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It’s war with GOP

Published: Sun, January 15, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

I’ve been asked to speculate on what 2012 will look like from a partisan political view. How’s thermonuclear war sound?

I’m not exaggerating. The nation’s two major parties are at loggerheads over a vast array of important public policy issues. In Washington the GOP has been focused on one goal from the moment President Barack Obama finished taking the oath of office: defeating him.

To that end, Republicans opposed health care reform, legislation that forces Wall Street fat cats to treat Main Street families fairly, investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, and education that would have revitalized our economy, and the payroll tax cuts and extension of unemployment benefits working families desperately needed and deserved.

They even tried to scuttle the president’s plan to save GM and Chrysler — a plan that’s kept thousands of Ohioans working, including the members of UAW Locals 1112 and 1114 who are building the incredibly successful Cruze at Lordstown. Clearly they have placed their partisan political goals ahead of working with the administration to create jobs and restore the American Dream.

Secret government

In Columbus, Gov. John Kasich and his cohorts in the General Assembly are continuing to chip away at basic principles Ohioans hold dear. Seemingly unaffected by the humiliating defeat they suffered in November when voters overwhelmingly rejected Senate Bill 5, they have set their sights on open government and democracy. The governor’s scheme to privatize the state’s economic development efforts remains shrouded in secrecy. The one thing we know for sure is that the Kasich cronies who are running the thing have the only good jobs it’s generated.

Secrecy was the also the watchword for the totally undemocratic process that was used to draw the state’s new congressional and General Assembly districts. Worked up by GOP operatives stashed away in a taxpayer-funded Columbus suite and bearing the nicotine-stained fingerprints of John Boehner, the gerrymandered mess that emerged is an affront to the Voting Rights Act and common decency. It is designed to do one thing: rob Ohioans of the opportunity to vote out the bums who are mangling our state and nation.

Add to these basic policy differences the billions — yes, that’s billions — of dollars corporations will spend to buy the White House, Congress, and the General Assembly and you have a scenario for all-out political warfare that will be unlike anything we have experienced before. Corporations, now deemed people by the right-wing ideologues on the U.S. Supreme Court, will run hundreds of negative ads against President Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown, and anyone else who has had the gall to hold them accountable for their actions.

Newt Gingrich can tell you how Mitt Romney’s dad knifed him in Iowa with such ads. If business and the GOP establishment will do that to one of their own, it isn’t hard to imagine what they’ll try to do to Democrats. Fortunately, we’re preparing for the onslaught of untraceable corporate dollars. We’re ready to tell the truth about the Republicans, their agenda, and who is really driving the bus that threatens to leave tire tracks on the backs of America’s working families

David Betras is an attorney and chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.


1WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


Are you in an oxygen-deprived environment? Is there perhaps a buildup of carbon monoxide in your building?

The Democrats have been in charge of the Mahoning Valley for decades and look at the sparkling gem it is. The Democrats took complete control of Congress in 2006 as well as the White House in 2008. For two years the Democrats had a super-majority and controlled every lever of government. The bottom line is that our country has been under predominantly Democrat control for almost six years. And look at the sparkling gem we have become. Worst recession in a century; more Americans on food stamps than at any point in time; citizen approval at an all-time low; housing crisis completely overseen by Democrats in charge of every agency and committee involved. And you blame Republicans? Who has been driving the bus all this time? Democrats, sir. Democrats. I absolutely DARE you to debate any of these facts.

You better open a window or get outside and get some fresh air because you may be about to lose consciousness since you are exhibiting dementia, Dave!

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2muf65fin(27 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Betras is a self-centered ego jerk!
We need every person in the entire area to vote this jerk out, not just his appointed cronies!
He knows nothing about nothing.
Perhaps if he takes a bath and cleans himself up, he might, maybe just might look like a better jerk!

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3rocky14(839 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

By the way---$374,000 chump change???

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4artful96(17 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Extreme is Extreme be it from the Left or Right : when did America become so Partisan? For THIS against THAT ! When did we surrender ourselves to ABSOLUTES !

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5andersonathan(687 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

To many flaws to even begin to reply. Who mentioned first that He [GWB] was not there President/ Think it was a Democrat.

The auto bailout was needed to save plants and jobs. But millions of people are asking Why was it needed? Maybe everyone involved in the industry should be held accountable from the CEO's to the UAW and be applauded for failure.

The renewable energy scheme just proves that you can buy the White House with 100's of millions in kick backs to companies that either declare bankruptcy or move to China.

The valley. the Democrats. already mentioned look around. Number one in poverty only to be told a month later of how our unemployment is lower than the national average. Media painting over rust again.

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Bla Bla Bla

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7Education_Voter(1174 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

And what, Fair and Equal?

Willard Romney is going to give a rat's arse about what happens to auto-workers, factory-workers, or any worker?

His first name is "Willard," after the hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott, his father's best friend. He chooses to use a nickname, "Mitt", a deriative of Milton, a cousin.

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