The Sequester in Ohio

Last week, I discussed the blame game in Washington regarding “budget sequestration”; due to hit the economy on March 1, 2013. Democrats have compromised a great deal, officially and unofficially, putting pet projects on the table. Republicans has refused to move an inch. With just days to go before the budget ax falls, I will detail some of the states that will be hit the hardest in 2013. Continue reading

Who is to Blame for Sequestration?

The United States is rapidly approaching the deadline for a cryptically-named federal budget cleaver; the “sequester”. Republicans and Democrats alike are competing in the national media over who can denounce the sequester the most. Ohio Republican representative, and Speaker of the House, John Boehner (OH-8) has started referring to the reckless policy as “Obamaquester”. President Obama, to his credit, responded by repeatedly pointing out that after concluding the budget negotiations that created the sequester in 2011, Speaker Boehner proudly proclaimed “I got 98 percent of what I wanted, I’m pretty happy”. So who is to blame for the upcoming sequester that everyone wants to avoid? Continue reading

Why Are We Fighting Over Minimum Wage?

During last week’s State of the Union, President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour. This is the kind of low-hanging fruit that political careers used to be built upon, but in Washington today every issue is a struggle of titanic proportions. President Obama’s commonsense proposal was met with raucous applause in Congress, before being summarily and roundly chastised by the Republican Party and its media affiliates. Continue reading