Sunday, December 11, 2005

Rubber Stamp

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) is getting a lot of notice because her votes are tied to the agenda's of George W. Bush and the Hastert, DeLay, Blunt gang. Rep. Pryce doesn't care about what the people in her constituency want, she votes the way she is told. It has come to the attention of the Washington Post and others. Here is an ad for your listening enjoyment.

Rep. Pryce keeps reciting the Bush mantra about the economic recovery: "Our economic policies have done the trick," Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, told The Washington Post. "We are in the middle of one of the strongest economies this country has ever seen."

Rep. Pryce is wrong, wrong, wrong. The biggest economy was the result of the leadership of President William Jefferson Clinton. People were working good jobs and making good money. The deficit was down and the future looked good.

Deborah Pryce and her party have brought us huge deficits, a war without an exit strategy, the inability to help those at home (Katrina and Rita survivors), and a fable about a strong economy. If the economy is booming, it is doing so for people in other states. It is difficult to find good jobs in Columbus, Ohio and the other parts of the 15th. Young people are graduating from colleges and universities looking for employment in the field for which they were educated. Many are finding that there are only part-time jobs with no health insurance. This was not what these college grads expected after investing tens of thousands of dollars in their education and securing loans. Now the loans must be paid back, even though these young people are lucky to make $7/hour.

If this is what a great economy looks like in Ohio, I'd hate to see a recession. The entire Ohio Republican Party has helped themselves to parties and fundraisers with lobbyists drinking champagne, and touring Europe. Unfortunately, most of the people in Ohio are not enjoying the champagne, the caviar, the golf trips, or good paying jobs. It is now time for Pryce, Ney, Gillmor, Chabot, LaTourette, and Mean Jean Schmidt to make way for representatives who care about their constituents' wants and needs.