Governor Ted Strickland told newspaper reporters and editors on Thursday that part of Ohio's economic problem originated in Washington and elsewhere. As reported by John McCarthy at the Associated Press*, Gov. Strickland "blamed budget problems in Ohio on the skyrocketing price of oil, mortgage foreclosures and a national economy that has nose-dived over the past year. 'We are paying the price in Ohio for the debacle that is Washington, D.C.,' Strickland said."
The article notes that letters from Gov. Strickland requesting help from both of Ohio's U.S. Senators and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have elicited little response. It is worth noting that, like the Governor, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Speaker Pelosi are Democrats.
This silence should come as no surprise. The Ohio Republic recently cited the role of Federal unfunded mandates and budget cuts to the State of Ohio in aggravating the State's budgetary problem.**
My purpose is not to boast that the Governor agrees with this blog; but to show the reader that his statements, as well as ours, are gradually building a strong case for independence from the United States.
* As posted by MyFox Cleveland.
** Another, unrelated, example of the Feds being against Ohio is their opposition to expanding the Children's SCHIP program (Dec. 21).