Monday, April 07, 2014

Money Talks

A writer from Circleville, Ohio, explains the influence of money in politics.


Where was our Governor John Kasich last week? Was he looking out for your family? Not likely, since he has already shifted the burden of taxes from the wealthiest citizens and corporations among us onto your family. Kasich’s higher sales tax means the poorer you are, the higher proportion of your already over-stretched income is taken in taxes. Was Kasich out traveling the byways of Pickaway County to support schools? Not likely, seeing as he cut state help to local school districts, thus abandoning poorer students .

Where was John? He and Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker were in Las Vegas, sucking up to Sheldon Adelson, the multi-gazillionaire casino owner and bestower of over $93 million to Republican candidates in 2012. So, when push comes to shove, when Ohio budgets and priorities are being decided in smoke-filled rooms (well, they used to be smoke-filled until we started listening to medical scientists instead of the tobacco lobbyists) - anyway, will Kasich be thinking of Ohio school kids, struggling Ohio families, or will he be thinking of Sugar Daddy Adelson? Money talks, thus Adelson gets heard. You and I get shown the door - the rear door servant’s entrance, that is.....

...“Democrats work to help people who need help, that other party, they work for people who don’t need help. That’s all there is to it,” observed President Harry Truman. Republicans believe folks with more money deserve to be heard more than you.....

Face it. We don't matter to this governor or the Republican party. Just before the election, Gov. Kasich decides to boost funding for communities, roads, and programs, as though he was throwing manna to citizens to win re-election.

You might want to bookmark or print out that opinion piece above so that you are prepared to explain campaign finance to your uninformed brother-in-law. When will all working class people get it that the Republicans don't give a damn about regular human beings?

> The layoffs in Ohio continue:

> If you have a chance to view the Paycheck to Paycheck special on the Oprah Winfrey Network, it will open your eyes to the world of working women.  HBO has a documentary on the plight of women workers. Huffington Post has a few articles about the documentary.