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Get to know John Kasich

Yes, I know he is (fortunately) polling very low in the contest to see who gets to drive the Klown Kar, but after every debate, some semi-reasonable person will refer to John Kasich as the adult in the room or the popular governor (only when Ohio Democrats form a circular firing squad and forget to vet their gubernatorial candidate). My great fear is that after Donald Trump has imploded, Ben Carson has performed brain surgery on himself, and Carly Fiorina is hit by lightning after one too many lies, Kasich will be the Republican nominee, and M$M will spend the rest of the cycle telling the gullible American public what a success he has been in Ohio and what a moderate he is.

So here is some helpful information you can share with family, friends, and coworkers. I'm using Plunderbund (http://www.plunderbund.com/) as my source. It is a blog that does advocacy journalism that actually forces Ohio M$M to do their jobs from time to time.

First, let's look at John Kasich, job creator: August 2015 marks the 34th straight month that job creation in Ohio has lagged behind the U.S. Ohio still has not recovered the jobs lost in the recession of 2008. Gee, and we wonder why people keep moving away from Ohio. (http://www.plunderbund.com/2015/09/19/john-kasichs-ohio-34-straight-months-of-below-average-job-growth/)

And what about the children? Ohio's poverty rate for children continues to rise, especially for children of color. In three of Ohio's major cities, almost half of the children live in poverty. I'll skip our appalling infant mortality rate for now, but that especially galls when we consider how much attention Kasich and Ohio Republicans focus on Right to Life issues (http://www.plunderbund.com/2015/09/19/john-kasichs-ohio-number-of-children-in-poverty-continues-to-rise/).

Then there is the giant disaster and waste of taxpayer money known as Ohio's charter schools. Ohio is known as the "wild west" of charter schools, where big-donor for-profit charter schools gobble down billions of public tax dollars and produce failed schools. Right now we are looking at "Chartergate," where David Hansen (husband of Beth Hansen, head of Johnny's presidential campaign), Ohio's school choice chief, withheld performance data on failed charter schools to make them look better. That is not going well for Hansen or the DOE (http://www.plunderbund.com/2015/09/05/here-are-the-documents-that-prove-kasichs-education-department-needs-to-be-investigated). Then there is the recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling that allows for-profit failed charter management companies to retain all assets once they have been removed from running a failed school. It sure helps that the management company in question, White Hat, is a really big Republican donor in Ohio, with big, fat contributions to the Supreme Court justices (http://www.plunderbund.com/2015/09/16/big-donations-big-win-ohio-supreme-court-gives-white-hat-permission-to-pillage-own-schools/)

This is just a overnight glimpse of John Kasich, man of the people. I am paying close attention to him and to the M$M who is trying to sell us this snake oil salesman.

It's not always cool to be in the Top Ten

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting today that Ohio is number THREE nationally for food insecurity. Makes me proud to be an Ohio resident for sure. According to the article, "Advocates for the poor blame the increase on a state decision to cut off food stamps to tens of thousands of Ohioans."


ďWage stagnation, unemployment or underemployment, part-time or contingent work Ė this is the new norm for Ohio,Ē said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

Boy, oh, boy, sure glad that Kasich is working to bring his compassionate conservatism to the rest of the country.

Time to Be the Canaries in the Coal Mine

Remember how Sherrod Brown always wears a lapel pin with a canary in a cage? It represents the canary in the coal mine that warned miners of danger. We can play that role when it comes to John Kasich's run for the White House. He is gaining in popularity and M$M is gushing about what a moderate he is.

We know better. We live here. We know what he did to local government budgets. We know how he has attacked public workers and unions. We know his Medicaid expansion was a cynical ploy to make himself look good outside of Ohio. We know how he has attacked access to women's health care. We know about the disasters of charter schools and the millions in public dollars pulled from public education to underperforming for-profit charters. We know that one child in four in Ohio is living in poverty and that our Infant Mortality Rate is either 47 or 48 (I've heard both numbers). We know that we are lagging behind much of the rest of the country in job growth.

Let's get the word out--especially to friends and relatives who don't live in Ohio. We need people all across the US to know just what John Kasich is all about.

New voter suppression in Ohio

Has anyone else seen this? I just saw this press release from the Ohio Democratic Party. Apparently, the Republicans in the Senate have inserted an amendment into the transportation budget that would require a driver's license to vote. Gee, I wonder what voters this is meant to keep from the polls? Apparently the Kasich administration loves to be sued for violating civil rights.


"We cheer for cruelty ..."

I just finished reading this piece by Charlie Pierce from Esquire Politics Blog. It really pulled me up short and got me to thinking, which is why I wanted to share it with you all. First, some excerpts ...

We have politicians, most of whom will never have to work another day in their lives, making the argument seriously that there is no role in self-government for the protection and welfare of the political commonwealth as that term applies to the poorest among us. We have politicians, most of whom have gilt-edged health care plans, making the argument seriously that an insurance-friendly system of health-care reform is in some way bad for the people whom it is helping the most, and we have politicians seriously arguing that those without health-care somehow are more free than the people who have turned to their government, their self-government, for help in this area. ....

We cheer for cruelty and say that we are asking for personal responsibility among those people who are not us, because the people who are not us do not deserve the same benefits of the political commonwealth that we have. In our politics, we have become masters of camouflage. We practice fiscal cruelty and call it an economy. We practice legal cruelty and call it justice. We practice environmental cruelty and call it opportunity. We practice vicarious cruelty and call it entertainment. We practice rhetorical cruelty and call it debate.

Full essay (well worth reading): http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/24448-the-united-states-of-cruelty

He argues that we need to DO better and BE better.

"Cruelty is cruelty. It should be recognized as a fundamental heresy against the political commonwealth and wrung out of all its institutions." Amen, amen, amen.

Shout out to Red State Liberals

I guess I live in what the pundits call a "purple" state, Ohio. My one senator is SHERROD BROWN -- the other, Rob Portman. MARCIA FUDGE represents me in Congress, but my state regularly sends the orange guy back to Washington to cry in his bourbon.

My current governor is John Kasich (we don't need no stinkin' transparency), and thanks to the magic of gerrymandering, we have a Republican super majority in the Ohio House and Senate. That means tax cuts for the wealthy, attacks on women's health care, attacks on public education, and lots and lots of fracking. We just turned back renewable energy standards.

I know what it is like worry about whether my car will be vandalized in the parking deck because of its Obama sticker. I've been sworn at phone banking (and I'm supposedly calling other Democrats!). It's hard to have conversations sometimes because I guess being a liberal makes me a non-Christian (who knew?). I know what it's like to never, ever, ever get a response from my state representative or my state senator no matter how many times I contact their offices.

I have family in New England and the Bay Area, so I know how wonderful it feels to be in a place where progressive values are the norm. It is just so relaxing. I love it!!! Trust me, our car with its Ohio plates got lots of glares in Massachusetts in 2005. They couldn't tell that everyone IN the car had not only voted for Kerry, but had worked on his campaign.

Here's to ALL of you in the states they call red. Cheers to your courage, your values, and your hard work. I know it ain't easy.

A few words about teachers

I'm drawing this information from Dave Lindorf's op-ed in Nation of Change:

Letís just note that the heroic teachers who died while courageously trying to protect their kids at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and the others who survived but stayed to protect the kids, were all part of a school system where the employees are members of the American Federation of Teachers. (I'm adding the bold)

Letís just let that sink in for a moment. Those teachers, who are routinely being accused by our politicians of being drones and selfish, incompetent money grubbers worried more about their pensions than about teaching our children ... stood their ground when confronted with a psychotic assailant armed with semi-automatic pistols and an automatic rifle, and protected their kids.


Just a couple of weeks ago, the Newtown school board, like school boards all over this country, was considering cutting the schoolís elementary music program and library program. It should be noted that both the school librarian and the school music teacher, whose jobs were on the line at the school board, stayed with the kids they were teaching when the attack began.

The most powerful part of the op-ed comes from a discussion post written by a local citizen about teacher pay last spring:

You, as a public sector employee, donít generate ANY revenue. Every penny of the budget of your public sector enterprise is TAKEN from producers. Itís other peopleís money versus money your organization EARNED. Your salary is not market based. .... You are insulated from that reality. Your private (sic) sector salary only goes up. How is that fair? Especially in light of the fact that you donít even generate the revenue that pays for your constantly rising salary?You, as a public sector employee, donít generate ANY revenue. Every penny of the budget of your public sector enterprise is TAKEN from producers. Itís other peopleís money versus money your organization EARNED.

I wonder how that writer feels today, knowing that these "public sector employees" paid the ultimate price protecting the lives of his children or grandchildren? Does he still feel that these brave women are insulated from reality? This is just one more area that we as a nation need to address. We need to respect teachers and their professionalism. Sandy Hook needs to change our dialog in many areas.

Here's the link to the full article:


Keep an eye on Husted

I just saw a story on Ed Schultz tonight. Husted wants to change how our Electoral College votes are assigned to presidential candidates. See it wouldn't matter who won the majority of votes in the state, the Electoral votes would be assigned by our very gerrymandered Congressional districts. So in this past election, even though Obama won the majority of votes in the state, Rmoney would have been given 8 of the 12 electoral votes because those districts had Republican majorities.

These guys just won't quit.

Ohio Legislature is back in action against women

Two house bills are moving forward. The first, HB 298, could be voted out of the Health Committee Wednesday and calls to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio. The second, HB 125, is the unconstitutional and notorious "heartbeat bill." The Ohio Senate is looking at moving forward with that.

It's a great time to contact your Ohio rep and senator and let them know what you think.

These non-stop attacks on women and reproductive rights are getting old.

A few cranky words about M$M

This election cycle has brought out the very worst in the M$M and got me thinking about the past few election cycles. This election should be a landslide for Obama. He is done so much good over the past four years and with so little help and so much obstruction. And it would be a landslide for Obama if the "journalists" in the M$M did any work at all.

In 2000, the press went NUTS about how "wooden" Al Gore was and made sure we all knew that Gore LIED about the internet. At the same time, they gushed about Dubya's folksy appearance and his supposed every man appeal. Gosh, wouldn't we all want to have a beer with him? In 2012, Romney has been caught in so many lies it makes my head spin, and yet the press is subdued in its response. Instead I hear how Romney looks presidential and how job numbers are hurting the president. The president's supporters aren't "enthusiastic."

In 2004, John Kerry was portrayed as a flip-flopper for changing his mind on the Iraq War. Kerry was also too rich and too out of touch with the common person. In 2012, we have a Republican whose positions change so much they could make a whirligig spin. All is quiet on the M$M front. Billionaire Mitt with off-shore accounts in Switzerland and the Caymans can put on his fake jeans and shirt, and the M$M is quiet. Apparently, when your name is Mitt Romney you don't have to release your complete tax returns. When your name is Mitt Romney you can say horrible things about 47% of the nation's population, and it will a blip on the news cycle.

M$M sets the narrative. They have let Tea Party lies stand unquestioned (Obamacare has taken money out of Medicare), permitted Romney to change positions every 30 seconds or so, and made the entire narrative about the "horse race." ROMNEY'S GAINING!!! The president is losing ground with his base!!!! The entire election was decided by the first debate (the second two don't count cuz the president schooled Romney).

I have turned off NBC, CNN, and NPR. I get my news via Twitter by following some journalists who actually still try to be journalists. But that takes a lot of work. Most voters don't have the time, interest, or energy to do what I do. A free press is necessary to support an informed electorate. Unfortunately, we have corporate hacks unwilling to do their jobs.

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