Another round of town halls with state rep Terry Boose coming soon

Editor’s note:  Last fall, State Rep. Terry Boose, (R-Norwalk) of Ohio’s 58th House District, hosted a successful town hall tour.  The following press release, dated Jan. 28, announces that more town halls are on the way, starting in Norwalk on Feb. 27, 2010.

Local Legislator Terry Boose to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Norwalk

COLUMBUS— State Representative Terry Boose (R- Norwalk) announced today that he will be holding a town hall meeting in Norwalk on Saturday, February 27th, 2010.

“Over the past year I have enjoyed meeting with constituents throughout the district,” Rep. Boose said. “Some of the best ideas that I have brought down to Columbus, such as job-creating proposals in the Future of Ohio Jobs Package, have been inspired through my town hall meetings.”

The Town Hall meeting will be at Norwalk High School in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The building is located at 350 Shady Lane Drive in Norwalk.

In addition, Representative Boose is planning for Town Hall meetings in Amherst, Bellevue, Vermilion, Wellington, and Willard over the next few months.  The announcement for these Town Halls will be sent out once the location is confirmed.

The 58th House district includes The City of Norwalk, Huron County, Southern and Western Lorain County, and Eastern Seneca County.

Democrat corruption: It’s not just a Cuyahoga County thing

Athens County, Ohio, home of Ohio University, is on a much smaller scale than Cuyahoga County.  Nonetheless, they’ve had to do some corruption-purging among Athens County Democrats.  Don’t make too much noise about it though, because they might charge you with defaming their character in a lawsuit, as former Athens County Democrat Party chair Susan Gwinn has threatened against Nate Nelson, an OU student.

Nate Nelson is blogging about this at From the Rust Belt:

Back in November 2009, he ran a story about  Susan Gwinn at Nate Uncensored that was linked by Michelle Malkin, highly esteemed conservative blogger with a national following.

For more of the back story, Southeastern Ohio Conservative Thoughts has an archive about Gwinn.

There’s even more complete Susan Gwinn coverage at Athens Runaway.

[UPDATE] How do illegal immigrants register vehicles?

Well, for awhile, Ohio was facilitating vehicle registration for illegal immigrants to the United States of America.  And it happened on Strickland’s watch.

We’ve known about this for awhile now.  I hadn’t blogged about it before, but it’s been blogged about at:

Collecting My Thoughts:

Right Ohio:


Kyle Sisk:

Well, now actual numbers are rolling in to quantify just how bad the problem is.  Kyle Sisk has added these blog posts that will make your head hurt:

[UPDATE 2/5/2010] Kyle Sisk wasn’t finished with his coverage of these illegal hijinks.  There’s more:

Press Release: HB 436, part of Republican “Future of Ohio” plan, sponsored by Boose and Balderson

Editor’s note:  Terry Boose represents the 58th Ohio House District in the General Assembly.  Troy Balderson represents the 94th Ohio House District.

Lawmakers Work For Accountable, Efficient State Government

Reps. Boose and Balderson Urge Transparency Through Legislative Measure

Columbus—State Reps. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) and Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today introduced House Bill 436, which when enacted will create the Council on Efficient Government to review and advise agencies that choose to use private contractors, as part of the “Future of Ohio” Government Reform package.

“This is about government accountability and protecting your tax dollars,” said Boose. “Reducing excessive costs while improving public services is one of many steps this legislation can assist in making Ohio’s government a more accountable government.”

House Bill 436 is a vital component of “The Future of Ohio” Government Reform package, a collection of 10 bills that was unveiled by House Republicans in November. These bills aim to improve government efficiency, create jobs and make Ohio nationally competitive. The Council on Efficient Government would serve to trim down the cost of state government and make agencies work better for the people of Ohio.

“This bill, as well as the other “Future of Ohio” bills, can have a lasting effect on the way Ohio does business,” Balderson said. “Now is the time to enact common sense solutions to Ohio’s problems so we can create jobs and better serve the people. Any measures to improve efficiency and reexamine how our state agencies operate are worth exploring.”

Many businesses, local governments and non-profit organizations have taken advantage of using outside private contractors to reduce costs, increase efficiency and better serve the public. If applied to state agencies, it would give the departments the ability to reduce their budgets while providing the same level of service to Ohioans.

Nevada’s tempest in a teapot–Obama’s right about a few things

I picked up this story of huffing and puffing Nevada politicians at ABC’s website.

It seems that all the politicians in Nevada are expressing umbrage at the President for saying the following:

“Responsible families don’t do their budgets the way the federal government does.  When times are tough, you — you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. It’s time your government did the same.”

Of course, the federal government should’ve tightened its belt, too, and that fact seems lost on Obama, but the rest of what he said is perfectly sensible.  I said in September of 2008 that families should prepare as best they can for the worsening economy.  The events of September 2008 are different than the events of today, but the prospects for continued and perhaps even worsening economic malaise are still staring us in the face.

But Nevada politicians, whether Democrat or Republican, are evidently irrational.  They’ve built their state’s economic foundation upon the sand (see the economics explained here and here) instead of upon a rock, and when the economic storm blew in, their economic house was pulverized.  Do they face the music of generations of bad decision-making?  Apparently not.  They are still in denial about what a prudent course of action should be.  All they’ve done so far is shoot the messenger, in this case, President Obama, when the truth of the message is plainly evident.

I might add that there was never a time when it was OK to blow a load of cash in Las Vegas casinos at the expense of a college fund, not even in the good times.

President Obama sent a letter of clarification to Senator Reid.  In the letter, the President still makes perfect sense:

“I was making the simple point that families use vacation dollars, not college tuition money, to have fun.”

For the record, I like vacations.  I like to travel.  I learn many things about our world from my travel experiences.  But I wouldn’t be able to afford much traveling or vacationing if I feed those one-armed bandits called slot machines.  I certainly don’t see any educational value in making a casino my tourist destination.

Remember when Senator Reid was accused of making racist remarks?  How many politicians came to the Senator’s defense?  He made an apology to the President, and the President vouched for the Senator’s character, that the Senator was not a racist.

But, in this instance, no apology is necessary, yet Senator Reid, with lightning quickness, has thrown the President under the bus, even after the President reached out to him with a letter of clarification.  I think the President would do well to file this episode of disloyalty in repayment of his own loyalty in a place where it can be easily retrieved in the case of a future dispute.  Bad karma for Senator Reid.  Bad karma.

One of Reid’s potential opponents for his Senate re-election, Republican Danny Tarkanian, isn’t demonstrating any more intelligence on the issue than Reid is.  I won’t bother to quote any of the Nevada politicians, since their rants aren’t sensible enough to be worthy of repetition on my blog.

So, why all the nonsensical bluster?  As I posted in the run-up to Ohio’s elections on the casino issue, GAMBLING BUYS POLITICIANS.