The paper seems to be enthralled with state Sen. Frank LaRose’s political civility initiative (“Ohio legislators taking steps to reduce political incivility,” Sept. 18). Good for him.
If successful in Ohio, perhaps LaRose, a Copley Township Republican, should think about taking his civility road show to Washington, D.C., to teach the rudiments of political etiquette to President Obama.
In his five years in office, Obama has shown himself to be an ultra-partisan. It is clear that one of the defining characteristics of the president is that he cannot tolerate honest disagreement. More worrisome is that Obama has behaved this way with nary a criticism from Democrats or the media.
The latest example of Obama’s incivility came in the wake of the tragic shootings at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16. While the search was still ongoing for the shooter, the president gave a speech. In it, he made but a passing reference to the 12 murders.
Obama then proceeded with his prepared text, bashing Republicans in a highly confrontational tone over the debt-ceiling negotiations.
If George Bush had behaved the same under similar circumstances, we would have never heard the end of it. The media would harp on how Bush was insensitive, uncaring, uncivil and unfit for high office. And they would be right.
The message to LaRose is that he should be careful with whom he sings Kumbya. He better first examine the big picture and ask himself if political civility is a one-way or two-way street.
Hitting workers to help companies
In a Sept. 17 story, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, is quoted as telling local Chambers of Commerce that he wants to use his new position on the House Ways and Mean Committee to lower corporate tax rates (“Renacci targets deductions in reforming corporate tax”).
He wants to pay for these reductions, in part, by reducing personal tax deductions.
In plain English, he wants to raise taxes on workers hard hit by the recession to further reduce tax rates for businesses that have thrived in the economic recovery.
He further states that only the president and the Senate Democrats stand in the way of this plan to raise your taxes to boost the bottom line of corporate America. I thank the president and Senate Democrats.
Matter of exceptionalism
All this about American exceptionalism was bound to arise sooner or later.
Last year, I heard that Obama’s core values are not the same as those of typical Americans, and that he’s out to do away with American exceptionalism as part of some cockeyed “anti-colonialism” view.
If there is any validity in what Putin said on the matter, we have Obama to thank for it.
Don F. McClish