I’d love to write about something other than politics. The problem is that the better world I want for my kids is under attack. The working-class in this country has been under attack by snipers firing away at our rights for decades. They have now declared full-out war on us. This enemy is made up of the corporations, wealthy and the Judas politicians they have bought for thirty pieces of silver. My fellow working-class brothers and sisters, we can easily defeat them because we have the sheer numbers of people on our side. We also have the ammunition the corporations most fear if used in the right way. That ammunition is our dollars, those dollars can be used to create a genocide on corporations if they are kept in our pockets and not spent on corporate goods.
Things in the news just this week show you how the middle-class is in a war zone and under attack. Maybe you’ve heard the Joseph Stalin quote, “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” Truth is no one is sure Stalin ever made such a quote. One thing we do know about voting in the U.S. is that Republicans are more likely to vote than Democrats. There are fewer Republican voters than Democrats so the fewer Democrats that come to vote the more likely it is that Republicans will win. Given this, Republicans like to come up with ways to trick Democrats to keep them from voting. This week in Trumbull County, Ohio we saw the evidence of the latest way to limit votes in this strong Democratic area.
Trumbull County Board of Elections member Craig Bonar is proposing a huge reduction in the number of polling places. Polling places in Warren would be reduced from 55 to 25. They have already been cut in the last two years from 274 to 238 throughout the county. If Bonar’s proposal passes, polling places will drop over the last two years from 274 to 146 for a 47% reduction. Less polling places in Trumbull County means more wins for the Republicans. This is because with less polling places we will have longer lines, which tends to make voters leave. Fellow board member Kathi Creed says she will vote for Bonar’s proposal. What do Bonar and Creed have in common? Bonar was the former chairman of the Trumbull County Republican Party and Creed is the current chairman of the Trumbull County Republican party. These two Republicans on the Trumbull County Board of Elections serve with two Democrats. In the event of a 2-2 tie on this proposal the tie breaker is Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican and former speaker of the House of Representatives. How do you suppose Husted will vote? You know the proposal is a terrible idea for working-class people because the Warren Tribune Chronicle’s editor, Frank Robinson has endorsed it.
In my last post I thanked the businesses that dropped out of the Regional Chamber after it’s president supported S.B. 5, the Ohio bill to destroy public sector union bargaining. This week saw, Timothy Ryan, president of Ryan Alternative Staffing Inc., Boardman, send a letter to the chamber and the local media stating his support for the Chamber. He stated he has renewed his company’s chamber membership. Ryan talked about the decline of the Mahoning Valley. He stated, ” it is apparent to me that this entire Chamber/S.B. 5 controversy is a further attempt to distract the population from their [political and organized labor] own failed records of the past 35 years. Honestly, are we better off as a community than we were in 1977 or 1990 or even 2005? I don’t think anyone can honestly answer yes to that question.”
Ryan is right that we are in worse shape now than in the past. That is because what we now have are area businesses like his that don’t pay a livable wage, don’t have pensions or health care. I’m sure that if any of you union workers that Ryan hates so much go on strike he will be happy to provide your employer with a scab labor force. Sorry Ryan, you are the problem not the solution as we don’t need any more nickel and dime part-time jobs.
We need all of the working-class people, private and public sector, to be united in solidarity. That is tough to do in the “Dog eat dog” economy that the corporate powers have established. We’re always going to have to deal with some short sided greedy types and some Judas’s amongst us. Connie Ash is one such Judas. Connie sent Ohio Gov. Kasich this e-mail, “I am very upset with the OEA. I am a classified employee at a local school system and received a letter today to inform the membership that the OEA Assembly is going to assess each member $50 to fight against SB5. I am a fiscal conservative and belong to the Tea Party. I am appalled that the OEA feels they can (commandeer) funds from my pay check without my approval. I have had to sit by and watch my hard earned money fund the left for years and now another blow to me. I support SB5 and understand we need to turn around Ohio if we are to succeed. I would urge you to make Ohio a “right to work” state so I can get out of this union and continue on feeding the socialist programs the left endorse. I am also contacting an attorney to see if there is any hope of stopping the OEA from using my pay check as a personal checkbook for their agenda. Thanks for listening and stand tough, we need you in Ohio.”
I’ll gladly pay the $50 and consider it the best money I ever spent. Connie doesn’t have to be a union member all she has to do is pay a fair share fee. She is just one more ill-informed Teabagger that doesn’t realize it is the unions and activists on the left that have fought to make sure she receives a decent wage, health care and a pension. If she were in a right to work state she’d be struggling to make ends meet. If I believed in swearing, I’d call Connie a dick head. I will instead refer to her as a Richard Cranium. I see Connie is a classified worker in a school setting. I am hoping she is in an office somewhere. I really wouldn’t want her to be a classroom assistant where her brain-dead thinking would come into contact with children. If my children were in a room with a teacher or assistant that was a Teabagger, I’d get my kids out of such a room. Connie’s corporate controlled Teabagger zombie mentality goes against every moral and ethical value I’ve tried to teach my children. Fellow workers we are under attack and we have to watch our backs as the Connie Benedict Arnold Ash’s are among us. The last thing Ohio needs is Connie and Kasich. You two love birds should move to Arizona, you could be gods there.
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“The seed of Revolution is repression.” ~ Woodrow Wilson