OK, so here is the latest smackdown from the GOP wingnut blogger world: Democrats, close your eyes!:

Another blow to the ODP’s “Ohio Sucks” campaign. More jobs are coming to Ohio: About 120 of 320 jobs at a plant that produces water pumps for automobiles will be moved to newer plant in Ohio by the end of the year, the company said. (AP)

You know, this reminds me of the time back in high school that a teammate of mine was debating the best team in the state. Their affirmative case was feared all across the bluegrass. It had not suffered a defeat the entire year. But just before nationals, Eddie finally got a copy of the book used as the primary source of evidence for their case. He read the entire thing.

His first negative speech was devasating. It went something like this:

The affirmative quotes (dude’s name) here. But on the next page…(Eddie then reads information indicting the point made by the affirmative. From the same source…hell the same BOOK they had just used to pummel some 40 or 50 other kids over the course of the year.

So in that spirit, let’s “turn the page”, so to speak:

Region told to brace for tide of layoffs, job losses:

DAYTON | A tidal wave of layoffs is building in Montgomery County that will wash across the entire region, causing as many as 9,000 lost jobs, say officials at the county Job Center.

Ohio ranks fourth in 1Q layoffs:

Ohio recorded the country’s fourth-largest number of layoffs during the first quarter, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.

Layoffs in Ohio totaled 13,471 during January, February and March of this year, according to the bureau.

And for Mr. “I love to talk about 2004” Lincoln Lego boy:

WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC POLICY LEAVES THOUSANDS IN OHIO BEHIND: Ohio, with an unemployment rate of 6 percent, has lost more than 10 percent of the 2.3 million jobs that have disappeared nationwide ? 270,000 jobs — since January 2001.

So let’s do some simple math. We have 8,880 to go to break even in Montgomery County. We have 13,351 to go to break even with statewide Q1 layoffs. We have 269,880 to go to make up for 3 years of losses given to use at the hands of the Bush administration from ’01-’03.

Call me when you have 2,000 more stories just like this to link to. Where do they GET these people? I know Jill doesn’t want me to be too hard on them, but I really think she makes a point about the dire need for more education in the state. I mean, it’s simple math, right Jill?

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  • Eric, you know I always think you’re right, right? (I also suck at math.)

    But, just to let you know I like being hard as much as the next Ohioan who wants to see some real change for the better around here, I just can’t believe that a job gain of 120 is bringing so much tidings of comfort and joy. Sure, good, one by one, whatever. But come on – it’s only 120. If you’re those 120, yeah – it means something.

    Let me tell you what it really makes me think about.

    Everyone – everyone – wants to see Ohio do better on all counts. Can’t really argue with that. But how, as political strategists, do you deal when something good comes from something opponents propose?

    If you were raised right, you give credit where credit is due.

    And then, if you were educated properly, you point out why it’s not enough, why more needs to be done and why we can’t stop and rest.

    It’s just the nitpicking gets so tiresome. I know, I know, I know – it does matter in the game. But I’ve always stunk at games too. I’m not really sure WHAT my ruminating is good for. Once in a while, maybe I hit on some stuff to think about that no one else does.

    But as an oddsmaker or a person running for anything, nope. Not gonna be me – I just don’t have the desire for hitting where and when you have to hit.

    HOWEVER, I’m thrilled to know and support folks like you, Eric, even if I have to admonish you once in a while. You do the dirty work and I come out sounding like a..a…mother. Hey, wait, I am a mother. (Happy Father’s Day btw)

  • Eric

    I love you Jill! You can be the mom…much better than some who go by that moniker. Ahum.

    It was just absurd in the job climate the state has been in for the past few years to see this post and the expected chorus of “OH Happy Day” to follow.

    There is real work to do ont the job front, and I trust Democrat leadership to make it happen more than corporate tax cutting, wage depressing, exporting CAFTA Republican types.

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