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Ted Strickland Loves Gilligan’s Income Tax More than the Cavs

July 8th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From CNBC:

Let’s assume that reports are accurate and that LeBron James is headed to Miami.

As with every other team but his current team Cleveland, the Heat can offer James a five-year deal worth $95.5 million versus a six-year deal with the Cavaliers worth $124.5 million.

But if you match up what James’ salary would be for the first five years in Cleveland and the five years in Miami, you find that the Cavaliers are only offering him $4 million more.

That advantage gets erased — and actually gives the Heat the monetary edge over — when you consider the income tax difference. With the help of Aaron Merchak of the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., we crunched the numbers.

Playing in Cleveland, LeBron would face a state income tax of 5.925 percent, plus a Cleveland city tax of two percent.

Over the first five years of a new contract with Cleveland, James would give back $3,953,060 combined to the state and city for the 41 games each season he’d play at home. But James would have to pay none of that for home games in Miami since Florida doesn’t have an income tax.

What will liberals think of LeBron James for skirting his civic responsibility by leaving Cleveland? Doesn’t he know that Cuyahoga County, with some of the highest property taxes anywhere, along with one of the worst tax climates in the country, we need him here to pay for state services?

Online last time, singing for King James, here are creepy old men and Ted Strickland (perhaps I repeat myself?):

Slot Machines in Race Tracks

June 29th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From James Nash in The Dispatch:

After spending more than $1.5 million to give Ohioans the right to vote on electronic slot machines at racetracks, three conservative activists abandoned their campaign yesterday – which appears to give Gov. Ted Strickland the go-ahead to proceed with his plans for 17,500 slot machines.

Strickland, however, appears to be in no hurry to revive his year-old proposal to turn Ohio’s seven racetracks into mini-casinos.

Ohio’s gambling landscape has shifted considerably since the governor inserted the idea into the state budget to raise $933 million over two years. In November, voters approved privately run casinos in four cities. The casino operators, Penn National Gaming Inc. and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, extended their reach into the horse-racing business.

Last week, state regulators allowed giant casino operator Harrah’s to buy a racetrack near Cleveland. Harrah’s said it has an agreement with Gilbert to give him a stake in the track.

I guess this means Ted Strickland will rescind his 4.2% retroactive income tax hike, which was passed with support of all Ohio legislative Democrats and 5 wayward Senate Republicans?

Stand by your mailbox…. rebate checks are on their way!

Ted Strickland is Proud to be Anti-Choice on Education, Stars in OEA Ad

May 24th, 2010 Matt View Comments

The income tax discussion should be a clear indicator to you that only a Gov. John Kasich has the plans and (hopefully!) the testicular fortitude displayed by NJ Governor Chris Christie which it will take to get through Ohio’s looming $8 billion dollar deficit, which is on top of serious public pension concerns and billions of dollars in loans for unemployment compensation that Ohio owes to the Federal government. Ohio’s budgetary problems are a nightmare, and the status quo isn’t working.

The income tax, which only dates back to Gov. Gilligan’s administration, is a hindrance to high net-worth individuals and small business owners who could just as easily live and conduct business in a lower-tax state. While phasing it out completely may be impossible, having a series of bench-marks for gradual reduction of the income tax over the course of a decade is not only possible, it is NECESSARY if Ohio wishes for their economy to look less like Michigan and more like Texas. How refreshing it would be to have a Governor like John Kasich who actually looks in the direction of tax cuts, instead of Strickland who added a retroactively increased the income tax by 4.2% in December 2009.

And when Richie Rich David Pepper promotes Ted Strickland’s work on public education, this is what he is talking about:

  • Reducing education funding, and breaking a long-standing tradition by cutting funding for Catholic and Protestant Schools by 500% more than public schools.
  • 9% of education funding is from the Federal Government, much of which is one-time stimulus money that evenStrickland admits won’t be renewed.
  • A “Evidence Based Proposal,” which suggests to “SPEND MORE!” All the evidence points to is that districts can’t afford such proposals and the state will never be able mandate. For example, Ted Strickland campaigns on his mandate for universal all-day kindergarten, but allows any cash strapped school district to easily opt out.
  • Spend time hopelessly campaigning for “Race for the Top” Federal education dollars which many school educrats think isn’t worth their time applying for. Even Ted’s own State Superintendent Deborah Delise could care less about securing this funding.

If this is the sort of agenda that John Kasich will move Ohio away from, then sign us up!

School choice is about empowering parents, no matter their financial situation, to give their children a quality, customized education which also reflects their values and traditions, and do so at perhaps a lower cost.

Ted Strickland, as a former congressman from Appalachia, is probably acutely aware of how bad public education can be. But he is shamefully willing to disregard to the plight of impoverished students if it means political support and campaign contributions from teacher union cronies.

John Kasich campaigns on plans to expand school choice while improving the percentage of education dollars that are actually spent on students. Kasich’s only “hostility” is focused on educrats and politicians who stand in way for a better education for children.

Speech-Stifling Speaker Budish Strikes AGAIN!

February 25th, 2010 Matt Comments off

First it was Elizabeth Trisler, the talented high school senior who waited more than a year to receive praise on the floor of the Ohio House simply because Budish loves killing babies. And without the work of the Ohio Right to Life, the Ohio ACLU and Bill O’Reilly, lovely Elizabeth would probably still be waiting when she is elderly enough to watch Budish’s fuddy-duddy TV show in Cleveland.

But now, another storm is brewing, and it once involves free speech and former Navy SEAL Rep. John Adams, Ohio’s version of Chuck Norris.

As you know, Ohio House Democrats rarely allow Republican bills to get hearings. However,  they made a special exception for Adam’s HB 400, a proposal which would gradually eliminate the state income tax created during the Gilligan Administration.

But House Dems didn’t allow debate to start on this bill because they had epiphany about their statist agenda.

Instead, the goal was to have Ohio OBM Director J. Pari Sabety orchestrate something resembling a Stalinist show trial to beat up on gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, who has a similar proposal.

So on Wednesday in the Ways and Means Committee, with spokesidiots from various taxpayer-funded interests testifying against the legislation, the first full scale hearing started. To testify in favor was Jonathan P. Williams, the Director of Tax & Fiscal Policy at the conservative ALEC and well-known OU Economics Professor Richard Vedder.

With Williams flying in from Washington, D.C. and Professor Vedder traveling from Athens, they were both supposed to testify sometime during that morning session. And the Chairman, Rep. Tom Letson, was aware that Mr. Williams had a evening flight out of Columbus and had to leave by 4:30. Dr. Vedder had to depart by noon.

But as the clocked ticked away well into the afternoon, it became clear that they would not be allowed to testify at all. And while they couldn’t find time for two experts who traveled a great distance for the hearing, at least 8 people testified against…. even though it is tradition for supporters of bills to speak first. The show trial continued well into the afternoon, with only a brief intermission for a full-House session, with the committee continuing until 5:30pm.

What is Speaker Budish afraid of? Maybe he is concerned that brilliant Dr. Vedder would use his eloquent defense of free-markets and liberty to skewer big government Democrats? Vedder is an incredibly talented speaker, and during the question session he would certainly run intellectual circles around the lefty bumkins on the committee. It would be a blood bath, and Williams & Vedder wouldn’t even break a sweat.

The way House Democrats treated Williams and Vedder is inexcusable. Budish clearly is building a reputation for himself who will use his power over procedural matters to push his liberal agenda in the most petty and rude ways imaginable while silencing dissenters.

To correct this situation, does Armond really need Bill O’Reilly to knock him over the head again?

Here is Bill Cohen’s report from the Statehouse News Bureau:

Update at 7:40am: And leave it to Jim Siegel in The Dispatch to completely ignore what happened.

AG Rich Cordray Defends Public Sector Tax Scofflaws

February 13th, 2010 Matt Comments off

James Nash in The Dispatch reports there are 4143 state employees who have not paid Columbus income taxes:

Columbus tax enforcers are cracking down on more than 4,000 state employees who live or work in the city but have not paid city income taxes. The move is drawing complaints of “heavy-handed” enforcement from the state attorney general and a major union.

The city income-tax division has identified 916 people who don’t live in Columbus but might work more than 12 days per year in the city, which under Ohio law would subject them to the local income tax.[...]

The income-tax division performed 45,000 audits in 2008 that recovered more than $3.9 million in unpaid taxes. Officials say they have no idea how much in potential back income taxes might be at stake with state workers.[...]

Attorney General Richard Cordray wrote Tuesday to employees of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, which is based in London, urging them to cooperate with his office’s human-resources staff.

About 300 employees of the attorney general’s office are under scrutiny, the letter said.

Cordray wrote that the city’s “aggressive posture” is legal but has been “erroneous or heavy-handed in many instances.”

He noted that some workers accused of owing taxes want their employer to pay, which the office won’t do.

Read the rest here.

Haven’t heard Cordray complain about Ted Strickland’s new “heavy handed” BMV fee, but he will move mountains to come to the defense of state bureaucrats.

I can understand why a state office wouldn’t pay for the amount owed, but considering the expensive layers of administration offices which do nothing except handle payroll, why wasn’t this money simply withheld from their paychecks? They certainly have the manpower to deal with this prorated nonsense of counting how many days were spent in Columbus, and avoid this mess entirely.

And meanwhile, if you are a small business owner having trouble dealing with Columbus’ tax code and Mike Coleman’s recently implemented income tax increase, have no fear because AG Rich Cordray will certainly come to your defense too!… or not

John Adams on the Income Tax

February 2nd, 2010 Matt Comments off

Rep. John Adam, once again, lays the smack down on old man Joe Hallett and kicks his wrinkled ass… Navy Seal style. Oh the carnage!

In his January 24 editorial, “How will Ohio pay for its schools if it kills the income tax,” Joe Hallett raised many questions about my proposal to phase out the state income tax. Opponents and even some editorial columnists will attempt to mischaracterize my bill because they know propaganda is a successful tool, but legislative discussions should consist of substance, not political theater or shock value.

As a father of seven children, I am not willing to let schools in Shelby County or Ohio’s other 87 counties risk closure. Mr. Hallett, you are correct that the income tax was instituted in 1971 to aid schools, but you failed to mention that since that time, the state income tax has grown into an insatiable beast that feeds numerous areas of a bloated state government which consumes tax dollars that could be better spent. Since the 1970s Ohio’s tax burden has exploded going from the sixth lowest to the seventh highest, losing hundreds of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Contrary to your claim, I do not plan to “starve” the government of money but instead will reduce the wasteful annual average rate of spending. When looking at the last six years, total state spending increased in Ohio an average 2.4 percent while the General Revenue Fund averaged 4.5 percent growth. My plan cuts these two rates of spending growth in half and devotes the difference to phasing out the punitive and economically damaging income tax. Mr. Hallett, there are no spending cuts here.

Your argument that blames Ohio’s economic misfortune on the cold weather isn’t new but certainly is flawed. According to the 2009 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index, some of America’s northernmost (and coldest) states clearly outperformed Ohio’s economy. You overlooked that Montana ranked fourth and Washington ranked fifth for their economic growth, while North and South Dakota ranked 14th and 11th, respectively.

Although five of the nine states without income taxes have higher sales tax rates than Ohio, you also failed to mention that five of the “tax-haven” states are among the 10 most prosperous economies in the nation over the past decade. Believe it or not, Alaska and New Hampshire have neither a general income tax nor a sales tax, yet they still have schools and still pave roads. While you might rationalize why these states still prosper while Ohio flounders, the Buckeye State historically has had its own ace in the hole: a flourishing manufacturing industry…which just so happens to have packed up and relocated because our tax burden is too high.

Ohioans are well aware of our economic challenges, ranking 49th in economic performance over the past decade – beating out only beleaguered Michigan. Mr. Hallett, if you are happy with this economic status quo in Ohio, then you may continue to attack my plan to make Ohio a tax-haven state and bring about economic revitalization. However, I hope you and your readers will join in my efforts to create jobs today, and bring about a positive change in the way our state does business for generations to come.

“Oh snap!”

Instead of asking “How do we pay for schools?”, the question should instead be “How do we unleash entrepreneurs  to create jobs and build the type of wealth the state confiscates to pay for schools?” At the very least, Hallett should not write about the income tax when in his official capacity as as supposed “reporter,” since he is the leading defender of the gift from John Gilligan which keeps on giving.

Remember How Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman Desperately Had to Raise Income Taxes to Pay for Police and Fire?

January 23rd, 2010 Matt View Comments

Yeah…. me too:

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John Adams vs. Joe Hallett

January 6th, 2010 Matt Comments off

The Navy Seal rightfully throws Hallett around like a pansy-ass Somali pirate:

As a Navy SEAL, I quickly learned the meaning of the phrase, “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” In his Dec. 20 column, “Term limits get in the way of lawmakers seeing big picture,” Dispatch Senior Editor Joe Hallett suggested that Gov. Ted Strickland’s leadership has displayed backbone.

Having a backbone is demonstrated by knowing how and when to say no to out-of-control spending.

Ohio citizens know that when there is no money to pay the bills, you don’t borrow more. Small businesses all over Ohio are surviving, and legislators who lack a backbone stick them with higher taxes and higher regulatory costs.

Please examine more closely Strickland’s $2 billion in cuts to the general-revenue fund. When examining the two-year, all-funds budget, one discovers it has increased by more than 10 percent compared with the previous biennial budget.

The “big-picture focus on Ohio’s greater good” is not lost among the new members of the General Assembly. “Rookies” have provided the policies to create an environment for new jobs to be created and others to be sustained. I authored House Bill 25, a complete restructuring of how Ohio does business in a more cost-efficient manner.

Government efficiency is fostered by the creation of jobs. Ohio is not competitive with the states that believe in less-expensive government and fewer taxes on job creators. A continual phase-down of the personal income tax will make us competitive again.

Ohio is a great state, and we need to make every effort to keep it great for future generations.

REP. JOHN ADAMS
78th Ohio House District
(Sidney)

Ted Strickland’s Income Tax Increase

December 21st, 2009 Matt View Comments

Republicans haven’t hit this issue hard enough yet, but it is up to them to inform voters that Gov. Ted Strickland just raised their state income taxes by 4.2%.

As Tom Blumer of Bizzyblog.com fame noted on Newsbusters, the Ohio dinosaur media has completely bought the Strickland-approved wording of “tax-freeze” or “tax delay.” (emphasis mine):

Associated Press, Steve Majors

Ohio tax cut delay means less for taxpayers

Ohioans will pay more in 2009 taxes than expected because a budget compromise that cleared the Legislature on Thursday night delays the last in a series of tax cuts begun four years ago.

…. For the majority of Ohioans, the tax change means they will have to forgo tax savings of less than $150.

…. The deal resolved what had been increasingly tense negotiations between Strickland and Democratic lawmakers on one side, and Republicans loath to suspend a tax cut on the other.

…. Minority House Republicans opposed the deal because they viewed the tax change as a job killer.

…. “This is a temporary delay. I have no intention of making it anything other than a temporary delay,” Strickland said.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer, Aaron Marshall, December 17

Strickland, Senate Republicans and House Democrats reach state budget deal

Gov. Ted Strickland and state legislative leaders struck a state budget deal late Wednesday after a late-night bargaining session.

The deal uses the delay of a 4.2 percent state income tax cut that began in January to plug an $851 million hole in the education portion of the state budget. The budget fix had been proposed by Strickland and approved by House Democrats on Oct. 21 but Senate Republicans had been balking at supporting it for months.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer, Aaron Marshall, December 18

State lawmakers pass state budget; income tax reduction put off

You will end up paying a little more in state income taxes than you would have otherwise.

But Ohio schools are saved from drastic funding cuts, and state universities will construct a few buildings differently, hoping to achieve savings.

That’s the bottom line of a state budget deal expected to hit Gov. Ted Strickland’s desk today ….

Postponing the cut will reduce the size of the refund that most taxpayers would otherwise expect to receive after filing their taxes ….

…. Senate Republicans voting against the deal labeled it a tax hike.

…. Despite what is shaping up to be a spirited 2010 gubernatorial campaign against former Republican U.S. Rep. John Kasich of Columbus, Strickland said he isn’t worried about being labeled “Tax Hike Ted” for leading the fight to delay the income tax cut.

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Dayton Daily News, Laurie Bischoff, December 17

State lawmakers reach deal to patch budget

State lawmakers on Thursday, Dec. 17, agreed on a deal to patch an $851 million hole in the budget and avert massive cuts to 600 school districts serving 1.8 million students.

“I think this is a victory for Ohio. I think it’s a victory for our schools,” Gov. Ted Strickland said.

The agreement delays a 4.2 percent income tax rate cut — scheduled to take effect this year — until 2011. Ohioans will pay $851 million more in income taxes over the next two years.

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Columbus Dispatch, Jim Siegel, December 18

Budget deal sealed after late-night debate
Schools saved from further pain, but tax cuts postponed

Schools, libraries and other social services will not face further cuts, but many Ohioans will either pay more or get back less when they file their income taxes next year under a contentious plan to fix the $851 million budget shortfall.

State lawmakers gave final approval late last night to delaying for two years the 4.2 percent income-tax cut that took effect in January.

…. Democrats call it a tax rate freeze. Republicans called it an increase that, considering the multibillion-dollar projected budget in 18 months, is unlikely to be only temporary.

…. Income-tax withholdings in 2009 were set assuming the income tax cut would remain, so most taxpayers have withheld too little, meaning they will owe money to the state or get smaller-than-expected refunds when they file returns in the first quarter of 2010.

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Toledo Blade, Jim Provance, December 18

Deal reached to patch hole in Ohio schools budget
GOP yields crucial 5 votes to delay cut in income tax

Forget that latest income tax cut you’ve seen in your paychecks for the last 11 months.

Lawmakers and Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday broke a long-awaited deal to patch an $851 million hole in the state’s education budget by delaying for two years the final 4.2 percent installment of a total 21 percent cut set in motion in 2005.

…. With withholding rates largely having run their course for the year, the state expects to recoup roughly $844 million to apply to the $851 million hole when taxpayers file their returns next spring, with many getting smaller refunds than expected.

…. House Minority Leader Rep. Bill Batchelder (R., Medina) called the tax adjustment a “job killer” that would hit many small businesses particularly hard.

“This tax is retroactive, going back to the first of the year that we’re in now,” he said. “The first of 2009 nobody knew they had to pay this tax.”

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Marietta Times, Evan Bevins, December 19

Tax cut delay hits 2009 returns

Thursday’s approval of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s plan to delay a tax cut will cost a majority of residents less than $70.

For the 20 percent of taxpayers making more than $76,000, the difference will be in the three- or even four-digit range.

The Ohio Senate narrowly approved the proposal Thursday as a way of filling an $850 million hole opened in the upcoming budget when a court challenge put Strickland’s plan to allow video slot machines at state horse-racing tracks on hold.

But if you really think this is a delay, doesn’t that imply that you will receive this “delayed” revenue sometime in the future? I wouldn’t hold my breath for that, as this small “delay” will generate more than $1 billion for the state and in the face of somewhere between $6-8 billion deficit next budget, your refund has been delayed into perpetuity… with the chances of future tax increases becoming increasingly likely.

And to make matters worse, individuals and businesses who planned out their financial plan for the year just had their tax levels adjusted RETROACTIVELY. So in addition to this increasing taxes by 4.2%, it is incalculable to measure to true financial burden of individuals not being able to properly plan their financial situation.

This debate over semantics reminded me a lot of an old episode of the Simpsons, where Lisa Simpson becomes president and has to reword the tax increase to “soften the blow.” (The other clip is shamelessly borrowed from the talented Marc Kovac.)

Notice Strickland’s unusual wording in the clip above:

1) “I hope they depend on which side has the most effective media team.”

2) “The public WILL sort this out. I think the public…. has a way…. of NOT understanding the specifics of an issue.”

Ted Strickland HOPES they depend on which side has the most effective media team, as he knows the MSM statehouse reporters have already shown themselves happy to spin this issue in the way his communications team sees fit. And statement #2 appears to be Strickland losing his train of thought and his mental health issues are kicking in, OR he is admitting that he believes the public will sort this out without fully understanding that this is a 4.2% increase in come taxes.

Ted Strickland just raised taxes, and 7 pathetic Ohio Republican legislators made it happen. It is  now time for John Kasich to make Ted wear his tax increase as if it were his new running mate.

Ted Strickland’s TurnAround Ohio Plan Keeps Working: 11.2% Unemployment!

August 21st, 2009 Matt Comments off

From the ODJFS:

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 11.2 percent in July, up slightly from 11.1 percent in June, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 9,800 over the month, from 5,113,100 in June to 5,122,900 in July.

“Ohio’s labor market remained relatively unchanged in July,” ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin said. “Job gains in service-providing industries were partially offset by job losses in goods-producing sectors.”

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 664,000, up from 663,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 265,000 in the past 12 months from 399,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.7 percent in July 2008.

When reached for comment about why the unemployment rate has more than doubled on the Governor’s watch and Ohio now ranks “next to last in economic performance,” Strickland’s robot spokesbabe Amanda Wurst once again said:

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And in unexpected news, even with OSU and so many government jobs existing in Columbus, the city is apparently worse off than Cleveland. Congratulations Columbus, and good luck with your higher income tax!

At this point, I would typically take yet another obligatory and gratuitous shot at the Governor. But this time, I’ll turn the stage over to SoS Jennifer Brunner, who had this to say to Brent Larkin:

“As one of my supporters in Cleveland suggested, by the time we get to 2010, the governor will be held by the people of Ohio squarely responsible for the economy — deservedly or not,” (Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner) told me last week. “If you have on the top of the ballot the person responsible for Ohio’s economy [Strickland] and the one responsible for providing jobs for Ohio [Fisher, in his former role as development director], that’s not going to play well for Democrats.”

Behold! Columbus Issue 1 in Action!

August 16th, 2009 Matt Comments off

A portion of Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s city income tax hike will be immediately absorbed by the Ohio EPA’s Environmental Protection Fund.

Joe “tax lovin’” Hallett vs. Emily “bone crusher” Riemer

August 11th, 2009 Matt View Comments

They debated the results Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s city income tax ballot issue. When it was over, only one was left standing…

Quote of the Day

August 6th, 2009 Matt Comments off

In a depressing Other Paper cover-story by Lyndsey Teter (the Teet!) about the passage of Columbus’ income tax hike, Terry Casey said this, which is Right Ohio’s quote of the day:

“When you have a million-plus from the business community—plus a newspaper PR firm that helped the propaganda ministry, everyone’s going to be coming back with, ‘you owe me,’” he said.

And Mrs. Teeter takes a healthy shot at the Mayor:

Coleman was at his magnanimous best, however, on the podium at Issue 1’s election night victory party, breathing such a hefty sigh at the end of a long list of “thank-yous” that it prompted laughter from supporters gathered at the Harrison West Community Center.

“I’ve always said that victory has a thousand fathers,” he said afterward, refusing—for the most part, anyway—to detail how he, personally, contributed to fathering Issue 1’s success.

“Let’s let other people talk about that,” he said. “I like the idea of not making it more—it’s not just all about me.”

Those who remember the man who had, only a year earlier, boldly “declared battle” at a sweaty press conference in front of City Center might ask, “Since when?”

I cringed while reading that. After all, victory may have a thousand fathers, but Coleman may be the father of a thousand children.

Columbus Issue 1 Passed- 51.7% to 48.3%

August 4th, 2009 Matt View Comments

OK- Now Columbus has a higher income tax, my fellow Columbus residents will finally experience a utopia on Earth. Finally, Route 315 will actually be accessible, murders will cease, and birds will chirp out lovely music. Thank goodness.

What did this experience teach me? Nothing much, except for the fact that people who aren’t affected by a tax probably shouldn’t be allowed to vote for it & Columbus AM radio stinks.

I was driving as the polls were closing, and the 610AM WTVN host was taking calls about types of chewing gum and candy bars that callers wished were still available in stores! Oh my goodness, it was so terrible that it would annoy me to provide more details than mind-numbing conversation. A good ClearChannel station would have been telling folks to hurry up and vote on the way home from work, but such a channel does not exist in Columbus.

Then, the host which took over the Sean Hannity timeslot to do the play-by-play of the election results gave a glowing 20 minute interview with far-left Columbus City Councilman Mike Mentel and was quite accepting of the Coleman campaign/Columbus Dispatch propaganda.

610 AM may have the worst ClearChannel hosts in the state.

If it wasn’t for Michael Savage on 103.9 FM in the evening, I might be tempted to rip the radio out of my car.

The Spirit of Jim Rhodes on Columbus Issue 1

July 30th, 2009 Matt View Comments

The Other Paper’s much cuter (and fertile) replacement for Dan Williamson, who is also a fellow Ben Marrison hater, has two hilarious pieces today. Read them here and here.

This is exactly the level of seriousness that Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s proposed income tax increase should be treated with.

ProtectOurFirefighters.org

July 29th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Isn’t it interesting that this Columbus pro-tax increase campaign website has NO disclaimer? They are also running ads without dislaimers too, including on and have been for a couple weeks. Someone should file a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, as they are in clear violation of the law.

In addition, Lee Roberts, Mike Brown, and all the other Coleman Hacks couldn’t even find one of the many Columbus-area tech-lefties to design their website. Instead, the statists outsourced their shady tax-and-spend campaign to North Carolina:

Registrant Name:Clay Schossow
Registrant Organization:new media campaigns
Registrant Street1:605 W. Main St.
Registrant Street2:Suite 206
Registrant City:Carrboro
Registrant State/Province:North Carolina
Registrant Postal Code:27612
Registrant Phone:+1.9193387830
Registrant Email:

In addition, the pro-Issue 1 campaign has recieved no money from the Fraternal Order of Police or International Association of Firefighters. So firefighters didn’t support this campaign at all, but that didn’t stop Coleman’s scumbags from trying to scare voters into thinking that if they don’t vote for this income tax increase, then YOUR HOUSE WILL NOT BE SAVED IF ON FIRE AND YOUR FAMILY WILL DIE! AHHHH!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES AND VOTE!!!!!:

protectourfirefighters(Click to enlarge)

Here is a screen capture of their ad running on ABC 6 and NBC 4 in Columbus:

Raise My Taxes, Please!

July 28th, 2009 Matt Comments off

I’d expect that sort of talk from Blundering Blundo, but Jim Tressel?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I was under the impression that Jim Tressel is an old fashioned, apolitical conservative Catholic. But stranger things have happened, such as staunch Republican Woody Hayes endorsing Ben Espy.

Columbus City Hall Pays Big Bucks for Building Space

July 28th, 2009 Matt View Comments

From NBC 4:

But of course Mayor Coleman can’t be troubled with such trivial budgetary questions. After all, we have a city income tax increase to campaign for!

Perhaps Mike Brown, a dirtbag from Mayor Coleman’s office, can leave another unprofessional comment on my blog about this subject too?

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Issue 1 Update: Excessive Overtime for Columbus City Employees

July 26th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Lynn Walsh of the Buckeye Institute on Dirk Thompson’s radio show (610 AM WTVN) provided Columbus residents with some fascinating research they should keep in mind before voting for Mayor Mike Coleman’s proposed income tax increase:

Click here to listen.

The verbose callers on AM radio are always great fun, and I’d trust them to run the city long before handing the keys over to the tax-raising womanizer who currently runs the show. (Yeah, I said womanizer… As in saying: Mike Coleman probably wanted a Federal appointment from President Obama, but his FBI background check would read like a poorly-written, cheesy romance novel.)

Gutting the Ohio Income Tax

July 26th, 2009 Matt Comments off

In an article about how very likely it is that we could have a Speaker Bill Batchelder in 2011, Thomas Suddes mentions Kaisch’s plan to scrap the income tax:

Strickland’s probable GOP challenger is former U.S. Rep. John R. Kasich of Westerville. Whatever else may be said of Kasich, if the issue in a Kasich-Strickland contest becomes Ohio’s budget, Kasich made his congressional name as a budget-wrangler. Yes, Kasich’s vow to repeal Ohio’s income tax ranks up there with pie in the sky. But that doesn’t mean Kasich couldn’t sell it as a phased-repeal package. Obviously, Ohio Democrats have no problem with phased-in tax cuts. They left untouched, indeed they protected, Republican Gov. Bob Taft’s phased-in Ohio income-tax cuts.

The plan is decent in theory- Where the income tax is slowly phased out over a decade or more, and high-net worth individuals flock to Ohio for the tax benefits, and bring their risk-taking, job-creating entrepreneurship with them. After all, Ohio’s income tax only dates back to the Gov. Gilligan administration, and Rep. Batchelder was there to vote against it.

I have had far too many Ohio Republican insiders that I respect tell me that they think Kasich should dump the income tax proposal, saying that it isn’t a serious proposal. I beg to differ, as the proposal would most certainly be set for gradual progress and benchmarking.

Perhaps there simply isn’t the political will to COMPLETELY scrap the state income tax, but we can definitely lower it, and Kasich is simply arguing that should be moving in that direction. There is nothing “pie in the sky” about that, and it puts Ohio Democrats back in their natural state of existence: Defending big government and Ohio’s burdensome taxes.

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