In NY 26 special election yesterday, a Democrat took that congressional seat in one of the most ‘Republican’ districts in the state. The issue of the Paul Ryan/GOP Medicare proposal apparently scared the elderly voters. Is this election result sound the death knell for Republicans in the 2012 elections? Or was it merely a blip? Further, how will the spin doctors on the right skew this victory?
Meanwhile the rape of Ohio goes on quite nicely. With the GOP controlling both houses and the governorship, they are working hard to do as much damage in this state as they can before the next election. They have already ‘fixed’ election laws to disenfranchise low income and elderly voters. Today they vote on drilling for oil in the state parks. Gov. Kasich yesterday proposed giving tax cuts to banks so that ‘they can give more loans’ to the citizens. As the keynote speaker for Ohio Bankers’ Day, Kasich said he was considering changing the way the state’s financial institutions are taxed. Two days ago Marathon Petroleum of Ohio received a 75-percent, 15-year job retention tax credit. The Ohio Senate is considering a vote on the House-passed repeal of the Ohio estate tax which the governor promises to sign. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Governor John Kasich is still talking about phasing out Ohio’s income tax altogether. Did I mention that the governor doesn’t like unions?
As the banking and oil corporations reap great benefits by the GOP Team, Ohio school districts have lost millions of dollars and are cutting programs, laying off teachers, and delaying building projects because ‘the state is broke!’ Cities and towns all throughout Ohio are cutting services and staff and looking to tax hikes to get them out of the red.
Well, Ohio, most of you stayed home on November 2- too busy to walk down the block to your voting precinct. While you stayed home, those other people decided things for themselves. Get it? Will you snooze away the next voting day, too?