GOP's Ryan visits Ohio; first lady also in state

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told hundreds of supporters in southwestern Ohio on Monday that they're in "the battleground state of battleground states" and that they must vote for growth over stagnation in three weeks.
Associated Press
Oct 15, 2012

Ryan spoke to about 500 supporters at a Cincinnati airport on a chilly, breezy afternoon before serving them barbecue and asking, "Would you like pork?" as reporters elbowed each other to get images of the exchanges.

Ryan's airport rally means that the Republican ticket has been in swing state six of the last eight days, after he and Mitt Romney campaigned in different Ohio cities Saturday.

"Ohioans, you know you have a big say-so. You know you're the battleground state of battleground states," Ryan told the crowd. "That means you have within your control, your ability, to go find those people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, who just aren't as impressed these days, who heard the hope and the change ... but see this is nothing but a failed agenda of broken promises."

He said "the window of opportunity to fix this mess is beginning to close on us," and urged supporters to vote early so they can focus on getting other people to the polls on Nov. 6.

"Thank you for what you are about to do, because right here in the Buckeye State you can make the difference that can shape this election," he said.

Lisa Woods, of Cincinnati, wore red suede boots and a leather American flag jacket to Ryan's rally. She said she thinks he and Romney will be better for small business-owners like herself.

"I am taxed like crazy," said the 48-year-old married mother of an 8-year-old. "Between gas and groceries, I'm spending $6,000 more since 2008. I'm the first one who's willing to pay my fair share, but I'm also tired of sharing with everyone else who doesn't think there's a work ethic in this country."

Ryan visited Ohio following a stop in Wisconsin and left the state soon after lunch to head for New York.

First lady Michelle Obama also will be in the state Monday as the race for November gets into its final weeks.

President Obama returns to the state Wednesday with an appearance at Ohio University in Athens, while former President Bill Clinton and Bruce Springsteen will campaign Thursday for Obama in Parma.

The Obama campaign also is running a new state TV ad featuring space hero and former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, who did a radio spot for Obama last month.




Please VOTE.......for those that care about everday people. Not $$.

John Harville

SUPREME COURT rules FOR Ohio voters. S,S,M 11/3,4,5 early vote stands!!!

The Big Dog's back

Go home Eddie Munster.


For real!


You know, I get pretty tired of hearing about all those lazy moochers taking money from real Americans. I refuse to believe that anyone in this state could vote for somebody who refuses to be transparent about his plans. We have learned from that mistake when Gov. Kasick was elected. I can't believe that Ohioans will vote for the same failed policies that CAUSED this recession.


We love the transparency of the present admin AHAHAHA! Sorry i cannot say that with a straight face. Erie just yesterday you had no clue about what Obama has said in the past and now you are wanting transparency from everyone else? Funny thing about dem voters is they always say the other guy isnt transparent enough for them but cannot really tell you anything about what Obama wants other than vague MSNBC quotes.

anthras – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that “we got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system."

According to the Congressional Budget Office, however, the government will lose about $24 billion on the bailout.

“We got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system, but we also passed a historic law to end taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailouts for good,” Obama said in Miami Thursday.

The Congressional Budget Office--based on figures from Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget---gives a different assessment.

“The cost to the federal government of the TARP’s transactions (also referred to as the subsidy cost), including grants for mortgage programs that have not yet been made, will amount to $24 billion,” said the CBO report, which was released on the same day Obama spoke.

TARP is the Troubled Asset Relief Program – the formal name of the government’s financial bailout program passed in October 2008.

CBO said that the cost of TARP “stems largely from assistance to American International Group (AIG), aid to the automotive industry, and grant programs aimed at avoiding home mortgage foreclosures,” noting that the losses will be so large they will eclipse the financial gains the government will realize from bailing out other large financial institutions.

In fact, CBO reported that as of now $65 billion in TARP funds remain outstanding.

yep Obama sure is transparent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John Harville

TARP is not Obama's program...remember - even who you quote says 2008. Obama's program was the stimulus package passed in 2009.

Obama landslide a'comiin'... US SUPCO says Ohioans must be allowed to vote on S,S,M before election - those are 90% Dem.


i hope that ohioans don't vote for someone who has on the fast track to financial he!! such as the current administration!


A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee details the fact that, since January 2009, for every person added to the labor force, 10 have been added to those not in the labor force. Here's a chart showing the dwindling labor force:

"For Every 1 Person Added To Labor Force Since January 2009," the chart reads, "10 People Added To Those Not In Labor Force."

That is, in nearly the four years, since President Obama took office in January 2009, only 827,000 people have been added to the labor force, while during that same time period, 8,208,000 have been added to those not in the labor force.

The chart relies on data available from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"The numbers represented in the chart are a measure of growth from January 2009 through September 2012," the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee explains. "The data is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey, a sample of 60,000 households conducted by personal and telephone interviews. Basic labor force data are gathered monthly. The labor force consists of all people aged 16 and over either employed or actively seeking work. It does not include discouraged workers, people who have retired, or those on welfare or disability who are no longer looking for work. The 'not in the labor force' group is defined as the total civilian non-institutional population minus the labor force."

Since January 2009, the labor force has grown by 0.54 percent, or 827,000 people (from 154,236,000 to 155,063,000). Those not in the labor force grew by 10.2 percent during the same period (8,208,000 people), from 80,502,000 to 88,710,000. In other words, for every one person added to the labor force of the United States since January 2009, the size of the U.S. population not in the labor force grew by 10 people.

And the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee concludes, "These figures reveal several troubling trends: That the jobs market is not keeping pace with U.S. population growth; that not enough younger Americans are joining the labor force to account for retirement among an ageing population; and that a large number of workers have become so discouraged that they simply stopped looking for work and left the labor force entirely. These factors pose serious fiscal challenges for the United States. A historically low labor force participation rate—together with an ageing population and a record number of people drawing federal welfare benefits—puts severe strain on the federal budget in both the near and long term."

UPDATE: Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, comments: “The essential point of this chart is not simply how many people are employed or unemployed, but to illustrate that more and more people are simply not part of the U.S. labor force. This confirms that we are on the wrong track. It is unsustainable to have such a large and growing number of people who are not part of the productive economy. This is not a political argument, but a description of the underlying instability in our economy that has so many Americans worried about the future. The question is what can we do to reverse these trends and start moving in the right direction.”

John Harville

Sir. The Baby Boom generation - that economic force that has played heavily on everything in the last 67 years began turning 65 in 2010 and retiring from the workforce AND collecting the SS and other benefits to which we are ENTITLED after 45-50 years of paying those taxes. Many began leaving the workforce as early as 2007. OF COURSE the workforce is dwindling. The same people who forced the building of larger schools and expanded college and university enrollments and contributed to a large SS Trust Fund will leave ever-increasing holes in the workforce (not to mention the 58,000 slaughtered in Viet Nam).
If there is anything in 'large numbers' leaving the workforce, it's because our Republican government in the last 20 years has not provided encouragement to train people for the right job (100,000 welding jobs remain open in the Midwest).
The productive economy of which Jeff Sessions (I can't believe you quoted him) speaks is not lacking in jobs but lacking in proper training for those jobs.
In case youo missed it. Today the Supreme Court refused to take Jon Husted's appeal and instead laid open the path to early votiing the S,S,M before Election Day. Feel the Obama landslide?

John Harville

WEll Mikel... after this morning's (Tuesday) Supreme Court Ruling that Ohioans can vote early right up to election day, we'll have even more time to vote for Obama protection from that Bain Capitalist sending Freeport Illinois jobs to China the day before the election - and we'll still be voting the day before the election. Yay us!


apparently, prez o thinks that all dems are, well, self thinking challenged. his commercials state, and many here repeat it so the challenged thing could be true, that romney only pays 14% taxes. prez o has the kool aid drinkers up in arms about this.

but, even prez o admits this, romney is being taxed on investment income not actual payroll. so, if you stop and think about it, when romney first earned this money it was probably taxed at 35%. like a good, responsible person he invested his money AFTER it was taxed once, unless it went into a 401k or traditional ira. he then earns interest or dividends on the money that was already taxed once before. this is then taxed at 14%.


Yes mikel, I made note of that in a post some time ago. What I fail to understand is why nobody mentions the fact that if they cut defense there will be hundreds of thousands unemployed. It seems that some simple people think that defense equipment cones out of a box stored on a shelf from somewhere! Check out this new BS.


So, we should purchase war materials, that we don't need, to keep people employed. Better yet to keep the war machine profitable. Ever hear the term "robber barron"? Wouldn't it make more sense, for America, to invest in infrastructure?


You are right, I think I will sign up for those Chinese and Arabic language classes after the election!

John Harville

Chinese lessons... why? Oh, because Bain Capital is shipping a profitable auto parts factory jobs to China - and making the American workers train the
Chinese? And Rmoney owns $8 million interest in the Bain profits from the move? Hmmmmmmmmmm.


According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks Federal Election Commission data, Obama has collected $118,121 from donors who list Bain as their employer between June 2004 and May 2012. The period covers Obama’s bid for the Senate and his presidential campaigns.

One of Obama’s top campaign financiers — Jonathan Lavine — is also managing director at Bain, bundling between $100,000 and $200,000 in contributions for the 2012 Obama Victory Fund, according to estimates released by the Obama campaign. The president has also relied on other leading figures in the private equity sector as hosts for high-dollar fundraisers and as members of his Jobs Council.

If they send the jobs to China do you think Obama will become upset and return the money he received ????????????/

The Big Dog's back

mikel, do you really think everyone is that stupid to think he is taxed twice on the same money? Maybe you don't understand, so I will explain it to you. He takes that money that let's say somewhere down the line he paid 35% in taxes, and invests it. The money he "makes" above and beyond the initial money is taxed at 14%. No double taxation there.


see, you are dog. i didn't say that he was double taxed on the same money. i said that he was probably taxed 35% on payroll and 14% on investment income. money that was already taxed once generates more tax dollars. why should that be taxed at the same rate? romney didn't write the tax law. he is paying what he is required to. the problem starts at the point where people believe "what's yours is mine". EVERYONE has the same opportunity to invest their own money. dog, make your own investments and then you can quit your job, if you have one, and live off of the interest and only be taxed at 14%. simple enough.

just think if the super rich like romney, gates, buffet etc would pull all of their investment money out of banks, business' etc. who would then fund the business industry? where would banks get the money to make their loans? criticize the rich all you want but they do make the world go around.


I did earn my money and paid the taxes however my percent was lower because of my deductions as to pay the top rate on your gross income I think would mean that you had no deductions.

All of my investment money is in 2 things today gold and tax free bonds a good investement manager can help with this. Mine called me to advise he had some bonds in $5,000 increments for the Cleveland Clinic paying 5-1/2 % and tax free federal state or local taxes zero. I have also bought bonds issued from Erie and Lucas counties 0 taxes.


anthras - bonds have typically been a wise investment. however, one should be cautious with municipality bonds. thanks to california leading the way with municipalities filing for bankruptcy that has diminished the thought process for those bonds as they go away with bankruptcy.

John Harville

Sounds like "legitimate evasion" to me.

NOTE: US SUPCO says Ohio WILL VOTE the three days before election - major smackdown for Husted and Republicans. Oboy! More "corporate citizens" money poouring into the economy!

The Big Dog's back

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How much money was in the IRA? I think it was just a bit more than the $2000 regular Americans can invest.


Dontcha just love hearing Republican politicians talk about the economy? They take no blame for causing the recession, and want us to believe that the same policies will magically work in 2012. Middle class folks: did Bush's economic policies help you in 2007-2008. Well, no they didn't. They led to millions of job losses, home foreclosures, pension losses, and the list goes on. Under Obama, unemployment has dropped, new job creation is up, foreclosures are down. America in 2012 is on an uphill trajectory. America in 2008 was on the most precipitous decline since 1929.


2007-2008 = Democrat congress. Forgot that part huh? Bush or any president cannot snap his fingers and get the economy going now can they after 4 years of Obama? I love watching dems trying to avoid responsibility while stepping on their own toes.

John Harville

Democrat Congress? WRONG AGAIN. Senate 58-40-2 incluidng many Blue Dog Democrats who - unlike Republicans - didn't march in lockstep. Only if that 40 had been 39 did Democrats control. Even then, Bush was president, and it would have taken 67 votes to override a veto. Same held true 2008 and beyond. The only REAL POWER always has been those 40 Republican senators...

Fortunately even the SUPREME COURT recognizes the power of the people and the right to vote - something those corporate citizens cannot do - and upheld Sat Sun Mon voting in Ohio. The tremblor you feel may just be an Obama landslide growing.


Now thats funny. John you have any lotto numbers or are you just another cheerleader thinking if you say it often enough its true?
Party hacks that continue to blame Repubs for everything while thinking the dems are innocent show the true stupidity of the dem voters. This weeks lesson is brought to you by the letter "W" "T" and "F" and the word "Hypocrisy".


President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.

Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year

Didn't seem to matter who controlled congress for this vote