Monday, December 12, 2011

Where are the jobs, Republicans????

*  Republican Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) says he is creating jobs.  I don't know about you, but I live in Ohio's 15th congressional district, and I don't see any new jobs.  If you look at a list of "Key Votes" as listed at that Stivers has voted on, you see a list of bills that do away with regulations that protect people and the environment:

(This is just a short list.)

Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011 
Establishes Additional Requirements for Regulatory Agencies 

Repeals Country of Origin Limits for Green Cards Issued to Immigrants 
National Labor Relations Board Prohibitions 
Prohibits the National Labor Relations Board from Requiring Employers to Relocate Jobs
Repealing Provisions Limiting Funding For Endangered Species Act 

Repealing Energy Efficiency Standards for Incandescent Light Bulbs

 Someone needs to ask Stivers how many jobs he and his Republican colleagues have created with the repeal of regulations.  Those who live in Ohio's 15th district should call Stivers local office and ask how many jobs he has created.  Where are the jobs, Steve Stivers: Hilliard, Ohio office------(614) 771-4968.


*  How is Ohio doing under the guidance of Republican Gov. John Kasich?  Not so good. A story in the Examiner shows Kasich's job numbers don't jive with those posted at the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS).


...The most recent report from ODJFS on Ohio's unemployment numbers shows the number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 526,000, down from 534,000 in September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 45,000 in the past 12 months from 571,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 9.7 percent in October 2010.....
...Another data-driven source, Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., a company that provides high-quality employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports to Ohio and other states and to chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and workforce efforts arising from the Workforce Investment Act, says Kasich's Ohio doesn't fare better than 39th in what the data-collection company calls its 2011 Job Growth Competitive Effect by State report.......
.....While Gov. Kasich tells Ohioans he's just getting started, capital hill wonks in Columbus say Ohio, under Strickland, was growing jobs faster than the rate people were reentering the labor market. Kasich has seen the state's unemployment rate tick up three-tenths of a percent from where Strickland left it when he left office on the eve of Kasich's swearing-in ceremonies.....
In a post at, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that Ohio continues to see an uptick in unemployment claims: 
....For the states that experienced the greatest increase in claims for benefits; Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio led the pack. Comments from these five states were fairly consistent – construction industry layoffs as winter approaches generated the most terminations.....
You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.  Kasich is doing nothing to help our people.  Those being helped are corporations, CEO's, and Kasich's lobbyist buddies.

****  Ohio Treasure Josh "I want a new job" Mandel is too, too, too busy to go before the press to answer questions.  Mandel, a Republican that was bored with his job as Ohio Treasurer after a few weeks, has been so busy flying all over the country collecting campaign contributions that he is unwilling to answer a few questions from the Akron Press Club.  Apparently, Mandel has refused to answer any questions about 
 (1) trade with China,
 (2) the expansion of tax cuts for the middle class, 
 (3) why he accepted campaign contributions from a Nazi reenactor (see ClevelandJewishNews), 
 (4) why he took other suspicious campaign contributions, 
 (5) why he thinks that drilling in state and federal parkland/forests  is good for us when the U.S. EPA shows fracking contributes to groundwater contamination (see Bloomberg), etc., etc.  
It seems that the only thing Mandel can do is smear his opponent.  Does Mandel have any firm beliefs about anything?  Since he supported the Paul Ryan budget to end Medicare, does he think it is okay to deny health services to the elderly?  Is it possible that Mandel is just waiting for someone to tell him what to think?