Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Inauguration

Why Toledo should be concerned with "4 more years."

1. Counterinsurgent war in Iraq that will continue to cost American lives. Already 1371 brave and honored Americans too many.

2. Already announced cuts to CDBG funding, and transfer of the funding from Housing and Urban Development to the Dept of Commerce. Community Development Block Grants are used to reinvigorate Toledo neighborhoods by people who love Toledo. These cuts hurt the efforts of River East, Lagrange Development, ONYX, and other Toledo community development corporations.

2. 40% cut in Social Security benefits, with payroll taxes being deposited in private accounts. The 2nd terms highest domestic priority.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, Frank Szollosi lends his articulate views for all to share in. Great idea Frank and keep up the good work!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Stan said...

There are a couple points that have not been mentioned in the Social Security issue. It is even more than just the dollars that are at stake from the taxes of the workers, it is a mindset. In the future it will be harder to insist that business obey the law if stock prices, with workers income, is at stake. Would the Republicans say, the stock price went down and workers lost money, just because laws were enforced? I believe they would.

I do not know the numbers on this but it would be a good thing to ask Marcy. How much of the short fall that Mr. Bush is talking about was caused by him? With jobs, manufacturers and now service businesses leaving the country, so does the input of social security. How much of the input into Social Security has been reduced by the jobs leaving the country? This is like the going before the judge after being wounded by the police in a shootout saying for leniency because he is a cripple. If these numbers are as bad as I think, something needs to be said along these lines.

Thank you for a spot to say my two cents worth. I think this is a good idea, I hope people do not abuse it. Margaret says, NI:) Best of luck.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, a life-long, Toledoan am concerned about Collingwood BL from Nebraska south to Erie. The road is, and has been, TERRIBLE. Can't it be fixed?
---john

12:08 PM  
Blogger Matt Stoller said...

Simon for Chair staffer here (Matt Stoller - I run his blog).

What do you need from the next DNC to effectively mobilize in your community?

4:45 PM  
Blogger Matt Stoller said...

Also, is there a list of Ohio political blogs anywhere? I'm curious because some regions have lots of blogs and some don't.

4:46 PM  
Blogger harriet said...

Dean for DNC here. Dean is the major push behind putting major support under state and local Democrats. This is no small issue. Now on to my real reasons for responding

First, a suggestion. If you want people to be able to get to your blog from your mailings, you have to put the http business in front of your blog URL. Make it easy for computer novices.

Second, to find out which Dems are members of the Faint Hearted Faction, those likely to go along with Bush on Social Insecurity, check out Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall's blog. He's been on this full tilt for some time and has a list of the spineless creatures who are likely to abandon the notion of the social stability afforded by Social Security.

By the bye, Rove has a new frame for Social Security. He called it Social Security Modernization 3 times in a speech. Heads up folks, Dean and Lakoff both have identified Social Security as one of the items we need to focus on for framing purposes. Rove's is a terrific frame because it makes it hard to reframe without appearing to be an obstructionist. We need to do our homework on this! One of the diaries in Daily Kos has written an excellent piece on this topic. Can't find the URL right this moment but it warrants attention.

Third, for you viewing pleasure, I offer the video on Oliver Willis's website. Scroll down to the headline, Fair and Balanced. Vanity Fair editor, Judy Bachrach creamed Fox anchorette, Brigitte Quinn today in what was supposed to be an inauguration puff piece. http://www.oliverwillis.com/taxonomy/page/or/46

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon Rosenberg for DNC Chair supporter here...

winning elections at the national, state and local level depends on candidates who reflect the area in which they are running. Putting together the framework to support candidates at each of these levels must be our goal. Read more at simonforchair.org

12:51 PM  
Blogger hegemo said...

Matt,

There's a list of Ohio political blogs at The American Street:

http://www.reachm.com/amstreet/states-writes.htm

Michael Meckler at red-state.com has also assembled a list of Ohio political blogs:

http://red-state.com/ohioblogs.html

Jerry Springer's site also has links to Ohio blogs:

http://www.springerontheradio.com/

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We Toledoans do need to be concerned about "four more years" of Democratic control of Toledo. We are seeing the economies of surrounding areas like Perryburg and Maumee booming, but Toledo and its economic development is ranked dead last in the State of Ohio and 195th out 200 in the U.S. These areas seem to be able to do it right, but Toledo can't. The only difference is the people in charge.

3:02 PM  

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