Help set the record straight on voting problems in Ohio
by Gena Miller Shelton
Our friends from True the Vote published a recent report entitled “The Myth of Voter Suppression” where they stated that not a single case of voter suppression occurred in Ohio in 2012. The basis of their claim is that not a single person in the state of Ohio filed a complaint with officials that their vote was suppressed. Apparently the folk who had their cars were towed while waiting in lines to early vote, or the students who waited over 2+ hours at the Ohio [...]Full Story... →
The relentless assault on reproductive health care
by Gary Dougherty
Almost exactly one year ago, I was invited to write a Plunderbund guest post related to the proliferation of anti-choice legislation, particularly the proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood. I re-read that post recently and couldn’t help but marvel at the fact that we are still embroiled in an assault on reproductive health care rights – only, believe it or not, it has gotten worse.
Whereas the pace of this session has not matched that of last session (when seven anti-choice bills had already been introduced and the [...]Full Story... →
The following post was written by long-time Plunderbund reader Jor Dough. Enjoy…
In the next few days millions of Americans will once again join the ranks of taxpayers who file and often pay federal income taxes. Some of us have our taxes withheld by our employers and in doing so we often overpay and the government ends up refunding our over payments when we file our annual returns.
The Republicans in Ohio have a much different attitude and practice when it comes to taxation and taxpayers. In a recent story, the Columbus Dispatch pointed out the overwhelming support that Ohio’s GOP politicians [...]Full Story... →
Kasich, GOP Schemes Victimize Northern, Eastern and Especially Northeast Ohio
Northern Ohio and eastern Ohio are being harmed by the hypocritical policies of Gov. Kasich and the Republican legislature, and northeast Ohio is being hit with a double-whammy.
First, let’s look at the Ohio Turnpike, the lifeblood transportation route through northern Ohio. Ohio taxpayers originally were promised that the superhighway eventually would become toll-free after the initial bonds were repaid by tolls. That was delayed when new bonds were issued to widen and modernize the turnpike.
Now the Republican majorities in the Ohio House and Senate voted [...]Full Story... →
Why would a retiree organization care about the state budget?
by Bentley Davis
The Alliance for Retired Americans in Ohio is a membership organization made up of about a quarter of a million retirees in Ohio. And we are very concerned about Kasich’s proposed budget. Why?
Well, most retirees are on fixed incomes. They get their Social Security checks, and if they are lucky, pension checks. For the most part, retirees spend whatever comes in each month. They aren’t socking money away for future savings – they’re retired. And they are the ones who will be the most hurt [...]Full Story... →
Guest Post by Bentley Davis
Most readers of this blog have circulated petitions for either a citizen’s referendum or a citizen’s initiative. In recent years, I and members of my organization – the Alliance for Retired Americans – did so to overturn SB5 and HB194 and we collected signatures to put fair districts on the ballot. People with whom I disagree collect signatures to put other issues on the ballot too. The ability to have a citizen’s veto or initiative is important to all Ohioans.
This process has been in place since 1912. And we think it is a good [...]Full Story... →
Governor’s faculty workload policy fails to address real higher ed problems
by Sara Kilpatrick
John Kasich doesn’t think professors work hard enough. Don’t take my word for it; just look at the two budgets he has introduced since taking office. In 2011, Kasich’s initial budget called for full-time faculty to teach one additional class every other year…with no end date. The language was so ill-conceived and poorly crafted that it garnered support from no one, and was quickly removed in the Ohio House. But if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. In his latest budget, Kasich included [...]Full Story... →
The following letter was sent to State Rep Gerald Stebelton, Chairman of the House Education Committee today. The author kindly allowed us to reprint a slightly edited version of it here at Plunderbund.
Dear Representative Stebelton,
I am writing today partially because of your quote in today’s Dispatch where there was a discussion in which a group known as “Students First” claimed that a master’s degree mattered very little in the quality of instruction students receive and that after five years of teaching experience, except for high-level science and math, such experience in the classroom made little difference in the quality [...]Full Story... →
Guest Post by Luke Brockmeier
Kasich’s tax reform seems like a terrible idea for Cincinnati (and for Toledo, Youngstown, Marietta, and any other multi-state metro area). I mean, I don’t get it–how is a 5% small business tax hike offset by a tax cut of 3% (at best)?
I’m going to avoid macroeconomics here.*
He wants a 5% tax on services (including business-to-business services such as graphic design, web design, and advertising) when the transaction takes place in Ohio. So why won’t all of the graphic designers, web designers, and advertising firms move to Kentucky?
I… don’t know. [...]Full Story... →
[A reader writes with a poem of sorts. We were inspired to apply a bit of Photoshop.]
I am John.
John-I-am, and I am the Governor of this land.
That John-I-am, that John-I-am! I do not like that John-I-am!
Would you like me to tax you here or there?
I would not like you to tax me here or there. I would not like that anywhere. I do not like your sales tax scam. I do not like them, John-I-am.
Would you like me to tax you when you groom your cat? Would you like me to [...]Full Story... →
Last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that he would end the combat exclusion policy, thus lifting the ban on women in combat.
I, for one, applaud the news.
I’m sure the nay-sayers are out there handing out the usual excuses: women aren’t qualified, aren’t strong enough, couldn’t handle it, will ruin unit cohesion. Blah, blah, blah. They said the same thing about women being in the military at all. They said it about blacks serving in our armed forces. Yet here we are, 65 years after President Truman integrated the military and permitted women in the regular [...]Full Story... →