March 3, 2011

In Ohio, SB 5 (Collective Bargaining Reform) Survives RINO Attack

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:15 am

You’ve got a 23-10 majority.

The most important reform in the imbalanced relationship between state and local government and the public-sector unions is proposed, and all you can get is the barest majority to pass it?



The Tea Party’s work to save the Buckeye State has just begun.

P.S. I’m not ready to let the majority who voted for SB 5 off the hook. Yours truly suspects that the Republican caucus decided that it had to give John Kasich what he wanted, and then got into discussions over who could “safely” vote no. It’s not like they haven’t done this kind of thing before (see: cynical maneuvering, Ted Strickland’s retroactive 2009 tax increase).

Thank goodness Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker isn’t stuck with this bunch in Madison. If he were, his cause would be hopeless.



  1. Hi Tom:

    I find it hard to believe that anybody sees Sen. Bill Seitz as a RINO. He is probably one of the most conservative, most dedicated Republicans in Ohio. He’s sponsored and enacted much legislation that aligns with conservative principles, he’s helped elect conservatives, he’s worked tirelessly for that philosophy. His ideology is genuine and longstanding. If he speaks outloud a little differently than the current scriptwriters, he may be excersing both independence and wisdom. He may be standing outside the bounds of groupthink. I do not share Sen. Seitz’s ideology, but I do respect him as a thoughtful and formidable elected official. It is too bad his own party does not recognize his ability, brains and talent and cashiered him for daring to speak his mind. Is Stalinism the new guiding star of the once Grand Old Party?

    Comment by Bill Sloat — March 3, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

  2. Zheesh, Bill. Expecting a party member to support an initiative that alters an out of whack balance of power that’s killing the state is “Stalinism”? That’s a pretty reckless use of the term, my friend. You’re better than that (I hope).

    Comment by TBlumer — March 3, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  3. Seitz would also take a personal hit as he he represents “management” in union negotiations…

    Also, quite a few double-dippers up there (or their wives).

    Is there ANYONE in Columbus who doesn’t have their hand in the till?

    Comment by Anon — March 4, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

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