Well, your new saviour is going to raise taxes

Well-just saw on local news-the latest in the long line of guvs that have given OHEILO a screw job continues unabated. Strickland's first public comment since taking office shows he's just like the scumbag before him. He stated that taxes must be raised-this followed a report that the toledo area is losing several hundred more good-paying jobs at Chrysler. And the lost jobs from the smoker ban will begin to show up sooner or later. What's the answer? Shrink government? Why, HELL, NO!! RAISE TAXES AGAIN!! Way to go, Strick! Just proves to me my gut feeling was right-the only person with an 'R' by their name I cast a vote for was Balckwell.

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Make that BLACKWELL. Need more coffee. LOL

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In World War 2 we fought the Nazis. Today we're afraid of cellphones, smokers, and cheeseburgers. It's about at the end, people.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

What's with all this lagging faith in Strickland when compared to that demon "Balkwell"? "Balkwell" balked at lowering the sales tax, after promising to do so, and he only did THAT just to score some poli-points in the legislature.

"Balkwell" was also going to invoke the Massachusetts model of "universal health care", which is merely a plan for forcing everyone to not only cover bad bets with tax money, but would have ALSO forced people to submit to insurance companies in one form or another. In case you failed to notice, insurance companies are complete bastards, and forcing people to pay them would only and vastly increase premiums. (I know. I was IN Massachusetts in the 1990s when the insurance companies were busily raping us for the newly-mandatory auto insurance requirement.)

"Balkwell" was also going to lease the Ohio Turnpike for a song to some Repub-donating capitalist scum. The details of that scam are well-enough known for those willing to look. Suffice to say, the ~$5B lease he was planning on was highway robbery in both senses of the term.

I can't and won't pretend that Strickland is some sort of God-Governor whose force of moral authority would make Frank Herbert's extremely dry mouth water. But going into the election, he looked a good deal better to me than the near-literal Anti-Christ that "Balkwell" was. And you know what? He still does. I knew Ohio's rising government costs would result in tax hikes. Perhaps Strickland has the balls to actually go after all those Ohio corporations who are not paying taxes, to recover revenue.

that you're saying all that shit, GZ, when all the hell you did at TT (to the point of JR's ragging on you for it)was bitch about wanting less and smaller government, how it should be downsized, people didn't have the money to pay taxes, etc. Although I do agree with you on the insurance scam. I didn't like that idea, myself. But I feel Strickland is just like the grinning idiot Taft-just another tax and spend left-wing liberal.

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In World War 2 we fought (and defeated) the Axis. Today we're afraid of cellphones, smokers, and cheeseburgers. It's about at the end, people.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

Honestly I'm always in favor of the state government having more rights and taxation. It's federal taxation I really have a problem with. The reason is if they are irresponsible with our money it's easier for us to change it at the state level.

Honestly I have no problem with raising our state taxes if we find ways for it to create jobs. Do I believe Mr. Strickland will create more jobs by raising taxes? No. Am I willing to wait and give him the benefit of the doubt? Yes.

Unfortunatly our state didn't reap the benefits of the late '90's tech and internet boom as other states did so we have much more to lose and less wiggle room. Pray for Mr. Strickland because he has his work cut out for him.

MikeyA

MikeyA

forward matters.

The cost of Ohio's government is rising. Therefore there must be more income.

If there is another option - (short of cutting the budget, which would be MY personal first step, but when do you ever see government get cheaper instead of more expensive?) feel free to lay it out here.

I'm all ears. But he is, at least, speaking the truth. Whereas before we were getting alot of smoke and mirrors, in my opinion. It may not be what we want to hear, but it seems to be the truth.

The State needs more money. If it is not to come from taxes - then where?

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Why does the State and Toledo need more money when their citizens are both leaving. Goes to figure less people need less services.

Don't forget OH competes with 49 other states and Toledo with about 200 cities for attracting companies that produce Careers.

Raise taxes and make the South and West more Attractive. Raise taxes and make it easier for businesses to forcast the benefits of re-locating.

A true leader would cut ineffective services, pork spending and pet projects.

Then again...true leaders stop running for office because of the 24 / 7 media nutjobs think its their job to investigate their family, their life growing up, and their friends and try and use it against them to sell news.

Here's hoping.I can't picture him really doing much to improve the disaster Taft left here.

Come to think of it, I really can't name any significant policy differences between them, either! Ohioans in '06 actually chose the status quo.

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In World War 2 we fought (and defeated) the Axis. Today we're afraid of cellphones, smokers, and cheeseburgers. It's about at the end, people.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

HA!

Highly doubtful, GZ.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

I'm constantly strung up in a tension net between what is right, what is practical, and what will be done anyway.

According to this article, states are having serious problems with funding their pension promises. Health care alone is a growing budget item for the states. The state has to pay increased prices for gasoline, natural gas and electricity, just like the rest of us. How then are these to be covered? Yes, what is right is to cut lesser spending in order to cover these expenses. Yes, what is practical is to enter into a complicated funding program that involves shuffling funds in various fashions. Yes, what will be done anyway is a tax increase so that the government can have its cake and eat it too.

Our goal as taxpayers is to prod government away from doing the usual, into doing what's practical, and to focus most intently on very few goals that we can get RIGHT.

Smaller government is not always the answer. It would be very helpful to have the government restructure itself so that it applies the same economic energy towards the necessarily few goals of government: utilities, law enforcement, tax collection, and regional concerns (like managing the Great Lakes). Restructuring the government may be a practical answer instead of the right answer of making the government smaller.

Along with proposals of increasing taxes, we need to hear from leaders about their concomitant plans to cut unnecessary expenses. This is exactly the problem we're facing with the TPS and their latest levy attempt. Will the TPS provide a comprehensive plan for spending cuts to show the public our options? As with the case of Strickland, time will tell.

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