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GOP insider (Valley native) defends SB 5

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published May 11, 2011

Chan Cochran, a member of Republican John Kasich’s inner circle during his campaign for governor, a political consultant in Columbus and a Mahoning Valley native, sent the following response to this writer’s blog headlined, “Will ‘corporatize’ resonate more than ‘privatize’?”

“You commented on the GOP juggernaut in Columbus, and the effect its "corporatization" will have on the Senate Bill 5 referendum this fall. It might complete the picture for your readers if you were to provide them with the information that the Public Employee Collective Bargaining bill that SB5 reforms was passed by a Democrat juggernaut in 1983 without a single Republican vote, and signed by Democratic Gov. Richard F. Celeste. What you refer to as "rights" being taken away by SB5 were widely seen by Republicans at the time as bad public policy that would lead to growth of public sector costs at a rate far exceeding the taxpayers' ability to keep up. Hence today we have $8 billion in deficits while government pay, benefits and retirement taken together far exceed anything available to private sector employees for equivalent work. And these are the same employees who are paying the bill for government. One could just as well characterize SB5 as an "equal and opposite" reaction to the excesses of 1983.

“(As a side observation, I think it's more than a little ironical that the public pensions are made possible in significant part by private investments of the various state pension funds, an approach violently opposed by unions including public sector unions when George Bush proposed it for just a tiny portion of Social Security. I guess what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander after all.)”

Cochran was reacting to this entry:

“By Bertram de Souza

“After the way the Republican majority in the Ohio House and Republican Gov. John Kasich rolled over Democrats during consideration of the biennium budget, it appears there’s no stopping the GOP juggernaut in the state Senate.

“But critics of the budget, which passed the House last week and contains major cuts in spending, seem to think they can gain traction in the Republican controlled Senate by characterizing the spending plan as punishing workers and benefitting businesses.

“In an e-mail sent Saturday, the word “corporatize” was used in place of “privatize” pertaining to the governor’s plans for the state’s prisons and the turnpike.

“For instance, here’s what was said about leasing liquor sales: “Ohioans like to drink alcohol. Liquor sales {are} very profitable for the state. The House bill calls for leasing liquor distribution operations to a corporation. The money from the lease will be used to fund the already privatized ("corporatized" is a more descriptive term) JobsOhio — the corporate entity created earlier this year meant to replace the public Ohio Department of Development.”

“Will the strategy work? Probably not in Columbus, but it may serve to rally public sector workers and their Democratic allies for the referendum vote on the new collective-bargaining bill that strips public employees of many rights.”


1pnteralivson(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

First off, the article states that "pay, benefits and retirement taken together far exceed anything available to private sector employees for equivalent work" How do firefighters, police, teachers, public utility workers, and other union professions perform work anywhere near equivalent to the private sector? I find it ridiculous that republicans are attacking unions to offset the country deficit saying they receive compensation for professional, technical, dangerous, and for some, life-risking work on a daily basis and compare that to "equivalent" private sector jobs while people like professional athletes make milllions a year to play on TV!!!! If union workers are "equivalent" to proate sector then why do "Athletes" not compare to 5 year olds whom play those same games in their yards and teenagers play in school? We could reverse the deficit and more by putting a salary cap on professional athletes, but the typical american would rather watch a football game than have a fireman save their infant from a burning home or have a police officer arresting rapists and murderers apparently because union jobs are less important or equal to others apparently.

The real issue here has absolutely nothing to do with money, the issue is that Democrats are supported and recieve funding from unions so the republicans are doiing nothing more than trying to be snakes and attack the democrats funding by crippling unions, and its disgusting that they will sh*t on people who save and protect lives and perform essential public services to do so.

Even if you support republicans, its still possible to support the 2-party government this country was founded on for the sake of balance as well. Down with SB5!!

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2AntiFascist(61 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The law has been in place for more than 27 years and it has been incredibly successful. Republicans have controlled both chambers and the governorship many times since 1983.

Yet not until fascist king kasick limps into office with 49% of the vote is repealed attempted.

Reich-Wing fascists like jessiedavid and cochran are going to be cheerleaders for kasick as he drives lower and middle class Ohioans straight to the poorhouse.

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3AntiFascist(61 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

jessie - How much money will SB 5 save? How much of this has kasick told you, as a taxpayer, will get back?

I'll wait for your response. You'll have trouble finding the answers.

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