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Former Congressman John Kasich, Brian Wilson, Congressman Bob Latta, Congressman John Boehner, Fred LeFebvre, Rich Iott, WSPD, Fox News, Toledo Free Press, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh
Remember the wealthiest 1 percent of families own roughly 38.1% of the nation's net worth, the top 10% of families owns over 71%, and the bottom 40% of the population owns 0.2%. These numbers are reflective of an ever increasing share for the top 1% over the last thirty years.

Article published May 14, 2010 The Toledo Blade
Latta offers no positive measures
http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100514/OPINION03/5140329
If all goes well in this year's elections, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) will not be re-elected. He personifies what's wrong in the United States.
His May 11 op-ed diatribe in The Blade, "Expect buyer's remorse from health-care 'reform,'•" is little more than kissing up to keep party campaign money coming. His message, per the party line, offers no positive suggestions. He criticizes without offering to work together to solve some of the most severe problems our country has faced in recent years.
Mr. Latta talks of the nation's debt but does not mention that $10 trillion was incurred by his party. Nor does he mention the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the undoing of international relations, the undermining of environmental policies, or the mindlessness of bringing prisoners to this hemisphere at Guantanamo.
He does not mention that his party had eight years to make government smaller, that it did not respond quickly to the banking crisis, or that President Bush tried to hijack Social Security.
I voted Republican in every presidential election since 1960. In 2008 I voted for President Obama, because of the miserable job done by the Bush administration. Mr. Latta wants to go back to this time of lies, deceit, trickery, and the undermining of our values and the middle class.
Mr. Obama did not create the deficit. His deficit spending has been done here in the United States. The problems he faces should have been dealt with by honest men long before his election. I am not a Democrat. I am struggling to remain a Republican because of a number of nasty people. I do not want amateurs running this country.
Ned Braunschweiger
Maumee

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Amazing how much of this stuff is said each day on WSPD. Especially about "critical thinking" " education" and politicians who don't give a crap about you. Willfully ignorant is a great line and most Toledoans remain that way which is why they continue to elect the same families to rule them, increase their own taxes whenever possible, and support a failing education system that trains workers, not critical thinkers. Great post Wolfmeister but it will go over most heads in this town

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I'm not a huge Carlin fan, but he makes some good points here. I live in Appalachia, in one of the Aprilaire parts of Kentucky. Even in this area, the "rich get richer and the poor get poorer," as they say. The Republican leadership doesn't even really pretend to understand the less fortunate in the area, and it's depressing. The Democrats aren't tons better, but at least they try, or pretend to.

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