Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ohio Issue 2

*Just to be clear No vote strikes down this law and yes upholds it as law

Being an Ohio citizen and a liberal I personally am going to vote to strike down issue 2. If your not familiar with the topic, issue two is the citizen referendum on Senate Bill 5 in the state of Ohio. SB5 limits the power of lobby groups to collectively bargain in public sector jobs. That means that the republican dominated state legislature and governor killed unions with a single pen stroke. The whole concept of unions relies on their ability to group together for strength against a much more powerful management.

So if you've been paying attention to the slimy tactics the opposition has been using in Ohio you'll realize how important it is to conservatives to muddy the waters in this debate. I've been subjected to commercials telling me how voting yes on issue two will "help" police and fire fighters. Explain to me how taking away their ability to combat massive pay cuts and staff cuts helps them? In short it doesn't. I'm a teacher, I'm a member of OEA the teachers union in Ohio, I gladly pay my dues from every paycheck knowing that if it were not for the efforts in the past by this and other organizations like it my salary would be a fraction of what it is today.

Here is an example of how low these people are willing to stoop to confuse the issue for voters take a look at the original commerical here.

Now look here at how the vote yes campaign twisted the words of this elderly woman to mean the opposite of what she actually said. If I was that woman I would be furious right now.

Unions aren't perfect but they are a damn sight better than the pre-union, pre-labor law things that businesses did during the industrial revolution as a matter of routine.

Republican thuggery reached a new low yesterday when Mike Huckabee (A major republican icon) was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer stating
"Make a list... Call them and ask them, 'Are you going to vote on Issue 2 and are you going to vote for it?' If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don't go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That's up to you how you creatively get the job done."  Source
These are the depths these villains are willing to sink to, he advocates "letting the air out of your tires" to stop you from voting. I say to you mike and your ilk get thee behind me.


  1. Making it illegal to unionize is truly fascistic, but then again we're talking about the Republican Party here.

  2. It always suprises me how divided America is!