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Elections have consequences



Published: Tue, March 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Elections have consequences

This letter is directed main- ly at lazy, uninformed or misinformed Ohio Democrats who failed to vote last November or crossed over to the “change” propaganda being sold by the Tea Party and GOP.

Are you convinced now that elections have consequences? What could you have been thinking if you voted for any of these GOP candidates, allowing the Republicans to take over the Statehouse?

First thing Kasich does is create a business tribunal which meets in private, devoid of legislative oversight, to cherry-pick the next industries for Ohio.

Now, his next objective is to break the public employee unions. Oh, this is just the beginning — his real objective is to make Ohio the next right-to-work state. Just watch the industries or companies chosen by the above mentioned tribunal. They will be nonunion type operations. He’s already bad mouthing GM and promoting “fractured” gas drilling as an economic savior for the state.

Let’s wake up and ensure Mr. Kasich continues his trend as a manager — first a failed managing director of Lehman Brothers, then a failed governor of Ohio.

Thomas E. Sedlock, Mineral Ridge

Reform in Ohio is long overdue

Oh, how I marvel at all of the Democrats bellyaching about the proposed budget cuts in state government and the impending reforms to Ohio’s collective bargaining laws. Both are long over due.

It wasn’t until 1983 that Democratic Gov. Dick Celeste enacted Ohio’s collective bargaining laws. So this has not been a constitutional right that should be allowed to persist for an eternity.

Years ago, most will concede, public employees were not paid all that much. But they made up for it with more lax work rules and increasingly better fringe benefits and often a job for life.

Well now we have gone full circle: public employees all over the nation are being paid more than their counterparts in the private sector. And their health care and pension benefits have become generous beyond belief as well as being just plain unaffordable.

Of course, we know why the Democrats are really squealing — they know that public employee unions represent the lion’s share of their campaign contributions. The unions provide millions of dollars in campaign contributions which are indirectly extracted from taxpayers to support Democrats who are then in a position to favorably “bargain,” again at taxpayer expense, with the very unions that helped elect them.

This is precisely why Chris Christie was elected governor of New Jersey, Scott Walker governor of Wisconsin, Mitch Daniels governor of Indiana and John Kasich governor of Ohio. They were elected to do what they are doing.

Larry Long Jr., East Liverpool


Comments

1JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

R1200GS, don't be to sure about that:

"If bill had been in effect in 2010, central Ohio's biggest public entities
would have saved $74 million"

At that is just the Columbus region

http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/...

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2Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Democrats had warnings this was coming they where in power in Washington and the state house but instead of taking action to curb the deficit they screw around on stupid stuff now republicans are in charge and fixing the problem there way and if the democrats dont like the solutions to bad you had your chance and screw off on stupid stuff.

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3notdownandout(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

How many years will it take to pay off Ohio's 8 billion dollar deficit on the backs of the public workers salaries and benefits. If you were saving 100 million (rounding off that 74 million) how many years to get to that billion mark?
First strip the workers of collective bargaining, then go after the pension fund. That's what they want to do. they want to steal the pension funds the way the steel retirees pension money was stolen by the steel mills.
By stealing the police and fire pension fund is the way to bail out ohio. 8 billion in debt would take would take a hundred years to make up. But steal that pension fund, and the debt is swept away.

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4JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

notdownandout, you have allot of catching up to do on this issue. Your not even close.

Ohio is the second worst State for unfunded pensions per capita - all Ohioians would have to kick in approximately $19,000 each to catch up. This is not about "stealing" pension money from workers. It's about the public employees contributing more toward their pension, just as the private sector has had to do for many years. In fact if the public employees were smart, they would opt for a 401k type of plan - the money would be in their pockets, and there's better growth.

That's only the beginning, I'll let you do some more homework.
Kasich is looking at many ways to trim the $8 billion deficit, and bringing the public employees in line with the private sector is only one part.

By the way, the $74 million that potentially could have been saved represented only the Columbus region, and doesn't include what could have been saved in the rest of the State.

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