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Retire Obama now


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

Our national nightmare may soon be over. The country is going to get its opportunity to retire Barack Obama. Republicans, independents in large numbers, and mounting numbers of Democrats realize that despite the historic nature of Obama’s election, things haven’t gone so well. His election created a short-lived feeling of hope and change that grew into hopelessness and change that might fundamentally alter what the founding fathers fought so hard to create.

Today the national unemployment rate is 8.5 percent. It was in Obama’s first month in office that this key indicator was at its lowest point. For the following two years, Democrats had total control with majorities in both houses of Congress. Rather than focusing on jobs and the economy, Obama chose national health care and a stimulus plan that was supposed to hold unemployment to under 8 percent. Health care became “Obamacare” and is now under scrutiny by the Supreme Court. The stimulus has been good for government jobs but the private sector suffers, the national debt soars, and food stamp rolls skyrocket. The housing crisis has left a trail of human wreckage in its wake.

Budget shortfall

In Ohio the story is brighter. Gov. John Kasich was elected and tackled a budget shortfall of $8 billion. Under his determined leadership, Ohio passed a balanced budget and still maintained scheduled tax reductions. Ohio is creating and saving jobs, rather than losing them. Republicans took a beating over Senate Bill 5, but the problems addressed by S.B. 5 still remain. Hopefully in 2012, the political climate will improve so Democrats and Republicans can work together to resolve some of Ohio’s difficult public employee issues, but possibly at a slower pace than S.B. 5 would have required. One might disagree with the governor on specific issues, but there is no question about his love for Ohio and his determination to make this a better place to live, work and play.

Locally, in the 6th congressional district, which includes the southern half of Mahoning County, Republican Bill Johnson has an excellent chance of returning to Congress. In the new 13th district, a much more difficult district for Republicans, Dr. Mirisha Agana will mount a spirited campaign and present voters with a real choice. The most interesting race to watch may be the contest in the new 59th Ohio statehouse district currently held by Democrat Ron Gerberry. He has lost much of his Austintown base in the new district and is being challenged by Kim Poma from Boardman, a proven vote getter, having been elected three times to the Boardman school board.

Other races to watch include the 7th District Court of Appeals where Judge Mary DeGenaro is being challenged by Atty. Mark Hanni. Hanni, once a Democrat who turned Republican, is now a Democrat again.

Finally, keep an eye on Dave Rossi, Republican candidate for county commissioner. Dave has 29 years of law enforcement experience to bring to county government. Criminal justice consumes a major share of county tax dollars.

Republicans will have much to fight for and much to offer in 2012.

Mark E. Munroe is chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party and a member of the Board of Elections.


Comments

1artful96(17 comments)posted 2 years, 7 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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2TonyRizzo(82 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Extreme right winged republicans like Monroe and his cohorts, along with extreme left winged (Homosexuals & Abortion) are destabilizing this country.
Both parties have failed the citizens of the USA.
The majority of the populous are in the center. Yet they are not being served or included in the political process.
The republicans want to bust Unions so they can take away their money and strenght and hurt their Democratic adversaries, and then harm the minorities and poor from voting, (Photo IDs) so they can take over the elections and put all Americans under them and Big Money & Big Business' mercy and dominion.
This country is being ripped apart at the seems with this political process that is now running rampant.
It is a shame and people like Monroe only add to the problems not the solutions.

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3RBNLJN57(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

When did we become a dictatorship. How can President Obama just change what is in the Obama care package. ie his changed definition of abortion coverage?

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