The voters of Ohio opened a big can of whoop-ass on Obamacare yesterday, and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved in drafting the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment, circulating petitions to get it on the ballot, buying ads and yard signs with their own money, and voting it in. It was perhaps one of the biggest grassroots efforts in the history of Ohio. In some counties, one out of every four active voters signed petitions to get Issue 3 on the ballot.
And yet today’s coverage in the Democrat-Controlled Media is wall-to-wall Issue 2.
As the folks at BigGovernment.com have noted, the success of Issue 2 is due largely to a $30 million union-funded disinformation campaign that told Ohio voters they would bleed to death in the streets if government union members had to pony up 15% of their healthcare premiums.
“Out-of-state union donations, grossly understated by Ohio media, far exceeded the “Yes on 2″ campaign’s entire budget. The Ohio Education Association (OEA), a despicable band of hypocrites whose average pay in 2010 was more than $95,000, took an extra $54 from every member to kill Senate Bill 5 … The unions spent more than $800,000 collecting signatures for the referendum …
“We Are Ohio” claimed passing Issue 2 would mean fewer firefighters and nurses, leaving Ohio houses to burn and patients to perish. They released a radio ad saying Issue 2 would “take us back to the days of Jim Crow,” misrepresenting at every turn the effort to limit union power as an attack on Ohio’s middle class. They lied that Republican politicians exploited a “loophole” in the bill, though elected officials have never been subject to collective bargaining. They insisted local budgets were dandy before Kasich’s election.”
What’s your take on the Ohio election results? What’s the spin where you live?
What else is on your mind today?
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