HOPE ON Part 12: Obama isn’t just liberal–he’s extremely liberal

The State of Ohio Blogger Alliance has undertaken the task of highlighting criticisms of the Obama ticket that the in-the-tank MSM works hard to downplay or outright ignore.  The effort has been titled “Help Ohio Prevent Electing Obama Now” (HOPE ON), and, in all, 13 installments will be rolled out for blog readers to peruse and reflect upon.

Here are my recaps of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11.

Return of the Conservatives has the scoop on part 12.  Watch the video there or here.  In 2007, Obama was rated the most liberal member of the Senate, with a whopping 95.5 rating on the liberal 100-point scale from National Journal, who reveals their rating methodology here.  That’s just one measure.  As pointed out at Return of the Conservatives, there are other measures.  The Citizens Club for Growth rated Obama tied for last place with a zero rating in Obama’s first year in office. Also pointed out at Return of the Conservatives:

He has a 0% rating from the Americans for Tax Reform and a 13% rating from Citizens Against Government Waste. His hatred for the Second Amendment was clear with his support of the DC gun ban, and further it is no surprise that the NRA gives him a F rating, and the Gun Owners of America gives him a 0% rating.

From the Buckeye RINO perspective:

This video and the one for HOPE ON Part 4 are nearly identical in content, so you might want to pull up Part 4 for further commentary.

These liberal scores are just based upon votes.  What isn’t measured are the ideals that Obama has held very close to the vest (HOPE ON Part 6) about where he ultimately wants to lead this country.  Given the smoking gun of his 2001 radio interview, as mentioned in HOPE ON Part 8, that suggests that his liberal leanings equate with those of Bill Ayers (HOPE ON Part 7) except for the violence (Obama denounced the violence carried out and advocated for by Ayers, but never denounced the radical views of Ayers–in fact, as more of the puzzle pieces come together, the ideological portrait of Obama is resembling that of Ayers more and more), which would put Obama to the left of virtually every blogger in Ohio’s political blogosphere, to the left of every other presidential candidate, including Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney, and to the left of nearly every popular liberal icon, like Michael Moore, Jane Fonda, and Bill Maher, let alone the other U.S. Senators.

Bob Latta for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District


When it comes to the bailout, Bob Latta gets it.

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Straight Talk Express visited downtown Sandusky on 10/30

Downtown Sandusky, in Erie County, Ohio, has a quaint little park named Washington Park.


Washington Street runs through it.


(Many more photos to ogle if you click to see the full story.)

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HOPE ON Part 11: What would Ronald Reagan do?

The State of Ohio Blogger Alliance has undertaken the task of highlighting criticisms of the Obama ticket that the in-the-tank MSM works hard to downplay or outright ignore.  The effort has been titled “Help Ohio Prevent Electing Obama Now” (HOPE ON), and, in all, 13 installments will be rolled out for blog readers to peruse and reflect upon.

Here are my recaps of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10.

DarkeBlog has the scoop on Part 11.  The video can be accessed there or here.  The transcript of the video is important, so I’m including it with some bold type to add my own emphasis.

Senator McCain, history has shown us your economic plans will work.
When Ronald Reagan took office, the economy was far worse than it is today.
You understand that Reagan’s plan worked. Senator Obama does not.
Ronald Reagan cut marginal tax rates, dividend, and captial gains taxes. Senator Obama will raise them.
Ronald Reagan cut taxes on small businesses. Senator Obama will raise them.
Ronald Reagan cut spending and reduced the size of the federal government. Senator Obama plans to increase spending by nearly a trillion dollars. So who’s right?
During Reagan’s eight years, the Gross Domestic Product nearly doubled. The net worth of a middle class household, again, nearly doubled, and 14 million new jobs were created.
Senator McCain, we are hopeful.
Because your economic policies are the policies of Ronald Reagan.
As a nation in crisis, we’d be fools not to embrace your ideas.
What happens when we pick the alternative? Please America. Let’s never find out.

From the Buckeye RINO Perspective:

I was too young to vote when Ronald Reagan was first elected in 1980.  But I do remember double-digit unemployment in Ohio.  I remember the oil shocks.  I remember double digit inflation.  I remember double digit mortgage rates.  Americans were being held hostage in Iran.  The U.S.S.R. had invaded Afghanistan.

Not only was the United States economy weak, but our foreign enemies also thought we were weak.  Jimmy Carter called for a boycott of the Summer Olympics in 1980.  Jimmy Carter called for a grain embargo on the Soviet Union.  American farmers had to sell their grain at prices that were too low, only to see profiteers in other nations who’d bought our low-priced grain turn around and re-sell the grain to the Soviet Union at prices that were inflated by our embargo.  Middlemen profited greatly thanks to Jimmy Carter.

One of my school teachers, who was a Democrat, had this to say when sizing up the Carter-Reagan presidential race: “I think, if the Soviet Union called up the White House on the hotline to say ‘Surrender or we launch our nuclear missiles in fifteen minutes,’ Jimmy Carter would surrender.  I think if Ronald Reagan answered the phone instead, he’d say ‘You’ll have your nuclear bombs up in fifteen minutes?  We’ll have ours up in ten!'”  I think the so-called “Reagan Democrats” were stirred by the resolve of Ronald Reagan.  I think voters across the spectrum felt he’d fight tooth-and-nail for us, while Carter would wave the white flag.

Looking back, isn’t it almost surreal that our GDP and the average family’s net worth both nearly doubled during the Reagan Administration?  The Iranians promptly returned the hostages.  The Soviet Union tried to get a little toe-hold on the Caribbean island of Grenada, and Reagan promptly invaded it. The old Cold War strategy of mutually assured destruction as a deterrent was replaced by the new strategy of outright victory. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  The wall came down.  It’s the stuff of legends and fairy tales, and yet it happened.

This video ad points out that John McCain wants to tackle our economic problems the way Ronald Reagan did:  Cut taxes and let business thrive.  On the foreign policy front, all the other candidates, including Barack Obama, remind me of Jimmy Carter.  Only John McCain is resolved to win out against our enemies.

Frankly speaking, I love Ronald Reagan.  Which presidential candidate reminds you more of Ronald Reagan?

The Republican case against Issue 6

As I mentioned in the Democrat case against Issue 6, there are some Republican politicians pushing this ballot issue from the shadows.  Don’t be deceived by announcement that the Ohio Republican Party is officially against Issue 6.  There are a number of decent Republicans within the party, but there are those that have sold their soul as well.  Jill Miller Zimon of WLST outed one of the Republican backers: Jim Trakas.  There are others, I am sure, but they are engaged in a stealth campaign that, according to polls, seems to be working, as the poll numbers I’ve heard show 50% in favor of Issue 6, 41% against Issue 6, and 9% undecided.  The Ohio GOP is officially against Issue 6 largely due to the political clout of U.S. Senator George Voinovich (video link in this blog entry), who has never sold out or caved in on casino issues.

And why does a Republican who stands on a principle rather than takes bribes from a casino owner, like George Voinovich, oppose gambling?  There are many, many reasons, and Jill Miller Zimon, though a Democrat, has compiled many, many reasons that I’m sure Senator Voinovich would agree with.  Perhaps the best way to sum those reasons up is the adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

There are tremendous costs associated with gambling.

I’ve already written at length about the opportunity costs of gambling and how it contracts the economy as money is siphoned out of it.  The cure for the souring economy becomes so much more expensive when you’ve got leaks in it.

As JMZ noted in this post, gambling is destructive of self, family, and community.  The cure for self and family is expensive when one considers the lack of mental health parity among health insurance policies, never mind the fact that health coverage is blasted expensive even if there was parity.  The cure for family and community is expensive, as government often feels compelled to institute programs to combat the fallout.  That means tax dollars.  The tax dollar revenues from casinos in no way compensate for families that have been stripped of their resources by gambling and communities of declining property values where gambling has eaten up money that could have been used to keep up with rent, mortgage, utility payments or home improvements.  School districts, like Detroit’s, who get an influx of money from casinos don’t get enough to improve the academic achievements of students who come from homes broken by gambling.  More money isn’t fixing the worsening problem.

So for fiscal conservatives, prevention is key because the cure is unaffordable.

For social conservatives, the damage inflicted upon oneself, one’s family, and the rest of society by gambling away scarce resources is evident.  Unlike the libertarian viewpoint that, in advocating for maximization of individual liberty, only the damage to self is fully recognized, social conservatives are aware that gambling has more victims than just those who chose to gamble.  Curtailing gambling curtails the number of gambling’s victims, whether direct or indirect.  For many social conservatives, religious convictions might also play a role in deciding against gambling.

Then there is the issue of law and order.  Casinos are situated on the borderline between the black market and the above-ground economy.  Transparency may exist in other economic sectors and in government, but casinos are perpetually shrouded in shadow.  Casinos are the perfect venues for laundering money.  Law enforcement officials recognize they just don’t have the tools to unlock the secrets of the illegal activities that take place in casinos.  Intuitively, they may sense that money is being laundered, but there’s little they can do to penetrate the darkness.  The Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement organizations have routinely opposed casino ballot issues, and Issue 6 is not an exception to that rule.  As the push for transparency in government and commerce heightens, the demand for casinos increases, as criminals have fewer and fewer options for laundering their money out of plain sight.  If casinos were illegal everywhere, more criminal activity would be forced out into the open where it could be interdicted more effectively.  The above-ground economy would benefit, too, as the underground economy has less power to erode the above-ground economy.  Combined with greater transparency, a stable environment for economic growth accompanies law and order.

Finally, there is the recognition that casinos do not create wealth.  There is no production of goods or exchange of goods that occurs at a casino.  There is only a redistribution of wealth from the many gamblers to the few casino owners, with the gambler having received no value whatsoever for the money lost.

HOPE ON Part 10: Obama will tax us

The State of Ohio Blogger Alliance has undertaken the task of highlighting criticisms of the Obama ticket that the in-the-tank MSM works hard to downplay or outright ignore.  The effort has been titled “Help Ohio Prevent Electing Obama Now” (HOPE ON), and, in all, 13 installments will be rolled out for blog readers to peruse and reflect upon.

Here are my recaps of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.

The Boring Made Dull has the scoop on Part 10.  You can check out the video there or here.  Obama claims there will be those in the middle class who get tax breaks, but he’s never actually voted that way in the U.S. Senate.  Obama talk of federal initiatives and taxes make it sound as if the government creates wealth, but the government doesn’t.  The people create the wealth of the nation, and tax policy must reflect that, but Obama’s principles don’t even acknowledge that.

From the Buckeye RINO standpoint:

John McCain has said that he will not raise taxes because he knows that it would hurt the economy’s recovery hopes.  I have not dwelt too much the tax proposals of the presidential candidates, as I’m sure you’ve heard the talking points many times over.  I have, however, said a few things about taxes relative to ethically challenged sub-prime lenders playing shell games in order to avoid paying taxes.  I’ve also made some down-ticket endorsements based partly upon candidate platforms relating to taxes, like Nick Brusky for Lorain County Commissioner, Larry Silcox for Huron County Commissioner, Dave Potter for Congress from Ohio’s 13th, and Jeff Wagner for state rep from the Ohio House 81st District.  I’ve also noted that the Democrat machine in Lorain County uses some strong-arm tactics to intimidate residents from trying to interfere with hiking taxes.

Carnival of Ohio Politics #140 posted

It’s getting close to crunch time, and that’s what’s reflected in the blog entries gathered from all over Ohio about politics.  Editor Jill Miller Zimon of Writes Like She Talks has unveiled the 140th installment of the Carnival of Ohio Politics.  The next edition is likely to be posted AFTER election day.  Check it out.

The Libertarian case against Issue 6

Libertarians, in general, feel that individual liberties should not be restricted unless they interfere with the liberties exercised by others.  Along that vein, Libertarians feel that those who choose to gamble ought to be able to do so without government stopping them from doing so.

However, Libertarians are not supporting Issue 6, which would grant a casino monopoly in Ohio.

Libertarians also feel that those who choose to own and operate casinos ought to be able to do so without government stopping them from doing so.  Issue 6 stops everyone from owning and operating a casino except for the MyOhioNow group.

I’ve touched on this in prior posts.  In my blog entry titled “Deep-six Issue 6,” I wrote:

“For those who are Libertarian who think that Ohio ought to allow casinos, let me assure you that Issue 6 is no Libertarian proposal.  If it were a Libertarian proposal, then we wouldn’t be talking about legalizing a casino monopoly within the state.  If it were a Libertarian proposal, it would simply be a blank check allowing anyone to open a casino in any community in the state without any barriers to competition, much like anyone can open a restaurant or a convenience store in any community in the state.  Issue 6 still makes it illegal for the ordinary person to open a casino.  Only one entity will be permitted to open a casino . . .”

In my blog entry titled “Video and audio against issue 6,” I included a link to an audio clip from WSPD radio featuring an interviewee from the Buckeye Institute, who shared some Libertarian arguments against Issue 6.

In my blog entry titled “Kalin Stipe at Word of Mouth presents the state ballot issues,” I included this quote from Kalin Stipe, who contributes to Word of Mouth blog:

“Why would we change our constitution to allow a monopoly when there are plenty of investors who would open up around Ohio. If you are going to change the law (especially the constitution) for one, then change it for all.

“The worst number of casinos to have in Ohio is ONE. Either keep it at zero or make it fair for more than one.”

Libertarians strongly believe in unfettered commerce and free enterprise.  The provisions of Issue 6 that bar any Ohio-based competition to the proposed casino violates fundamental principles of American free enterprise.  If MyOhioNow wants to build, own, and operate a casino, then you, or I, or the person down the street, or the person in the next county, or whoever, ought to also have the ability to build, own, and operate a casino.  That’s why Libertarians should oppose Issue 6.

Annette Butler for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

Do you know Bill Mason?  Since Bill Mason is the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, it might be to your advantage to know him, if you know what I mean.

I have noticed that the corruption investigations in Cuyahoga County aren’t being conducted by the law enforcement officials closest to the problems.  Isn’t it interesting that the Ohio Inspector General’s office is the one who finally catches up to some ODOT officials in Cuyahoga County after those officials had been milking the system for their own benefit for years?  I bet some people employed in local law enforcement had at least some knowledge of such behavior for quite some time, but they weren’t saying anything to anybody.  Isn’t it interesting that the FBI is investigating the Cuyahoga County Auditor and one of the Cuyahoga County Commissioners?  I bet some people employed in local law enforcement had a whiff that something was fishy, but they never followed up on it.  Maybe it helps to know Bill Mason.

I see some new Democrat candidates up for election in NEO with the blessing of the Democrat Party political machine.  Some of them claim they got some experience by working for Bill Mason.  Maybe it helps to know Bill Mason.

The friendship goes both ways.  If Bill Mason’s performance is substandard in some way, then, if you know him, you’ll offer excuses for him and keep giving him extra chances to do it right.  For example, if African-American Cleveland residents are busted for non-violent drug crimes, they are getting jail time, while the white suburban residents who are busted for non-violent drug crimes get to dry out at a rehab clinic like Betty Ford.  Now that an outside entity is making note of something that really was obvious to anyone paying attention, there are people like Regina Brett promising that Bill Mason will do a better job.

I’ve got a better idea.  Elect Annette Butler.  I think she’ll make sure to mitigate the racial discrepancies in the penalties the prosecution seeks from her first day on the job.  As she, herself, said, it’s a correction that can be made without extra money.  It’s a correction that can be made with hands-on direction.

Mason has criticized Butler’s experience as a federal prosecutor handling just civil cases.  Yet, with 24 years experience, Butler surely knows courtrooms.  Furthermore, in the corrupt environment of Cuyahoga County government where justice isn’t being served, I think it’s an appropriate time to look for someone from outside the Cuyahoga County criminal (and civil) court system to give it a much needed jolt.  I think I’m more trusting in a federal civil prosecutor these days than I am in any Cuyahoga criminal prosecutors.

Earlier this month, Cleveland Plain Dealer editor Brent Larkin  poo-poohed the county GOP’s reform proposals.  Perhaps the answer does not rest in a nine-member commission with a restructuring of the county’s executive offices.  Perhaps there are better proposals out there.  I’d be surprised if the bi-partisan task force from another part of the state had any better ideas, even if it’s backed by Governor Strickland and Speaker Husted (ha! Cleveland’s supposed to venerate Husted? oh, that’s funny!).  But there is a political dimension to the corruption that grips Cuyahoga County.  It has everything to do with the Democrat Party.  In this election, I can’t think of a better place to get started with reform than the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office with the election of Annette Butler.

Brent Larkin wrote, “Voters don’t need Republicans to tell them Democratic-run county offices operate with bloated payrolls and obscene levels of patronage.”

Oh yeah?  Well maybe they do!

Maybe it needs to be shouted from every roof top every morning, noon, and night, that responsibility for the county’s corruption rests with the DEMOCRATS!

Larkin, I’m sure, would think that such a message wouldn’t be very well received by county residents, who are overwhelmingly Democrats.  Yeah, it probably shouldn’t be well recieved.  The message should probably stick in everybody’s craw.  It ought to rub them the wrong way and it ought to just keep on bothering them every time the message enters their minds.  They ought to get really irritated with the repetition of the message and want to lash out at the messenger.  They ought to get flat out pissed off, ready to sock somebody right in the jaw.  But it’s the truth, and it ought to be dealt with.

Maybe Cuyahoga County voters need to be told that a non-partisan effort isn’t going to fix the county, because it won’t specifically address Democrats.  Maybe Cuyahoga County voters need to be told that a bipartisan effort isn’t going to fix the county, because the Democrats will have a hand in rigging it.  Maybe Cuyahoga County voters need proposals that have more than just a “partisan taint” in order to get county government reform–in fact, maybe what Cuyahoga County voters is a wholly Republican plan to reform the county, because it will specifically address the corruptions of the Democrats and will not allow the Democrats a hand in sabotaging the reform efforts.

Or maybe, instead of restructuring government to accomplish reform, just maybe, all we need to do is replace Democrats in county office by electing some Republicans in key areas of county government.  Electing Annette Butler for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor might be a good start.  Stop making excuses for Bill Mason.  Vote him out.

Nick Brusky for Lorain County Commissioner

Don’t blame me for Ted Kalo.  In 2004, I voted for Rita Canfield.  I voted for Eric Flynn for the other open commissioner spot in 2004, too.

Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo is one of Lorain’s good old boys who is joined at the hip to the Democrat party boss of Lorain, Anthony Giardini.  One can look around the deteriorating city of Lorain to see the abundant evidence that the good old boys who wield power in Lorain are definitely not authorities on how to run a town, let alone a county (Kalo can’t even run a business).  I’ve occasionally posted blog entries about the good old boys of Lorain here, here, and here.  I also wrote about Kalo at Word of Mouth, and Kalo responded.  I’ll have more to say about Kalo later in this post.

Nick Brusky is a member of city council in Amherst, a city that is one of the few bright spots in the Lorain County economy.  The jobs picture has been bleak for much of the county, but some new jobs have been created in the Amherst area that Kalo likes to take credit for, but Nick Brusky and his colleagues in Amherst city government ought to receive equal credit, while Kalo shuns taking credit for the job losses elsewhere in the county.

Nick Brusky is running on a platform of good governance.  He has issued a contract with Lorain County that he wishes to be held accountable for if he is elected.  You can listen to Brusky reading his contract with Lorain on an audio podcast of a debate with Kalo hosted by Larry Wright of WEOL radio (930 on the AM dial).  You can also read the contract for yourself at Brusky’s website.  I think it’s important enough, though, to repeat the contract here.

As a citizen seeking to become one of your County Commissioners I propose not just to change policies of the county, but even more important, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives.

I offer a simple agenda for renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.
This year’s election offers voters the chance to transform the way County Government works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, and too easy with the public’s money.

On the first day I take office I will immediately propose the following major reforms, aimed at restoring the faith and trust of County Residents in their government:

First. No general fund tax increases.

Second. All agencies seeking an additional or renewal countywide property tax levies will be required to undergo an independent performance audit before being placed on the ballot. If the audit finds that we can propose a lower millage than requested, then the lower millage will go before the voters.

Third. Select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of the County for waste, fraud or abuse.

Fourth. Increase fiscal prudence by limiting year to year budget increases to a maximum percentage accommodating for the change inflation plus population growth only.

Fifth. Let the people see how the County Commissioners spend their tax dollars by posting an “Online Checkbook” every month that lists each and every expenditure and its purpose.

Sixth. The use of Solid Waste money for billboards, handouts, and other advertising is wasteful and will be discontinued. Use Solid Waste money to fully fund recycling programs of Municipalities and Townships first. Any remaining money leftover will be given to the taxpayers in the form of rebates for purchasing items that will help them “go green.”

Seventh. Increase public participation by having our regular meetings at 7:00 pm, and televised live. Increase co-operation with more municipal and township officials by hosting Lorain County Community Alliance Meetings at night.

Respecting the judgment of my fellow citizens as I seek their mandate for reform, I hereby pledge my name to this Contract with Lorain County.


Nicholas W. Brusky

When Kalo first took office in 2005 he renovated his commissioner’s office, complete with a large plasma-screen TV.  By 2007, he was spearheading an effort by the county commissioners to raise the county sales tax to raise general fund revenues, when he clearly didn’t show much in the way of careful restraint in the way of general fund expenses at the very start of his term in office.  Perhaps this champaigne taste on a beer budget is what gets Kalo in trouble with his flooring business.  That he would increase a sales tax that he, himself, on behalf of his flooring business, experienced difficulty in remitting prior to his run for office, is incomprehensible.  He ought to have learned his lesson firsthand that sales taxes can add a wrinkle to running a business, let alone an increase in the sales tax.  Kalo is a slow learner, if he learns anything.  Also, while the presidential candidate of his political party goes to great lengths to assure that the targets of his tax increases are only the very rich, Kalo seeks to increase a tax that every individual pays, with no exemptions if one is rich or poor or a senior citizen or a child or a student or whatever the case might be.

When Kalo and the other commissioners voted for a sales tax increase in 2007, Nick Brusky and other county residents decided to circulate petitions so that the voters could have a say on the matter.  Kalo really didn’t want the voters to decide the matter.  In the November 2007 elections, the sales tax increase ballot issue went down to defeat with 80% against the measure and only 20% in support of it.  The will of the people was made known to the county commissioners, yet Kalo and the other commissioners have vowed and are already preparing another attempt at a sales tax hike, overly confident that they’ll be re-elected.  This is why it is so important to elect Nick Brusky.  Only by voting Kalo and Lori Kokoski out of office, and replacing them with Brusky and Martin O’Donnell can the county continue to avoid being railroaded into higher taxes.

Kalo is too used to pulling all the strings as one of the good old boys.  He doesn’t appreciate that voters elect commissioners to impose the will of the people upon county government.  Instead, he seeks to impose the will of the county government upon the people.  That’s exactly backwards of what our Founding Fathers intended for those who hold legislative offices.

Brusky, with his contract with Lorain County, demonstrates that he understands that the commissioner’s job is to do the will of the people and subordinate the government of the county to the will of the people.

Nick Brusky and Martin O’Donnell can restore checks and balances to county government.  County residents can expect that these two, who’ve shown that they can help Amherst and Avon Lake, respectively, prosper and flourish, can bring their expertise to bear on behalf of the county, and help it prosper and flourish.  The best way to raise revenues, after all, is to rein in taxes, promote growth, and grow the tax base.

Finally, the county needs transparency, not back-room deals that Kalo hashes out with the other good old boys.  Nick Brusky has pledged to make county government transparent with the county’s revenues and expenditures posted on the internet so that any county resident can review the records with a few clicks of the mouse.  Citizens can be involved in their government–but only if Kalo and Brusky are elected.

HOPE ON Part 9: Measure Obama and McCain by their character

The State of Ohio Blogger Alliance has undertaken the task of highlighting criticisms of the Obama ticket that the in-the-tank MSM works hard to downplay or outright ignore.  The effort has been titled “Help Ohio Prevent Electing Obama Now” (HOPE ON), and, in all, 13 installments will be rolled out for blog readers to peruse and reflect upon.

Here are my recaps of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.

Cornell McCleary of American Experience has the scoop on Part 9.  The video link is here.  This is a reminder of Martin Luther King Jr.’s admonition that we not look upon each other according to the color of our skin, but that we look upon each other according to the content of our character.

From the Buckeye RINO perspective:

We Americans haven’t yet arrived at the point where we pay no more attention to the color of our skin.  The progress we’ve made in our nation’s history from the days of slavery and the days of Jim Crow has continued apace, but has not been completed.  I, personally, have spent much of my adult life living in non-white households and non-white neighborhoods.  I can share personal experiences that are illustrative of the progress that still needs to be made, but I don’t wish to stir the pot today.  Having said that, I will say this:  The other nations of the Earth have not made as much progress toward tolerance as America has.  We blaze the trail that other nations follow.  And while other nations may have enacted policies that they may point to as being more friendly to diversity and more respectful toward basic human rights than the United States of America, I remind you that those same nations still have a longer way to go in real life than they do on paper.  In real life, America leads.

As a Republican, I belong to the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.  Abolitionists formed the core of the party faithful when it was founded.  Abolitionists in early America were among those most likely to adhere to the principle that “all men are created equal,” as expressed in the Declaration of Independence.  Abolitionists were found in large numbers in Ohio during the state’s early years.  The shortest routes of the Underground Railroad from the antebellum South to Canada ran through Ohio.  Ohio raised the largest contingent of soldiers to fight for the Union Army during the Civil War.  I am a descendant of early Ohio’s abolitionists.  For about a decade after the war, newly emancipated slaves identified strongly with the Republican Party until Rutherford B. Hayes screwed that up by swallowing a poison pill in order to win the presidential election of 1876 that was decided by the U.S. House of Representatives when all candidates failed to garner a majority vote of the Electoral College.  The end of Reconstruction ushered in the era of Jim Crow, and no attempt was made to crush Jim Crow for an entire century, when the Civil Rights era was ushered in.  During that century, America fought two World Wars, and a number of Americans, black and white, migrated to the industrial North from the agricultural South to find work in the factories that supplied the nation with its war hardware.  Ohio’s relatively progressive views on race were smothered beginning with the Hayes administration of 1877.  By the time that Democrats took the leadership role in the Civil Rights movement of the late 1960’s, Ohio’s population and attitudes had changed a lot.  While African-Americans found themselves enfranchised anew, and large numbers of them identified with the Democrat Party, pockets of deep racism existed among whites of both major political parties.  For my part, I have endeavored to join my voice with others in my party to urge Ohio Republicans to close the rifts that separate us by race.  Though I am not pleased by the scarcity of people of color within the Republican Party’s membership, I am pleased that we’ve been able to make progress in removing the glass ceiling for Republican candidates of color to aspire to any elected office they choose to pursue.  Regarding removal of the glass ceiling, I’d venture to say that Ohio’s Republicans have outshined Ohio’s Democrats.  Many Ohio Republicans nowadays are willing to cast votes for candidates based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.  I’ve already voted for a black U.S. President twice, during the primaries of 1996 and 2000 when I was drawn to the empowering message of Alan Keyes.  The Democrat Party’s insistence that this presidential election should be a referendum on racism by electing Barack Obama has elicited responses of puzzlement by many of my fellow conservative Ohio bloggers who were so passionately outspoken in their support for Ken Blackwell just two years ago.  For many of us, elections of candidates are already about the content of a person’s character, the vision for where a person wants to lead, the articulation of where a person stands on the issues, and not the color of a person’s skin.

Nevertheless, I have spotted instances of intolerance during this election cycle, and have even written some blog entries calling attention to some of those instances.  I think it was wrong to put Reverend Wright on parade.  Obama’s message was distinctly different than Wright’s.  I felt that Barack Obama was being persecuted for his religious observances.  I even called out Mitt Romney, the candidate I voted for in the primary, when I thought he was crossing the line.  I am familiar with liberation theology, and I see the positives that come from it, so I think that the fearmongering against it is inherently racist.  I was alarmed when it was rumored that someone shouted “Kill him,” referencing Barack Obama as the target, at a McCain rally, and I urged cooperation with the Secret Service if anyone had any evidence of such conspiracies afoot.

WGTE’s “Deadline NOW” has video of Leavitt and Mays

When coverage is so heavy concerning the presidential race, some important candidates can get ignored in the shuffle.  So if you are in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District and only know who incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur is, but have no clue who Republican challenger Bradley Leavitt is, I’m happy to report that the PBS station in Toledo, WGTE, has video footage of Mr. Leavitt on its program “Deadline NOW,” that originally aired on October 17th.  The video link is here. The host of the show, Jack Lessenberry, interviews both Bradley Leavitt and Democrat challenger George Mays, who is running for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District seat against Republican incumbent Bob Latta.

I’ve noted before that both Kaptur and Latta voted NO both times on the bailout bill, and I applaud them for those NO votes.

Kaptur (“Deadline NOW” video of her from September 5th), as Leavitt notes, hasn’t exhibited leadership to match her 26 years of seniority.  The district hasn’t benefited much from her representation.  An example of something still waiting to be done is the construction of the proposed I-73, an interstate highway that would link a number of states, but that would also provide a critical direct link between Toledo and Columbus.  What can get the project off the drawing board and into production?  I’ve had the opportunity to see both Kaptur and Leavitt in person.  I’m voting for Leavitt, as I live in the 9th District, myself.

My parents live in the 5th District, and they are supporting Latta.  Nevertheless, it’s important to know something of all the Congressional candidates, so I’m pleased that the video includes George Mays.

HOPE ON Part 8: What are Obama’s intentions for the middle class?

The State of Ohio Blogger Alliance has undertaken the task of highlighting criticisms of the Obama ticket that the in-the-tank MSM works hard to downplay or outright ignore.  The effort has been titled “Help Ohio Prevent Electing Obama Now” (HOPE ON), and, in all, 13 installments will be rolled out for blog readers to peruse and reflect upon.

Here are my recaps of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.

One Oar in the Water has the scoop on Part 8.  You can view the video here.  Obama has attempted to portray himself as the champion of the middle class, but the windfall profits taxes and the high-bracket income tax increases proposed by Obama will backfire in the form of rising unemployment as the government dampens earning power, not just of individuals, but of employers as well.  While Obama demagogues about disparities between classes, it should be noted that people have availed themselves of the ladder of upward mobility.  The middle class might be shrinking slightly, but the lower class has shrunk considerably as America is still a land of opportunity for those that reach for it.

Tom Blumer at Bizzy Blog added this audio clip to his coverage of Part 8.  It is a 2001 radio interview with Barack Obama expressing sentiments that the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Warren during the Civil Rights era wasn’t radical enough while lamenting that redistribution of wealth couldn’t be effectively pursued through the courts.

From the Buckeye Rino perspective:

The audio clip is the smoking gun clearly showing that Obama shares radical Marxist viewpoints with Ayers, as I surmised in Part 7.  As I noted when the bailout bill passed, welcome to the U.S.S.S.A.  The question of whether we are socialists or capitalists has apparently been answered.  This election is our last chance to step away from the madness for at least the next couple of years.

Silcox vs Ward revisited

I’ve already endorsed Larry Silcox for Huron County Commissioner.  He’s the correct choice.  He knows that the Huron County budget must be downsized as the economic picture is projected to get gloomier.  His second priority, beyond getting the county’s house in order, is tackling the unemployment problem.  He wants to make sure that county residents have opportunities to earn money.

His opponent, Sharon Ward, was quoted in a story that appeared in the Norwalk Reflector saying:

“Every time we spend money at the mall in Sandusky, that money doesn’t go to our sheriff’s department, it goes to Erie County. We need more opportunities here.”

While I was out and about Erie County today, guess what I saw?


If it’s hard to see the sign on the door of the Mercury Grand Marquis, let me show you a different angle.


Granted, it’s not the Sandusky Mall, but this Sam’s Club is located in Erie County, not in Huron County.  The residents of Erie County, like myself, who see this advertisement on the side of the car, couldn’t cast a ballot for Sharon Ward even if we wanted to, so there’s no point in taking her campaign to the neighboring county.  Nope.  I think this car was parked in the Sam’s Club parking lot for the purpose of shopping.  I should point out that while Huron County doesn’t have a Sam’s Club, it does have a Walmart.  So how is it that the driver of this car with the Huron County license plates didn’t get the memo that a key plank of the Ward platform is to shop in Huron County, not Erie County?

I stand by my earlier statement:

As for residents shopping within the county, it would help if there were more employment opportunities within the county.  If people who live in the county also work in the county, then their daily commutes would likely cause them to shop in the county.  Silcox is correct to put employment among the top priorities for the county.  Ward is putting the cart before the horse, hoping for people to spend without appropriate concern for hoping that people earn.

Ward’s emphasis on the spending of Huron County residents shows that she’s out of touch with the economic condition they are in.  The emphasis on spending is wishful thinking on Ward’s part that sales tax revenues that the county collects will grow, which suggests she’s not come to grips with the need to tighten the county budget.  Again, in light of the failures of Wall Street and the displeasure with which the bailout is being viewed, perhaps Sharon Ward shouldn’t be trying to highlight that her day job is as a financial planner.

HOPE ON Part 7: Obama not inspiring our trust

The State of Ohio Blogger Alliance has undertaken the task of highlighting criticisms of the Obama ticket that the in-the-tank MSM works hard to downplay or outright ignore.  The effort has been titled “Help Ohio Prevent Electing Obama Now” (HOPE ON), and, in all, 13 installments will be rolled out for blog readers to peruse and reflect upon.

Here are my recaps of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

Mark at Weapons of Mass Discussion has the scoop on Part 7.  The accompanying video is here.  The political career of Barack Obama was launched in the home of Bill Ayers.  As noted in HOPE ON Part 6, Obama is being elusive about defining his ideology, and, as noted in HOPE ON Part 4, when we look at his votes in the U.S. Senate, he occupies the far left endpoint of the political spectrum among his colleagues in the U.S. Senate.  While Barack Obama states that Bill Ayers is just a guy in the neighborhood, and while Obama states that he doesn’t condone the violence carried out, when Obama was 8 years old, by the Weather Underground, which Ayers belonged to, the few cryptic remarks and actions of Obama that help bring a fuzzy picture of his ideology into sharper focus may very well indicate a convergence of opinion with that of Bill Ayers.  What does Ayers believe, and has Obama ever denounced such beliefs, or, instead, has Obama endorsed such beliefs?  Obama has only denounced the terrorist violence conducted by Ayers.  That’s the full scope of Obama denunciation of Ayers.  Otherwise, Obama lauds Ayers as a well-respected professor of education.  What does Ayers advocate for in the realm of education?  Well, he’s been using non-profit organizations to engage in frequent power struggles over who controls the Chicago schools.  His education reforms are not aimed at academic goals at all.  His education reforms are aimed at control over the schools, and then aimed at social engineering by way of adopting a radical agenda, which would probably reflect his political views on government overthrow, anarchy, Marxism, disdain for religion, decriminalization of drugs, gutting the juvenile justice system, breaking ties to Israel, and abandoning all strategic interests in the Middle East (but not before establishing a Palestinian state).  Ayers has a patronizing view of African-Americans.  I’m not sure if Ayers wants to be the patron saint of African-Americans, or if Ayers wants to be their honorary leader, or mentor, or what, but I think all Americans can do just fine without Ayers at the helm.  Ayers has never let go of his ambitions to topple government and seize power for his elite alliance.  Ayers ties to the Woods Foundation go back a generation to his father.  The Woods Foundation created the grant that the Developing Communities Project used to hire 24-year-old Barack Obama as a community organizer back in 1985.  The orbits of Obama and Ayers were not so remote from each other 23 years ago.  With Obama being trusted by Ayers to distribute the funds for Ayers’ radical education reforms, one must wonder whether Obama is an Ayers apprentice.

From the Buckeye RINO perspective:

John McCain is someone I trust.  He has been transparent even when he’s been wrong.  He’s followed his own inner compass of putting his country first ever since his days as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam, a conflict that saw Ayers supporting a communist victory.  In all of Obama’s utterances and legislative votes about education, economics, and the criminal justice system, I hear echoes of Ayers.  That doesn’t inspire my trust.