Actually, this piece makes a great point, one I've made before. Being a
swing state makes you relevant. If you are a one party state, you have little
influence or impact when the other party is in control. And it's not like
the GOP even comes close to being in real life what you say you want it to be.
If you want to talk about federal money to the states, what about the
$1,500,000,000. that Utah, received for the 2002 olymipics? Oh, and I
don't seem to remember Mitt sending any of those checks back to Washington.
That's a lot of potato chips!
Re: liberal larry salt lake City, utah"Oh, and I don't seem to
remember Mitt sending any of those checks back to Washington."Why would anyone try to link Mitt Romney with federal funds Utah got long
before Mitt Romney was brought on board to save those Games from financial
disaster?The typical liberal mindset is to shift the focus away from
the current subject at hand.
@rman"...With the help of Utah's congressional delegation,
Romney's Salt Lake Olympic committee pried federal dollars out of more than
three dozen agencies on an unprecedented scale: $500 million for highways,
bridges, roads and interchanges; $30 million for parking lots; $25 million for
buses; $11 million for infectious-disease monitoring, food inspection, and
medical response; $2 million to house the media; $1 million for a weather
forecasting system; and several hundred thousand dollars to plant new trees in
and around Salt Lake City—to name only a few of the goodies...".Why would anyone think to link romney with federal funds?"...No matter how you look at it, the strategy that Romney and the Olympic
committee employed so effectively in Salt Lake City to underwrite the games is
completely at odds with the image that he and his running mate Paul Ryan are now
trying to project as stalwarts of a frugal government that disavows subsidies
and expects people to stand on their own...".
Wow, politicians earmarking money for specific parts of the country to remain in
power? Sounds like every Senator ever (no matter how much of a fiscal hawk they
claim to be).Ohio is a true swing state because of demographics.
Cincinnati is basically a southern city, while Cleveland is typical of the
industrial north. Columbus falls somewhere in between. Racially, it almost
matches national averages, and of course politically it is very close to the
larger nation's averages. Add that to the fact that it has a large
population and bingo...the winning formula. Incidentally, it's not just
politicians who mine Ohio. A majority of the taste-testing happens in this
state, and businesses regularly pilot new programs here to gauge how they would
operate nationally. Even our accent is average, as a disproportionate number of
national newscasters have roots in Ohio (and many others are sent here to hone
their accent...Mike Greenberg just commented on this the other day, how he came
to Ohio to get rid of his New York accent).
The typical conservative mindset is to try to alter perception of reality with
false claims. Foiled again by facts.
Ohio is full of big union bosses and plenty of low life free loaders. Obama
wins. America loses.
patriot Cedar Hills, UT"Ohio is full of big union bosses and
plenty of low life free loaders. Obama wins. America loses."One
might wager that you would say this about any state that votes for Obama.
Looking at recent polls, that should include Colorado, Iowa, Florida and
Pennslyvania to name a few Swing State. And since only "low life free
loaders" would vote for Obama, then if he wins all those people who vote for
him must be "low life free loaders" regardless of their actual
background.Finally, saying that if "Obama wins, America
loses" shows a decidedly bitter and fatalistic attitude. Perhaps you can be
more specific how America "loses" other than as an expression of your
unhappiness with your guy not winning. From my perspective, we are far better
off as a nation today than we were in Fall, 2008. For many, things are not
good, but there is improvement. As for your view, we don't live in
Mayberry with Opie and Andy Griffith and never have. That "America" was
imaginary although many Republicans have a nostalgia for a television reality of
60 years ago and life was "perfect", not very complicated and Eisenhower
I do hope that Mr. Evensen is writing this piece tongue-in-cheek. Who seriously
would want all the angst that comes with indecision about fundamentals every
four years (not to mention the commercials and phone calls)?Remember
the "Cornhusker Kickback"? Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska threatened a
filibuster to stop passage of the Affordable Care Act in the Senate. So a higher
rate of Medicaid reimbursement was offered to Nebraska and he then supported the
bill.I am not trying to say that buying Ohio votes by President
Obama giving perks to Ohioans is akin to the so-called "Cornhusker
Kickback," although it is. Rather, I'm saying that we need to recall
that the Cornhusker Kickback was later repealed by the reconciliation bill.Is there anything that Mr. Obama can give to Ohioans prior to November
6th that he cannot take away on November 7th?Surely Utah does not
want to be "driven with the wind and tossed" by thinking it ought to
attract attention by being inattentive.Surely any suggestion that
this state purposefully transform itself into a swing state can only be one made
Maybe Mr. Evensen ought to research how many Federal dollars come to Utah as
compared to income taxes paid. Like most right wing states it gets more federal
dollars back than it pays, and we all know that Utah is no friend to OBama, or
is the DN for that matter.Now that, righties, is real wealth