategist James Carville thought the President should not try to schedule his speech the same night as the GOP debate. So the Obama Administration is left with only... read more
Townhall... What’s Off the Table in 2012? By Victor Davis Hanson
9/1/2011 - What should we not expect during next summer’s presidential campaign, given what was put off-limits in 2008 and later? There is much talk about what some are perceiving as the fringe religiosity of possible Republican primary candidates such as Michele Bachman and Rick Perry. But the media established the precedent four years ago that no candidate can be held responsible for his church. Barack Obama’s pastor of more than 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was... read more
Toledo Blade... Editorial: The price looks right, Published: 9/2/2011
Ohio taxpayers are learning what it will cost to entice Chrysler Group LLC to add 1,105 good-paying jobs at its Toledo Assembly complex and to preserve at least 640 jobs at its machining plant in Perrysburg Township. The public investments appear worth making. This week, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority and Gov. John Kasich offered $16.3 million in state tax breaks and grants to encourage Chrysler to pursue both projects. That works out to roughly $9,340 per new or saved job... read more
Human Events... America’s Uncle Omar Problem, by Michelle Malkin
09/02/2011 - “Always remember. Never forget.” The phrase is now emblazoned in red across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website. But as the Obama administration disseminates its talking points to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 jihadist attacks, the White House remains stone-silent about the president’s Uncle Omar problem. The refusal to deal with Uncle Omar tells you everything... read more
Townhall Finance... CBO: Cost Per Job Between $196,750 and $562,000
By Jeff Reeves - One of the first moves of the Obama administration was a $787 billion government stimulus in early 2009 to prop up an ailing economy. Many conservatives these days are focused on reining in government spending -- and this undoubtedly will be a talking point in the days to come as GOP candidates and the president hunker down for Election Day 2012. Was the stimulus just one more Washington boondoggle -- a handout to special interests that wasted taxpayer money when... read more
Townhall Finance... SEC: The Fox Is Guarding the Henhouse, By Jack Bouroudjian
Back in July, an attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission named Darcy Flynn went public with allegations that the SEC “followed a policy of systematically destroying documents” since at least 1993. In his whistleblower complaint, he claimed that Matters Under Investigation, typically related to possible wrongdoing at Wall Street firms, were often shredded or otherwise destroyed after cases had been dismissed. If you’re wondering whether some of those MUI... read more
Redstate... Solar Power Business Model Unsustainable, Posted by Ben Howe
Thursday, September 1st - The Obama administration has been trying to foist green industry on uninterested Americans since he first stepped in to office three years ago.  So far, the efforts have been less than successful.  The Chevy Volt has miserable sales, wind-power has proven to be something less than a viable alternative, and now it appears that reality is catching up with solar power as well. Solyndra is a solar panel maker that was propped up by the administration having been awarded over... read more
Townhall... Hillary Clinton: World’s Second Most Powerful Woman? By Ken Blackwell
8/31/2011 - Forbes Magazine is a most respected resource for business leaders. The magazine recently came out with a list of the world’s Most Powerful Women. Not surprisingly, they chose German Chancellor Angela Merkel as No. 1. This is doubtless because the conservative Merkel has been trying to get the European Union to shape up. Putting out economic fires in Greece , Spain , Ireland , and Portugal... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Charter school futility in Ohio
The state has to find a better and more timely way to put poorly performing charter schools out of business. As it stands, Marcus Garvey Academy in Cleveland is to shut down -- but not for the shoddy bookkeeping, questionable spending or phony test scores that state education officials previously uncovered at the school. And it’s not closing until June 30 of next year -- for poor test scores on recent Ohio report cards. Also facing shutdown at the same time, and for the same reasons... read more
Townhall... Jobless Workers, By Debra J. Saunders
9/1/2011 - There are two Americas. In one America, working stiffs wonder whether it makes sense for the government to pay unemployment benefits for 99 weeks. In this America, folks have a lot of sympathy for those who are out of work through no fault of their own, but they also fear that when government writes unemployment checks for almost two years, that’s an incentive not to get a job. In another America, there is strong support for President Barack Obama’s call for another extension... read more
Townhall... Only 4 Percent of NEA Dues Dollars Dedicated to Improve Teaching, By Kyle Olson
9/1/2011 - It looks like the National Education Association is not putting its money where its mouth is. In its mission statement, the nation’s largest teachers union asserts that “we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” But a secret union document reveals that the NEA’s commitment to “improv(ing) teaching and learning” works out to a paltry $7.44... read more
Townhall... The Value of Work, By Jackie Gingrich Cushman
9/1/2011 - In my hands was a small, multicolored clay turtle that I had made and painted at elementary school. I carefully walked up the steps to the front of our home, excited to show my mother what I had made and give it to her. As I opened the screen door, I dropped my handcrafted treasure, and it broke into pieces. I sat down and cried. My mother found me a few minutes later, gathered me in her arms and gave me... read more
Townhall... Anti-religious Diatribes Come in Different Forms, By Jeff Jacoby
8/31/2011 - In 2007, a prominent Florida televangelist named Bill Keller condemned Mitt Romney’s religion in a “daily devotional” to his 2.4 million e-mail subscribers. If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan!” Keller raged. “There is no excuse, no justification for supporting and voting for a man who will be used by Satan to lead the souls of millions into the eternal flames of hell!”. That was ugly, offensive, and intolerant. So was another diatribe about religion, published by a... read more
Townhall Finance... Obama’s Half-a-Billion Green Bankruptcy Just a Preview, By John Ransom
09/01/11 - I told you so. There. I’ve said it. In a preview of what’s likely to become a common occurrence in the Obama energy strategy, a California manufacturer of solar systems that was financed by a half-a-billion loan through the Obama administration announced that it would seek bankruptcy protection. Earlier this month publicly-traded Evergreen Solar filed for bankruptcy protection as the solar market continues to shake out on declining government handouts and fierce... read more
Townhall Finance... The Obama Jobs Fairy Tale, By Bill Tatro
09/01/11 - From the mutterings of Barack Obama to the past failed policies of Freddie (Alan) Krueger, it would appear the foundation for the new (same) soon-to-be launched jobs fairy tale is being leaked on a daily basis. One recent comment made by the President definitely made me sit up and take notice. I’ve heard Obama repeat himself so often that I usually just tune him out, but this time it was very different. At a White House ceremony on Tuesday, the President said his proposals would “make... read more
Townhall... The Welfare State: Too Many Takers -- Not Enough Givers, By Larry Elder
9/1/2011 - The Irish cabdriver complained almost nonstop during our half-hour drive to the Belfast International Airport. He especially worried about the job prospects for his 20-something son and, for that matter, about those for the generation of young people who face a “sh-tty” future on this beautiful island full of friendly people.
“Give me,” I finally said, “the No. 1 reason for the economic problems here... read more
Townhall... Politicizing Hurricanes Again, By Brent Bozell
8/31/2011 - Al Sharpton’s claim to fame is he has never found a crisis he couldn’t exploit -- even when one doesn’t exist. On Friday’s pre-hurricane episode of his MSNBC show, “PoliticsNation,” he warned “Hurricane Irene is nonpartisan” and that it is threatening both red and blue states. But, nonpartisanship doesn’t extend to hurricane coverage on TV, where liberals once again boast about the glories of government disaster aid, and conservatives are trashed as lunatics for wanting... read more
Redstate... Obama continues to politicize 9/11 anniversary, Posted by Dan Spencer
Tuesday, August 30th - The Obama regime shamelessly issued two sets of documents setting guidelines on how to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks against United States. One set of the 9/11 commemoration guidelines, entitled “9/11 Anniversary Planning,” is for domestic audiences and highlights Obama’s continuing attempts to politicize the 9/11 anniversary as a campaign propaganda tool. The second set of 9/11 commemoration guidelines is for foreign audiences... read more
Townhall... Americans Vote Conservative: With Their Moving Vans, By Michael Medved
8/31/2011 - Conservatives yearn for a big, clarifying electoral victory in November of 2012, but they’re already winning decisively whenever Americans vote with their feet--or their moving vans. New Census numbers show citizens fleeing by the millions from liberal states and flocking in comparable numbers to bastions of rightwing sentiment. Call it the Great Political Migration. Between 2009 and 2010 the five biggest losers in terms of “residents lost to other states” were all prominent... read more
Townhall... Screw Up, Move Up, Cover Up: The Fast and Furious Edition, By Michelle Malkin
8/31/2011 - There are now enough Operation Fast and Furious officials playing hide-and-seek in the Obama administration to fill a “rubber room.” That’s the nickname for taxpayer-subsidized holding pens, such as the ones in the New York City public schools, where crooked employees are separated from the system and paid to do nothing. Perhaps the White House can stimulate a few construction jobs by adding an entire rubber... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Mandel could give Sherrod Brown a real race, By Jack Torry
On paper, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, should be a slam dunk for re-election next year. He is one of the best-known politicians in Ohio. He won two terms as secretary of state, seven terms in the U.S. House and then defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Mike DeWine in 2006. He is an energetic campaigner who connects with working people. Nobody in Ohio can do the workers-to-the-barricades tap dance better than Brown, who loves to rail against international... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Kasich is different, and that’s not all bad, By Thomas Suddes
One of Ohio’s tragedies is that the late Burton B. (“Buddy”) Kallick, a one-time owner of, and TV pitchman for, Buddy’s Carpet -- “I don’t care about making money, I just LOVE to sell carpet” -- never got into state politics. Mr. Kallick, then of Fairfield, pyramided his spiel into prosperity (and, before he died in 2007, a federal tax fraud indictment). In zany, unscripted TV commercials, which sold acres of carpet, he took a Silly Putty approach to the English language: No need to break it... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Kasich makes a defensible case for rejecting more federal unemployment aid
Though it’s a close call, Gov. John Kasich’s administration correctly said “no thanks” to a $176 million grant from Washington to expand eligibility for Ohio’s unemployment compensation program. Currently, the maximum Ohio weekly unemployment benefit is $524 for an unemployed Ohioan with three or more dependents. Kasich’s administration says, and correctly so, that Ohio owes the U.S. Treasury $2.6 billion for unemployment compensation money the state has borrowed... read more
Townhall... The Costs of Success, By Michael Barone
8/29/2011 - Some of society’s most intractable problems come not from its failures but from its successes. Often you can’t get a good thing without paying a bad price. A prime example is our public old-age pension system, Social Security. It has been completely successful in wiping out poverty among the elderly. Old ladies no longer have to eat cat food to survive. But we pay some prices for this. One is a lower... read more

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