Thursday, October 19, 2006

How Does DeVos Explain This?

DeVos continues to claim that 49 other states are doing great. Meanwhile, the NY Times is reporting that alarm bells are going off for the GOP in red state Ohio, and it's all because of the way Bush is handling the economy. [emphasis added]
[T]he bellwether state of Ohio appears to have become hostile terrain for Republicans this year, with voters there overwhelmingly saying Democrats are more likely to help create jobs and concluding by a wide margin that Republicans in the state are more prone to political corruption than are Democrats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. [...]

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed rated the state’s economy as bad; only 34 percent said it was good.

Only a third of Ohio voters approve of the job Mr. Bush is doing as president or the way he is handling the economy, and they seem poised to take their discontent out on Republican candidates up and down the ballot. [...]

“In Ohio we’ve seen nothing but our manufacturing jobs cease to exist,” said one poll respondent, David Stuck, 59, of Miami Township, who said he had voted twice for Mr. Bush. Mr. Stuck, a Republican, blamed inaction at the federal level for the evaporation of jobs in Ohio and said he planned to vote for the Democratic candidate for United States Senate, Sherrod Brown, over the incumbent, Mike DeWine, a Republican.

“Call it a protest,” Mr. Stuck said in a follow-up interview. “I haven’t seen anything done in the last six years. To be honest, I’m truly thinking about voting Democratic across the board because I’m tired of Bush.”

Twenty-eight percent of those polled said an adult in their household had been out of work and looking for a job in the past 12 months, and 44 percent of them said they were worried that someone in their family would be out of work in the coming year.

James Reed, 50, a self-described independent voter from Ashtabula, said in a follow-up interview that Mr. Taft, who is not running for re-election, “has sold us down the road as far as jobs are concerned.” Mr. Reed, a disabled chemical plant worker, said trade restrictions were needed to prevent American jobs from being shipped overseas, a view shared by 69 percent of Ohioans surveyed.
DeVos is wrong. The rest of the country is not doing great - at least not the middle-class - and that explains why more and more people are ready to vote Democratic across the board. The Republicans had their chance and they blew it. Forgive me for using a cliche, but their rich friends and corporate buddies got the gold mine and the rest of us got the shaft.

9 comments:

Dick Devos's Head said...

GREETINGS FROM THE DISEMBODIED HEAD OF ANOTHER DICK DEVOS, KATHY. THE ARTICLE YOU LINK TO SEEMS TO GIVE THE LIE TO WHAT CANDIDATE DEVOS IS SUGGESTING. THE QUESTION I WOULD ASK IS WHY YOUR LOCAL MEDIA SEEMS TO BE INCAPABLE OF REPORTING LIKE THIS? I WOULD ALSO - FOR GOODNESS SAKE, WHAT IS IT NOW??

SIGH. THE HEAD OF YOUR DICK DEVOS WANTS TO KNOW "What's the special of the day, Soup Lady?" I DON'T SUPPOSE YOU WOULD HAVE A LARGE POT INTO WHICH I COULD PUT HIM?

christine said...

Kathy, I do not usually like to follow in the Head's wake of destruction, but I'd like to thank you for this post. I am using the article you cited in one of my posts over on DetNews. I'm sure I wouldn't have found the article if not for your post.

Keep up the great job!

Betty Cracker said...

My father, who is a big scary redneck and a staunch Republican ever since Reagan converted his thinking from Reconstruction, said this recently: "I'm voting the ins out and the outs in."

From that day on, I knew the Repubs had lost it. If they've lost Daddy Cracker, they're screwed.

Kathy said...

DDH, your friends - big business - own the media, so the media only reports what they tell them too.

By the way, the soup of the day is Blackwater Bean Soup.

Christine, I'm glad I could help you out. You're doing a good job adding some balance over at the DetNews blog. It sure needed it.

Betty, I'm hearing the same story time after time. The sins of the GOP are finally starting to catch up with them.

Lew Scannon said...

It's the convenient use of facts again. Things must being good around the country, because Bush and his fixed numbers tell us so, but here in Michigan, we all know better, therefore, we must be the only state not doing well.

GraemeAnfinson said...

Yep, the economy is great.....if your rich

abi said...

Not only is the country not doing great, but all things considered, I've never seen it so bad. It's long past time to vote the ins out.

Problem is, I see the Democrats as being better than the Republicans only by degrees. Americans are nowhere near ready to make the kinds of changes that will really turn us around. So the wealthy will be getting the gold mine and the rest of us the shaft for well past my lifetime and your readers', too.

Libby said...

Love the closing line Kathy and a great post. It's so true. The economy booms for the CEOs but not for the middle class and after the boom comes the bust. I'm afraid we're closer to that than anybody realizes.

Kathy said...

Abi, I have to agree with you that the Dems are only better by degrees. The system is broken and I don't see it improving as long as big business has so much influence over the gov't.

Libby, I think we're closer to a bust than anyone realizes too. I worry for our childrens' future. Will they ever be able to retire? Will they ever pay off their homes? How will they be able to provide for their families if they have to pay for their health insurance, cover their retirement, pay off the deficit, and keep a roof over their heads and food on the table with wages that have stagnated and even fallen in certain occupations? It's very worrisome.