The heartland of our state has had its guts kicked in by recession and is now laden with closed factories, struggling farms, abandoned homes, and desperately high unemployment. Our formerly proud big cities are now shadows of the productive powerhouses they once were.
Look around you: Desperation. Misery. Poverty. This is the face of liberal politics. The sad realities of liberal economics. These are the end-results of Democrat leadership.
This is Ohio.
For nearly thirty years, Marcy Kaptur has represented us in Washington, DC, and has long had her chance to improve the lives of working families in Ohio. Locally, Democrat politicians have had their way with once great cities like Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Youngstown, experimenting with people’s families and livelihoods with well-intentioned liberalism.
Folks in Ohio were told these policies would benefit the middle-class, the working poor, and provide aid and comfort to those living below the poverty level. But that’s not what happened, my friends. Ohio's poverty rate is the highest in more than 30 years.
Coincidence? Don’t think so.
Since the year 2000, Ohio has experienced the third largest poverty rate increase in the nation, and the number of poor in our large cities has grown at a much faster rate than the rest of the nation as a whole. A recent Brookings Institution report listed Toledo and two other Ohio cities in the top 10 metro areas with the "greatest increases in concentrated poverty." This is disgraceful.
But don’t bother Marcy Kaptur with these pesky facts and figures. She’s been a reliable ally and vote for the policies of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, which have added $5 trillion to our debt in just three years! Don’t get me wrong - I admire someone who serves their country, whether it’s in the military or in Congress – but her policies, her philosophy and her voting record is not right for Ohio or America. She can’t even bring herself to vote for a balanced budget. It’s a shame that Ohio families don’t have that same luxury, Ms. Kaptur.
There was a recession in 1980 and to solve it we cut taxes, cut regulation and unleashed the private sector. What resulted was massive growth, 20 million jobs created and 30 years of nearly uninterrupted prosperity. Then there was a recession in 2008 and we did the opposite...
Why? Doesn’t anyone in Washington read?
Ever notice the employment rate for the government is 100%? We need to spread some of that around. How about some jobs for the private sector? It used to be government helped empower people to work their way out of poverty, to build a future for their families with pride and dignity.
Now, the only people left in our inner cities are the ones being paid to stay there.
America is the greatest and most exceptional nation in the world, and we got here not because of government, but in spite of it. The truth is that politicians flat-out cannot be trusted with money - it’s like giving a credit card to a 12-year-old. President Obama and Marcy Kaptur believe you can spend your way out of debt and that an ever-growing massive government can solve all our problems. I ask you to look on a map and find The Roman Empire. It’s not there.
Why do they call it a debt ceiling, when there’s no ceiling? It’s more like a sunroof, don’t you think? When Washington wants to spend more money, they just open it up, stick their heads out and let our grandchildren’s money blow down the freeway.
President Obama and Marcy Kaptur both support the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, but how are any of Barack Obama's policies helping any of them? The Obama economy has been especially hard on Ohio’s black and Latino communities. While our state's overall poverty rate is at 15.8 percent, the rates are much higher for minority populations. About 33 percent of Ohio blacks are in poverty, as are 31.4 percent of the state's Latinos.
This liberal Democratic train wreck which is bankrupting the nation and bloating the size of the federal government must be stopped come November. She no doubt has her heart in the right place, but Marcy Kaptur is just on the wrong end of what needs to be done to actually fix the problems of our economy. She says she wants to be a voice of working men and women in Ohio, I’m saying she’s already had her chance.
Send a plumber to Washington to unclog the pipes and clean this crap up.