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Midterm Elections: Conservatives

October 14th, 2010

Democrats have had control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives the last two years. What have they done with this power? They bailed out Wall Street corporations and banks with the public’s money. They bailed out automobile manufacturers with the public’s money. They passed a trillion dollar stimulus package (with the public’s money and before anybody could finish reading the bill). Democrats rammed a government takeover of the health care industry through Congress. If you’ve been following the news you know that dozens of companies are considering dropping health coverage for their workers (McDonald’s, AT&T, Verizon, and John Deere). Many colleges are following their lead and considering dropping student health plans. Obama’s Congress passed the stimulus famously promising that unemployment “would not go past eight percent.” Today, months after the stimulus bill has been passed, unemployment is nearly 10 percent.  The president is projected to borrow an estimated 3.7 trillion dollars over the first three years of his presidency. This is more than the entire accumulated national debt for the first 225 years of our history.

Even locally, the Democratic machine has been shown to be ineffective and corrupt. Democratic County Commissioner/power broker Jimmy Dimora, along with his friends Frank Russo and William Niehauser, ran our county into the ground for decades, and at long last we said, “Enough is enough.” On Nov. 2, Cuyahoga voters will for the first time be selecting a county executive instead of three commissioners. And who is running for the Democrats? Ed Fitzgerald, a man who campaigned against the county reform initiative that created the executive position he is now running for.

To put it bluntly, for the last two years, under the leadership of Obama, Democrats have exacerbated our economic problems, completely disregarded the Constitutional limits on the authority of the federal government, and (perhaps permanently) altered the relationship between the individual and the state.

But there is hope, which was created in the Tea Party movement.  This movement has proven that Americans remain suspicious of centralized power, that Americans do not want the government to do anything that an individual can do for him or herself, and that Americans still adhere to the Founders’ principles of limited government and freedom of the individual. This movement has heavily influenced the Republican Party – the party that is supposed to stand for limited government. As a result, candidates such as John Kasich for governor of Ohio and Matt Dolan for Cuyahoga County executive have been put forward. Kasich, currently the frontrunner in the race for governor, has built his campaign on streamlining the regulation of Ohio’s economy, including one major development: All regulatory agencies must make their proposed regulations available to the public for review and comment.  Likewise, Dolan’s experience in the Ohio state legislature has proven his value as a representative of the people. These men believe that governing is not something that should be done behind closed doors, especially not when it will have a real impact on the lives of each and every citizen. With all this said I believe that one would not be remiss in saying that “The choice is clear.”

Republicans are presenting the American public with a plan to: create jobs, promote economic growth, cut spending, balance the budget, repeal and replace Obamacare, restore power to the people, and adhere to the Constitution. Why has this plan been met with such widespread approval? Because Americans want new, better leadership that will rule for the people, instead of just ruling over them.