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Ryan in good political shape

Published: Fri, October 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick (Contact)

On the side

A toss up: The highly-regarded Cook Political Report has moved the Ohio 6th Congressional District race from “lean Democrat” to “toss-up.” The race pits U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, a Democrat from St. Clairsville, against Republican Bill Johnson of Poland.

Conservatives gather: Conservative political activists will stop at The Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton at 7 p.m. Sunday as part of a “National Revolt Spending Tour.” The forum is part of a national effort to inform Americans about federal government spending.

The Sunday forum is the first stop on a seven-city tour of Ohio for the activists.

The Spread Eagle is owned by Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson, who will also speak at the forum.

Those wanting to attend should arrive by 6:30 p.m. Reservations to attend the event can be made by calling Tara Canestraro at 330-223-1511 until 5 p.m. today or the tavern at 330-233-1583 over the weekend.

White House job: Alison Kukla, a Boardman native and Youngstown State University graduate, was recently hired by the Office of the White House Counsel. Kukla worked for state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Canfield, D-33rd, and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th.

Polls show this is going to be a rough election nationwide for Democrats.

Several Democrats, hanging on for their political lives, are attempting to distance themselves from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a polarizing figure, and the $800-billion-plus federal stimulus package.

But don’t count U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, as one of them.

During an editorial board meeting with The Vindicator, Ryan made very interesting comments on those topics and others.

As for Pelosi, Ryan said the two are very close, and he is a strong supporter of her. Despite some incumbent House Democrats saying they hope Pelosi doesn’t run for speaker, Ryan praises her leadership.

“We share values,” he said.

As for the controversial stimulus package, Ryan agrees with most other Democrats that it helped the economy, but should have been implemented in a more effective manner.

But then Ryan takes it to another level.

“I don’t think the stimulus was big enough,” Ryan said. “I think the stimulus should have been double the size that it was if we want to drive down unemployment.”

The extra money could have been used to create many more jobs, which would have dropped the national unemployment rate down to about 6 percent, Ryan said.

The United States would have had to borrow money from countries, such as China, to come up with another $800-billion-plus.

Low interest

Ryan said he doesn’t see a problem borrowing more money because the interest rate is very low — he said about 1 percent or 2 percent — and it would jump start the economy with Americans having money in their pockets to spend.

“This is demand-side economics,” Ryan said. “The Tea-Party guys act like this is some wild theory. It’s the economic theory we’ve had from post-World War II to 1980. This is our economic theory: the economy goes down, government spending increases, smooths off the rough edges, and, you know, when the economy goes up, government spending decreases.”

Fortunately for Ryan he’s in a strong Democratic district with weak opposition.

Ryan faces Republican Jim Graham of Cortland, who’s been unable to raise money to compete with the incumbent and has attracted barely any support from national Republicans.

The other candidate is ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., an independent. Traficant has even less money than Graham, and is running on a bizarre two-issue pipe-dream of repealing the 16th Amendment and somehow getting an Indian gambling casino in North Jackson.

If nearly any other incumbent Democratic member of Congress made comments similar to Ryan’s, that person would probably lose. Even Democrats who’ve criticized Pelosi, President Barack Obama and the stimulus package are going to lose this year.

Ryan will cruise to an easy win.

He said, “I take all my challenges seriously.” But Ryan is so confident that he hasn’t had commercials on Youngstown’s television network affiliates, and has no plans to do so.

When it comes to this election, Ryan has nothing to worry about.


1davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

can you believe these nutty spending ideas

who is going to pay for this

these politicians who never had a real job dont get it

that is the problem with this area

and maybe that is why youngstown has never recovered since the mills closed

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

davidjohn is hard on the eyes but brings good points (once again).

Another problem is the love affair that the SPINdicator's owners, editors, reporters and others on its staff have with whoever is in power.

Almost like the SPINDY would go out of business if it didn't have government spending thousands of dollars every day advertising in the paper.

How else can any major newspaper justify making a huge story out of a dead baby doll display with halloween right around the corner and all that is going on in our area?

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3Woody(492 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Ummm, FDRs New Deal actually extended the Great Depression. Gov't does not create wealth and prosperity.

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4nojimbo(286 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

"Ummm, FDRs New Deal actually extended the Great Depression". I think the real "Woody", Woody Guthrie, would have disagreed with that one. He and all the victims of Hoover's "all is well" attitude in '32 were damn glad for FDR's New Deal.

Revisionist history of the first order, just like those who already forget just 2 years back. Remember September 2008, financial meltdown under B-U-S-H. All the laissez-faire Republicans were squealing like little piggies without their momma when it looked like the banks might go down and take their ponzi scheme investments with them. Then, THEN we needed government intervention.

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5Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

This quote sums up the New Deal the best. It is from FDR's Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau. When testifying before the House Ways & Means Committee in May of 1939, he said:

‘We are spending more money than we have ever spent before and it does not work. … I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises … I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started … and an enormous debt to boot.’

A vote for Timmy Ryan is a vote for the continued destruction of America. He clearly states above that he will continue the same plan of borrowing money from China, spending more and increasing the debt. These policies will continue to increase unemployment as it has already.

(D) = Destruction of America

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6Woody(492 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Ponzi Scheme investment - you mean like Social Security.

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7eagleye(59 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Yep. SS is the largest Ponzi scheme going. To poster "nojimbo", you actually need to check out the Congressional testimony available on Youtube and other sources. You will find Bush and others in 2004 and earlier warning Congress (both Republicans and Democrats) about the looming problem with Fannie Mae and the mortgage markets. Congress refused to take action. When things really started looking bad, Barney Frank, and Chris Dodd, the two people chairing the House and Senate finance committes responsible for oversight, claimed nothing was wrong, and folks should keep investing and putting into their systems. THey knew this was a lie and they took no action. Dodd got a sweetheart deal on a mortgage from Countrywide, the largest and the first to collapse. He promised during his failed Presidential run that he would provide the media with a copy of his mortgage agreement to prove that he didn't take a lowball mortgage. He never provided it, and has since 2007 that he "can't find it". Yea right. Frank's queer boyfriend was a senior legal advisor at Fannie Mae. The Franks and Dodds pressured and intimidated banks to loan money to dirtbags who could not pass standard financial threshholds for owning a house. I've owned three houses in several states. The lowest interest I ever had was 7.5 percent in 1987. My first mortgage at the end of the Carter Administration was 13% and rates had just dropped from 21% because Reagan cut the rates. People now are bitching about 4% rates, no down payments, no credit history, no savings, and evidently no brains either.

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8nojimbo(286 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Right ... the mortgage crisis was the Democrats fault. George W. Who???
"Bush seeks to increase minority homeownership" http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/h...

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9nojimbo(286 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

from the above article, "In a bid to boost minority homeownership, President Bush will ask Congress for authority to eliminate the down-payment requirement for Federal Housing Administration loans."

"Nothing-down options are available on the private mortgage market, but, in general, they require the borrower to have pristine credit. Bush's proposed change would extend the nothing-down option to borrowers with blemished credit."

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10Woody(492 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Not that I am defending Bush, he had his faults. Increasing the debt, amnesty for illegals, and this being a start. But, Clinton got the ball rolling on relaxing the loan policies of Fannie and Freddie.


This from the NY Times in 1999, "In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980's."

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11redvert(2240 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

nojimbo posted:Right ... the mortgage crisis was the Democrats fault. George W. Who???
"Bush seeks to increase minority homeownership" http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/h...

You forgot to add this clip, I am sure you meant to...


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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

You have done far too much for us already Dan . It's time to retire ! Backing Nancy Pelosi's no drill policy cost us dearly . Four dollar a gallon gas brought our economy down to its knees and caused a recession . If that wasn't enough you cut five hundred billion from medicare so the elderly would die faster without treatment . Thanks a lot Dan, you have done far too much for us and we don't need any more of your help .

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13Progress(58 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Its amazing, all this FREE campaign advertising for Ryan, courtesy of the Vindicator. First, the endorsement article and then this dribble basically repeating what the endorsement article already said.

Whats the matter Vindy?? Afraid your boy might lose?? Kinda funny Clinton is coming in to "rally the base" in a DEM stronghold??

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14dreamcatcher52(140 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Ryan says he and Pelosi "share values". That is scary.

But the diehard dems in this long-neglected area will vote for him anyway. Ryan has been paid for his vote on Obamacare(and probably his arm-twisting of Boccieri and Wilson to do the same) with a nice seat on an important committee - and the people around here think they will finally get their pork. Unfortunately for Wilson and Boccieri, they are just collateral damage.

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15candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

the promo whoring tour...

seriously...Slick doesn't have a new book to sell while in town?

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16NYR1(19 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

How unbelievably sad. This clearly shows why our area is considered a joke all over the country. We have one of the lowest education rates in the country along with some of the highest crime, poverty, and unemployment rates. Our solution: re-elect our never-had-a-real-job puppet of a Congressman. And our totally biased hometown newspaper comes out over a month ago with a unconditional endorsement of him as a preemptive strike against their hated Jimbo's nonexistent campaign. Is it any wonder we are looked at so poorly by the rest of the country? Even the newspaper doesn't get it.

Ryan is so arrogant and stupid (remember "W"?) that he thinks we should have spent even more money on the bailout and we should have borrowed it from China. And he doesn't even mind talking about it in public. Talk about job security! This guy needs to get an education, preferably in the real world, and find out what debt does to your future financial well being. Anyone with a decent business or financial background would destroy him in a debate of this topic.

And here is the best part. He is a shoe in to represent us again! The country will never stop laughing at us while we continue to elect jokes like this.

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17APlaw(45 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

IF the Vindy did it's job instead of being biased, things would be different.

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