This was posted on a message board concerning the ACORN frauds in Cuyahoga County:
Ohio is a red state. The college degrees move away for the coasts and the unions have been busted up into political irrelevance. Of the trade union guys I know (not members of those fake unions for over-glorified monkeys like the UFCW), even they are going to vote GOP because of that stupid gun comment Barack made back in PA during the primaries. ……The only reason Strickland is governor is because the GOP forgot who their base is and had the audacity to run someone like (Ken) Blackwell. Maybe Colin Powell could’ve pulled it off, but not Blackwell.
I-80 is Ohio’s Mason-Dixon Line, the DNC might get Akron, Youngstown and maybe Columbus, but that’s all they’re going to get. Everyone else is either a gun voter or a god voter. Don’t let Strickland’s one-term wonder fool you into thinking we’re a swing state. Blackwell was just an epically bad play.
His view reflects established Ohio political demographics at least partially.
Politically, Ohio is considered a swing state, although state politics are dominated by Republicans. The mixture of urban and rural areas, and the presence of both large blue-collar industries and significant white-collar commercial districts leads to a balance of conservative and liberal population that (together with the state’s 20 electoral votes, more than most swing states, makes the state very important to the outcome of national elections. Ohio was the deciding state in the 2004 presidential election……
Bush narrowly won the state’s 20 electoral votes by a margin of 2 percentage points and 50.8% of the vote. The state supported Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 because of a defection of Republican voters to Ross Perot, but supported Republican George Bush in 2000 and 2004. Ohio was also a deciding factor in the 1948 presidential election when Democrat Harry S. Truman defeated Republican Thomas Dewey (who had won the state four years earlier) and in the 1976 presidential election when Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated Republican Gerald Ford by a slim margin in Ohio and took the election.
Ohio’s demographics cause many to consider the state as a microcosm of the nation as a whole. Interestingly, a Republican presidential candidate has never won the White House without winning Ohio, and Ohio has gone to the winner of the election in all but two contests since 1892 backing only losers Thomas E. Dewey (Ohio’s John Bricker was his running mate) and Richard M. Nixon in 1960. Consequently, the state is very important to the campaigns of both major parties. Ohio had 20 electoral votes in the Electoral College in 2004.
This is where the divisions are:
The most solidly Democratic areas of the state are in the northeast, including Cleveland, Youngstown, and other industrial areas. Specifically, the core of this region includes eight counties stretching east along Lake Erie from Erie county to the Pennsylvania border and south to Mahoning county. Southwestern Ohio is particularly Republican.
I live approximately 30 miles west of Cleveland in a town called Lorain. I spent a total of 30 years in the United States Army, (10 years Reserve, 20 years Active Duty) and each trip home, I saw more and more deterioration.
I have watched my town go from a reasonably employed and populated flourishing place, to a virtual ghost town. The Steel Mill and the Ford Plant are barely existing. Many of the businesses in the downtown area have been boarded up and long gone. The Lakefront area, prime for development and recreation, is languishing. The sad fact is that many of the residents are complacent to the point of being comatose.
The once thriving industrial base was wiped out, in part, by unions. Businesses and corporations have no incentive to invest in this area, and who can blame them? The Lorain City government throws up so many roadblocks in the form of high taxes, red tape, and bureaucratic stupidity, that unless we throw all of them out and start over, they’ll be no resurgence for this town.
Just how stupid can they be?
Case in point: The Bascule Bridge, a structure that provides quick access to the east side, was stuck in a raised position for almost six months, blocking the flow of traffic and causing the public to take a huge detour.
The reason for the shutdown?
The Ohio Department of Transportation told the public that it was “waiting for a part on order for the braking system” which lowers the bridge safely.
ODOT claimed the computer which controls the braking system was incompatible with a new computer that makes the rest of the bridge’s mechanical systems operate.
Meanwhile, the county commissioners sat on their asses while businesses folded, a city and a major state route were spit in two, and traffic jams increased.
Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo was too busy trying to save his business to care about others. He wanted to work out a deal that would have prevented his carpet and tile business from going into foreclosure.
Former Lorain Mayor Anthony Krasienko, a Democrat, intended to assist with that effort by using the city’s federal grant money to pay off the mortgage on the building that housed Kalo’s business.
Gotta love how the “we care about the working class” Dems will forgo helping them to bailout their own, with public funds. Sound familiar?
The school board approved and built a new $17 million Southview Middle School right behind Southview High school, which was only 40 years old, but had been closed down due to lack of maintenance. The high school leaked and needed repair because of all the flooding. So they decided to do interim repairs and move students back into the building while they construct a $70 million money pit aka the new “Lorain High”.
For anyone who doubts just how intent they are to extort money, Lorain school board member Tony Dimacchia said: “I guess the question is,” he said, “Is their children’s education worth it?”
Scuse me, but we’ve already pumped MILLIONS into education and the results are just more tax increases.
What ever happened to the percentage of lottery money that was supposed to be set aside for “education”?
To cover this latest spending orgy, the school board has placed another tax levy on the November ballot. It will increase income tax and property tax. A 4.8 mill levy that will cost the citizens of Lorain $3 million a year for school operations for seven years. That’s $150 a year for a $100,000 home, and $109 a year for a $75,000 home.
I’m a retired Army veteran on a fixed income. Our property taxes have gone up repeatedly, even though property values have plummeted. I now pay almost $2000 a year to my mortgage escrow to cover the property taxes. When the taxes go up, so does my mortgage. My home is in need of repair. I need new siding, my garage is falling apart, I could use insulation, new windows, new carpet, some paint, a new driveway, and other interior renovations. WHO THE HELL WILL BAIL ME OUT?
The arrogance of the Dem regime knows no bounds. City Treasurer Karen Shawver, wants to “hunt for taxpayers” in order to foot the bill for increasing her own income tax department budget for salaries to $179,000 to help implement the changes to collect more money.
I’m sick to death of this Democratic-controlled district squeezing every penny they can from our wallets while they waste taxpayers money because they can’t stick to a budget.
Many of our residential streets are virtually impassable because of the potholes which turned into craters. The tax that was supposed to pay for garbage pickup made no difference; the waste disposal company was sold and the fees increased as well.
Now the school board wants to squeeze blood from a turnip.
Not only NO, but HELL NO.
The town of Lorain is in its death throes. Here’s a suggestion for the city council: set aside some money to erect a sign at the city limits that reads: WELCOME TO NECROPOLIS.