In case you missed it yesterday, the Republican caucus appointed a replacement for disgraced Ohio State Rep Robert Mecklenborg (you might have read about him on Plunderbund a time or two).  What skilled legislator did they bring in to help restore their image?  Louis F. Terhar.  That’s right, THE Louis F. Terhar.


Go ahead and ask — who the hell is Louis Terhar?

Basically, he’s just a regular businessman.  Nothing that remarkable, to be honest, except for his most notable qualification for the job – his wife.

According to the Politics Extra blog out of the Cincinnati area, “Mrs. Terhar had been mentioned early on as a possible replacement for Mecklenborg, but made it clear early on that she was not interested.”

You see, Mrs. Terhar has other responsibilities to the GOP at the moment.  She’s busy running the show as the President of the State Board of Education after Kasich orchestrated a coup back in March to take over the State Board of Education and oust the state superintendent.  Debe Terhar, who just began serving on the Board this January, is a member of the Northwest & Southwest Tea Parties of Hamilton County and the Lebanon Tea Party in Warren County.  These counties happen to coincide with Senate District 7 served by Shannon Jones.  Debe Terhar also describes herself as ” an early participant in the Tea Party Movement.”

Awesome, right?  Wait, there’s more – at least about her.

In a profile of Mrs. Terhar done by Xavier University this summer, they discussed her views about “the business of education.”

Terhar is a proponent of the voucher system, and believes a teacher’s pay should be based on performance. “In business, if you do a good job, you get paid for it,” she says. “We need to look at it like a business. We’re in the business of education.”

“The free-market system will determine who does a good job and who doesn’t.”

Now, who does that remind you of?  I’ll give you a hint – it rhymes with prick.

To be fair, and to try and get back to Mr. Debe Terhar, he does have some campaign experience, and while it is certainly limited, at least it’s recent.  In 2010, he was the treasurer for a campaign – to get Debe Terhar elected to the State Board.

I don’t know why I still get shocked whenever I learn that the Republicans have pulled another deal and finalized another incestuous partnership.  But I think I do have a right to be appalled that they aren’t even trying to hide it.

Cast a vote FOR integrity this November.

Vote NO on Issue 2!


  • This just makes me puke. Can’t stand Deb Terhar or what she stands for or what she wants to do and now her husband. Oh crap where’s the toilet oh ya Ohio’s in it.!

  • JamesD

    Terhar is a proponent of the voucher system, and believes
    a teacher’s pay should be based     on performance. “In business, if you do
    a good job, you get paid for it,” she says. “We need to look at it like
    a business. We’re in the business of education.”
    “The free-market system will determine who does a good job and who doesn’t.”Okay…let’s take this analogy a little further.  I’m in business.  I make blueberry muffins or blueberry ice cream or  blueberry pie.  You get the idea.  So, the farmers that grow the blueberries come to me with their crops.  Some of the blueberries are beautiful…sweet, plump, flavorful.  However, some of those blueberries are tart, sour, dry, or devoid of flavor.  What do I do? Well obviously, I buy the good ones and reject the bad ones.  That is how I ensure I make a quality product.  So, unless Terhar, Kasich, et al also propose that schools and teachers only get to accept and use the best product (students), I suggest they take their insistence that schools be run like a business and stuff it.

  • Anonymous

    “In business, if you do a good job, you get paid for it,” she says. “We need to look at it like a business. We’re in the business of education.”
    I love this quote! Like when they fired all the BP oil executives after the gulf oil spill, or when they fire all the coal mining executives when lax safety regulations lead to worker deaths… if it’s good for business, it’s good for America!

    Wait a minute, none of that ever happened..disregard.

  • Xx

    “In business, if you do a good job, you get paid for it,”

    Bullshit.  People who believe this crap haven’t worked a real job in their life.  In business “good job” means you didn’t fuck things up so we will continue to pay you, until we can find a way to either do without you, lay you off, or fire your ass.  In other words, you are just a peon.   Now if you are buddy buddy with the boss you might eventually get paid better, but you had better suck ass really hard.    There ain’t no such thing as merit pay anywhere except in republican fantasy world.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, Deb, but vouchers are tax theft, plain and simple, trying to get hard-worknig regular people to pay to send your little darlings to some “Christian” school probably. We provide public schools. If you don’t like them, you are free to “choose” — and pay for — any other school you want. You are NOT free to steal my tax dollars to do this. More crap from tax-and-spend-and-spend-and-soend righties.

  • runnergirl1903

    Schools are not run like businesses because they aren’t businesses.  Follow any teacher around for a day and it’s obvious.

  • Anonymous

    I have worked in the business world for 40+ years, most of it in management.  I am convinced that most of the people I have worked with don’t hire someone because they are the best person for the job, or because they can do the best job.  They are only hiring someone they think will make THEM look good.  When they find out that the person they hired can do the job better than they can, they give them the boot.
    We don’t need that in our education system too.  Tea baggers belong in hot water, not in the government.

  • Real Get Real

    To  the “free market” ideologues with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

    Anybody who insists schools “run like a business” and thinks market forces work has 1) never worked in a real job, 2) has never taught in a classroom (which is a real job).

    I’ve worked for plenty of incompetent relatives and clueless croonies in 20+ years of private business.   What you say is 100% true – good job performance is rarely rewarded.   But I am amazed that this woman would rave about merit pay and the myth of pay for performance when her job is obviously patronage.

    Now that I’m teaching, it is becoming clear that people who have no concept of education are running our schools into the ground and making education one of the suckiest professions in Ohio.   I absolutely love teaching high school and am pretty damn good at it, but the Benefit to Bullshit ratio is quickly becoming not worth the low pay, insane state policies, and no-win situations.

    Too bad voters won’t realize the damage the Tea Party nuts are doing till it is too late.

  • Real Get Real

    Wonder which business she wants to emulate?   WorldCom?   Enron?   Global Crossings?   National City?  BP?   Massey Mines?   GM?   Leahman?   AIG?    Halliburton?   National Century?   Cookers?   

    Or maybe she wants to follow the latest model of the Nationwide/Dispatch/McConnell  taxpayer funded bailout of the failed Blue Jackets business?

    I am amazed how entirely ignorant and hypocritical these Tea Party people are.   They rant about less government and free markets, but then take full advantage of government services and want bailouts and special taxpayer funded deals.

    But they sure have fooled plenty of voters.

  • Annekarina

    Yeah….cept for kasich’s wall street buds, I haven’t seen any evidence of that lately.   What dream world is this?   Isn’t there a movie about this stuff somewhere?  Called the “13 Floor” or something? Some businesses are treating their employees as low as they can treat them and get away with it and they can get away with plenty because people are afraid to stand up to the henchman.  If we are not careful, our working conditions will rival those of China and other “offshore” situations.

  • Annekarina

    You know, folks, we are all angry about this, but use it.  It shows what is wrong with the system here.  Kasich handed a lemon,  make lemonade.  The sweeter, the better.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure it’s the Lehman Bros. model, where workers were rewarded handsomely for the utter incompetence of destroying their company. Kasich just loves him some Lehman Bros.

  • Anonymous

    Really? It’s “weak” to say that appointing the husband of your education hatchet person is not “cronyism”? It is a textbook example of cronyism.

  • Anonymous

    Really? It’s “weak” to say that appointing the husband of your education hatchet person is not “cronyism”? It is a textbook example of cronyism.

  • Anonymous

    For the love of God, schools are NOT businesses!  Neither are public safety divisions, the armed forces, the water department, the highway department, and on and on.  Some entities are not meant to turn a profit but to serve the people.

    If schools are businesses, then I want my local system to charge the dumber kids more for impeding productivity.  I want the fire department to assess extra fees based upon the distance of a home to a fire hydrant. 

    Most of these tea party people have never worked a real job in their lives.  If they did, they wouldn’t have time to come up with these crazy theories of government.  I know what I am talking about.  I’ve owned two businesses.  They can call me any time.  I worked in Silicon Valley, which is about as cut-throat as there is. 

    “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”–Oliver Wendell Holmes.  I want as much civilization as I can get.

  • Will

    1. Greg fixed the post — but really now, that’s not remotely the substance of the matter. Not a point in your favor.
    2. For an *elected* representative? Probably not. For a legislative appointee it raises some red flags, certainly.
    3. Actually you’re right! Naval academy grad, MBA from Syracuse, MLA in Government from Harvard, successful public and private sector careers (this is all from his LinkedIn profile…) Honestly as far as these things go, he has a pretty impressive resume and certainly seems like a bright and responsible guy. I’m likely to disagree with every political action he takes, but that was going to happen no matter who they chose.
    4. Legislative appointments are almost always cronyism, unavoidably. And this is, as anastasjoy says, textbook. On the other hand Debe (who I do find to be quite awful) actually happens to be married to a sort of model GOP politician, so this doesn’t strike me as particularly worth taking umbrage over.

    Which is all to say, at least on this very narrow point, I kind of agree with Fred. Huh.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, Will, I kind of think Fred and you are reaching a little.  I understand what you are saying, but I think you are looking at the hole in the donut instead to the really important part.  You seem to be saying “If the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit” but it seems to me that getting people talking about it is more important than if the title fits the story like a glove.
    Of course, I could be wrong.

  • adrienne

    A volcano would be more like proper punishment for the TBAGGOPers.

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