November 27, 2014


Local politicians react to State of the Union address











“Congress must come together to strengthen the middle class and ensure that every Ohioan has the opportunity to be a part of it. We can help achieve this by fighting for those who are still struggling after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. At a time when our economy is still recovering, extending emergency unemployment insurance would help 128,000 hardworking Ohioans pay the bills, heat their homes, and put food on the table while they search for new jobs.” – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland

“I had hoped that the president would lay out precise details on how he plans to grow the economy, create jobs and reduce our nation’s out-of-control spending. If the president is serious, he should join us as we work together to lower healthcare costs and help Americans take home more of their paychecks.” – U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville

“President Obama missed a great opportunity to humbly engage both Congress and the American people with new ideas about how to turn our economy around. Instead, he went back to the same old arrogant Washington playbook that for the past five years has failed to help create the jobs families in Ohio need. … Even worse, now the President has signaled that rather than working with Republicans on bipartisan solutions, he plans to ‘go around’ Congress and push his agenda through executive orders, which is all the more reason why the American people need to stand up and make their voices heard in order to bring more balance of power to Washington.” – U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana 

“President Obama delivered a great speech and a vigorous call to action for the country. I think it’s possible to pass infrastructure legislation to rebuild our highways, bridges and our ports. That will definitely create jobs.” – U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo

“The president talked about a year of action. Let’s hope he is willing to work with Congress to turn his words into reforms that will help the American people.” – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati

  • CharlesMartel732

    Herrod Brown and 18 or 19 other democrat politicians are preparing a brief to be presented in court, arguing that Government power trumps your religious freedom. (Obamacare Vs Hobby Lobby)

    Why do people keep voting for these avowed Marxists? Why do they keep voting away their freedoms for promises that never materialize. All you have gotten for your Brown vote is more poverty and big government failure.

    Is that all Big Government Marcy Kaptur could say about Obama? ‘It was a great speech?’ And, ‘I THINK IT’S POSSIBLE?’ Where are the jobs these people promised? Where is the middle class growth? Where is the prosperity?

    There is none. And there never will be any under Big Government Socialists.

    • Stan Hughes

      This is the same Sherrod Brown, who in the face of all of the scandals going on in Washington, announced that he was fighting the NFL to remove “Black outs” of games. He is not equipped to handle issues that actually matter.

    • Zen Grouch

      **Why do people keep voting for these avowed Marxists?**

      Do you know the meaning of the word “avowed?”

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Offered without comment…

  • alreadyfedup1

    “Shovel Ready Jobs”? come to mind. The summer of recovery in 2010? The minions of “the one” offer lip service. Hey Herrod what about your parties “War on Coal”. Getting rid of the incandescent light bulb for the EXPENSIVE CFL Pleezzz!

    • stop ur whining part deux

      …light bulbs…really. that is the best you could do? I do not hold the same wacko opinion of obama as you, but even i can come up with better ways to criticize the president instead of coal and light bulbs. You are better than that…c’mon now.

      • Mark B

        add the Keystone pipeline to the list , more oil , and it would create jobs, but that is why it wont be allowed !

        • Zen Grouch

          That one did sting…

          Bought a bunch of TRP thinking there was no way Obama would pass on easy to get at oil… as dirty as it is.

          As a matter of fact, now that I think about in my stoned state, I’m still pretty p***** off with him on that issue.

          –WTF… what happened to my money Mr. Prius Driving Tree Hugger Hugger Presisent?!–

  • stop ur whining part deux

    saber ratttle…middle class…saber rattle…Wake up boys and girls. How often has EVERYONE heard “we need to strenghten the middle class”? Been hearing that line of BS for…idk…10-20 years? Whenever the pesants start getting upset our reps (blue and red) start talking about helping the middle class to help quell frustration and then it is right back to business as usual.

    It is not Red vs. Blue. It is us vs them. They are all trying to hold on to their seats and increase their wealth. Which would be the American way if they were in the private sector. But we all know they are not.

    Our congress (again, red and blue) work an average of 2.5 days per week. The rest of that time is spent raising re-election funds. They are not in Washington to help us, they are in Washington to pad their pockets.

    Anyone find it interesting that congress has a 9% approval rating but all stand better than an 85% chance to be re-elected? Any one else think their boss would let them get away with a 9% on the job approval rating?

    The system is rigged in their favor, they have a gravy train that most ride for life. All they need to do is deflect. That is why you have all the bickering. Misdirection….”look at my left hand”….so you do not see what i am doing with my right hand.

    • SniperFire

      ‘Anyone find it interesting that congress has a 9% approval rating but all stand better than an 85% chance to be re-elected? ‘

      It is a rep-by-rep thing. People hate the other guy’s congressman but love their own. Individually, the reps are approved by their peeps or they would not be sent back to Washington. The reps are either giving their constituency the handouts they demand, or fighting against it.

      That the socialists outnumber the rest is a reflection on the PEOPLE. It is the PEOPLE’S fault – not anyone elses.

      • Zen Grouch

        **Anyone find it interesting that congress has a 9% approval rating but all stand better than an 85% chance to be re-elected?**

        Yeah, I find that very interesting…

        Where did you come by those statistics, if you don’t mind my asking?

        • SniperFire

          He probably didn’t address you as your question was not very bright or informed, as per usual. Congress has polled in single digit approval a couple of times over the past couple of years. Ever hear of a tool called ‘Google’?

          • Zen Grouch

            **He probably didn’t address you as your question was not very bright or informed, as per usual…**

            Yet here you are, like a moth to the light of ignorance!

            …but I imagine everything you don’t understand is just background ignorance to be scorned rather than understood.

            But here you are…

            –in case you didn’t catch it the first time–

          • SniperFire

            Is that your way of saying ‘OUCH’? LOL

            Have you found the polling on Congressional approval rating as of yet? Here, son, it took me about 6 seconds:


            It’s from an obscure little organization called Gallup, however. ROTFL

          • Zen Grouch

            Only time I said ‘ouch’ tonight was when a post made me laugh suddenly shooting some mighty fine scotch up my nasal cavity, with a drop or two making it all the way out.

            At first it was painful, but then it felt good. Not good enough to stop being careful when reading your post and sipping straight scotch, but still pretty good.

            Nice link…

            You done real good… real good indeed…

            Except about the part where the article you produce as a reliable source is a blog.

            But that doesn’t matter, since nowhere in the blog did it say anything about the “better than an 85% chance to be re-elected.”

            If you know anything about me, you know that I don’t have to be fed facts that show the total lack of respect this country has for the Republican run Congress.

            I mean… Christ girl… I’m starting to worry that I’m messing around someone who’s only firing on 2 or 3 cylinders.

            I don’t know if it’s the killer weed or what, but you’re coming off really stupid all of a sudden…

            Best if I stop typing for the night, you friggin’ idiot.

            Before I go, what about that d*** weed who threatened to snap that boy/man reporter in two and throw him off the balcony?

            Was he a Democrat?

          • SniperFire

            You are completely unarmed and incapable of a response to the facts as presented, so you spin off into a spam tangent. You are strictly junior varsity. LOL

          • Zen Grouch

            **You are completely unarmed and incapable of a response to the facts as presented…**

            “AS PRESENTED!”

            My point precisely!

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  • SniperFire

    I am guessing the Chronicle won’t bother to report this one:

    COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the approval of assistance for 13 projects set to create 1,311 jobs and retain 1,691 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $47.7 million in new payroll, and spur nearly $319.6 million in investment across Ohio.’

    • Mark B

      No they wont report on that , it makes their party and Oblamer look bad .

    • Tommy Peel

      Since JobOhio operates in secrecy with no transparency, just what are these projects, and how much taxpayer money is being used? Also just who are these regional partners?

      • SniperFire

        I understand how a communist reels at the notion of the private sector growing real sustainable jobs. Sounds like you need an education. Here is a map of the regional partners and some of their job initiatives:

      • SniperFire

        ‘Since JobOhio operates in secrecy with no transparency’

        NO transparency, eh, tool? Did you miss the Compliance and Control Report released in November, 2013?

        LOL @ commies.

    • Tommy Peel

      Whenever a person resorts to name calling “communist” it shows bitterness. Now as I asked, just what are these 13 projects, and how much public money are these private individuals going to receive?

      • SniperFire

        I certainly am bitter at you communists. Did you educate yourself on whom the ‘regional partners’ are as of yet:? We will continue sheeting down your neck but only one step at a time. LOL

        • Tommy Peel

          Sniper, you need help!!! Still waiting for the answer to the question. Just what are these projects? and how much public money is these private individuals going to receive?

          • SniperFire

            ‘ Still waiting’ LOL. Did you educate yourself on the ‘regional partners’ yet, or not? How about a simple YES or No?

          • Zen Grouch

            Oh, you’re a -show me yours and then I’ll show you mine- kind of gal!

        • Zen Grouch

          OK, I’m confused…

          Who are the regional partners and what do they have to do with the State of the Union Address?

          • SniperFire

            ‘OK, I’m confused.’ Nothing unusual.

          • Zen Grouch

            Where’s that generous GOP spirit when it comes to educating us dummies who don’t quite understand the point you’re trying to make?

            –you’re more of a quagmire kind o’ gal, ‘eh?–

      • county_elector

        Actually, calling ‘Communist’ shows ignorance.

        Then there’s the morons who call the President a tyrant or a dictator, not realizing that because they are around to say that, they are disproving their own assertion.

    • Zen Grouch

      **I am guessing the Chronicle won’t bother to report this one:**

      What’s that got to do with Obama’s State of the Union Address?

      …oh yeah, can’t have a discussion without smoke ‘n mirrors.

      • SniperFire

        Oh, you have a point there. However, if Leftist media decides not to actually cover anything other than Obama and Beyonce, there is no place else to bring it up.

        • Zen Grouch

          It wasn’t really much of a story though.

          Tax breaks for companies who intend to hire “x number” of new workers!

          Wake me when they actually hire as many people as promised, ‘cuz THAT will be news!

          In the mean time, I guess you could go to a site that’s more to your liking, rather than prattle on with irrelevant smoke ‘n mirrors because you feel powerless here.

          • SniperFire

            ‘It wasn’t really much of a story though.’

            Companies hiring thousands of folks isn’t much of a story to you, but you find Sherrod Brown’s calls for more Federal (unemployment) welfare riveting. LOL

          • Zen Grouch

            Companies hiring thousands of folks WOULD be a story.

            Tax cuts for companies proposing to hire thousands of people is not really news.

            Or maybe I’m mistaken. Do you actually have a story from a reliable source about the hiring of “thousands of folks” as you claim?

            …here, let me save some time.

            -I thought not-

          • SniperFire

            ‘Or maybe I’m mistaken. ‘ Clearly. The State of Ohio isn’t what you would call a reputable source.

          • Tommy Peel

            No the state can’t be trusted, especially with Kasich at the helm.

          • Zen Grouch

            Good Golly!

            You REALLY don’t understand the difference in saying you’re gonna create jobs, and ACTUALLY creating jobs in the real world!

            –things are becoming clearer and clearer…
            …as I grow more stoned and more stoned.–

          • SniperFire

            You certainly come across as a stoner. What part of ‘the projects are expected to result in more than $47.7 million in new payroll’ are you struggling with between tokes?

          • Zen Grouch

            OK, one more before I shut this beotch down…

            **What part of ‘the projects are expected to result in more than $47.7 million in new payroll’ are you struggling with between tokes?**

            That statement comes nowhere CLOSE to the claim you made earlier:

            **Companies hiring thousands of folks isn’t much of a story to you…**

            It’s obvious that you’re too stupid to see a difference in someone saying they “expect” to do something like make new jobs, and what you said.

            Let me spell it out to your dumb a**….

            You said “Companies hiring thousands of folks” right?

            No companies hired thousands of folks due to anything in the article.

            It would be nice if this were to happen in the future, then what you said would be true.

            Ahh… if that were to become true, and you had a time machine to make the above statement sometime in the future, when it could possibly be true, this would be a good thing for you.

            –if “expectations” really were the truth, I’d be driving the coolest flying car you ever laid eyes on–

          • Tommy Peel

            Companies getting corporate welfare is not what the article was about.

          • SniperFire

            Of course, nobody said ‘corporate welfare.’ Did you and Zen go to the same remedial reading comprehension classes together? LOL

  • oldruss

    Marcie Kaptur: “President Obama delivered a great speech . . . .”

    Spoken like a true sycophant.

  • Mark B

    How about some tax reliefe for the lower middle class that continues to be ask for more tax money by the City, Schools, Library, and LCCC and a host of other enities such as Lorain County … The list never ends .

  • ekwaykway

    And the jobless recovery plods on……

  • ched

    Just Love all the Great Comments about our President. Guess all of you must be new borns! It’s not just a President that runs the Country, but the Senate, House, Oh and the Lobbyists. When is anyone going to realize that this Country will never be Perfect and know that neither party is for their Party, but for themselves!

    • Mark B

      I guess absolutly no fault can be Oblamers , it is always anyones but his . he is Mr Perfect !
      ” He Will Not Negeoatiate”

      • Zen Grouch

        That’s cool!

        So long as the Republican’ts look bad in the end.

        And brother, they look so bad, they can’t rearrange them deck chairs any faster if they tried!

    • Conservator440

      Chet–do us all the great favor of informing Mr. Obama that he has to share his toys with the Senate, House and Lobbyists. Apparently he thinks that he is the only one in the power loop.

  • Ralph Davis

    Wonk wonk wonk….Obama sounds like Charlie Brown’s teacher anymore

    • Zen Grouch

      Of course he does, if you have your fingers jammed so far up your ear holes they bleed, while chanting the Republican’t mantra of “I’M NOT LISTENING… I’M NOT LISTENING… I’M NOT LISTENING…”

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        Isn’t that pretty much what Harry Reid said when John Boehner explained his idea for funding the extension of unemployment benefits?

        • Zen Grouch


          I would have bet the farm I was the very first to ever say such a thing, accurate or not.

          • HankKwah

            It’s what the dems and obama said when the Republicans offered help and suggestions on the drafting of obamacare. “We’re not listening to you, we don’t need your help.”

          • Zen Grouch

            **…when the Republicans offered help and suggestions**


            Thanks… I needed a good laugh!

          • HankKwah

            Laugh when the country is so far in debt due to the stupidity of the dems and obama and “we have to pass it to see what’s in it.”

            Laugh at THAT.

          • Zen Grouch

            I laugh at your tenuous grip on reality.

          • HankKwah

            I laugh at the fact that you are merely another dem troll with no concept of the facts. Nor the presence of mind to accept reality or the idea that people like you keep electing people that will bring about the ultimate demise of this country.

            I will accept the reality that you are nothing but a waste of time and space and good oxygen, that other people that really matter could be using.

          • Zen Grouch

            Funny stuff when you talk about facts, yet blame the entire national debt on Obama and the Democrats.

            And how paranoid is it to worry about my use of oxygen that the chosen people could be using?

            WWJD? :)

            –if I wuz you, I’d have some serious worries, more based in reality–

          • HankKwah

            No one blames the “entire national debt” on obama and the democrats. Just the $7+ Trillion he’s added. And since they had a majority the first two years he was in office, they could’ve done something about the debt.

            But they SPENT MORE. So much for common sense, right?

          • Zen Grouch

            **…so far in debt due to the stupidity of the dems and obama…**

            So, it’s your assertion that we weren’t all that far in dept before “the dems and obama?” Not “so far in debt” Si?

            –that makes total sense! :)

          • HankKwah

            Also goes to show your line of thinking and reasoning.

            Or lack thereof.

            obama has added more debt in the least amount of time than any president in history. Incredible feat. But not surprising for a man who thinks that the country has an income problem, not a spending problem.

          • Zen Grouch

            Right… Obama racked up all that debt with absolutely no help from Bush who lied to start a war in the wrong friggin’ country.

            As for the rest of your postings…

            …you sure like to make assumptions, don’t ya’ Buddy?

          • Tommy Peel

            As Obama said last night and as he has said before: If you (repubs) have a better plan and the numbers add up, lets see it. So far they don’t have one, just 40 or more attempts to appeal it.

          • HankKwah

            If you dems would open your eyes and ears, you’d see a plan has been available from the get-go, but you didn’t want any part of it. If you can trouble yourself to remember, the Republicans were “shut out” of discussions for the writing of obamacare.

            What’s funny is, if the dems would’ve allowed it to be delayed another year, the disaster that it is wouldn’t be so horribly apparent. A crash-and-burn at launch with the website, people not signing up, people losing their policies and getting charged 2, 3, and 4 or more times for the “minimum required coverage”. No one would’ve seen this, and the dems and obama might have saved a little face. But they had to have their way, and now they sport pretty little egg-faces. So much for “seeing it”.

          • Tommy Peel

            The republicans didn’t have a plan. when a bill is passed you can’t satisfy everyone. The insurance companies was gouging people. The law made them more accountable. Also it took votes from the republicans in the house and senate to pass. The only people complaining is the insurance companies, their lobbyist, and the people who can’t think for themselves, so they repeat the rhetoric of the insurance companies.

          • HankKwah

            The republicans didn’t have a plan.

            dem talking point. They were shut out of talks and the libs wouldn’t even give them the time of day when they said they had suggestions and ideas.

            Insurance companies were gouging people.

            Compared to NOW? People were getting a BIG DISCOUNT. People had the insurance they wanted. Now, there are MINIMUM COVERAGES MANDATED BY obamacare, which are costing some people THOUSANDS. Tell those people that they were being gouged before and they’ll laugh in your face.

            The law made them more accountable.


            Also it took votes from the republicans in the house and senate to pass.

            No, it didn’t. dems had a majority in both the House and Senate and that’s how they passed it.

            The only people complaining is the insurance companies, their lobbyist, and the people who can’t think for themselves, so they repeat the rhetoric of the insurance companies.

            What in the world are you TALKING ABOUT??? Nothing you’ve said has been anything close to correct or factual. Where in the world do you get your information? (Believe me, I’m being kind when I say “your information”. Your entire post is a joke, right??)

          • Tommy Peel

            What was the republican plan? they didn’t have one. And still don’t.

          • HankKwah

            And you obviously have no concept of the English language.

            Whatever the plan was, it DEFINITELY WASN’T obamacare.

            In fact, even if the the Republicans DIDN’T have ANY plan, NO plan is STILL BETTER THAN OBAMACARE!!!

          • Tommy Peel

            As I said before, the repubs. NEVER had a plan. they could care less about people being at the mercy of the insurance companies. AND as YOUR president said the other night. (if you have a better plan and the numbers add up lets see it) so far the tea people and the nuts in the house, or any republican for that matter hasn’t submitted anything! They are doing just what the lobbyist are telling them to do..They don’t have the time to do the job they were elected to do.

          • HankKwah

            Just because you deny it, doesn’t make it not so. Say it ’til you’re blue in the face, but the “repubs” were never even given one minute in the healthcare discussions.

            The dumbocrats, lead by Dingy Harry, have ignored any and everything the Republicans in the House have proposed and sent them. So, if THAT’S what you call “hasn’t submitted anything”, then sure, go with that.

            You gotta stop listening to the talking points and do more research and analysis for yourself. Your posts are some of the most ridiculous ramblings I’ve ever seen. It’s as if you are ignoring and denying known facts every time you post.

          • Tommy Peel

            Okay, I am going to say it for the last time> the ACA is here to stay,. The supreme court ruled on it. it needs minor tweeking yes,. but, people should quit whining about it, just because they don’t understand it. It gives people access to affordable care. And it takes away alot of the restrictions that the insurance companies were placing on people. repeat “IT IS THE LAW, IT IS HERE TO STAY” !!!

          • HankKwah

            Actually, that’s the first time you’ve said it.
            Minor tweaking?? Are you kidding me? It’s a joke. It depends on younger people paying high premiums to cover the costs of the older population and their medical needs. Paying the penalty costs less than having a policy, and it covers pre-existing conditions. So, you can pay the penalty until you need a policy for some medical condition, buy the policy, get covered for your procedure and then drop coverage and go back to paying the penalty. That option alone guarantees that this train wreck of a “law” will bankrupt the system.

            Just because it’s “THE LAW”, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be repealed. I’ve never seen such blind faith and trust in a man who doesn’t have the slightest clue how to run this country. And judging from your previous comments, there’s no getting through to you. Have a nice life.

  • Tim Watson

    Brown has run his course. He has gone from truly working for his constituency to now working for his own wallet. Sellout.
    Gibbs, Cmon man. You trot out that same old political statement blaming this knucklehead of a President for everything. The ONLY thing YOU have accomplished so far is protecting the NSA in a close vote that you could have made a difference protecting our Constitutional Rights. Down with EVERY INCUMBENT!!!!!!!!

  • SniperFire

    46% of the Nation’s unemployed are millenials.
    How’s that hopey changey thingy working out for ya, kiddies?

    • Toad

      hope nothin changes i like it how it is

      everything free and don’t need to work ever go obama

      • SniperFire

        Why work when you can vote Democrat?

  • Conservator440

    When the President announced that he will go it alone when he can’t get the Congress to play along, a significant number of lawmakers stood and applauded. If there were justice in this world, those male lawmakers who applauded should have queued up in front of the podium and had the President excise their testicles then and there and put them into a box, for that is exactly the rhetorical result of that cheered upon statement.

  • Zen Grouch

    **Bush couldn’t have deployed troops without Congress’ approval. He’s not
    like obama, BTW. Congress saw the same information as he did.**

    I read no further after the above, because that told me everything I need to know about dealing with you and your moronic kind.

    Bush lied and Rumsfeld produced the materials to base those lies on in order to start a war in the wrong country.

    If we can’t agree on something as basic as this, I got no use for your deaf, dumb and blind a**.

    Obama ran for president promising to get us out of a costly war (in lives and money) he did that.

    Now the Right Wingnuts are blaming Obama for NOT going to war in Syria…

    …’nuff said. I won’t waste my time arguing the absurd with idiots.

    • HankKwah

      Obviously, you’re another talking point junkie that can’t think for himself. obama lied, and you fell for it. You still blame Bush, you have no other defense other than you still think obama can lead, and you’ll defend him and his decisions, stupid, inane and as harmful to this country as this may be. It’s no wonder obamacare’s the joke that it is: none of you has an ounce of common sense.

      And the rest of my previous comment that you so conveniently avoided acknowledging goes to show what a donkey obama really is, and why that animal is a perfect representation of the entire party. I’m done with you, too. Good luck enjoying the demise of this country as long as your joke of a party has control.