Saturday, February 22, 2014
It is clear that the road to progress for Ohioans is being blocked by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Republicans.
1. JobsOhio has been a failure, except for the wealthy corporate CEO's getting tax credits and grants. The jobs created have not replaced the jobs we lost during the recession. Many of the "new" jobs have been temporary, minimum wage, and small in number. Kasich couldn't even save the 1,000 jobs at Ormet, and was against saving the American auto industry.
2. Our public schools are getting less money so that poorly administered charter schools can get more funding. Charter schools are exempted from many requirements that public schools must meet. As a result, charters fail to adequately meet the needs of the school children enrolled in their schools. More and more charter schools have failed, with money gone, teachers unpaid, and parents and children left in the cold.
3. Because the Kasich administration is providing less money to Ohio's school districts, Ohio's homeowners are facing more and more school levies to raise money for schools. Programs and teachers have been cut from many districts.
4. Communities have seen cuts to fire and police protection. The Kasich budgets have radically reduced money to cities, villages, and counties. We've lost many of our first responders because of the loss of funding.
5. Kasich and his administration had plans to frack in our state parks. Recent news has shown a conspiracy to convince the public that fracking was good for the environment. Seriously.
6. Working men and women across the state have seen less opportunities for themselves and their families.
7. With the increase of influence on Republican elected officials by the Koch Borthers, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Partiers, and other righties, the Ohio GOP has given up listening to the people of this state.
8. The increase in sales tax by Kasich has placed an unfair burden on the middle class in the state. We are paying more for our goods, but getting less services.
9. There is evidence of racism in the latest voter suppression laws passed by the GOP and signed into law by Kasich.
A top adviser to Ohio Gov. John Kasich has come under fire for a statement critics say was racist and aimed at suppressing the vote of African-Americans.
The comments from Doug Preisse, the Franklin County Republican chairman, were yet another salvo in the ongoing battle between Ohio Democrats and Republicans over early voting hours. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted last week issued a directive that excludes weekend voting, which Democrats say was politically motivated.
Preisse told the Columbus Dispatch in a story published Sunday: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter turnout machine."
It is time for the U.S. Justice Department to get involved in Ohio's voter suppression.
10. Women have been denied the right to gynecological and obstetric medical care because of restrictions passed by the Republicans and signed into law by Kasich. Doctors remain confused about what is law and what is not. Meanwhile, women are not getting cancer screenings, and being denied emergency care.
11. School children, the elderly, and the poor are being denied food because of cuts made by Kasich to food stamps. Food pantries are being overwhelmed by the requests for food.
12. SB5..... !!!!!! and the attacks on union workers, teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, state workers, and the people that make your community work.
I could go on and on, but there isn't enough time in the day. We have to vote out Kasich and the GOP to save our state. We must move forward to make our state better for everyone, not just the rich.
Enough! Ohio needs to vote for Ed FitzGerald for Governor. Do whatever you can to work for his election.