* The Kasich administration still hasn't stopped the layoffs. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has listed the latest Warn Notice: Kmart Store, in Springfield (Clark County), Number Affected: 52.
* Gov. Kasich's office won't release the number of people that work for him to the Dispatch. Innovation Ohio:
...Apparently, the Governor is digging in his heels and refuses to be transparent. All the Dispatch is asking is for a list of how many people work for the Governor, regardless of which agency is paying them. And the Governor’s office refuses to say.
Innovation Ohio’s been down this road before and we figured it out. As of April 28, 2011, salaries for the Kasich team, including all staff reporting to the Governor but paid by another agency, were 12% bigger than they were saying publicly in budget testimony, and 8% bigger than their predecessor’s payroll...
Shouldn't that kind of information be made public? Is the governor's office suddenly a private entity?
*** Republican Rep. Steve Stivers appeared on the Gordon Liddy radio program, according to the Dispatch.
...Stivers complained that President Barack Obama is trying to win re-election by blaming Congress for not passing his initiatives. “His policies aren’t working so obviously he’s moving to try to shift blame to somebody else,’’ Stivers said. Pointing out that the Democrats control the Senate, Stivers said that it’s frustrating to be in Washington because "frankly the president wants us to fail right now.’’
Stivers has some nerve. The Republicans in the House of Representatives have done nothing to improve our lives or create jobs. Now Stivers is blaming President Obama?????
I wonder what Stivers would have to say about this chart: JobChart
In an appearance on CNN, Mitt Romney said that he is "...not concerned about the poor..." What a guy!
“I’m in this race because I care about America,” he said. “I’m not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there, if we need to repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who are struggling, and I’ll continue to take that message across the country.”
...“The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor. And there’s no question it’s not good being poor. And we have a safety net to help those that are very poor, but my campaign is focused is on middle-income Americans.”
...Romney’s claim that he is focusing on middle class Americans also is highly questionable. His tax plan favors the very rich like himself, as well as his proposal to cut spending for programs that benefit middle to poor families and individuals.
Romney embraced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’s plan that would turn Medicare into a coupon program.
What safety net? The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness has these statistics:
...On any given night, approximately 750,000 men, women, and children are homeless in the US.
* 56% are living in shelters and transitional housing, while 44% are unsheltered.
* 59% are single adults and 41% are persons living in families.
* 98,452 are homeless families
* 23% are chronically homeless according to HUD’s definition. (Cunningham, Mary and Meghan Henry. 2007. Homelessness Counts. Washington, DC: National Alliance to End Homelessness.)
Over the course of a year, between 2.5 and 3.5 million people will live either on the streets or in an emergency shelter. (Homelessness in the United States of America. Prepared by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.)...
Romney is a heartless putz. I guess if a person has hundreds of millions of dollars stashed in foreign banks, several homes, and a trust fund worth one hundred million dollars for his kids, the last thing he'd think about are the poor, the homeless, the hungry,..... Romney has to worry about his foreign investments.