Nov. 6 cannot come too soon. If either presidential candidate is to convince Middle America to vote for him, he should come to Ohio to live. What we want are well-paying jobs.
The past four years were a missed opportunity, from the president and Congress down to state and, to a lesser degree, local government.
At the national level, little, if anything, was done to propose investment tax credits for small businesses, incentives for consumers to buy American-made products, and other policies that worked during the Reagan and Clinton years.
What the parties have forgotten is that between 70 percent and 80 percent of income to the U.S. government is made up of payroll and individual income taxes.
When more people work, more taxes are collected. However, infusing stimulus money into the economy is, at best, a temporary solution. Do not continue to give the American public fish to eat; teach them how to fish and make them self-sufficient.
Both parties have been obsessed with arguing the well-intentioned but ill-advised Obamacare. As a result, both parties have failed to address the economic needs of the country.
Middle America is telling both candidates that if they want its vote, be specific on how you will create jobs. Will you use tax incentives, a buy-American program, or repair our highways, bridges and water and sewage systems? Will you eliminate the 10 percent ethanol requirement so that the vast majority of the country can pay normal prices for corn and its byproducts? How will you eliminate government waste? How will you reduce the deficit?
There are estimates that more than $2 billion will be spent on this election. Perhaps the Europeans have it right: six weeks for an election.
Get out to vote in Woodridge
The last Woodridge school levy lost by 74 votes. Now the levy is back on the November ballot for the fourth time in a year.
What’s disturbing is the trend of parents who are choosing not to vote. In the March election, 902 parents didn’t vote. In the August election, over 1,000 parents did not vote.
This is a call to action to get out and vote. It is your civic duty. When you choose not to vote, you are leaving your children’s future up to someone who does.
The education of our children, who will be the next generation of productive citizens, should be the top priority for our community.
Please let your voice be heard and get out and vote on Nov. 6.
Still waiting on school funding
In 2002, the Ohio Supreme Court made a third school funding decision that declared the state education finance system unconstitutional. The court directed the General Assembly to enact a school funding scheme that is thorough and efficient.
Earlier decisions, the first in 1997, also declared the funding system unconstitutional and identified particular elements, such as an overreliance on property taxes and forced borrowing, which the General Assembly needs to change to develop a system that meets constitutional tests.
There will always be some reliance on property taxes to fund schools, but there should not be an overreliance on local levies.
It is time for state legislators to fix the problem as directed by the Ohio Supreme Court 15 years ago.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, where are you? I haven’t seen one ad of yours touting how great Obamacare is. I would have thought you would be shouting from the mountaintops about how this would save us. Alas, I have seen nothing.
Could this be because the program is so bad and unpopular?
I have seen your ad about improving bus safety. Now that’s important.
You have served the people of Ohio poorly. On Nov. 6, we need to make sure we put you on a safe bus going out of Washington.