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Jack Torry: Kasich Had Nothing to do With Lehman’s Troubles, “Drunk-Driving Greggy” Haas Chuckles

May 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

From  Jack Torry in the Akron Beacon Urinal:

On Friday, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern launched an assault against Portman.

Pointing out that Portman served as director of the Office of Management and Budget and U.S. trade representative under Bush, Redfern charged that “Bush Trade Czar Portman supported reckless economic and trade policies that sent hundreds of thousands of Ohio jobs overseas.’’

“Wall Street Johnny’’ and “Trade Czar Portman’’ are such obvious attack lines that Greg Haas, a Democratic consultant in Columbus, joked, “I don’t know which is more effective — running against the candidate with Wall Street ties or running against the candidate with George Bush’s trade policy ties.’’

In many ways, the Democratic attacks are an exaggeration. Kasich is not in any way responsible for the collapse of Lehman Brothers. And free-trade policies backed by Bush and Portman helped Ohio become the only state in the country to increase its exports every year from 1998 to 2008 — a fact Fisher and Strickland both have boasted about.

The arguments are just the tired class warfare, anti-trade arguments the Democrats have made for many decades. They are cheap and intellectually dishonest, but are still the most effective attacks the Democrats have.

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  • Germaine
    Ohio: High in Exports, Low in Jobs

    (fair to say?)

    Move the assembly plants to Mexico and then Ohio parts HAVE to become exports to sell. Fewer jobs AND more exports!
  • And with this post, you have just ended this endless, pedantic debate you started. It stops now.
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