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You Can Vote – NOW!

More and more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote early in Ohio.  The law changed about five years ago in our state, making it possible now for any registered voter to vote absentee through the mail, or go to the Board of Elections in person downtown at 824 Broadway.  In fact, yesterday, Tuesday, September 28th, was the first day to do so in this big midterm election, and I’d encourage you to do so if you’re so inclined.

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Steve Driehaus Airs A Truly Despicable TV Ad

I’ve been in the political arena for quite a few years now. I’ve had a lot of opponents, and therefore a lot of negative TV ads run against me. It sort of goes with the territory. I’ve developed a fairly thick skin, and not too much surprises me anymore.

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The “Little Guys”

The Democrats took full control of the Congress in January 2007.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have been running the place for almost four years now. 

Candidate Obama became President Obama in January 2009.  So Democrats have had complete control of the levers of power in Washington since then. 

Okay, we know the Democrats are for the “little guy,” right?  The downtrodden, those who have gotten the short end of the stick.  So how are those folks doing under the benevolent rule of the Pelosi/Reid Congress? 

Well, I happened to be perusing the pages of the Cincinnati Enquirer this past Sunday, September 12th, and a number of headlines jumped out at me.  The first read: “Number of homeless families up since ’07.”  Here are a couple excerpts from the story:

“For millions who have lost jobs or faced eviction in the economic downturn, homelessness is perhaps the darkest fear of all… From 2007 thru 2009, the number of families in homeless shelters – households with at least one adult and one minor child – leapt to 170,000 from 131,000 according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development with long-term unemployment ballooning, those numbers could easily climb this year.”

It’s interesting that when Republicans are in power, the mainstream press can’t do enough stories about homelessness, and Republicans’ alleged failure to take action to curb it.  But now that the Democrats are in charge, it almost never gets mentioned.  I wonder why?

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“Recovery Summer?” You’ve Got to be Kidding!

Remember the Obama Administration’s much-heralded “Recovery Summer?”  Joe Biden was the Cheerleader-in-Chief, and he promised that we’d add hundreds of thousands of new jobs, each month, over this past summer.  Well, rather then ADD jobs, the nation’s economy LOST 283,000 jobs over the summer months. 

And no wonder.  The people who would actually be doing the hiring, principally small business owners, will tell you that the Obama Administration and the Pelosi/Reid Congress’s policies have smothered any possible resurgence of the economy with their terrible policies.  A health care bill which raises taxes and makes it costly to hire new workers is perhaps the biggest problem.  Then there’s the threat of higher energy costs because of Cap and Trade, which passed the House and is still pending in the Senate.  And the Democrats passed a budget last year which results in the so-called Bush tax cuts expiring as of January 1st – in other words taxes are going up – through the roof.  (Steve Driehaus voted for all three of these job-killers by the way.)  Who would hire anyone with all this hanging over their head?  Virtually no one, and that’s why unemployment remains unacceptably high. 

Then the August job numbers were just released this past Friday.  Now the Enquirer headline the next morning read “More Jobs Added in Aug.

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