[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: http://collectingmythoughts.blogspot.com/2009/09/governor-stricklands-illegal-immigrant.html

Right Ohio: http://www.rightohio.com/2009/11/02/strickland-administration-grants-illegal-immigrants-now-illegals-are-panicked-that-laws-might-be-enforced/

and

Kyle Sisk: http://kylesisk.typepad.com/sisker/2009/09/ted-stricklands-new-program-driving-privileges-for-who-the-hell-knows.html

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:

http://kylesisk.typepad.com/sisker/2010/02/hay-caramba-less-than-6-you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me.html

http://kylesisk.typepad.com/sisker/2010/02/the-inspector-generals-report-on-stricklands-handpicked-director-continued.html

http://kylesisk.typepad.com/sisker/2010/02/central-ohio-drivers-here-is-some-info-you-might-want-to-know.html

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

http://kylesisk.typepad.com/sisker/2010/02/either-ron-obrien-or-the-ohio-senate-must-investigate-stricklands-plategate.html

http://kylesisk.typepad.com/sisker/2010/02/playing-nostradamus-with-the-strickland-administration-investigation.html

http://kylesisk.typepad.com/sisker/2010/02/why-plunderbund-is-wrong-re-their-take-on-the-strickland-administration-investigation.html

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.

Groundhog Day 2010

Like Bill Murray in the Groundhog Day movie, I wish the ORP would have to redo everything, with the calendar not advancing until February 3rd until they got things right.

A snapshot and a video of yesterday’s protest against the ORP are posted at Right Ohio.

Underway today: Protests against ORP’s primary ballot maneuverings

Today, February 1st, the state central committee of the Ohio Republican Party is receiving phone calls and facing on-the-spot protests in Columbus regarding the heavy-handedness of the ORP in clearing the Ohio Attorney General primary field for Mike DeWine, and for endorsing David Yost for the Ohio Auditor primary over a qualified CPA, Seth Morgan.

The ORP has mishandled statewide elections in the past, anointing candidates (think Taft) based on campaign treasuries, political favors, and name recognition while throwing consideration of a candidate’s competencies, qualifications, and principles under the bus.

This year has been particularly egregious, as I’ve pointed out in a prior post about the DeWine, Yost, and Morgan machinations of the ORP.  It’s amazing how, in the span of a few short weeks, the Republican hold on the key apportionment board seat of Ohio Auditor went from a virtual lock to a near forfeit to the Democrats.  The ball was clearly fumbled by the ORP, and Seth Morgan, a qualified CPA, recovered the ball.  The ORP, however, is telling the grassroots that we are all blind, that there was no fumble and the ball was handed off to Yost.  We’ll soon find out if the rank-and-file Republicans of Ohio can swallow such revisionism.  We weren’t doing much swallowing in 2006, when scandals involving Bob Ney and Tom Noe had sickened our stomachs.

It is no secret that the Republican Party at the state level is asking party chairs at the county level to shut out Seth Morgan in the Auditor race against Yost, shut out Sandy O’Brien in the Secretary of State race against Jon Husted, and shut out Tom Ganley in the U.S. Senate race against Rob Portman.  Personally, not only do I favor Morgan over Yost, I favor O’Brien over Husted, and, if you read this blog post about my visit to Senate offices in DC, you’d completely understand why I support Ganley over creatures of the DC Beltway, such as Rob Portman.

For further reading, including breaking developments regarding today’s protests, I recommend:

From Bizzy Blog: http://www.bizzyblog.com/2010/02/01/breaking-no-more-rino-establishment-candidates-tea-party-e-mail-and-planned-protest/

From Cleveland Tea Party Patriots: http://clevelandteapartypatriots.blogspot.com/2010/01/ohio-republican-party-kicks-oh.html

and

http://clevelandteapartypatriots.blogspot.com/2010/02/tea-party-patriot-action-alert-ohio.html

From Thurber’s Thoughts: http://thurbersthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/02/no-more-rino-candidates-movement-gains.html