It’s hard to fault Shannon Jones for the many flaws in her bill, yet I can’t help but think that if she would have had some collaboration, then she could have gotten all of the contradictory parts corrected [heavy sarcasm intended]. Much has been made, both early on and recently, about the elimination of experience as a criteria for determining compensation and layoffs in SB5. A quick scan of the bill will expose numerous instances where experience has been stricken from the language and replaced with some form of “based solely on performance.” This […]Full Story... →
The Tea Party organizations behind Issue 3, the totally unconstitutional constitutional amendment that outlaws an individual mandate for health insurance, released a video that highlights the signers of their petition and why they signed. They highlighted roughly four individuals.
About two minutes in, they featured this testimonial:
Government-run health care… will… hurt…. MEDICARE?!?
First, even if you put aside that this amendment, if passed, is a unconstitutional nullity. But even if it were, and it somehow passed, the amendment only addresses the individual mandate. It has no affect on the Medicare savings in […]Full Story... →
What in God’s name is going on with the amendment to repeal the insurance mandate? To review, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the health-care reform law signed last year by President Obama that, amongst many other reform measures, requires individuals to purchase insurance starting in 2014. Well, it seems that the Ohio Project, the group responsible for collecting signatures to put the amendment on the ballot, forgot to look into the constitutionality of the amendment. This is from the Dispatch this morning:
Even if the amendment is approved in November, the fight won’t be over. Many believe […]Full Story... →
For over a year now Ohio’s Tea Partyers at the Ohio Liberty Council have been trying, with limited success, to gather enough signatures for a ballot initiative to “repeal” federal health care reform legislation in Ohio by amending the Ohio constitution.
Despite their best efforts, the Ohio Liberty Council has had a hell of a time getting enough Ohio voters to sign their petitions for the proposed amendment. They’ve been working on it since last spring and I’ve seen them at tons of public events with their crazy “STOP FORCED HEALTH CARE” banners. County fairs. Local festivals. They […]Full Story... →
Missing in the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s editorial about the Republican legislators effort in the legislator to put a health care repeal amendment (with the support of conserva-Democrat Senator Jason Wilson, who’s claim to fame was that he jeopardized his dad’s chances to succeed Ted Strickland in Congress by flubbing his dad’s nominating petitions, triggering a write-in primary campaign) on the ballot.
Tim Grendell, who is angling for a judicial appointment from the Kasich Administration and needs to do something to earn their good graces after opposing SB 5, is pushing for SJR 1, which would put on the Full Story... →
A zealous fan with more money than he knows what to do with invests millions of his own money in making a big screen movie adaption to spread the word of a literary tome with a cult-like following in the hopes of making a trilogy that will spread the cultural influence of the literary work to a much broader audience than has every received it and becomes part of the pop culture vernacular, only to see the first movie lose millions of dollars and bomb straight out of the gate.
What’s the difference between Atlas Shrugged: Part I and Battlefield Earth? Battlefield Earth is the only one that has at least covered 30% of its costs in box office revenues.Full Story... →
So far we’ve explored Tea Party hypocrisy on Special Interests and the Government’s role in the “Free Market”. We turn our attention now to healthcare. Part 3 of this week’s Tea Party Discovery series reveals how Billionaire Koch funded American’s for Prosperity (known Tea Party astroturfer) sponsored a Town Hall meeting in which the GOP through SB5 injects more government control over healthcare. The Tea Party protests of this intrusion upon the people’s civil liberties never materialized…Full Story... →
Yesterday we explored the basics of the stated Tea Party values and I made the first of many “discoveries” that point to the movement being more about opposing Democrats and less about any true ideals. We continue our look at the ways in which the Tea Party’s hypocrisy begins to show with Part 2 of this series by looking at the stated beliefs versus actions relative to Government and the “Free Market”. We also consider whether the size of the “movement” is shrinking due to disillusionment and ponder whether the Tea Party itself is dead.Full Story... →
Two years ago, the Tea Party was being trumpeted as foreshadowing for the Democrats in electoral doom in 2010 as they held a 7,000 person rally in Columbus. At the same time, Cincinnati Tea Party activists held a rally with an estimated 4,000 in attendance.
Two years later, there was NO planned Tax Day events in Columbus for the Tea Party. Cincinnati had a “packed” rally that probably didn’t even break 100. Meanwhile, the protest for SB 5 have exceeded the size of any Tea Party rallies so far.
The most recent SB 5 rally in Columbus had 11,000 in comparison. What does that portend for the GOP in Ohio in ’12, then?Full Story... →
The Tea Party purports to be a grassroots movement of citizens concerned about The Constitution, limited government, the influence of special interests on our government, and burdensome government regulations. In practice, however, they are nothing more than a mouthpiece for corporate backed FreedomWorks and the Republican Party.
Over the course of this week, this series will provide background and expose the hypocrisy that is the “Tea Party”. The series is from guest poster Greg Mild, a Columbus educator.Full Story... →
So the guy that promised 8,000 Tea Party activitsts would “surround” the Statehouse to show support for SB 5 is now planning an Ohio state Tea Party convention. Although he doesn’t have a single ’12 GOP Presidential candidate confirmed, he’s promising to have them at his new PAC’s fundraiser. He has booked Dick Morris, though. Yea!Full Story... →