Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November

Karma. That's all I can say. Sometimes I doubt that if you wait people get (or don't get) what they deserve. I'm feeling better now.

Oh, and Mayor Mallory? The streetcar vote doesn't mean people want a streetcar. Polls have proved it's idiotic. They just don't want that amendment. Please try to figure that out. I know it hurts to think that hard.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bortz Should Resign

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Bortz is trying to cling to his seat on council, despite recent revelations that in 2009 the Ohio Ethics Commission informed him that his ties with Towne Properties (the development company owned by his family and of which he is an employee) was a conflict of interest that disqualified him from any involvement with the streetcar issue before council. Bortz has chosen, until recently, to vote in support of the streetcar. Not only should Bortz have abstained from all votes on the streetcar, but should resign from City Council or sever his ties with Towne Properties.

Bortz’s family owns Towne properties which has development interests along the proposed streetcar route. Until recently, Bortz maintained that as an employee, he need not follow the Ethics Committee advisory opinion that he steer clear of all discussions and votes on the streetcar issue. But doesn’t it make you wonder, how could he have an unbiased opinion about a touted financial windfall to his employer? The answer is, he couldn’t.

This issue has been addressed before when John Cranley resigned due to his ownership interest in City Lights Development. In attempting to retain his seat on council, Bortz is hanging his hat on the fact that he is not an owner of Towne Properties, he’s an employee. You also have to ask, are you ever just an employee when it’s your family’s business?

Bortz has already stepped over the line by continuing the push the streetcar issue in the face of a clear conflict of interest. Politicians are supposed to represent their constituents, not their own interests. The majority of Cincinnati residents are opposed to the streetcar project. Since Bortz wasn’t able to look beyond his own interests to those of the people of Cincinnati, it’s time for him to be shown the door.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Rand Paul’s Race to Lose

Kentucky’s Senate race is the race to watch this fall. Rand Paul is currently polling six points ahead of Democratic challenger Jack Conway. It appears to be Paul’s race to lose. Can the controversial Republican with strong libertarian leanings keep his lead?

Rand Paul has been busy since winning the Republican primary. His appearance on Rachel Maddow’s show the day after his win caused a round of controversy. His libertarian defense of private property rights when asked about the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on discrimination in private businesses was immediately seized on by liberal opponents to paint him as a fringe candidate. Paul immediately clarified his position that he did support the Civil Rights Act. Was anyone really worried that he’d want to revisit this issue once elected? Rand’s small government beliefs simply limit the government’s reach to the public arena, even if that means private property owners may choose to discriminate.

Following on the heels of the Civil Rights debacle, in a recent interview, Paul told a Russian television station that he was opposed to automatic citizenship for children born in this country to illegal aliens. Paul argues that we are the only country that guarantees citizenship to those born in this country and that this must stop. This stance is coupled with support of legalized guest worker status that is in line with his libertarian principles. Illegal immigration is a topic no one seems to want to address and Paul’s positions are practical offerings that would reduce the motivation to enter this country illegally.

Rand Paul is a different kind of Republican. He doesn’t just give lip service to small government principles, he stands behind them even in the face of controversy. It remains to be seen if the people of Kentucky really want limited government or if they were just following the Tea Party trend. The 2010 elections will tell the truth about people’s support of small government and Rand Paul’s fate will be a bellwether for 2012.

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Streetcar Undesired

After Issue 9 failed last November and voters failed to throw a roadblock in the path of Mayor Mallory's pet project, it looked like smoother sailing for the Cincinnati Streetcar project. However, obstacles still remain in the form of funding and public support.

Funding arrived to the tune of $86 million (including $64 million in bonds to be issued by the City) of the $128 million needed for the project. Mallory and Streetcar supporters hope that the issuance of the bond by the City will prompt the federal government to add to that total. Rather than condition the issuance of the bonds on the receipt of federal funding, City Council choose to dive in, hoping that the federal government will reward the risk.

Mallory continues to tout the Streetcar as the potential savior of the City, however his praise seems to have fallen on deaf ears. In a recent Cincinnati Enquirer poll 48% of participants thought the project was a waste of taxpayer money, while 20% felt it was risky. Only 24% supported the Mayor's view that the Streetcar would revitalize the City's core. The people aren't dancing to Mallory's tune.

The Cincinnati Streetcar is just another example of big government waste. While Issue 9 was overly broad, it's failure didn't indicate support of the Streetcar. Between the need for the City to borrow funds and the lack of public support, the Streetcar is a project that should be scrapped before we end up with another debacle like the Cincinnati Subway.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tea Party Matters

In the year since the Tea Party emerged through nationwide protests on April 15, it has gained acceptance and garnered criticism. The more the movement has grown, the more liberals and the mainstream media have tried to smother it. However, two recents events may alter the media’s perception of the Tea Party in a slightly positive way.

After months of slurs and accusations, liberals may have gone too far in their attempt to paint the Tea Party protestors with a racist brush. On March 20th, black Democratic Congressmen took part in a staged event, walking through the gathered Tea Party crowds, in the hopes that the crowd would throw out some racial slurs while numerous cameras recorded the event. Representative Andre Carson claimed he heard the N-word 15 times. Faced with this accusation, blogger and Acorn arch-nemesis Andrew Breitbart offered $20,000 to anyone who could produce a video of the event that proved Carson’s claim. No video has yet to be produced. When all else fails, make it up? This kind of lame attempt to smear a movement with legitimate grievances smacks of desperation.

Second, a recent Gallup Poll of Tea Partiers found that approximately 49% identify themselves as Republicans, 43% as Independent and 8% as Democrats. The Tea Party is starting to look a lot more like America.

While neither of these events will end the criticism and attempts to downplay the importance of the Tea Party, and nothing will stop MSNBC hosts from gleefully calling them “Teabaggers,” the liberals and the mainstream media just may be coming to the realization that there’s more to the Tea Party than right-wing extremists. The majority of the Tea Partiers are Independents and Democrats, Obama’s bread and butter. If they are joining the Tea Party movement maybe mocking isn’t the way to win them back. Maybe it’s finally time to listen to the Tea Party’s message?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Word to the Unwise

Dear Eric Massa,
Yes, it does seem that the attacks aimed at you are suspiciously timed. However, please consider that if you hadn't treated your intern pool like your own personal happy tickle factory they wouldn't have any ammo to come after you with. You can't complain about the timing of the assault when you've provided the weapons.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Paul Ryan

Working on getting my vote for President in 2012.

Read Read this.

and this.