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.