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Company Blocks Ads Critical of Ohio Rep. (Jean Schmidt)
AP ^ | Dec 2, 5:31 PM EST | DAVID HAMMER

Posted on 12/02/2005 3:29:59 PM PST by Jean S

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An advertising company that gives most of its political donations to Republicans blocked the Democratic National Committee from putting up billboards criticizing GOP Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio.

Lamar Advertising Co. of Baton Rouge, La., refused to put up two billboards in Portsmouth, Ohio, and another in Cincinnati with a picture of Schmidt and the following message: "Shame on you, Jean Schmidt: Stop attacking veterans. Keep your eye on the ball - we need a real plan for Iraq."

The billboards are the result of 7,000 donations, DNC executive director Tom McMahon said, after Schmidt attacked Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, a Democrat and Marine veteran, for his call for withdrawal from Iraq. Schmidt was booed off the House floor two weeks ago when she said "cowards cut and run, Marines never do."

She has since apologized.

Lamar's Huntington, W.Va., regional manager, Mark Watts, rejected the billboards criticizing Scmidt as a personal attack, said Hal Kinshaw, Lamar's vice president of governmental affairs.

Kilshaw said Lamar doesn't do many billboards for either Republicans or Democrats, but the company does have a political action committee that contributes to candidates. In 2004 elections, it gave Republicans 70 percent of its U.S. House race donations and 60 percent of its U.S. Senate race contributions.

The DNC says it went to Lamar because it controls the market in the area but is looking for other options


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; abscam; ads; billboard; dnc; exmarine; jeanschmidt; murtha

1 posted on 12/02/2005 3:30:00 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS

She's not attacking veterans, she's attacking a lilly-livered politician who is endangering the troops to protect his phony baloney job.


2 posted on 12/02/2005 3:33:18 PM PST by Armedanddangerous (Big people are harder to kidnap!)
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To: JeanS

Hehehehehe.:-)


3 posted on 12/02/2005 3:34:35 PM PST by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: JeanS
"Cowards cut and run, Marines never do."

You hear that Murtha? Don't let Nancy's Knockers make you "take your eye off the ball" and go over to the Dark Side!

4 posted on 12/02/2005 3:34:36 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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To: JeanS

The democrats are so vile. Why would anyone ever be a democrat. They are so pathetic. Barf.


5 posted on 12/02/2005 3:35:50 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: taxesareforever
"Why would anyone ever be a democrat."

Because the evil, the stupid, and the mentally ill have to have a party of their own.

6 posted on 12/02/2005 3:37:23 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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Demon-crats are liars, bullies, and cowards. Period.


7 posted on 12/02/2005 3:41:01 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (RINOs - the other white meat)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
"Because the evil, the stupid, and the mentally ill have to have a party of their own."

And don't forget the just plain intellectually lazy and dishonest.

8 posted on 12/02/2005 3:41:42 PM PST by manwiththehands (Democrats and the MSM: lies and hypocrisy on steroids)
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To: JeanS
She is my congresswoman and I plan to vote for her again.

Shame on the republicans who bashed her after she put Murtha in his place. She said what the so called men of the Republican party didn't have the stones to say.

Say it again Jean...and this time no apology is needed.
Murtha is wrong and giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Benedict Arnold was a war hero before he turned as well.
9 posted on 12/02/2005 3:45:08 PM PST by dinok
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To: manwiththehands

"And don't forget the just plain intellectually lazy and dishonest."

That kinda falls under the aegis of evil and stupid. ;-)


10 posted on 12/02/2005 3:45:20 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: JeanS

Let the Democrats spend as much money as they want attacking Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. All that will do is (i) remind people of how they started saying that we should cut and run from Iraq but then voted against it on the House floor and (ii) take money away from races that the Democrats actually have a snowball's chance in hell of winning. Congresswoman Schmidt will coast to reelection, unless she is defeated in the GOP primary (and whoever wins the GOP primary will win the general); the 2nd CD is overwhelmingly Republican, and the 2006 election will not have the anemic turnout of this year's special election that made the race uncomfortably close.


11 posted on 12/02/2005 3:46:56 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Let's not forget, too, that the twit 'Rat Hackett that took her on doesn't even have the cajones to seek a rematch.


12 posted on 12/02/2005 3:48:54 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Don't let Nancy's Knockers make you ...

You have inflicted an emotional scar of unimaginable proportions upon me.............

yyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

you are now removed from my Christmas Card list.

LVM

13 posted on 12/02/2005 3:50:30 PM PST by LasVegasMac (HoOked on Fonics. Dun goOd For me?)
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To: JeanS

Lamar has some sense. They also wouldn't let the LGBT advocacy group (the name escapes me) put up billboards in south Georgia promoting the gay lifestyle as they had done in Atlanta. The ads consisted of a group of people dressed in occupational garb (ie police, nurses, doctors, etc. NOT Frank N. Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show) with a tagline saying that they are in your community providing a positive influence.

I'm sure Lamar knows that several farmers down here know how to operate a cutting torch, or might throw Lamar off their land.


14 posted on 12/02/2005 3:54:20 PM PST by 308MBR (If we ain't supposed to eat animals, how come they're made out of meat?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I don't know about that ... my parents are libs and so is my ex. I love all of them to death. I wouldn't call them "evil" or "stupid" ... just intellectually dishonest and lazy ... and maybe even pathetically naive.


15 posted on 12/02/2005 4:00:47 PM PST by manwiththehands (Democrats and the MSM: lies and hypocrisy on steroids)
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To: JeanS
Lamar Advertising Co. of Baton Rouge, La.,

Good for this company standing tall.

16 posted on 12/02/2005 4:09:01 PM PST by p23185 (Why isn't attempting to take down a sitting Pres & his Admin considered Sedition?)
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To: manwiththehands

You're kinder than I am. I went to visit my Uncle in New Mexico, an Air Force vet who served during Vietnam (and, sadly, an ultraleftist). I had to listen to him drop f-bombs all over the place regarding Reagan, Dubya, Rumsfeld and the like. After he was done with his schtick and pontificating on how we've messed up the Middle East, I asked him point blank... "So, what's your solution ?" His answer, "I dunno." I think the "stupid" fits.


17 posted on 12/02/2005 4:09:42 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: LasVegasMac

Sorry LVM. LOL!! Mental pictures can really do a lot of damage. I know.


18 posted on 12/02/2005 4:10:47 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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To: JeanS
An advertising company that gives most of its political donations to Republicans blocked the Democratic National Committee from putting up billboards criticizing GOP Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio.

I'm sure MSNBC and CNN would give them free time for this crap. Don't let Jean be Newtered for speaking the truth!

19 posted on 12/02/2005 4:13:30 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: dinok
I poked the chad for JS (electorally speaking) and she is making me proud that I did. That phony part-time military lawyer rat hack Hackett is not the future of the Democrat party, he was a Cindy Sheehan hanger-oner... the 1972 Viet-Nam strategy has failed yet again for the Democrats.
20 posted on 12/02/2005 4:22:54 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Kevin Reilly is head of Lamar Advertising. I believe it was he or his dad who called Louisiana a "banana republic" many years ago!!! Very good conservative family in this state!


21 posted on 12/02/2005 4:33:28 PM PST by boo4
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To: AuH2ORepublican

seeing the forest through the trees. . .it was not Jean Schmitt calling Rep. Murtha a coward. She was relating that message from a Marine. In effect, the democrats were booing at the Marine.


22 posted on 12/02/2005 4:40:21 PM PST by Dog Anchor
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To: boo4
Kevin Reilly is head of Lamar Advertising. I believe it was he or his dad who called Louisiana a "banana republic"

Obviously a man of great foresight.

23 posted on 12/02/2005 4:43:39 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: JeanS

Isn't it a rule that you can't whine about something once someone has apologized about it?


24 posted on 12/02/2005 6:24:19 PM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: fieldmarshaldj
LOL! Classic lib/'Rat response when asked: "SO, what's YOUR solution????"
"I dunno".

It's intellectual laziness. It's easier to criticize than it is to make some mental effort to consider REALITY and possible solutions.

I cut my parents a lot of slack. They're too old and have lived too long to worry about how scary the real world can be. However ... my ex ... she's intelligent and responsible, but still buys the leftist lies ... she has no excuse. She could indeed be "evil". :-)

25 posted on 12/02/2005 7:18:25 PM PST by manwiththehands (Democrats and the MSM: lies and hypocrisy on steroids)
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To: JeanS

"An advertising company that gives most of its political donations to Republicans blocked the Democratic National Committee from putting up billboards criticizing GOP Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio. "

Good. This isn't a freedom of speech issue. Perhaps they can find a sewage authority which might allow them to paste their canards on stormdrains.

How the Dems can possibly criticize a woman who did nothing more than state the obvious and quote a GENUINE American Hero, is beyond me.

Murtha is a traitor. He is in the same category as Benedict Arnold, excpet Arnold at least had a couple of victories under his belt.

Everytime Vipers and traitors like Pelosi and Murtha talk about pulling out, it encourages the terrorists in Iraq to try to kill more American soldiers.

If they thought we were going to hang tough and stay there as long as needed, they would be less likely to persue their agenda so vigorously.

As in the Viet Nam War, the same traitors are trying to loose in the arena of public opinion, what so many brave American soldiers, living, dead, and mutilated, have achieved on the battlefield with their courage, sacrifice and blood.


26 posted on 12/02/2005 7:36:05 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Dog Anchor

"it was not Jean Schmitt calling Rep. Murtha a coward. She was relating that message from a Marine. In effect, the democrats were booing at the Marine."

That's not true. The Marine she quoted, Danny Bubp, stated that he never referred to Murtha by name, and would never call a fellow Marine a coward. She can't even take responsibility for her own statements.


27 posted on 12/02/2005 9:39:09 PM PST by conservative_2001 (Defeat Jean Schmidt and Paul Hackett in 2006!)
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To: dinok

"Shame on the republicans who bashed her after she put Murtha in his place. She said what the so called men of the Republican party didn't have the stones to say."

The grown-ups in the party were putting Murtha in his place by refuting his proposal rather than lobbing Howard Dean-style personal attacks that inevitably backfire. Instead of Murtha looking bad for authoring such a destructive proposal, Schmidt managed to make Murtha look like the victim by attacking a 37 year Marine's courage.

Ridiculous personal attacks backfire, whether they're from the Rabid Left or the Rabid Right. Ask President Kerry how much help he received from Howard Dean, Michael Moore, MoveOn.hitler, and Daily "screw them" Kos.


28 posted on 12/02/2005 9:44:15 PM PST by conservative_2001 (Defeat Jean Schmidt and Paul Hackett in 2006!)
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To: conservative_2001
"The grownups in the party were putting Murtha in his place by refuting his proposal rather than lobbing Howard Dean-style personal attacks that inevitably backfire."

Spare me the lecture. They republican "grownups" have botched the greatest opportunity our party has had by betraying most of Reagan's principles. Every time they bend over and take democrat abuse, give the democrats the green light to keep doing it. Our boys are dying in Iraq for us. The least the republicans can do is fight back for them. The grownups have lost their nerve. If they can't bat, they should step off the plate and let some else do it. Instead they turned on one of their own.
29 posted on 12/02/2005 10:02:44 PM PST by dinok
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL! Now that is something that makes sense.


30 posted on 12/02/2005 10:20:12 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: conservative_2001
"Schmidt managed to make Murtha look like the victim by attacking a 37 year Marine's courage. "

Schmidt managed to make a mess by attempting to apologize for telling the truth. The line "Cowards Cut and Run, Marines Never Do" is one for the history books and she should have leaned into the fire and challenged anyone to find the the lie or the slander in that simple statement of fact. Despite, the immediate retreat, the sting of those words made it impossible for all but the most rabid of the Democrats to vote for the resolution.

This is what it truly means when they talk about speaking truth to power. It isn't easy, and often you get beat down for having the courage to do this.

Brinkman is toast in this district if he wastes our money contesting this next primary. I have always liked him, but the matter is settled. He needs to take the good will he has and use it to score another victory for our team, not create a fight that we cannot help but lose no matter what the outcome. Bob McEwen has a significant following in Brown County, but ultimately he just doesn't represent the district anymore, just a Washington based opportunist to us...

You need to choose whether you would rather defeat Schmidt or work to defeat Hackett (and clones) this next cycle, you won't be able to do both. And worse, wasting money and workers in a safe district takes it away from the real fight. Are you going to take resources away from supporting Blackwell by burning them in the 2nd fighting conservative against conservative.. its lame.. Its more important to challenge the Dems in seats like Strickland's. Its important to work out the DeWine question and move past the woes of the Taft administration.

31 posted on 12/03/2005 12:03:58 AM PST by dalight
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To: dalight

Actually I'd like to see all of that happen - Ken Blackwell for Governor, Paul Hackett defeated no matter what he runs for, and for a conservative to defeat tax-hiker Jean Schmidt in the 2nd CD.

Brinkman and McEwen won't square off against each other again. One will run, one won't, and it looks like it'll be McEwen. I'm not a big McEwen fan, but I'd rather we nominate a conservative who can hold the seat over a tax-hiking RINO who could easily lose it and nearly did the last time around.


32 posted on 12/03/2005 12:22:58 AM PST by conservative_2001 (Defeat Jean Schmidt and Paul Hackett in 2006!)
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To: conservative_2001
McEwen will go down again if he tries, and make no friends in the effort. Jean is no RINO, and this tax hiking BS just is lame as it gets. Is just the same as the Dems discovering that they were against the war all along despite their votes and what they said. If you want the Legislature not to hike taxes each time we have a recession, then amend the Ohio Constitution to allow us to run a Deficit when the economy has had X number of negative quarters or something like that. Otherwise, Ohio will raise stupidly raise taxes every time there is a recession and then the only question is how this will be done.

Taft proposed a raft of tax hikes on services that would be impossible to roll back, and that is his shame and the reason thinking folks can never forgive him. Jean did the responsible thing, as well as many others in the Ohio Legislature in the situation, put the tax where it can be easily removed when the economy improves. This tax has already been partly rolled back already. Ultimately this is the only way until a better formula is found.

You are just knee jerk upset that folks can and have to act responsibly once in a while and thats just too sad. It would be a whole lot more productive if you used your energy to do something like help change the Ohio Supreme Court composition so that we don't have the court driving education costs up in bizarre ways. Make a positive difference and let go of hating Jean, its just a waste of time.

If she up and does something that helps the other side.. well then her hold on the 2nd will dissappear like the morning dew, but this isn't the case. She is definitely on the side of the angels right now and not one of the squishy RINOs in the house. SO GET OVER IT!

33 posted on 12/03/2005 2:21:46 AM PST by dalight
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To: Dog Anchor

"seeing the forest through the trees. . .it was not Jean Schmitt calling Rep. Murtha a coward. She was relating that message from a Marine. In effect, the democrats were booing at the Marine."



Abolutely true. The article was horribly biased, but even if we granted it its assumptions, it is still really stupid of the Democrats part to put up billboards criticizing Schmidt in Portsmouth and Cincinnati.


34 posted on 12/03/2005 7:03:10 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: dalight
Jean is no RINO, and this tax hiking BS just is lame as it gets.

Actually it's part of the public record. Follow along:

-- Jean Schmidt voted to raise Ohio's Sales Tax by 20%. Ken Blackwell opposed it. This vote allowed her to raise Ohio's budget by over 10%. They could have left out the tax increase, and still had more money to spend than they did in the prior budget cycle.

-- Schmidt voted to raise Ohio's Gas Tax by 6 cents/gallon. She and Bob Taft must think gas prices are too low.

-- Schmidt sponsored legislation which led to taxes being raised in Hamilton County and Cincinnati.

That's the Jean Schmidt tax record for you. We cannot condemn liberals like Hillary Clinton for their tax and spend policies, then defend RINO's like Jean Schmidt who do the same thing. These tax hikers in both parties need to be defeated.

35 posted on 12/03/2005 10:48:41 AM PST by conservative_2001 (Defeat Jean Schmidt and Paul Hackett in 2006!)
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To: conservative_2001
I lived through this whole debate, like a democrat, you refuse to accept the context. Instead you point at an event and complain about someone acting responsibly for responsible reasons. Or, you distort the record so that you cover the actual facts to carry a useless point. The people of Cincinnati, misguidedly, voted to raise their own taxes. If you want to blame anyone for that, blame them.

This is the worst example of one issue voting. You are welcome to your small mind and your big hate.

Its a fact that this message doesn't resonate in the 2nd. It didn't carry the day in the previous primary and it won't carry the day at any point in the future. GET OVER IT!

36 posted on 12/03/2005 5:11:36 PM PST by dalight
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Frankly, I would love it if they did at this point. It keeps the Dem's moral turpitude front and center. People know what Jean said and they see the wording of this sign and discredit who ever they would blame for its existence.

One might thinnk they planted the story to get out the message without actually having to pay for the billboard and take the heat for actually putting it up.

37 posted on 12/03/2005 5:14:43 PM PST by dalight
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To: dalight
I lived through this whole debate, like a democrat, you refuse to accept the context.

Like a Democrat, you along with Bob Taft and Jean Schmidt believe that raising taxes and spending is the answer to everything. Because of Bob Taft's and Jean Schmidt's tax increases, we pay a lot more in gas taxes every time we fill our tanks. Because of Bob Taft's and Jean Schmidt's tax increases, we pay a lot more every time we purchase something that invokes a Sales Tax. Thanks RINO's.

There was nothing responsible about it. If they wanted to be responsible, they would have limited the growth in the spending and been able to balance the budget without raising taxes.

Do you not understand that they could have raised spending by about 4-5% without raising taxes? But that wasn't good enough for them. Instead they raise spending by 10%, and they raise our taxes to pay for it. Just like RINO's.

This is the worst example of one issue voting.

The issue of taxes and spending isn't one single issue. It's what determines the size of government, which is far more than one issue. Just like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bob Taft and Jean Schmidt believe in a rapid expansion of government, and put the burden of paying for it on our backs. Tax and spend Republicans are just as fiscally destructive as tax and spend Democrats, except to a RINO.

38 posted on 12/03/2005 5:42:22 PM PST by conservative_2001 (Defeat Jean Schmidt and Paul Hackett in 2006!)
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To: LasVegasMac

I think Pelosi has had her face lifted so many times that her t1ts now sit on her shoulders.


39 posted on 12/03/2005 5:45:39 PM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: conservative_2001

GET OVER IT!


40 posted on 12/03/2005 10:47:34 PM PST by dalight
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To: dalight

I'm not going to "get over" any politician's public record. I'm going to learn from it to determine where their values lie.

Bill Clinton, Bob Taft, and Jean Schmidt are committed tax hikers. Anyone who looks at their record can see that. They have proven that raising taxes is their solution to any problem.

Tom Coburn, Steve Chabot, and Ken Blackwell are committed tax cutters. Anyone who looks at their record can see that, too. These are the kind of people that real conservatives should want in office.


41 posted on 12/03/2005 11:27:22 PM PST by conservative_2001 (Defeat Jean Schmidt and Paul Hackett in 2006!)
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To: conservative_2001
You are all torn up about pennies, when dollar issues are on the table. You point is all about selfishness when folks are giving blood to defend this country.

The current balanced budget amendment forces the cycle of tax increase and and tax reduction in Ohio. This cycle has good and bad effects. You are all caught up in finding goats and heroes and this just shows a lack of perspective. The question of Conservatism turns on some epic questions that go beyond but do not supersede fiscal responsibility. The other great questions that are being confronted are:

What part of this are you missing? You are so lost in hate and worrying over pennies and your own selfish skin that you would risk giving the control of this country over to the Democrats to deal with these issues? You advocate a fratricidal attack on one of our own. And a very respectable conservative voice despite your whining. No pure is pure enough for you, that is your loss.
42 posted on 12/04/2005 1:01:52 AM PST by dalight
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To: dalight
The state budget and federal budget are two different matters. The problems facing federal finances did not force the State of Ohio to raise taxes.

Once again, I'll point out that Ohio could have raised spending by 4-5% without raising taxes. But that's not enough for tax-and-spend liberals like Taft and Schmidt. They had to raise our taxes to pay for their big spending. Those "pennies" add up to taking billions from Ohio's workers, and make our state even less competitive than it already is for attracting jobs.

If you're so concerned about giving power to Democrats, you should join me in condemning the tax increases and corruption of Bob Taft and Jean Schmidt. It is their liberal policies and lack of integrity that threaten to give our state back to the Democrats, and nearly cost us a safe R congressional seat.

The best way to counter that is to nominate different Republicans who think differently from the Taft/Schmidt crowd. Those are the kind of Republicans who could win in 2006. Ohio is going to vote against anything resembling Bob Taft, as we should.

43 posted on 12/04/2005 12:47:48 PM PST by conservative_2001 (Defeat Jean Schmidt and Paul Hackett in 2006!)
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To: conservative_2001
There is no special relationship between Taft and Schmidt. You know this so you are just continuing to be disingenuous. Your 4-5% increase in spending is a meaningless statistic. To make the case you are trying to make, rather than just making groundless claims, you need to both show the increase in Gross Revenues in Ohio without the Sales Tax increase and with the Sales tax increase and other revenue measures put in place at that time verses State Spending.

Your numbers for spending that could have been increased is at best a dream of what bottom number is available including all of the non-disgressionary spending.. but see.. I think its pointless to really discuss the numbers because you are more interested in regurgitating someone's gross over-generalization estimated to look good on paper. This tax was raised in a recession and State Revenues were falling not rising. States all across the United States were running 10 & 20 Billion dollar deficits and you conveniently have decided to forget this.

In that you continue to call Jean a Liberal despite the facts, makes me tend to believe that you are actually a bit of a Troll. There is no Taft/Schmidt crowd so this whole line of discussion is meaningless.

You claim to support McEwen, as a true conservative, but he has already lost the district TWICE. He is a Washington lobbyist now, not a citizen from our district. He has zero chance to ever win. Any money wasted on this guy is just that, money wasted from the whole fight to hold and gain ground in the congress. IF WE LOSE THE HOUSE THE DEMOCRATS PLAN TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT. They don't need a crime, they don't need evidence. They just need enough votes, thats it. You are a fool of the highest order or a troll.

If Jean had been identified in the list of the Republican Main Street Partnership, I would be on the ramparts with you, but this just isn't the case. Let go of the past, you are making very distorted and unreasonable statements. In that you missed what I was saying about Ohio's perverse budget system tells me you are just coughing up statistics from someone's polemic rather than really understanding anything about this whole question of taxes and spending. You need to re-examine what is important to you. You are concentrating on less than $200 for the average family each year over the period which the tax that upsets you existed, but as it has been half phased out and will be all gone soon, this whole discussion is lame.

44 posted on 12/04/2005 2:29:04 PM PST by dalight
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