Thursday, March 12, 2009

Columbus Tea Party - March 14, 11:00am

Last year the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly joined hands in a bi-partisan effort to pass a $1.5 billion “stimulus” package called Building Ohio Jobs.

This effort left Ohio with an 8.8% unemployment rate in February. Defenders of Ohio’s politicians will say Ohio is just experiencing the downturn in the national economy. But how do they explain that from December ’08 to February ’09, national unemployment grew from 7.2% to 7.6%, a 2.8 percent increase? In Ohio it went from 7.4 to 8.8, almost a 20 percent increase.
How did our neighbor, West Virginia, hold its rate to 6.2%? In 2008 its Democrat governor cut taxes and cleaned up the state’s unemployment comp mess-- it didn’t reward political patrons with $1.5 billion of pork-filled “stimulus” spending.

Now Ohio’s Governor has proposed a budget with a gap that will require $8 billion in federal “stimulus” funds to close. These federal dollars contain strings in a variety of programs that will increase Ohio spending on welfare and other things for years to come.

And to get to a point where $8 billion of federal funds will balance the books, the Governor has proposed a “no tax increase” budget with new and increased “fees” that will raise more than $1.25 billion in new revenue.

Ohioans are ready to tell Ohio politicians, "Enough is Enough!"

It’s time for Ohio to live within its means, to create a government that does not require a tax burden that drives its most productive citizens to other states.

The more than 10,000 members of Americans for Prosperity in Ohio are making a difference.
Join us for a rally on the North Plaza of Capital Square in Columbus, next Saturday, March 14, where we will let our leaders know that "Enough is Enough!" Congressman Jim Jordan will join us to show his support for fiscal responsibility in government.

What: Ohio Tea Party to protest wasteful government spending
Who: Americans for Prosperity Congressman Jim Jordan
When: Saturday, March 14, 11:00am
Where: North Plaza of Capital Square, ColumbusCorner of High and Broad Streets

We need to stop wasting precious dollars on pork and patronage, whether those dollars come from the federal government or from hardworking Ohio citizens.

We need to let Ohio know that Fees Are Taxes and that Ohio needs less taxes and spending not more.

Jack Boyle
State DirectorAmericans for Prosperity