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GOP Debates Reveal Disturbing Beliefs

3 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
If ever there was more proof needed that the Republican Party has been hijacked by extremists, look no further than the two recent debates held for the GOP’s presidential contenders. No, I’m not referring to what the candidates said, although some of their remarks also would underscore my point. Rather, I’m referring to the reaction of the audience at curiously inappropriate times.   

Need for Labor Movement Greater Than Ever

6 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
If you listen to today’s Republican leaders, they will tell you that it’s because of high taxes and overzealous regulations that the economy is sluggish and the unemployment rate remains high. “Right now, America’s employers are afraid to invest in an economy ... hamstrung by uncertainty,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-West Chester) during a speech in August 2010. “The prospect of higher taxes, stricter rules and more regulations has employers sitting on their hands.”  

Streetcars Help Fuel Job Growth in Seattle

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Here’s something that the backward-thinking Luddites who oppose Cincinnati’s planned streetcar system won’t tell you: A plan to convert a rundown part of Seattle into a district targeted to attracting the so-called “creative class” has worked better than expected — and the success partially is due to a new streetcar system.  

Council, Prosecutor Ignore Facts When Pandering

2 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Forget about those last-minute summertime picnics, Labor Day fireworks and Halloween hayrides. I wish November would hurry up and arrive. That’s because it’s still 76 days away from the elections for Cincinnati City Council and the level of grandstanding by incumbents already has reached irritating proportions.  

Council Majority Reaps What it Sows on Zoning Delay

5 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Cincinnati voters can tell it’s an election year by the blatant demagoguery and pandering that’s going on. Instead of getting busy and crafting its own budget proposal to suggest specific cuts to avoid a $33 million deficit next year, Cincinnati City Council’s conservative majority is wasting time grandstanding about a relatively insignificant issue to garner headlines.  

Senator: GOP has Misplaced Priorities

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
After spending several weeks in the nation’s capital waiting for a chance to vote on a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is glad to be back in Ohio. Brown, the Democrat from Avon, a Cleveland suburb on Lake Erie, was in Cincinnati this week to visit with constituents in this part of the state and meet with the media.  

Anti-Streetcar Measure Is a Trojan Horse

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Here they go again. Just as Far Right conservatives in Congress created a crisis over the federal debt ceiling so they could advance their true goal of nibbling away at Social Security and Medicare, so are fringe factions closer to home using a backdoor maneuver to block Cincinnati’s mass transit options for the next decade or more.  

Mr. Boehner, You’re Not Being Honest

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Let’s connect the dots and see who is being more honest and straightforward in negotiations to raise the federal debt ceiling. (And for readers who think the debt ceiling fight doesn’t affect them, you’re just flat out wrong.) Boehner alleged the House had passed a plan, the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act,” with bipartisan support. That bill — which would cut current spending, cap the amount of future spending, require Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and raise the federal debt ceiling — is based on highly questionable numbers.  

The Enquirer's Complicity in a GOP Coverup

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Silence isn't always golden. There are plenty of unanswered questions surrounding the arrest of State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg (R-Green Township) on drunken driving charges, and Republican leaders are hoping the lawmaker's impending resignation will end the matter. The Enquirer has been helpful in keeping the matter under wraps.  

Mara Pushes for Ethics Ruling Against Bortz

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
In a letter sent July 8 to the Ethics Commission, attorney Tim Mara alleges that Towne Properties, a firm owned by the family of Councilman Chris Bortz, holds a 50-percent stake in a newly created firm established so the project could receive $21 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the city. City Council approved the TIF deal at its June 29 meeting, with Bortz abstaining from the vote.  

When Duty Calls, City Council Takes a Vacation

3 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Here are some important numbers that everyone who lives or works in Cincinnati should remember: 69, 84 and five. The first number, 69, represents 69 percent. That’s how much of the city’s General Fund budget is allocated to the Police and Fire departments. A mere 31 percent — less than one-third of the total — is allocated for non-public safety purposes.  

Thanks to Issue 5, LAPD Veteran Will Take CPD Reins

3 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Nearly a full decade after a charter amendment was approved that changed how police chiefs are selected, it’s being used for the first time. City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. announced June 28 that he’s selected a candidate from outside the current ranks to head the Cincinnati Police Department. Not only does the person selected have extensive experience dealing with gang-related violence and shootings in Los Angeles, but he also will be the Queen City’s first-ever African-American police chief.  

Like Bush, Obama Ignores Constitution for Convenience

4 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Barack Obama, it seems, is unfamiliar with the Internet and the facts of life in the wired age. Or maybe he just hopes no one is paying attention. In his feeble attempts to justify the continued U.S. military involvement in NATO’s efforts to oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from power, Obama is directly contradicting numerous statements he made in the past about the abuse of presidential power by his predecessor, George W. Bush.  

GOP Hopefuls Ignore Facts, Offer Rhetoric on Economy

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Back in January 2001, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was estimating the nation was on course to have a negative net indebtedness beginning in 2006, partially due to various fiscal policies put into place by President Clinton. They included a tax increase on upper-income taxpayers that was approved during his first year in office, coupled with some spending cuts and increases in tax collections on items like capital gains that were sparked by the then-booming economy.  

City Officials Protect Tillery’s Sweetheart Deal

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
People who closely follow the budget troubles plaguing City Hall for the past couple of years know that Cincinnati City Council had to make numerous cuts to services last winter to avoid a $54.7 million deficit. Those cuts originally included eliminating residential yard waste collection, ending funding for nurses in public schools and keeping most of the city-owned swimming pools closed this summer.