Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Shutdown Fallout in Ohio

* Many people have been furloughed because of the Republicans shutdown of the federal government. Ohio has been especially hit.


...A report released yesterday by Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based nonprofit research group, said the shutdown has affected everything from tourism to the state’s safety net.

“What started as a catastrophe for federal workers and their families has spread to start to impact communities, and it’s creeping into the labor market as people lose their services,” said Wendy Patton, who wrote the report. “It’s a spiraling effect, and the longer it lasts, the worse it hits people.”

Her report found effects as disparate as delayed infrastructure projects in northeastern Ohio to a growing backlog of Federal Housing Administration loans. The state has more than 75,800 federal employees, but about 43 percent are employed by the military, where most furloughs have already been reversed....

Ohio voters need to remember this disaster cooked up by the Republicans!

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> In case you need a reminder, here is a list of Ohio Republicans that voted to defund the Affordable Care law (aka Obamacare)- Dispatch:

House conservatives today formally launched the opening salvo in what promises to become a to-the-wire brawl over the President’s signature health care law and the budget — one that could result in the government partially shutting down for the first time since 1996.
By a vote of 230-189, the House passed a spending bill that will continue to keep the government open. The catch? It would also strip money from President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, Mike Turner, R-Dayton, Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, Bill Johnson, R-Marietta and Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, all supported the bill that passed yesterday....

Even if these Republicans claim that they didn't support closing the government, their vote pushed the country in that direction.

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* Americans have become disgusted at the antics of the Republicans in the House of Representatives in the shutdown of the government. Speaker of the House John Boehner is viewed by many as weak and ineffective, especially in his inability to push back the radicals in his party.  There are people that are advising Boehner. In a post at YahooNews, the National Journal lists those that are part of Boehner's closest confidants:

...Reps. Tom Latham of Iowa, Pat Tiberi of Ohio, and Mike Simpson of Idaho—House veterans, but not household names—are on the list. Notably absent are Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, both of whom are allies but also represent rival power centers in the famously fractious chamber....

...there remains no official membership list. And if there was one, says LaTourette, there would be layers to it.

For instance, he named Tiberi, Simpson, Latham, and Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Richard Burr of North Carolina, both former representatives. Boehner also counts on Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, his appointed National Republican Campaign Committee chairman, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, the previous NRCC chairman and now Rules Committee chairman, to advise him about the political scene. And there is Boehner’s “Ohio Mafia,” including Reps. Steve Stivers and Bob Latta.

Beyond these members, LaTourette, lawmakers, and aides also list Reps. Charles Boustany of Louisiana; Doc Hastings of Washington; Frank Lucas of Oklahoma; Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey; and Michael McCaul and Sam Johnson of Texas. There are also newer members, such as Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas.....

Steve Stivers? Pat Tiberi? Bob Latta? Do you know what is missing? There is not one elected female member of the House in Boehner's inner circle, and not one member of a minority.

You might notice that Boehner tries to include Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in every news conference or photo op, but clearly she is not part of the group advising Boehner--- she is just there for the picture.