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Lucente’s Attempt to Justify Price-Goiuging

Thomas Lucente In his Sunday column in the Lima News tried to sell his stale libertarian views with his usual ad hominem attacks and cherry-picked examples.

Hypocrisy on Trumpcare

How much do Republicans in Congress love their new Trumpcare bill? I’ll tell you how much. They love it so much that they exempted themselves from it.

You may remember that members of Congress were required to use the Affordable Care Act. The particular section of the ACA where they were required to use it was Section 1312(d)(3)(D).

Broken Promises

During the campaign Trump said he supported the restoration projects for the Great Lakes. He claimed he would protect the jobs of those who depended on the Great Lakes and the water supplies of those who drew their water from them. After winning the election using the votes of those surrounding the Great Lakes, it was suddenly a different story. The budget he submitted to Congress removes all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. So Ohioans whose jobs depend on Lake Erie, or who get their water from it, or who use it for recreation have just been stiffed.

GOPnocare

What’s wrong with the GOPnocare plan currently being touted by Republicans? Let’s start with the AARP’s analysis, “When we examined the impact of both the tax credit changes and 5:1 age rating, our estimates find that, taken together, premiums for older adults could increase by as much as $3,600 for a 55-year old earning $25,000 a year, $7,000 for a 64-year old earning $25,000 a year and up to $8,400 for a 64-year old earning $15,000 a year.” (Letter to Congress on March 7, 2017) It turns out Republicans are touting an age tax.

John Q Public

This is a story about John Q. Public. 

John grew up and graduated in the mid-1960s. He did a stint in college, then went off to Vietnam in service to his country. He returned home, found a 40-hour job with benefits, and something called a defined pension.

In the 1970s, John got married and his wife stayed home to raise their children. They saved their money and managed a 30-percent down payment on a house, something required then on a 15-year loan.

Trade Deals have Cost Jobs

Labor Day arrives with a lot of talk about job loss in Ohio between 2006 and 2010 and tying it to the U.S. Senate race between Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Ted Strickland.

Some would have you believe the lost jobs were a state-level problem caused by Strickland, who was the governor during most of that period. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Job loss has been going on in Ohio for much longer than those four years, thanks to trade agreements on the federal level.

Bathroom Bill Stupidity

Mark Figley's view in the May 10th issue of the Lima News sees the opposition to the North Carolina bill (HB-2) attempting to force people to use bathrooms against their gender as "a combination of elitist-minded forces." He suggests that those same forces are unconcerned about "discrimination against people of religious faith." He worries that 'predators" will use "an anti-discriminatory bathroom policy to traumatized/victimize women and children."

Education Requires Input from Practitioners

Teaching is a proud profession that doesn’t get the respect and admiration it deserves. Few can comprehend spending hours in a classroom with twenty to twenty five energized young students. It cannot be an easy task. Today it is more important than ever to bring industry, business and labor to the table of education.

Dangers of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

We have sent our men and women into battle to protect our rights and freedoms. In one swoop of the pen this secretive deal could: Overrule American laws and set up tribunals to rule. Change drug maker patent times and generic drug pricing. Only six out of the 30 total chapters in the TPP have anything to do with trade. So what makes up the bulk of this agreement, which was shaped by 500 U.S. corporate advisors? It requires a vote 90 days after submission of this legislation to implement the TPP and change existing U.S. laws to comply with its terms. Prescription drug costs will increase.

Koch brothers Organizing NOW not 2016

The Koch brothers are provided a $125 million 2015 budget for Americans for Prosperity. The money is to improve AFP’s data system and to pay hundreds of local staff in communities throughout the nation for get-out the vote efforts.

That’s the 2015 budget. More will come in 2016. We can’t sit on our hands and say. “Oh the election's still a year and a half away. There’s plenty of time.” We need to be organizing now, not at some future date. We all have our lives to lead, but talking to your neighbors about the importance of voting doesn’t take much time.

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