GOPers running the Ohio legislature as "rustics". Being old-fashioned enough to believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, I again refer to the official photo logo adorning the top of every official press release from the Ohio Republican Party as the symbol of the party of regressives. I don't see a single skyline of an Ohio city nor an urban thoroughfare. Simply a barn and silo. Tell me that "rustic" doesn't befit the ordinary Republican politicians, even the ones who live in Upper Arlington or Hudson.
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Speaking of the Ohio legislature, the GOP sausage machine that ground out the new budget also produced some of the oddest defenses that edge out the best of Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, today's gold standard of loony utterances. There was Rep. Ron Hood, the Ashville, Oh. Republican who introduced an abortion bill in mid-June that was augmented in the final hour as a budget amendment. Referring to the American Cancer Society's rejection of the notion that abortion leads to breast cancer, Hood said he didn't think these issues needed to be stated as fact. Only, he said, as a possibility. Or not.
Then along came Rep. Terry Boose, the Norwalk Republican, insisting that a state budget is a statement of numbers, not top-heavy policy. But Democratic Sen. Tom Sawyer of Akron would have nothing to do with that kind of talk that stresses numbers over policy. "He doesn't know what he's talking about," Sawyer said. "The budget is 80 pct. policy and 20 pct. numbers". Right. Working from the same column of numbers, the budgeteers will find a way to inject their own policies. (Remember the adage that figures don't lie, but liars do figure!)
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Dear me. My copy of the Beacon Journal arrived Monday morning without a single word about the budget that Gov. Kasich signed (as a guy thing, no less) on Sunday evening. The Plain Dealer, however, nicely filled the vacuum with a long piece that topped the front page. So how much longer can the BJ sustain its motto of Informing Engaging Essential? I'm not awaiting a reply.