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Ohio Republican Gov.-Elect Kasich Goes To Washington To Ask Barack Obama For A Lot Of Federal Money To Be Spent On Many Different Projects & Programs

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What does Republican Governor-elect John Kasich of Ohio want?

Federal money for Ohio is what Republican Governor-elect John Kasich of Ohio wants.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer

“Gov.-elect John Kasich said Thursday after a meeting at the White House that he’s not optimistic that the Obama administration will let Ohio use the money intended for passenger rail to upgrade freight lines…Kasich has said the $400 million federally subsidized 3-C corridor project, which would provide passenger rail service among Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland, would be too costly for the state. He wants flexibility to use the money for other transportation needs. He’d also like flexibility in how the state spends federal money designated for job training, Title I (education) and Medicaid….Kasich said he was confident that the state would get the $400 million Race to the Top grant that the state won under outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland. Kasich has said he wants to make changes to the state’s education system, and some have voiced concern that his changes would jeopardize the money. “I have no reason to believe that we’re not going to get that,” Kasich said.”

Mr. Kasich wants money for freight rail instead of for passenger lines.

Where is his call for free enterprise for freight rail?

Must Ohio’s freight rail industry be burdened by socialism? Where are the freight rail executives in opposing this socialism?

Mr. Kasich wants job training, Title I, and Medicaid money.

Where is all the Tea Party/Republican talk about the federal government staying away?

Mr. Kasich says the federal government denies him flexibility in how federal money will be spent.

Yet Ohio will still get the Race To The Top money despite the change in Ohio from a Democratic Governor to a Republican Governor.

What a bunch of hypocrisy is so many respects from Mr. Kasich and from the Republican Party in Ohio.

I lived in Ohio for 18 years and I go back to Ohio twice each year.

Here is what I’d say to fellow Ohioans—

“You can elect every government-bashing Republican you want, but in the end the federal government and government in general has a role to play in helping Ohio.

Your new Republican Governor is tripping over himself looking for federal money. He is going to the White House and asking Barack Obama and Joe Biden for federal money.

Mr. Kasich is doing this because the reality is that government is a needed part of life and because private industry, while essential, can’t meet all the requirements of our lives.

Life and and society is more complex than what the Tea Party/Republican Party is talking about. Most folks in Ohio know all these facts full-well despite the recent Ohio election results.”

This is what I would say to my fellow Ohioans.

December 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Republicans Kill Job Creating Rail Projects

Newly elected Republican Governors are saying no to high speed rail projects that have federal backing and that will create jobs.

(Above–Republican rail plan.)

We are seeing this in Wisconsin with Republican Governor-elect Scott Walker.

We are seeing this in Ohio as well with Republican Governor-elect John Kaisch.

These job-killing actions are consistent with the decision of Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to stop a much needed and job-creating New York-New Jersey railroad tunnel.

What people need and want are jobs.

Republican extremists are putting ideology before job creation.

What’s wrong with the federal government helping people have jobs?

Will ideology pay your bills and send your kids to college?

Many private firms are making strong profits and yet not hiring. Private firms will do what is best for their profits and shareholders. They will create more jobs when it serves their purpose to do so.

Why can’t government help its own people without it being seen as some type of Marxist plot?

What Republicans appear to want is for the economy to not get better before President Obama is up for reelection in 2012.

I guess that is why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said his most important priority was making sure Mr. Obama serves only one term.

Mr. McConnell said—“The most important single thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

It seems that instead of working on the economy for the next two years, every effort Republicans make will be tied to politics.

On the other hand, newly elected Democratic Governors Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York are going to build the rail project for their states.

Because of this, jobs are going to be created in California and New York.

At the same time, China has just built the fastest train line in the world.

People have anxieties about finding good jobs and about America falling behind in the world.

What Republicans seem intent on offering with their newly won power appears to be ideology and efforts at political gain.

What will any of that accomplish of lasting worth for the average American and for the future of our nation?

November 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment