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Public Higher Education vs Prisons in Ohio 5/13/12

There was an interesting article in The New York Times on Saturday. It Talked a lot about Ohio Northern and student debt. One section caught my eye. "Ohio’s flagship university, Ohio State, now receives 7 percent of its budget from the state, down from 15 percent a decade ago and 25 percent in 1990. The price of tuition and fees since 2002 increased about 60 percent in today’s dollars. The consequence? Three out of five undergraduates at Ohio State take out loans, and the average debt is $24,840.

Alberta Shurelds' tree 5/8/12

In celebration of Alberta Shurelds\' life.

Campaign Kickoff 5/6/12

Having read The Lima News totally inadequate story on Obama's appearance yesterday, I was inspired to try harder in figuring out how to get my pictures on the web site. I did it and here they are.

Campaign Starts 5/5/12

For those of you who weren't able to go to Columbus for the kickoff campaign for President Obama's second term, I wanted to bring you some pictures from the event. Unfortunately the upload for the site has an absolute maximum of 2 meg and all but one of my pictures is slightly over the maximum--2.1 or 2.2. I'm sure there is a solution, unfortunately I'm not used to working with image files so I don't know what to do. If you do, please e-mail me at In the meantime here's the one picture which fit.

Must see Chart of Productivity vs Wages 5/2/12

We all know that income distribution in the US has been becoming more and more unequal. Where has all that money come from to enrich the 1%? This chart shows very clearly where it has come from.

Productivity vs. Wages

Productivity vs. Wages

How Ryan Budget Hurts Children 4/27/12

Think Progress has an excellent chart showing how the Ryan Budget hurts children. Click on chart to enlarge. Remember this is the budget endorsed by the Republicans in the House and by Mittens. Tell people about it.

Sherrod Brown House Party 4/22/12

We had a house party for Sherrod Brown today. Michael Childers, Recruiter for Friends of Sherrod in northwest Ohio, came and talked to us about the campaign and the coordination between Sherrod's campaign, Obama's campaign and the state party. It sounds like everyone's working well together. Everyonr agreed that we really need to pull together to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. Be sure to remember Jim Slone for the House of Representatives, Bo Huenke for State Representative, and Connie Miller for Allen County Commissioner. Here is a picture from the event.

The Lima News & the Editor’s Note 4/19/12

Pardon me while I snicker. You may have noticed that the Lima News published my last Talking Points entry here as a letter to the editor (though cutting the last sentence.) The great part is that my letter got sufficiently under their skin that they added an Editor’s Note. “The editorial merely pointed out that, given the Congressional Budget Office revision and the additional Medicare costs – which the letter seems to agree are coming – the overall cost will be far higher than the public was originally led to believe.” Really, that is all you were doing?

Lima News attacks Affordable Care Act 4/14/12

Here is a letter to the editor of the Lima News that I just sent off responding to their editorial. The Lima News editorial on April 14 attacking the Affordable Care Act offered distorted reasoning. The title implies that Blahous’s claim that it will increase the debt is correct. You then mention that his critics point out that his estimates assume that when the Medicare Trust Fund runs out that Congress will not spend any more money on Medicare. That Congress will simply allow millions of Americans to go without Medicare or strictly ration their care.

Reagan & the Buffett Rule 4/13/12

If you haven’t heard about the Republicans favorite president attacking the position of the current Republican Party here’s the story. The website Think Progress I believe deserves the credit for breaking the story. Here is the video.


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