From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Dispatch ran an article on the rightward lurch in Ohio politics. It’s a good piece, but I’m taken by a quote from Ohio Right to Life director (and Kasich medical board appointee) Mike Gonidakis:

Abortion levels in Ohio are the lowest in modern history, and when lawmakers pass “common-sense, pro-life approaches, good things happen,” Gonidakis said.

I think this is the third time I’ve heard him say this, which means that it’s an ongoing talking point. That’s interesting, and also the most dishonest thing imaginable, because we have no Kasich-era data on abortion in Ohio.

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Just so we’re on the same page, “Obamacare” is tax credits to pay for health insurance.

When the Republicans say “we’ll destroy the government if you don’t defund Obamacare!” they’re saying “if you don’t raise taxes by tens of billions of dollars, we’ll destroy the government!”

Sure, there’s some Medicaid spending in there, but around 2/3 of the cost next year will be tax breaks.

On top of that, Obamacare isn’t part of the budget. Those tax breaks will happen regardless of congressional appropriations. To prevent those tax breaks from going into effect, congress would have to pass […]

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