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Favored Nation Status for China Hypocrisy

August 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

If we stop trading with China, do you know how many products and services we would have to give up? And what we receive in the form of cheaper goods, China has a rapidly growing middle class. Trade, by definition, is mutually beneficial for all parties involved and makes both countries better off.

Gov. Strickland’s comments are populist and soft racism… and he is a hypocrite for voting for favored nation status.

Ohio House Democrat Depseration: Butler County Dems Falsey Acuse Rep. Combs of a Campaign Violation They Committed

August 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

First this was reported by the Oxford Press on Thursday:

The Butler County Democratic Party has sent a complaint Tuesday, Aug. 17, to the Ohio Elections Commission alleging Ohio Rep. Courtney Combs, R-Hamilton, has two illegal signs in Fairfield.

Jocelyn Bucaro, chairwoman of the local Democratic Party, said the two yard signs along Nilles Road do not have disclaimers that identify a campaign committee, committee officer and address, which is required by the Ohio Revised Code.

“It’s ‘Campaign 101,’ ” said Bucaro. “If any of my candidates would have done this, I’d call them out on it.”

The problem? ALL of Combs signs have the disclaimer printed, in small letters, as you can see from the pictures below:

And the great irony in all of this is that Bruce Carter, the Democrat candidate, has committed the same offense that his county party is accusing Combs of: failure to include a disclaimer on campaign materials. Below is Carter’s fundraising invitation with NO DISCLAIMER, which lists Jocelyn Bucaro, the Chairwoman of the local Democrat Party, as the RSVP:

Carter Fundraiser

I suppose it’s campaign 101 for House Democrats to throw everything and the kitchen sink at Republicans about to reclaim the majority… But in their eagerness, Democrats are making sloppy mistakes.

Here is Rep. Combs counter-complaint.

Lee Fisher Endorsement Amateur Hour

August 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments


What do a roomful of cops do when they expect a politician or his substitute to show up and neither the pol nor his proxy shows?

They endorse the other guy.

Members of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association might have had other reasons Wednesday evening to prefer Rob Portman, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio. But Lee Fisher, the Democrat, could have improved his chances of winning the endorsement of the patrol officers detectives and dispatchers by making more of an effort.

Portman came and addressed the cops. Fisher was supposed to send a substitute. The sub was a no-show.

Well before Wednesday, Loomis received calls in support of Fisher from people whose names he won’t divulge but who came, he says, from the federal, state and local levels. The union told Fisher’s campaign that its members like to hear from the candidates, and the union told the campaign that it hoped to see both Fisher and Portman on Wednesday.

Fisher apparently had a conflict. But, Loomis says, “We were told a representative was going to come up.”

“He would have been better off had he said he wasn’t coming rather than saying he would send a representative,” Loomis says. “We were told that somebody was coming, and nobody did. It gives the impression, although I don’t believe that it’s true, that they don’t give much care to whether we are going to endorse them.”

It’s obviously not true for another reason. Fisher made a personal phone call to Loomis — at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, about three hours too late.

“He was asking me real basic questions, like ‘what is the endorsement process like’ and who does he need to talk to.

“Those,” says Loomis, “are questions that should have been asked two months ago.”

Lee Fisher thought about firing someone because of this, but he really can’t afford more of the endless staff turnover his campaign has been going through.

OH-13: Betty Sutton Attacks Ganley for Not Joining Millions of Democrats Who Believe Obama is a Muslim

August 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Things must be getting ugly in the 13th District, as this is a very desperate fund raising email appeal:

And why should Ganley take a position on the surprising news that less than half of America doesn’t know that President Obama is a Christian, including many who still approve of his job performance? Why should he concern himself with any comments about the public image that the President presents?

After all, his father Muslim, and he can recite the Islamic call to prayer in a 1st class accent.

And he spent multiple decades attending Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which preaches radical black liberation theology, hatred of America, and is associated with Louis Farrakhan.

And he reviews daily spiritual updates on his Blackberry from religious advisers, including Muslims.

And he supports abortion in the last month of pregnancy.

Tom Ganley later clarified his comment by saying, “According to the White House, our President is a Christian and I have no reason to believe otherwise.” So Ganley, Betty Sutton and I all agree: President Obama is a Christian.

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Stimilus Dollars for Columbus Art

August 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

NBC 4 Columbus has a fantastic report which shows you just what sort of nonsense stimulus dollars are spent on… But in Keynesian economics this is perfectly acceptable, as all spending supposedly educes the sort of economic recovery we are yet to see anywhere in the world when such programs have been tried:

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Obama Caught in a Stimulus Lie… Columbus Project Actually Funded by Congressional Pork

August 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

No body is entitled to their own set of facts, except President Obama..

From The Dispatch’s soft spoken liberal hack Mark Niquette:

A local project that President Barack Obama cited during a visit Wednesday to Columbus as an example of how the federal stimulus package has worked isn’t actually being funded with stimulus dollars.

The president spoke at the North Side home of architect Joe Weithman, and both Obama’s comments and information from the White House touted Weithman’s work on a project that the president said was being at least partially funded by the $787 billion stimulus bill passed last year.

“What we’ve been trying to do is to build infrastructure that puts people back to work but also improves the quality of life in communities like Columbus,” Obama said in his remarks. “So Joe is an architect, and he’s now working on a new police station that was funded in part with Recovery Act funds.”

But although federal money is being used for the project in question, there are no stimulus dollars involved, said Columbus Finance Director Paul Rakosky, a Democrat.

Rakosky said the project is not a police station but rather the renovation of an abandoned warehouse that the city purchased on the South Side in 2007 to house the city’s police crime lab and property room.

Weithman’s firm, Mull & Weithman Architects, is handling the $300,000 in design work for the crime lab as part of the project, and the $300,000 is coming from a congressional earmark, Rakosky said.


August 18th, 2010 Matt View Comments

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Lee Fisher Defends Ground Zero Mosque? What About Other Ohio Democrats? Strickland?

August 18th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Sabrina Eaton in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Democrats in Ohio want no part of the partisan brouhaha that has erupted over a plan to build an Islamic center near the site of the destroyed World Trade Center.

“This is a sensitive issue, especially for those most directly affected by the attack at Ground Zero, and I trust that those in the area are in the best position to find a solution,” Copley Township Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton said on Tuesday.

“It is up to the people of New York City and their elected representatives to decide the disposition of properties in their city,” said Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur. “I might add that any person or group that uses tragedy for political gamesmanship two months before an election is not worthy of the term ‘American.’

Gamesmanship? Why are the ones raising the questions- aka 70% of America- the ones who are suspect?

Wouldn’t you rather ask questions about why anyone would, in the name of a supposedly peaceful religion, want to build a mosque ontop of a MASS MURDER SITE WHERE THE CRIME WAS COMMITTED IN THE NAME OF THAT RELIGION?

Lee Fisher’s 4th or 5th campaign manager this year, Lynne Bowman, a radical lesbian activist who is offended at the slightest perceived anti-gay comment, has no problem with Islam, even though in basically every Islamic country Lynne would be the first in line to be beaten and brutally executed:

Spokeswomen for Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher said their bosses think local officials in New York should be responsible for the decision. Brown believes that “political operatives who seek to divide the country with this issue and others are attempting to distract from our most important priority — creating jobs and getting the economy back on track,” said his spokeswoman, Meghan Dubyak.

Lynne Bowman, Fisher’s campaign manager, said the candidate believes “that given the awful nature of the 9/11 attacks, that that decision should be made by the people of New York. But he’s also conscious of the constitutional issue — that we need to protect people’s freedom of religion.

Is that really a good enough answer? The War on Terrorism and 9/11 doesn’t just affect New York, but every state, and thus every United States Senator should express more than just a vague notion that it’s a local issue. And this has nothing to do with freedom of religion, as no one is being prohibited from practicing their faith… We’re simply raising a question of optics and taste.

And with President Obama in Ohio, spending more than $1 million and disrupting Columbus traffic to fundraise for Former Pastor Gov. Strickland… Someone must as today: TED STRICKLAND, DO YOU STAND WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SUPPORT THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE?

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Obama Is Not Really in Clintonville, but 5 Blocks North in a Fairly Upscale Home

August 18th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Here is the home, 156 E. Kanawha Ave.

What do we know about the family?

His architecture firm has done a number of fire houses and government buildings.

Joe & Rhonda WEITHMAN. 156 E KANAWHA AV. Columbus , OH. 844-5464

She has been a fairly consistent Democrat since 2000.

Joe voted Republican in 2006, and was a Democrat in the 2008 and 2010 primaries.

She has degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and their Olin Business School, plus from Eastmoor High School

She is not Director of Business Development at Mull & Weithman Architects, Inc.
Architecture & Planning on Indianola in Columbus, Ohio and was Senior Account Executive at Time Warner Telecom

Joe’s background:
Joe Weithman, AIA grew up around the family business and worked as a laborer for Weithman Brothers, Inc. General Contractors in Galion, Ohio throughout his High School summers. Through this exposure, he realized that given his interest in the building process and his love for the visual arts, he would pursue a career in architecture.

While both Joe and B.J. were enrolled at The Ohio State University in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, they discovered their ideals and commitments to the practice of architecture were aligned. Their friendship and dedication to the field of architecture grew while continuing on their collegiate experience. Together, Joe and B.J. attended the University of Oxford, England Architecture Summer Study Program in 1985, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 1987, were employed at the same architectural firm in Columbus from 1985-1987, and completed the Architectural Registration Examination in 1992.

Since graduating and obtaining architectural licensure, Joe and B.J. continued their professional careers and friendship while working in Columbus and Toledo, respectively. Once again realizing their commitments to the architectural profession and desires to start a new venture, Joe and B.J. co-founded mull & weithman architects, inc. in January 1998. The two principals have a combined 44 years of experience designing Fire Stations, Municipal

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Behold! The Greatness of the Third Frontier Program!

August 18th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Promised with the creation of 360 jobs, UltraCell Corp is shutting down their 14 jobs after wasting the money you were forced to invest in their business. This is what Gov. Strickland, Brian Hicks and Jo Ann Davidson worked so hard for.

UltraCell Corp.’s decision to close its Dayton fuel cell manufacturing operations in favor of consolidating in California is a disappointment but won’t stop the region’s technology development, local industry watchers said Monday, Aug. 16.

UltraCell surprised state development officials last week when it informed them of plans to shut down production in Dayton, effective Friday, Aug. 13. The California-based company fell far short of its promised employment in Dayton this year and may have to repay the state and city hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic assistance.

UltraCell’s retrenchment illustrates the risk that high-tech companies face in trying to gear up production for developing markets, officials at the Dayton Development Coalition and the Ohio Department of Development said.

“A lot of that risk has to do with the timing of market acceptance,” said Jim Leftwich, the coalition’s president and chief executive officer. “That’s a risk that every high-tech company has to deal with.” The Dayton region will push ahead with its long-term goals of developing advanced materials, aerospace research and other high-tech industries, Leftwich said.

Keith Scott, UltraCell’s chief executive, informed the state Development Department on Tuesday, Aug. 10, of the decision to consolidate operations in California. Scott didn’t return telephone calls Monday from the Dayton Daily News.

UltraCell was recruited to Dayton with much fanfare in 2006. It began operations in 2007 at a leased plant at Dayton International Airport.

Ohio is assessing how much of at least $2 million in technology-supporting Third Frontier grant money UltraCell may be asked to repay now that it has shut down in Ohio, said John Griffin, a state development official. The company also received workforce development funding.

Dayton gave UltraCell a $200,000 grant in 2007. The city will pursue the return of that money, said Shelley Dickstein, assistant city manager for strategic development.

Some of Ohio’s money supported UltraCell’s local R&D partners, the University of Dayton Research Institute and Miamisburg-based Mound Technical Solutions Inc., and the state won’t disturb that funding, Griffin said.

State Representative Ross McGregor is furious, and fired off this letter to the Dayton Daily News:

Dear Editor

I would like to express my disappointment in UltraCell Corp. for its broken promises to the Miami Valley region. The August 16th article, “UltraCell has closed its Dayton fuel plant, state officials say (Dayton Daily News, pg. A1),” cited that the city of Dayton gave UltraCell a $200,000 grant with the understanding that the corporation would create jobs and invest capital in the region. UltraCell promised 360 jobs to the area, though the plant employed only 14 workers when it closed on August 13th. Had UltraCell lived up to its agreement, the Dayton Region would have seen major advancement in its technological development. Instead, our communities have been denied jobs that Dayton paid UltraCell to provide.

In this faltering economy, the Miami Valley region cannot afford for its industries to default on their economic obligations. To develop a competitive high-tech industry, we need companies and corporations that make good on their promises, invest money in the local economy and enrich the job market. I support the efforts to hold the corporation accountable for the grant money it accepted. UltraCell should exhibit good corporate citizenship by returning the taxpayer money that it had received so that those resources can be used towards businesses that are willing to invest in our region’s economy. Still, I have confidence that the Miami Valley will continue with its technological development. We are on track to becoming a region known for a high-tech boom. Though this plant closing was clearly a blow, there is still hope for a stronger job market and a healthier economy in the greater Miami Valley.

This is what happens when money is taken out of the private economy to be redistributed in less efficient, political ways… Are advancements in battery technology a way for entrepreneurs to build wealth and create jobs? Perhaps, but private venture capitalists, who put their own money on the line, wouldn’t have given UltraCell such a enormous pile of money when they clearly had no intention of fulfilling their obligations.

OSU is a Liberal University, 87% of Employees Donated to Democrats

August 17th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Morton Blackwell’s Campus Reform:

There are more than 150 politically related student organizations at OSU. Of those with a clear partisan purpose, 31 are liberal and nine are conservative or libertarian.

The liberal groups are AIESEC at the Ohio State University; ACLU; Amnesty International; Between the Sheets; Bringing Environmental Awareness to Students; Buckeyes for Green Solutions; Campus Anti-War Network; College Democrats; College Greens; Committee for Justice in Palestine; Democracy Matters; Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance; Free the Planet; Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Issues in Medicine; Human Rights Campaign (a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organization); International Socialist Organization; Mercy For Animals at the Ohio State University; Multicultural Understanding Through Non-Traditional Discovery Opportunities at The Ohio State University; Ohio Feminists for Representation; Ohio Student PIRG; Organizing for America at Ohio State; Repower America OSU; Social Justice Alliance; Social Welfare Action Alliance; Students for a Democratic Society; Students for a Sustainable Campus; Students for Nuclear Non-Proliferation; Students for Sensible Drug Policy; V-Day; VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood; Women and Allies Rising in Resistance; and Women’s Initiative for Strength & Empowerment.The conservative and libertarian groups are the Buckeyes for Israel; College Republicans; Federalist Society; Libertarian Studies Organization; Liberty Institute; Network of enlightened Women; The Objectivst Club; The Pro-Life Club; The Sentinel, a conservative student newspaper; and Young Americans for Liberty. The italicized groups are affiliated with’s Campus Leadership Program, which provides advice, assistance, and support.[...]

According to the Huffington Post’s campaign finance data for the 2008 presidential election, 137 members of OSU’s faculty and staff donated to Democratic candidates and just 20 donated to Republicans. That means 87% of contributing OSU faculty and staff donated to Democratic candidates. In total, OSU faculty and staff donated $104,657 to presidential campaigns in 2008 of which 83% went to Democratic candidates as well.[...]

OSU’s harassment policy is so broad and ambiguous that nearly anything could be argued to be harassment. Conservatives should beware. College administrators consistently use ambiguous policies to silence conservatives on campus -– and they have argued that conservative viewpoints are “threatening” or otherwise “unacceptable” on college campuses.

In fall 2004, a coalition of student religious groups approached OSU to receive full recognition. OSU’s policy would not allow campus groups to “discriminate” based on religion — and the groups’ choice to use religious criteria in deciding membership or group leadership violated that policy. Facing FIRE and the Christian Legal Society, OSU changed its policy, and the student religious groups were fully recognized.

OSU prides itself in its diversity initiatives. The school has nine offices on campus devoted solely to promoting diversity, including the Black Cultural Center, the Institute for Race and Ethnicity, the Multicultural Center, the Office of Minority Affairs, the Women’s Place, and the National Resource Center on the African American Male

Ronald Wilson Reagan

August 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

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Lee Fisher Hiding from Obama

August 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

A hilarious new ad from the RNC:

John Kasich Paid $50,000/yr to Speak to Students

August 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Following in the tradition of unfortunate Taft/Voinovich Republican dirtbags like Curt Steiner and Brian Hicks, John Kasich used his connections to The Ohio State University and cashed in.

And principled conservatives at the Buckeye Institute take a stand against this nonsense:

As a candidate for governor, Republican John Kasich has called on colleges and universities to cut costs and force professors to teach more courses.

Yet for seven years Kasich served as a “presidential fellow” at his alma mater, Ohio State University, in a role that paid him the equivalent of about $4,000 per campus visit.

“It sounds like a perk program for a politician that we can’t afford,” said Matt Mayer of the Buckeye Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank that has posted government salaries in an online database.

Rob Nichols, Kasich’s campaign spokesman, said: “John was paid in alignment with what OSU thought his teaching was worth. They thought his work there was valuable — they kept asking him back.”

The job was among the many hats Kasich wore in the years after he left Congress in 2000. Although other politicians, including Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman, have taught courses at OSU for no cost, Kasich’s role paid him $50,000 a year.

While attending classes at OSU, I was required to hear John Kasich speak twice, as our grade was affected by our attendance. They weren’t particularly memorable occasions.

I don’t mind former members of congress supplementing their income on the lecture circuit. And Kasich voted consistently against pel grants and other federal programs which, according to the extensive work of OU economics professor Richard Vedder, are the reasons why tuition at all universities continue to skyrocket.

But  the optics of taking so much money from a state school, especially in this economy, is indefensible.

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Suddes: Ohio House Republicans Set to Win Back Majority

August 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Here is the fascinating break down:

The second House leader to beat the map was Budish – in 2008, with help from Barack Obama’s coattails. But Obama’s coattails are frayed. That, plus GOP-drawn districts, plus voters’ anger at incumbents, make November perilous for Democrats. So, after running the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association’s outstanding election stats by a calculator, here’s a prospectus:

“Open” districts – whose incumbents aren’t seeking re-election – are low-hanging fruit. Democrats, for instance, could potentially grab Franklin County’s 21st District (vacated by GOP Rep. Kevin Bacon, to run for the Senate); Obama did better in the 21st than he did statewide.

If Democrats capture the 21st, that would give Budish one more House seat, Batchelder one fewer. But there are three “open” Democratic districts (one held by a mid-term appointee) that John McCain carried in 2008 and George W. Bush carried in 2004: The 89th (Speaker Riffe’s Scioto County district); the 93rd (the Marietta area); and the 96th (Harrison County, plus parts of Belmont and Tuscarawas).

Republicans last held Riffe’s district in 1958; it’s hard to imagine the GOP capturing it now. But if Batchelder’s Republicans won the two other open Democratic districts, that’d prune Budish’s (theoretical) 54 House seats to 52.

Assuming Springfield Republican Ross McGregor holds on (Obama carried McGregor’s district by 2,171 votes, while McGregor won re-election by 533 votes) the Ohio House’s remaining Republicans seem safe. So Batchelder would have to pry at least three seats from Democrats (to be safe, more) to push Budish’s caucus count below 50. Likeliest GOP targets:

• Five districts among those Budish won from Republicans in 2008. They’re held by Democratic Reps. Marian Harris of Columbus (hers was once the seat of Republican then-Speaker Jo Ann Davidson of Reynoldsburg); Mike Moran of Hudson; Connie Pillich of Cincinnati; Raymond Pryor of Chillicothe; and Mark A. Schneider of Mentor.

• One district Democrats narrowly carried in 2008, held by Rep. Matt Patten of Strongsville. He won by 957 votes; Obama’s district margin was 320 votes. House Democrats could countermove, though, against Republican Rep. Nan Baker of nearby Westlake; she won by 1,123 votes.

• Districts McCain won in 2008 but which re-elected Democratic Reps. Stephen Dyer of Green and Dan Dodd of Hebron. Dyer and Dodd won comfortably. But it’s also notable that Republican State Auditor Mary Taylor once represented Dyer’s district, and Republican former House Speaker Larry Householder, of Perry County, once represented Dodd’s.

Seat-counts aside, Republicans need to be careful what they wish for. Given voters’ rage, the officeholders who run Ohio in 2011 and 2012 will have to get it right the first time – or, like so many other Ohioans, figure on filing for unemployment.

Also, Karl Rove’s election map about changes in state legislatures shows a strong trend toward Republicans across the country in general, with Ohio being a potential flip.

Brilliant Herb Asher Quote of the Day

August 13th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Dayton Daily News:

About 30 local businesses are participating in a program to link conservative consumers with businesses owned by conservatives to help support the Tea Party.

Donald Hutchinson, a businessman and Tea Party supporter, calls his initiative the Tea Party Exchange Inc.

Tea Party supporters who obtain a TPX-Great American card — similar to a customer-loyalty card consumers can attach to key rings — and show it at a participating business can get a discount on the company’s services. The local merchant then gives 5 percent of the sale revenue to the local Tea party chapter to help fund rallies.

“It might attract some customers. It might drive some away,” said Herb Asher, an Ohio State University political science professor. “If I were a businessperson, the first thing I’d ask: Is this a winner or a loser for me?”

Asher isn’t just a political scientist… He is also a Democrat operative who wrote the failed pro-Democrat Reform Ohio Now redistricting ballot issue in 2005. And today, we learn his business acumen is beyond reproach.

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Celebrating Social Security- America’s Longest Running Ponzi Scheme

August 13th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Dayton Daily News:

John Kelly recalls that his father paid payroll taxes into Social Security in the program’s early days, but didn’t live long enough to receive benefits from it.

“But I made up for it,” said Kelly, 81, of Beavercreek, who counts Social Security as half of the retirement income for he and his wife, who raised six children. Kelly started drawing Social Security checks at 62.

“It’s given me more independence. I’ve been able to do things I wouldn’t have been able to do,” said Kelly, a retired Air Force fighter pilot and former University of Dayton job-placement counselor, who enjoyed traveling until recent years.

Several others who gathered with Kelly earlier this month for a day of activities at Beavercreek Senior Center said they, too, count on Social Security for roughly half their retirement income.

“It’s a whole lot of security,” said James R. Sweet, 91, a former coal miner who has received insurance benefits in retirement from the United Mine Workers union.

AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, which advocates for people 50 and older, recommends that people plan to have more than just Social Security as a means of retirement income.

Kieffer Thompson, 31, of Dayton, is already on that path. He has a pension program through his employer and pays into a 401(k) account, “so I won’t be dependent on Social Security.”

Still, Thompson recognizes the value of Social Security, which he said provided critical income for a grandmother who recently died.

“I think Social Security is a great idea,” he said.

The program is marking its 75th anniversary. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on Aug. 14, 1935, at the White House.

Last week, Obama administration officials who serve as trustees of Social Security stuck to a forecast that the program’s trust fund will run out of money in 2037. The administration contends that, even when the trust fund is exhausted, continuing tax revenue will still be enough to pay more than 75 percent of projected benefits.

And it was created at a time where you were likely to not live long enough to collect social security in the first place… especially if you were an African America with shorter average life expectancies.

Now with the baby boomers retiring, we’re approaching a situation where every two workers will be supporting 1 retiree. It’s an absurd, unsustainable system that should be privatized.

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Sen. Goodman Criticizes “Nixonian” Strickland Administration

August 11th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Zack Space is So Incompetent, He Can’t Spell his Name Correctly

August 11th, 2010 Matt View Comments

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Ted Strickland’s Fall Gal: Nadeane Howard

August 11th, 2010 Matt View Comments

She moved from Toledo under Lee Fisher’s leadership to become a high-ranking assistant director at the DOD… but now that the state embarrassingly outsourced the work for the cash for clunker fridges program (even though it  saved the state money) she had to fall on the sword to protect her superiors:

The director of the Ohio Energy Resources Division has resigned after an internal review revealed that she knew at least a month before Ohio’s $11 million Appliance Rebate Program began on March 26 that the Texas company processing the rebates was going to use offshore workers.

The review, requested by Gov. Ted Strickland, found that the director, Nadeane Howard, got an e-mail before the state finalized its $357,300 contract with Parago Inc. “that explicitly raised a question about Parago’s potential outsourcing of jobs.”

That Feb. 25 e-mail, from a Minnesota competitor that didn’t win the state contract, warned that “Parago is known throughout the rebate industry as providing some of their services through offshore channels. . .

“Customer mail is delivered to a processing facility in El Paso, Texas, where is it immediately put on a truck and shipped to Mexico for scanning then data entry in other parts of the world, wherever the lowest cost labor is at the time,” wrote Dave White, vice president of sales for Helgeson Enterprises Inc. of White Bear Lake, Minn., in an e-mail.

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