Wary of partisan behavior

After attending the recent forum between Andrew Meyer and Nan Baker several issues came to mind including hyper-partisanship, Representative Baker’s representation of her constituents, and how well-informed she is. These issues solidify my choice in voting for Andrew Meyer. 

Yes, there is hyper-partisanship. Fourteen bills have been considered part of the “Kasich Agenda.” In the House, approximately 59 percent of its members voted for the items in this agenda over 90 percent of the time. Rep. Baker voted for this agenda 100 percent. If one considers other legislation of substance (not for example, naming highways or recognition awards), the individual vote averages out to be 60-33. There are 59 Republican representatives in the House. One needs only to drive to Columbus and watch how business is conducted. Democratic amendments are often tabled with no vote taken. Rep. Baker said she is not aware of and does not see the partisanship in Columbus. Perhaps it is difficult to see from her side of the aisle.

Does Rep. Baker represent her constituents? Her voting record shows she has voted in favor of legislation that repeals limits on credit card interest rates, repeals the corporate franchise tax, changes congressional redistricting, and strips collective bargaining for public employees and voted against funding for the Workman’s Compensation Commission, a moratorium on foreclosures and tenants protection during foreclosures. Such votes would show a representation for whom?

As far as accurate information, for example, when discussing the extraction of natural gas through fracking, she referenced the Federal Clean Air and Water Act. This Act excludes oil and natural gas from its restrictions and, therefore, is not relevant. The $8 billion deficit is also a point I have spoken with her personally and the words “smoke and mirrors” comes to mind. She should be aware that Gov Kasich’s OBM director, Tim Keen, admitted that Ted Strickland left a $973 million surplus.

This is the type of partisan behavior that we need to eliminate from our legislature; a representative who knows the people they are talking to know better, but holds on to the party line. We need someone who will represent the workers and employees, not just the businesses. We need someone who will represent the people of the 16th district, not a single political party. Having checked the facts, my vote will be cast for Andrew Meyer, the change we need.  

– John W. Parker, North Olmsted

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.16.2012