Washington Post: Ohio communities fighting for survival amid widespread joblessness
In a front page story today, the Washington Post offers a sobering account of the devastating impact continued double-digit unemployment is having on many Ohio families:
“The recession here wasn’t a black hole at the end of a sustained boom, or downgrading from Target to Wal-Mart or cutting out $3 drinks at Starbucks. It was a confrontation with survival.
“As other areas of the country start to revive, the recession’s full force is still on display here. Winter has descended. Unemployment benefits are running out. New jobs have not appeared.”
Statistics suggest that the gut-wrenching stories in this report are no anomaly in Ohio. Consider the following:
- Ohio has endured 8 straight months of double-digit unemployment
- Nearly 150,000 Ohioans have lost their jobs since the “stimulus” was enacted – a bill that the Obama and Strickland Administrations pledged would create jobs immediately.
During a weekly press conference yesterday, Congressman John Boehner outlined better solutions to tackle the immediate challenges facing the American people:
“It’s been a long year for the American people. We’ve seen American families and small businesses struggling all year in a very difficult economy and all that they’ve gotten from the Democrats here in Washington is more spending and more debt piled on the backs of our kids and grandkids. The American people are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ but when you begin to look at the policies being outlined by this Administration, it’s not just all the spending and the debt. It’s this national energy tax which will kill jobs in America and ship them overseas. It’s their government takeover of health care.
“Republicans have offered better solutions all year long. Whether it was a budget that had a lot less spending and a lot less debt. Whether it was our ‘all of the above’ energy bill, which will give us cleaner air, cheaper energy and more energy. Our proposal on health care was a common sense way of bringing down costs and not increasing the cost of health care like the Democrats’ proposals. Our better solutions are going to continue to be brought out day after day because the American people are looking for common sense solutions to deal with the problems that they face. Republicans have been responsible in offering those policies all year and we will continue to do so in the new year.”