Sunday, May 03, 2009

Ohio's Republicans

Today I took a few minutes to look at the other side---- the Ohio Republican Party. I learned a lot:

The Butler County Republican Party had their Lincoln Day celebration recently and they took lots of (hundreds!) pictures. After going through all their pictures from their Flickr posting of the event, I noticed that most of the people in their pictures (99.9%) were old white people. I guess they haven't learned about diversity.

*** The Photojournalist at the Daily Record has the shocking page capture from the Hamiliton County Republican Party. What was so shocking about the posting from the Hamilton County Republican Party? Alex Triantafilou, the Chair of the HCGOP, compared a picture of then cancer-stricken Sen. Arlen Specter with a picture of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies:


What is wrong with Triantafilou? Has he ever had a family member suffer through cancer? Triantafilou obviously is very, very immature.

Republicans think they have an interesting candidate for governor in John Kasich. Kasich has been out of politics, but is, I've heard, is a regular contributor to Fox News. (That alone should disqualify him!) The OntheIssues website has some votes by Kasich that should be examined:
> Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
> Ax Commerce and Energy Depts. (Mar 1999)
> Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
> Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

There is also a worthwhile article about Kasich from the New York Times (3/20/1995). Here is a highlight:
....John Kasich, chairman of the House Budget Committee, proposes to cut discretionary spending -- everything from the F.B.I. to defense, but not Social Security or other entitlements -- over five years by $100 billion below actual 1995 levels. But the shortfall would be larger, $180 billion, if Mr. Kasich's budget is measured against amounts that Congress currently intends to spend over the next five years. By the one measure that matters -- spending under Mr. Kasich's budget compared with spending that would be required, after taking account of inflation, to keep Government services whole -- the shortfall would be a whopping $315 billion. In focusing upon the smallest number, Mr. Kasich may have become the only politician in Washington who is prepared to cut more than he is willing to admit....

I think that any candidacy efforts by Kasich will be met by a huge lack of interest by most Ohioans. Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is extremely popular in Ohio, and he has the ear of President Obama. We realize that the economic hardships that we are facing are temporary and the result of the Republican Bush administration. We're not ready for a Republican as governor.