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Gov.: Youngstown is 'in my blood.'

Published: Wed, March 9, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.



Senate Minority Leader Capri Cafaro delivers the Democrat's response to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio.



House Minority Leader Armond Budish delivers the Democrat's response to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio.


Reaction from state legislators from the Mahoning Valley to Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech.

He gives a lot of feel-good stories and a lot of vague statements.”

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Canfield, D-33rd

I didn’t hear anything new. He had the opportunity to provide specificity and put some meat on the bones. Instead I heard the same platitudes.”

Senate Minority Leader

Capri Cafaro, Liberty, D-32nd

His focus on restructuring [government] is a good thing. We need to see the details. Change is frightening and people don’t like it, but the state needs to be changed. We can’t keep doing the same thing.”

State Rep. Craig Newbold, Columbiana, R-1st

He talks of bipartisanship yet he shoves bills through the Legislature. His actions and words are two different things.”

State Rep. Sean O’Brien,

Brookfield, D-65th




During his first State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich spoke of nearly every part of Ohio, with several references to the Mahoning Valley.

Most state legislators from the Valley appreciated the various shout-outs to Youngstown, Lordstown and the region.

But many say they’ve heard it before from Kasich, who’s been governor for less than two months and has made three public appearances in this area in that time.

“I could probably give that speech myself,” said Senate Minority Leader Capri Cafaro of Liberty, D-32nd. “I’ve heard it 100 times. [It’s] almost the exact same speech he gave” to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber on Feb. 24. “I didn’t take anything from his speech except it’s the same speech and still no details.”

Other legislators at the Feb. 24 speech agreed.

“It was very close to the speech he gave to the chamber,” said state Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th.

Early in the hour-plus speech, Kasich, a Republican, said people ask him “why do you go to Youngstown?”

Kasich said, “It’s in my blood.”

As he’s said numerous other times, Youngstown reminds Kasich of his childhood home of McKees Rocks, Pa. Kasich also said the two cities, separated by about 65 miles, are a “stone’s throw” from each other.

“He said a lot about the Mahoning Valley,” said state Rep. Tom Letson of Warren, D-64th. “Yes, he’s been to the Mahoning Valley and spoken to the people of the Mahoning Valley, and we appreciate that. But we didn’t hear a lot about job creation. There wasn’t a lot of specifics” in Kasich’s speech.

Kasich mentioned that Youngstown’s population has declined by half since 1950.

Kasich said the Lordstown General Motors complex is key to the Valley’s revival.

“We cannot let Lordstown fail,” he said. “It is the center of that Valley. We have to do what we can to make sure that plant is up to date.”

General Motors spent about $350 million recently at the complex to produce the Chevrolet Cruze. GM officials say they are depending on the fuel-efficient vehicle to rebuild the company’s standing in the compact-car market.

Kasich praised the working relationship between GM ownership and the United Auto Workers union, specifically mentioning Jim Graham, president of UAW Local 1112.

“Don’t tell him I mentioned his name; he’ll pass out,” Kasich said of Graham.

The governor also said Graham is running for mayor of some city. That city is Warren.

Graham didn’t hear the speech, but said he was told by about 20 people that the governor mentioned him. He added that he didn’t pass out.

“I’m running [for mayor] so he knows where Warren is,” Graham said. “He should have kept his mouth shut if he didn’t know the name of Warren. I’m just a lonely, little guy running for mayor of some place.”

Graham spoke with Kasich on Jan. 25 when the governor toured the GM plant in Lordstown. Graham said he told the governor how well management and union leaders worked together to ensure the future of the Lordstown plant.

However, Graham said, Kasich ignored that information when he supported a bill that restricts collective bargaining for public-sector employees without first meeting with state workers.

During his Tuesday address, Kasich referenced the Feb. 6 shooting at an off-campus house near Youngstown State University that left one dead and 11 injured.

The state is helping “to settle things down in Youngstown” with the increased presence of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kasich said.

As for YSU, Kasich said it is “a great school” and the “best days are ahead” for it.

“He’s using [the shooting] as a backdrop to having the state patrol come into our community,” Gerberry said.

State Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, said, “I was very disturbed to his playing to the different areas of the state attempting to score political points. How do you mention Youngstown and YSU and what he’s learned from there when he doesn’t have anything substantive in his speech to help us? Don’t come to Youngstown and use Youngstown as a poster child for your speech if you’re not going to help it.”

State Rep. Craig Newbold of Columbiana, R-1st, praised Kasich for delivering a “good speech” that “covered a lot of ground.”

Newbold was appreciative of Kasich’s mentions of the Valley, but added, “I would have liked to have heard more about Columbiana County,” which he represents in the Ohio House.

The State of the State isn’t designed to be specific, Newbold said, and the legislator is excited to hear the governor’s details on changing government in the coming weeks and months.

State Rep. Sean O’Brien of Brookfield, D-65th, said he was “disappointed” that Kasich identified problems, but “didn’t say how he would solve them.”

O’Brien added: “What I really wanted to hear is how he intends to solve these problems. I want to know how the governor plans to address the social and financial issues plaguing Ohio without placing the burden on the backs of our middle class.”

State Sens. Jason Wilson of Columbiana, D-30th, and Joe Schiavoni, D-33rd, also said they expected to hear more details in the State of the State speech.

“He was short on specifics,” Schiavoni said. “It also bothered me that he spoke of bipartisanship, but he only believes it when you’re supporting his position. That’s annoying. ”

Wilson said he wants “to be optimistic about our state.” But Kasich’s actions as governor during his first two months in office are causing Wilson to be concerned.

March 8 Amstutz on SOTS
Dixland Rep. Ron Amstutz, a Republican from Wooster and chairman of the House Finance Committee, comments on Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address.

March 8 GOP Response to SOTS
House Speaker Bill Batchelder and Senate President Tom Niehaus provide the GOP response to Gov. John Kasich's State of the State Address.

March 8 Sen. Stewart on SOTS
Dixland Sen. Jimmy Stewart, a Republican from Albany, comments on Gov. John Kasich's State of the State Address.

March 8 Senate Dems React to SOTS
Senate Democrats answer questions following Gov. John Kasich's State of the State Address.

March 8 Statehouse Atrium after SOTS
Here's the view and sounds outside the House Chamber immediately following Gov. John Kasich's State of the State Address, with union protesters chanting.

Firefighters March to the Ohio Statehouse
Hundreds of firefighters march to the Ohio Statehouse in advance of Gov. John Kasich's State of the State speech to protest Senate Bill 5.

March 8 Union Protest at the Ohio Statehouse
Quick shot of March 8 union protest at the Ohio Statehouse.

House Dems on SB5 Fight
House Minority Leader Armond Budish answers the question: What will Democrats do about Senate Bill 5?

March 8 Tea Party Rally at the Statehouse
More than 35 Tea Party members and other supporters of Senate Bill 5 hold a press conference outside the Ohio Statehouse prior to Gov. John Kasich's State of the State speech.

March 8 Tea Party Rally Heckler
A heckler interrupts a Tea Party rally/press conference on the north steps of the Ohio Statehouse.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Lot of HOT AIR ! Repeal Bill 5 and petition Kasich to step down. Does his BLOOD know he signed bills while a congressman to send our steel jobs over seas to China . And back to BLOOD this is another EASTERN EUROPEAN BROW BEATING ! Your noted in History for your ways an antics ! Some things never change.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Excellent speech by Governor Kasich unless you are one of the 350k cadillac healthcare and golden pension plan public emplyee stakeholders. His plans to bring jobs back to Ohio by cutting regulations and lowering taxes on businesses are great. His attack on Medicaid and Public Employees Overall Compensation which are the two biggest budget busters are right on. We 5 million private sector taxpayers know that in the end Ohio will be a better place for us and our middle class values because we will have more $$$$ in our pockets to spend on what we want to spend it on.

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3Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

If you really think he is going to bring jobs to the middle class or even cares about the middle class than you are fooling yourself. The rich will get richer....the middle class will faze out and the become the poor. Republicans only care about making there mega rich friends richer those that make billions of dollars not the peons that make 100,000 or more a year. FYI when Clinton was in office we were out of debt it wasn't til Georgie boy stepped in that the country got messed over..

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4author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

The last great speech by an American President that really meant anything was Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It was to honor the many troops killed in battle and the dedication of the burial site.

All others by all politicians are mere window dressings for media attention and photo opps.

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5valleyred(1102 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

It may be just me, but wouldn't everyone just love to see Bob Hagan get beat. The guy is a joke!

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6One_Who_Stayed(240 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

He's got Youngstown Blood dripping from his Tiger Fangs. . . . .WINNING!. . . . DUH!

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7faith(200 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This governor is a joke. He got elected but does not listen to the people. He gives his chief of staff a $40,000 raise and cuts pay and benefits to those in the mail room. SB5 is not going to save the budget, it is an attack on the working class and especially the unions. Why? because of the political endorsements unions give. The GOP wants to take out unions because its the unions that do most of the work to get the democrats elected. This is happening all across the mid-west. Wake up people and stand together.

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8Attis(1011 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Inside the State House rotunda, where thousands of protesters gathered to voice their righteous anger at the shameless politicos behind this war on workers, stands a bust of Lincoln who had this to say about this critical issue:
"All that harms labor is treason to America. If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool". Seems there is a concentration of liars, fools and traitors in the Ohio State House.

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9Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

If Youngstown is in his blood, I hope we give him blood poisoning. He's a disgrace to the human race.

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10Vote_Them_All_Out(13 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Stay the course Governor Kasich! Once people realize that your plan works it will be hard to argue with the results. SB5 is just one step in the right direction to fixing the problems that you inherited from Governor Strickland. In just over 2 months you have already done more to help the state than he did in 4 years. It is going to take some time folks, but please give him the benefit of the doubt and realize that he is trying to move us forward and get us out of the misery that we are in. Ohio has over 11 million people and the majority are behind you in this fight!

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11snyder(13 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

One thing I will give credit to Kasich for is being honest. He told everybody what he was going to do and he is doing it. Shame on those who voted him in.

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12faith(200 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

The majority is AGAINST you governor. Keep up the attacks on working folks, you will help us in November.

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13walter_sobchak(2253 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

The governor has been in office for only seven weeks and he is a joke and a disgrace to the human race? What? Is he renting a town house with Marc Dann and Leo the Lover? Is he being orally serviced by young ladies in his office? Is he selling military secrets to China or entering into worse trade agreemnets with Mexico?

When he ran for the office, he told the citizens that government as we knew it had to change and I gladly voted for him. Now, he is fulfilling his promise to the taxpayers of Ohio. Anyone that thinks we could continue down the road we were on is kidding themselves. And, remember, he is the son of a mailman from McKees Rocks and worked for what he has got unlike Capri Cafaro who has had everything purchased for her by daddy with the deep pockets. Isn't that correct Sen. Meshel? It's the pioneers that suffer from the arrows!

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14Fattkidd(45 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Here is your problem, Ohio:

"There is only one recent example of a state eliminating its corporate income tax. Ohio phased out its corporate income tax from 2005 to 2009, and it also eliminated its taxation of business machinery, equipment, and inventory property. Although the state substituted a different type of general business tax, the new tax did not even fully replace the revenue from the business property tax; in other words, Ohio effectively repealed its corporate income tax without replacing any of the revenue. Nonetheless, despite a more than $1 billion annual reduction in business taxes, Ohio’s shares of national income, employment, and investment have all fallen slightly since 2005."

So, you eliminate taxes on corporations in the hope that they create jobs and new business in Ohio!? Well, WHERE ARE THE JOBS!?

We've been cutting taxes on corps and the rich for 35 yrs or more now with the promise that if we just cut them a little more, the jobs will start flowing like water down a mountain!


How much longer are you going to continue to do the same things and expect different results?

Your corporate income tax is now at ZERO!


The middle class has no more buying power and has lost it's appetite for easy credit. Without DEMAND for products, there will be NO MORE JOBS!

So, all you Teabagger geniuses, what do you think will happen when 350,000 more Ohioans take another 15% pay cut?


You can't cut corporate taxes any lower than ZERO PERCENT! So, what are you going to do to balance the budget when you LOSE JOBS and small businesses close due to a huge loss of disposable income from your state?

What, you think the Gov is going to LOWER your taxes? Guess again... he's going to RAISE fees, RAISE sales taxes, RAISE property taxes, etc etc etc to pay for that ZERO % income tax on corps and LOSS of jobs/revenue caused by his 15% pay cuts to public employees!

This isn't about lower taxes for all... it's about shifting the tax burden to the middle/lower classes. I guess y'all won't figure that out until you lose YOUR job AND your taxes go up!


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15walter_sobchak(2253 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago


The facts about this that I know of is that the aggregate sum of the salaries of his staff does not exceed or is lower than Gov. Strickland. He has hired fewer people by combining roles. I will give the man a chance and so far, I have few complaints. He has definitely changed the status quo. Hopeflly, we won't end up like Cahleefohnia.

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16cambridge(3392 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I guarantee Ohio will not end up like California. California has the eighth largest economy in the world.

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17Realist(62 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Great Post Fattkidd,

What other reasons would businesses come to Ohio other than low taxes, the weather?

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18mrblue(1136 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Others have said it and I have said it-----Kasich told you what he was going to do. The man was voted in and now we have to deal with it. And as far as our local elected congressmen and senators are concerned----in my opinion----they are doing nothing but grabbing photo opps and making useless speeches.

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19Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Right, give away tax breaks to the rich corporations and they STILL don't create jobs with the money saved. They pocket it for themselves.

And yes, a disgrace to the human race. I don't care if someone gets a knob job in his office, as long as the person giving it wants to give it. I care what they do to whole swathes of people who they are supposed to be serving. Instead, Kasich is serving himself and his wall street cronies.

Keep it up, Kasick! You're only turning more and more voters against you every day until November comes.

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20Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Not once did he say he was going to GUT then BUST the Unions.

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21walter_sobchak(2253 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

So what happens in November? You get a brain? He's got the office for four years and then we'll see what happens. In the meantime, the Republicans in Columbus control the reapportionment committee by virtue of sweeping the state office last year. The democrats will be even more marginalized then. Hopefully Buckwheat Bob will still have a district so he can continue his clown act!

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22TonyL(44 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Ohio had Ted Strickland as Governor for 4 years. As you all know, Strickland was one of nine children and his father was a steelworker. He got your vote because he knew your plight for the need of jobs and he had 4 years to get the Mahoning Valley back on its feet. In his 4 years of service, Ohio’s unemployment rate went from 6.6% to 12%. But, what increased during Strickland’s term was your state’s government worker program by 12%. This increase was mandatory of his administration and extra public service jobs it created. While Strickland was building his union workforce, your communities suffered with job lost and high taxes.

Using data from state government, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Dr. Matthew Marlin, the Chair of Economics and Quantitative Sciences at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University, and his team found that the yearly cost of the median state government worker when including pay, health care premiums, sick leave, and pension contributions is $66,051, which is $16,800 more than the private-sector peer. Marlin et al. further found that over a 30-year career, the state government worker costs roughly twice as much as his private- sector peer ($3,725,470 versus $1,893,096).

After looking at this cost for one government worker, maybe you should get behind Kasich to lower your state’s budget and bring down the tax rate for Corporations and its citizens. I remember, as a kid in Youngstown’s younger year, if you were a politician’s friend, you were guaranteed a job. Now if a Union is a politician’s friend, that means, you as a taxpayer, have to pay for a whole bunch of jobs.

If Strickland operated a business the way he operated your state's budget, it would be in bankruptcy today. And to think, the Enron Mangers went to prison for fudging the books!!

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23Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

walter, it's not about him, it's about referendum on his stupid union busting law. you got a brain? can you think about how people can vote on things other than politicians themselves? duh.

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24rocky14(773 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

GEE---Youngstown is in my blood????
Is Youngstown now Wall Street?

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25redvert(2173 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I love to hear all the whining from the local libs. It is very entertaining. They haven't solved Ytowns problems in the last 50 years so I am thinking they do not have any answers.

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26redvert(2173 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

cambridge, if your eighth largest economy in the world doesn't go bankrupt you will be okay. Moody's Investors Service's lowest state credit rating? Looks like some of the citizens are about fed up with the debt!

How dare Gov. Jerry want to cut wages to state employees. What is he, a republican or a "progressive" democrat?

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27Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

There is no solution from either side that could save Ytown. That's kind of shooting fish in a barrel and trying to make the case that Republicans could save it. Right. Republicans aren't even interested in Youngstown. There's no money to be scammed from a broke town.

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28JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"63,000 Jobs are currently available through public and private companies, but these jobs are just not advertised where the people may be looking... Well, GIVE US THE LEADS! GIVE THE EMPLOYMENT OFFICES THE INFO! That's big number of vacancies."

The employers are not going to come knocking on your door asking if you want a job. Try using the internet
for something more contructive instead of complaining. Most larger companies post jobs on their web site, not the newspapers which have become a dinasaur.

It's obvious that there are too many lazy whiners out there that don't want to make an effort in finding a job.

People without the internet can use it at the One-Stop employment offices.





and many more.

Of course when you have people like Hagan, Cafaro, Schiavoni, Gerberry and ultimatum Betras running their mouths, you probably will find less jobs on the sites for the Mahoning Valley than the rest of the state.
It's no wonder the area population continues to decline, who would want to do business here with these clowns and their rants.

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29walter_sobchak(2253 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

tigerlily, I absolutely have a brain. If you read my previous posts you will know that I have said that a referendum vote would answer this question. Start circulating petitions, I'll gladly sign it and promptly vote against any repeal. Sorry you don't like what you are hearing but the truth hurts. I still don't know why any thinking person would ever pay for the right to work! I'd rather let my work speak for itself. I do think, however, a properly run trade union works the best for society when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck. Most trade union workers are diligent, hard-working people that deserve every penny they make. But, govt. workers are a dime a dozen for the most part.

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30ohiovoter(8 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

NO, he did not!



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31peacelover(812 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"Gave them aid---anyone can do that. GM? gave them aid and they turn around and give their workers $4,000 in bonuses!"

The American taxpayers bailed out the banks and financial institutions and they gave their CEOs MILLIONS in bonuses! Isn't that just a tad more egregious? Hasn't GM paid a lot back on what they borrowed?

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32cambridge(3392 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

GM and the investment bankers have paid back a lot of the money that bailed them out. That's because Obama made payback a condition of the loans. bush's plan was to just give the money to the bankers on his way out the door with no conditions or payback required.

The reason for the difference in the bush plan and the Obama plan is that republican/teabagger's represent that top 3% and Obama and the Democrats represent the rest.

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33TonyL(44 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Investors and bond holders got screwed when those bums used our losses to payback the loans. And now, the taxpayer will be the loser because the money Obama used was borrowed from China and he hasn't paid them back yet. If the money was paid back from the bankers and GM, you tell me where it is? Yeah, Obama is eating steak and lobster on your dime while you are slurping up Campbell's tomato soup!!

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34babygirl612(4 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I'd Rather Have Sarah Palin As Our Governer She Knows More Then That Son Of Biscuit
And To Think His Campaigning Was All Jelly And Butter No No NO I Want My Vote Back!

TONYL Obama is eating steak and lobster on your dime while you are slurping up Campbell's tomato soup!!

Yes I Agree!!

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35unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

unionforever only writes in to aggravate everyone. he wishes he worked one of these union jobs he keeps being critical of. this is called JEALOUSY. it is as bad as GREED, and being IGNORANT to one another. :) GROW UP AND JOIN THE REAL WORLD.

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