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The Buckeye Way

Updated on November 12, 2011

Corporate Money Loses In Ohio

Forward Ohio?

The 'American Awakening' that began in Madison, Wisconsin, and may have been some of the impetus behind the "Occupy" movement was missing one thing. They had yet to win a victory at the ballot box. The recall elections in Wisconsin were a 'moral victory' of sorts, but Labor and it's progressive allies lacked something absolute.

That victory may have come Wednesday in Ohio. That State's voter's resoundingly rejected a proposal similar to Wisconisin's union-busting laws. The defeat of the bill came despite large contributions from out-of-state interests, mostly corporations and corporate-fronted groups. Despite this defeat at the polls, the "%1" and it's allies are planning on a referendum to make Ohio a "Right To Work" state, along the lines of many of the Southern States.

That is for another hub, and likely that issue would suffer the same fate as Issue 2 did. But what can Democrats take from this victory.

For one, Labor can still be a force. Rather than "breaking the back" of labor, pro-"%1" governors in places like Wisconsin and Ohio have gotten labor to 'grow a spine', and build coalitions with other individuals and groups committed to econonmic justice.

Second, if people see an economic interest, they will vote for it. A lot of people in Ohio likley did see that if public employees had their rights denied, theirs could be next. Public employees are likely one of the last bastions of organized labor. Break them, and the road to 'USA Inc' becomes that much smoother.

But what to do with this knowledge? For one, turn the 'Jobs Bill' into a series of referendums of sorts. GOP opposition likely comes from some provision that threatens some corporate interest, when a piece is voted down, call them out on it. Mention that they've voted with that industry, or 'Corporate America'.

Second, throw something a bit meatier than a 'bone'. 'Card Check' a labor-backed effort to make it easier for workers to organize might be a nice gesture of good faith.

Finally, realize that the "Occupy" movement is at least a partial offshoot of this. Listen to some of their demands.

The 'Tea' might be wearing off the electorate, many of the folks who voted against Issue 2 may have voted FOR Kasich. They now see that they voted for the Koch Brother's, big banks, and the "%1". The next 12 months will see how well the Democrats can capitalize on this growing reality.

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    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Welcome

    • Healthy Fat Guy profile image

      Healthy Fat Guy 

      6 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

      Hello TeaPartyCrasher. I came upon this hub and had to comment. I live in Ohio and am proud to say I voted to reverse the Kasich union busting law. Hopefully Kasich will be a 1 term Governor. I find it interesting he used to work for Fox News.

      The term "right to work" state really amuses me. Just like "The Patriot Act." Some of these issues are brilliantly packaged by the GOP.

      Here in Ohio, we recently voted to allow casino gambling. Everything was agreed upon such as tax rate etc...

      But Kasich stalled the construction of the casinos for several months so that he could pay an out of state company over $250,000 to "evaluate" the casino tax rate. The company is also getting a hefty monthly payment. A shame the local media isn't covering it more.

      A little about me...

      A member of the local Iron Workers union.

      Also...

      A member of the National Association of Realtors. So I am being influenced from both sides.

      But I get a little upset when the National Association of Realtors sends me some literature talking about "big labor."

      Sure, unions aren't perfect. But they are the only voice available for blue collar workers.

      I remember what it was like walking around with 90 pounds of steel on my shoulder all day...hanging off the side of buildings...etc...

      And the idea put forth by some people that I didn't deserve my $40,000 a year paycheck, my health insurance, and my pension, always upset me.

      These guys build the bridges we drive across. And if you knew how much rebar goes into a bridge deck, it would make your back hurt just looking at it.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      There are places for that, this is not one of them.

    • feenix profile image

      feenix 

      6 years ago

      Hello, TeaPartyCrasher,

      You said, " ... I come here not to battle, but to learn and think."

      That is very refreshing. So many others around here are always walking around with scowls on their faces and their fists balled up.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      feenix:

      I have read some of your works as well, I may have commented on a few.

      But I come here not to battle, but to learn and think.

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      feenix 

      6 years ago

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      Thus, I am signing on to follow you and I hope you sign on to follow me. I believe that if we do that, HubPages will become even more exciting than already is.

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