Monthly Archives: February 2016

Trying to Stop a Political Virus

I’ve seen this stranger who keeps showing up at GOP presidential debate. That stranger is my Ohio Governor John Kasich. I call him a stranger because I don’t recognize the guy he is trying to portray. He is trying to come off as a calm, kind and understanding moderate. That is not the angry, mean, gruff, nasty little man who is our conservative governor. Kasich has a chance to be elected president or better yet a shot as being picked as a vice-president by the winning GOP primary presidential candidate. Ohio is an important swing state so don’t rule out Gov. Kasich being someone’s running mate. I think it is the duty of every state’s citizens to let the national voters know about your state’s politicians once they run for national office. We need to hear the good and the bad to make informed decisions. With Gov. Kasich I can tell you I can’t find the good. I consider Kasich a bad virus I wouldn’t want the rest of the nation to catch. I have seen too many media folks raving over Kasich and I feel they are doing a disservice to voters. I’m going to post the problems I see with Kasich here in Ohio along with some links. I hope this can be circulated and I hope you will add your thoughts to it if you pass it on.

John Kasich grew up in working-class McKee’s Rock, Pa. His father was a mailman for the Post Office and president of his union. Gov. Kasich has told audiences he saw his father work on his feet six days a week, destroying his back and joints. Despite a working-class background and a union president father Kasich is an anti-union governor. He was the brains behind Senate Bill 5. The measure would have stripped Ohio’s public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Voters overwhelmingly repealed the measure.

When John Kasich was in charge of Ohio for Lehman Brothers, he lost hundreds of millions of dollars from the state pension fund to Wall St. profiteers. Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, and Ohio citizens were left holding devalued pensions. Then Ohioan’s forgot about that and made him governor. Now, Ohio is 45th of 50 states… in financial wellbeing of its citizens. Kasich was warned of Toledo’s critical water situation by the Ohio EPA. He ignored the warning and Toledo residents went 3 days without water. There have been several hundred fracking earthquakes in Ohio, according to ODNR. These were accompanied by poisoning of the watershed. Kasich has five times reduced further the money the state gives municipal libraries. Under Kasich, Ohioans, pay the 4th highest insurance premiums in the country. Kasich opposed Ohioans For Humane Farms legislation. Gov. Kasich has a very low number of female cabinet appointments. He justifies that by claiming he makes all the big decisions in his family and his “wife makes all the minor decisions.” It was revealed that he paid his male staff 56% more than female staff.

John Kasich signed into law a bill which would remove state funding from any counselor who lets a victim of rape know that abortion is an option. Kasich refused to debate his opponent when he ran for re-election. He did do a sit down interview at the Cleveland Plain dealer. He slumped in his chair and ignored that his opponent was in the room. All this and the Plain Dealer endorsed him for a second time.

Kasich appointed Ohio Right Life Chief Mike Gonidakis to the state medical board. It didn’t matter to the governor that Gonidakis had no medical experience. Debe Terhar a Tea Party member was named as chair of the Department of Education board. She was forced to apologize after posting a website photo of Hitler as President Obama’s equivalent.  Appointee Bryan Williams resigned from the same board after it was learned that he had a conflict of interest as a lobbyist for a group that ran a private charter school.

State Superintendent Richard A. Ross, Kasich’s former education adviser has been under fire over the illegal manipulation of charter-school evaluations to make them look better. Kasich has increased the proportion of school funds sent to private pockets, spending over $1 billion a year on charter schools and increasing the amount of money in the state’s voucher program by 113 percent. Charter school funding has increased by 27 percent, and they receive more state money per pupil than traditional public schools. Traditional public schools, which educate 90 percent of Ohio’s kids, receive $515 million less state funding under Gov. Kasich. He filled the state board of education with charter school advocates. Then he appointed a former charter school executive Robert Sommers to head the governor’s new Office of 21st Century Education.

Ohio charter schools have become a national embarrassment. The Cleveland Plain Dealer (that endorsed Kasich twice for governor) ran a story with the headline, “Ohio’s charter schools ridiculed at national conference, even by national charter supporters.”  Reporter Doug Livingston writes, “State auditors have uncovered $27.3 million improperly spent by charter schools, many run by for-profit companies, enrolling thousands of children and producing academic results that rival the worst in the nation.”

Two charter school owners have reportedly funneled over $4 million to Ohio Republicans since 2001.

John Kasich is Running for President Here’s what you need to know about him.

Even His Friends hate Him : Conservative Calls Kasich a nasty little man.

FBI investigates Gov. Kasich for bribery.

Ohio newspaper tries to ignore corruption of Kasich staffers.

Ohio’s War on the middle class.

Ohio got a D on support for public education on the Network for Public Education report card.

John Kasich Gets “F” on schools from the Washington Post.

The education mess in Ohio under Gov. John Kasich.

Under John Kasich Ohio’s Charter Schools became a “National Joke.”

John Kasich’s plan to balance the budget does not actually exist.

John Kasich Wants to Slash Everything but the Pentagon.

Why John Kasich’s job claim numbers don’t add up.

Why are George Soros-linked financiers giving big bucks to support John Kasich?

Kasich’s spiritual adviser thinks gay rights activists are Fascist “Thought Nazis.”

John Kasich’s war on poor people before he was for them.

How John Kasich rewrote Welfare Laws and is Keeping Food Off Family Dinner Tables.

Kasich calls a police officer an idiot for giving him a ticket for reckless operation.

Some of Kasich’s illegal appointments.

Kasich is not a moderate he is one of the most anti-choice governors in the nation.

Kasich budgets help the rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor.

Kasich rubber stamps voter suppression bills.

Todd Snider: “In the Beginning”

“Looking for a Job”

“Till people find themselves greatly abused and oppressed by their governors, they are not apt to complain; and whenever they do,
in fact, find themselves thus abused and oppressed, they must be stupid not to complain.” – Jonathan Mayhew


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Getting the Movie Plot?

I’ll admit I can be a pessimist. If I smell flowers I generally look around for the casket. I really bend over backwards when I find something that gives me optimism. Mrs. Elecpencil and I ventured out and saw a movie that gave me optimism. The movie is called, “The Big Short.” It is about the housing bust and economic drop we had in 2008. Sadly, the taxpayers picked up the tab for Wall Street and the banks greedy failed dealings. The optimism I received from the movie was the way the story was told. It was told in a way to make us common folk understand the corruption that went on. At the heart of the movie is the way greed comes before morals in a capitalist system. In the end only one crooked banker was made an example of and went to jail.

I was thinking anyone who saw the movie would realize we have a war between Wall Street and Main Street. I was sure if the public saw the movie it would influence their voting in the upcoming election. The movies viewers would certainly avoid candidates beholding to Wall Street for campaign money or candidates that are part of the wealthy 1%. The same movie viewers would also call for campaign finance reform. I was sure that if people saw this movie we could elect politicians that put people before profits. As I exited I was feeling very optimist about elections as I was positive anyone seeing this film would reject Wall Street owned wealthy candidates.

My optimism ended within a dozen feet of leaving the theater. Two men in their 70’s were in front of me talking about the movie. The shorter one said, “That Wall Street greedy rip-off will end when Trump is elected president.” He continued, “He is a successful business man who has never failed and knows how to get things done.” The other man said, “Yes, but I’m afraid Trump won’t be elected.”

Only in America can a billionaire like Trump run as a populist. I wanted to ask these seniors, “Did you know that Donald Trump has gone bankrupt on four separate occasions?” He loves to tell his followers he is a successful business man and a winner. If questioned about the bankruptcies Trump claims the bankruptcies are for his companies and has nothing to do with him personally. The documents show he is personally involved because he’s listed as an owner on the casino licenses. Due to Trump’s bankruptcies, bondholders and banks have lost millions. Other people hurt by Trump’s filing bankruptcy were casino and hotel workers who took concessions.

“The banks could have simply taken everything he had right then, but they wanted his cooperation,” said Lynn LoPucki, a bankruptcy expert and professor at UCLA Law School. “There’s that old saying, “If you owe your banks a little, you’re at their mercy. If you owe the banks a lot, the banks are at your mercy. They saw the best way for him to repay the money was to keep the Donald afloat.” LoPucki also said, “People knew who Donald Trump was and for that reason were willing to trust the bonds, and they got burned. The people who invested with him or based on his name lost money, but he himself came out pretty well.”

“Here’s a guy who’s failed so miserably so many times and it’s not as though he had to claw his way back after seven years in credit hell. He just said. ‘OK, this isn’t my problem anymore. For him, it’s just been a platform to the next money-making scheme,” said Doug Heller, the executive director of Consumer Watchdog. The kind of bankruptcy Trump does is considered, “restructuring debt.” We regular Americans are devastated if we have to file bankruptcy for medical bills, divorce or job loss. The wealthy like Trump who owe millions can easily cut their losses and file bankruptcy after bankruptcy. That is because when you owe banks that much money they consider you too big to fail. Trump said this about his bankruptcies, “We’re … using the laws to our advantage. That shouldn’t be embarrassing. That should be smart.” I’ll bet my two senior fellow moviegoers are conservatives that hate on people on welfare and consider them deadbeats. Yet, they’d vote for a guy like Trump who thinks he has the right to stiff anyone out of money, as long as he comes out on top.

If you go back to 1991 you’ll find Trump’s dad bailed him out by purchasing more than $3 million in chips from the Donald Trump Castle Casino. Fred Trump did that because Donald was short on his payment due bondholders. I’d ask the two senior men do you really want to turn the economy over to a wealthy guy whose daddy has to bail him out. I want that better future for my kids. I am optimistic because I see a presidential candidate in the mix who isn’t beholding to Wall Street. He also isn’t a member of the 1%. I’m not talking about Donald Trump or any of the other presidential candidates that take money from Wall Street. The candidate I’m voting for has an average campaign donation of $27. I was feeling generous so I sent him $30 and will send more soon. I’m poor and have never sent money to a candidate before. I’m sure you know which candidate I’m talking about and he is someone who makes me feel optimistic. I like that feeling and I’m going to try it on and see how it feels.

Democracy of the Billionaires.

Ani DiFarnco: “Angry Anymore”


“Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without Hell”~ Frank Borman



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