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Obama in Ohio


President Barack Obama makes a stop in Columbus, Ohio, to tout federal stimulus funding for transportation projects.

Here’s the gaggle with Gov. Ted Strickland afterward, with the governor reacting to Obama’s speech, touting the president’s efforts to turn the economy, bringing a space shuttle to Ohio, the need for disaster assistance in northwestern Ohio, etc.:

Here’s state Auditor and GOP Lt. Gov. candidate Mary Taylor’s comments on Obama’s visit:

“Let’s look at Ohio’s unemployment rate, which today is 10.7%. When the stimulus was enacted in February 2009, Ohio’s unemployment rate was only 9.4%. We have created over 17,000 jobs in the last month, but it’s an important fact to note that 16,800 of those jobs created were government jobs, so we’ve really only created a net 300 jobs in the last month. …
 
“Ohio, in fact, isn’t using the stimulus money to create jobs outside of those jobs that are run by government. Half of the $3.3 billion dollars Ohio’s received so far have gone to run Medicaid, not invest in job creation, and that’s according to the governor’s own website.
 
“If I could be so bold as to say that I could recommend to the president and to the governor that they might better use their time plugging the oil well and plugging the budget hole. Quite frankly, what we have in Ohio and what we have in this country is a lack of leadership and misplaced priorities. …
 
“What we need instead of federal handouts that provide temporary patches and federal spending that’s intended to create jobs. We need to fix the problem and those don’t fix the problem. The only long term solution is creating a pro-growth business climate by reducing government spending so we can drive down taxes, cut red tape, end frivolous law suits, and improve our job training and education programs here in Ohio. That’s exactly what John Kasich and I plan to do once elected and that’s what Ohio needs if we want to get back on track and back on the path to prosperity.”

And here’s a White House backgrounder on the federal stimulus in Ohio:

Today, the President will travel to Columbus, Ohio to mark the first of many significant Recovery Act milestones coming this summer – the 10,000th Recovery Act road project to get underway.  The road improvement project in downtown Columbus is expected to create over 300 construction jobs and will contribute to the broader economic development effort underway in the area around Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  He will be joined on-stage by Secretary LaHood and 8 construction workers.  The audience will be made up of 35 elected officials and workers.  Prior to his remarks the President and Secretary LaHood will meet with the 8 construction workers and receive a brief tour of the Recovery Act project.
 
Additional information on Administration-wide Recovery Summer events can be found HERE. 
 
Recovery Summer Fact Sheet is available HERE.
 
RECOVERY ACT FUNDING IN COLUMBUS AND FRANKLIN COUNTY
 
·         Columbus and the surrounding area has received approximately $729 million in Recovery Act funding. Highlights included below:
 
·         The Small Business Administration guaranteed nearly $44-53 million to businesses in Columbus.  Examples of Columbus recipients of SBA guaranteed loans include:
 
o   Eating establishments (T&L Cuisine, LLC received $50,000 and Victorian’s Midnight Café received $81,000)
 
o   Medical facilities (Gateway Wellness Center received $150,000)
 
o   Service establishments (Joseph Tree Services, LLC received $168,000 and Klean A Kar, Inc. received $672,000)
 
·         Franklin County received over $91 million in funding from the Department of Transportation for highways, transit, and aviation projects – including more than $38 million for Columbus.
 
·         Franklin County received Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants of nearly $11 million.
 
·         The City of Columbus received nearly $13 million from the Department of Justice for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, awarding 50 officers
 
·         The Department of Housing and Urban Development provided over $9 million for the Public Housing Capital Fund in Franklin County.
 
o   Additionally, approximately $4.5 million dollars in grants were provided for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program in Franklin County.
 
·         Over $1.2 million was provided to Franklin County by the Department of Education in the form of Federal Work Study grants.  These payments are awarded to college students to provide part-time employment to help students meet educational expenses.
 
RECOVERY ACT FUNDING IN OHIO
 
Total Jobs & Spending
 
·         JOBS CREATED AND SAVED – CEA estimates that 108,000 jobs were created or saved by the Recovery Act in Ohio through March, 2010.
 
·         TOTAL SPEND – More than $12.6 billion in Recovery funds has been made available to Ohio – and more than $7.5 billion has already been spent.
 
Investing in Infrastructure
         
·         CONSTRUCTION – 462 transportation projects have been obligated in Ohio, totaling over $1.1 billion.
 
·         SMALL BUSINESS – 2,663 Recovery Act-backed small business loans have been given to Ohio small businesses, supporting more than $803 million in lending.
 
Relief to Individuals
 
·         TAX RELIEF – Because of the Making Work Pay tax credit, 4.5 million Ohio working families will collectively receive $2.2 billion in tax relief.
 
·         UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS – More than 840,000 Ohio residents have expanded unemployment benefits because of the Recovery Act.
 
·         STIMULUS PAYMENTS – More than 2.1 million Ohio seniors, veterans and other high-need residents have received one-time economic relief payments of $250, totaling more than $532 million.
 
Helping States
 
·         TEACHERS – Close to 12,000 education positions were reported as funded by the Recovery Act in Q1 2010 in Ohio – which has received close to $1.8 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF).
 
·         MEDICAID – The Recovery Act has already made over $2.3 billion available to help prevent additional Medicaid cuts in Ohio.  The state of Ohio has spent more than $2 billion of the available funds.
 
·         ‘COPS’ PROGRAM:  Law enforcement agencies in Ohio received over $79 million in funding from the Recovery Act to support 336 police officers’ salaries and benefits for three years.

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10 comments for “Obama in Ohio

  1. Loren Eberly
    June 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Natural Law: what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce?
    Demands every corporation, farmer, business, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization and Church; markets the cost; in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service; of Fathers disqualified for affirmative action with white skin, Union workers, consumers, taxpayers, and Americas grandchildren’s children; fund all stimulus packages, property tax abatement, tax incentives, tax credit, tax refunds, tax exemptions. And pay for the more stock dividends (money). Hillarys, Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders (money marketers) market quarterly; in the wholesale and retail price of every product and service Human Beings use for life. And Government needs to build, maintain, and operate schools, infrastructure; and provide local and national security and government services. That gets only product or service. With money derived from wages or independent business profit.
    And Fund unemployed workers, casino, lottery, and keno losers, aliens, waitresses that pander for life for $2.00 per hour; low-income workers; volunteers without wages; nonunion parasites willing to work for fewer wages than they can afford life; and righteous; with a faith-based belief; that it’s a sin; to engage in free, fair, and affordable commerce; or get an agreement (union contract); With a corporation, business, Government, or nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization, or Church; Agreeing to market the cost of Human Beings living (including healthcare and pension) in the wholesale and retail price of product and service; That pay with welfare checks, food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid.
    Defying reality demands Makes free, fair, and affordable commerce IMPOSSIBLE; Makes funding schools, infrastructure, and etc. IMPOSSIBLE; Makes balancing every budget IMPOSSIBLE; Makes union workers, consumers, taxpayers, and America’s grandchildren’s children LIFE UNAFFORDABLE; and created Ohio’s $1.35 trillion budget deficit, the $40 trillion social security and the $14 trillion national debt. America’s grandchildren’s children are responsible to pay Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders interest with this debt until they are 18 years old. Then pay the debt with the $7.20 per hour government mandated labor wage.
    There is no reason to believe America’s grandchildren’s children that go to bed hungry can afford life; and pay this debt; with the $7.20 per hour; government mandated labor wage; in a hundred million years; with money derived from wages or independent business profit!

  2. Loren Eberly
    June 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Democrat and Republican Party Bosses through all candidates that advocate complying with demands of Natural Law: what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce?
    Demanding every corporation, farmer, business, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization and Church; markets the cost; in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service; of every workers, consumers, and taxpayers living (including pension and health care); enabling parents to love, nurse, nurture, discipline, protect, and provide for every child (job) they conceive; and fund schools, infrastructure, local and national security, government services, and etc.; with money derived from wages or independent business profit. Under the buss!
    And support candidates that believe; that only money; Hillarys, Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders (money marketers) market quarterly. In the wholesale and retail price of every product and service Human Beings use for life. And Government needs to build, maintain, and operate schools, infrastructure; and provide local and national security and government services. That gets only product or service. Has value!

  3. Loren Eberly
    June 23, 2010 at 6:07 am

    There is no reason to believe Fathers disqualified for affirmative action with white skin and replaced in the workplace with nonunion workers willing to work for fewer wages than they can afford life, Union workers, and consumers, taxpayers, and America’s grandchildren’s children can fund all stimulus packages, property tax abatement, tax incentives, tax credit, tax refunds and tax exemptions. And pay for the more stock dividends (money). Hillarys, Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders (money marketers) market quarterly; in the wholesale and retail price of every product and service Human Beings use for life. And Government needs to build, maintain, and operate schools, infrastructure; and provide local and national security and government services. That gets only product or service.
    And fund unemployed workers, casino, lottery, and keno losers, aliens, waitresses that pander for life for $2.00 per hour; low-income workers; volunteers without wages; nonunion parasites willing to work for fewer wages than they can afford life; and righteous; with a faith-based belief; that it’s a sin; to engage in free, fair, and affordable commerce; or get an agreement (union contract); With a corporation, business, Government, or nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization, or Church; Agreeing to market the cost of Human Beings living (including healthcare and pension) in the wholesale and retail price of product and service; That pay with welfare checks, food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid.
    With money derived from wages or independent business profit in a hundred million years.

  4. Loren Eberly
    June 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

    President Barrack Obama, Representatives, Democrat and Republican Political Party Bosses, and Czars and Bureaucrats they Appoint to do their job are out-of-touch with demands of Natural Law: what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce?
    Demanding every corporation, farmer, business, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization and Church; markets the cost; in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service; of workers, consumers, and taxpayers living including pension and health care enabling parents to love, nurse, nurture, discipline, protect, and provide for every child (job) they conceive, pay all taxes, fund schools, infrastructure, local and national security, government services, and etc., and pay for the more stock dividends (money) Hillarys, Chinese, Foreign, and Domestic Investors and Stockholders (money marketers) market quarterly. In the wholesale and retail price of every product and service Human Beings use for life. And Government needs to build, maintain, and operate schools, infrastructure; and provide local and national security and government services. That gets only product or service. With money derived from wages or independent business profit.

  5. Eli Jones
    July 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    “BARACK OBAMA IS COOKING THE BOOKS ON THE AMOUNT OF JOBS THAT HIS DEMOCRAT GOVERNMENT CLAIMS CREDIT FOR CREATING”

    Barack Obama’s ACORN inflitrated Census Bureau seems to be playing games. One of the millions of workers hired by Census 2010 to parade around the country counting Americans blew the whistle on some statistical tricks. The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department. Below, I have a couple more readers who worked for Census 2010 and have tales to tell. But first, this much we know. Each month Census gives Labor a figure on the number of workers it has hired. That figure goes into the closely followed monthly employment report Labor provides. For the past two months the hiring by Census has made up a good portion of the new jobs. Labor doesn’t check the Census hiring figure or whether the jobs are actually new or recycled. It considers a new job to have been created if someone is hired to work at least one hour a month.

  6. Eli Jones
    July 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    O joy! My legacy has been saved by Barack Obama. I will not be remembered as the worst buffoon in the oval office. I think I’ll take the day off to lust in my heart. At my age, that’s the best I can do…. Jimmy Carter

  7. Gina B.
    July 10, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Kasich is a pathological liar, claiming that Ted Strickland lost 400,000 jobs, He must have hired a team of proctologists to get that number. Plus he lied about Strickland having attack ads when Gov, Strickland hadn’t even put out any ads.

    PLUS Kasich lied about Strickland pushing NCR out of Ohio. That deal had been made before Strickland even got into office. Besides, NCR was kicking around the idea of moving operations to Georgia for years before this even while denying that they were planning to move.

    Not to mention the fact that he worked for Lehman Bros which helped bring us the disastrous financial meltdown. Just in Franklin County, home of Columbus, Ohio, Kasich is planning to cut over $32 million from First Responders, $15,619,976 from local libraries, and $172,234,247cut from local school districts. He is planning on cutting even more all over the state.

    He is NOT what Ohio needs.

    He’s planning on cutting jobs of state workers, saying he wants to “work on their attitudes.”

  8. Gina B.
    July 10, 2010 at 3:32 am

    By the way, ACORN has been vindicated on every accusation.

    “On Monday, June 14, a preliminary probe by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)of ACORN has found no evidence the association or related organizations mishandled the $40 million in federal money they received in recent years.”

    Plus, those Fox News droolers James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles were busted by the Attorneys General in Massachusetts, California and New York for having publicized a heavily edited Pimp Gate tape. Turns out it was a HOAX. They never dressed as a pimp and hooker nor did ACORN employees tell them how to get away with running a prostitution ring. Also, ACORN called the police on O’Keefe and reported what he told them he was plannong to do with the hooker ring.

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7689

    http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4043

    http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0407/maddow-raw-tapes-show-okeefe-lied/

    Oh and O’Keefe was convicted of criminally wiretapping Mary Landrieu’s office. :)

    http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0407/maddow-raw-tapes-show-okeefe-lied/

    But thank you for embarrassing yourself by not knowing that. LOL

  9. Gina B.
    July 10, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Apparently, there seems to be a bit of confusion over this issue. I was able to find MANY examples of President Obama’s accomplishments (at least 100, in fact) with a few simple clicks on the Internet. I didn’t list them all but provided a link at the bottom for you to view them yourself.

    Here goes:

    1. Signed an executive order on government contrast waste and spending-http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/economy_in_government_contracting >br>

    2. Signed into law the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, giving women equal pay to men- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtKAKlurRAY

    3. Renewed dialogue with NATO and allies on strategy issues- http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/04/Afghanistan-and-NATO

    4. Announced plan to end war in Iraq (and we’re on track for it. too!) – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/28/washington/28troops.html?_r=1

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/18/general-withdrawal-iraq-track/

    5. Provided funding to families of fallen soldiers to defray expenses for them when the body arrives at Dover AFB- http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/pentagon-will-help-families/

    6. Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7986203.stm

    7. Signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is responsible for saving and/or creating 2.1 million jobs- http://www.recovery.gov/About/Pages/The_Act.aspx

    8. Launched the Recovery.org website to show where your tax dollars are going, giving transparency to government- http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/home.aspx

    9. Making Home Affordable plan- http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/

    10. Launched a $15 billion plan to help small businesses- http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-to-small-business-owners

    11. Investing in education programs to both provide jobs now and for the future- http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

    12. Gave the VA $1.4 billion to improve services for veterans programs- http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans

    13. Signed in law to SChip law to help underprivileged children be covered by health insurance- http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans

    14. Repealed Bush’s restrictions on stem cell research- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/09/obama-administration-stem-cell-funding

    15. Ended the stop-loss program which made soldiers serve as many as 4 tours in war- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123741885685978043.html

    16. Signed into law the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the way the Pentagon acquires weapons- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapon_Systems_Acquisition_Reform_Act_of_2009

    17. Signed into law the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, giving the authority to investigate and prosecute fraud in the lending industry which led to the financial meltdown- http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/obama-signs-hou.html

    18. Signed into law the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act to help families on the verge of foreclosure keep their homes- http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/obama-signs-hou.html

    19. Started laying out a plan for Mexico-US border security- http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Administration-Officials-Announce-US-Mexico-Border-Security-Policy-A-Comprehensive-Response-and-Commitment

    20. Announced strategy to deal with international nuclear threat- http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-By-President-Barack-Obama-In-Prague-As-Delivered

  10. Gina B.
    July 10, 2010 at 3:39 am

    If you would like to see even more of his accomplishments, see:

    http://simplifythepositive.blogspot.com/2010/03/100-accomplishments-of-president-barack.html

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