This map is for 2008. So is this map from 2008, which is NOT adjusted for population:
Using your logic, and the exact same kind of map you like to produce to make your point, Obama got totally slaughtered that year, and the Democratic party was put out of business.
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The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Republicans took Control of the House with 63 House Seats, 6 Senate seats, 10 Governorships, 680+ State legislative seats, and control of 19 more State legislatures..
....put that in your tropy case.
I have no problem with public sector unions in that regard. I do have a problem with their being able to negotiate wages and benefits -- at least under the current corrupt system. I think Walker's got it more right than we know. Bargain to the CPI...anything over that goes to the voters.
Thank you, Quazi!
It is a bit more than interesting to see the shift that has taken place in many places just in the few months since November. Yes, the GOP did very well and should be proud of their results. But yes, the poll numbers now demonstrate that a good chunk of Independent voters have developed a case of buyers remorse and people like Walker, Kasich and Snyder might not even get elected today and are facing recalls.
We are living in a time where the pendulum of change is swinging both faster and farther than it has done for a very long time.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I think what's happened in Wisconsin has had an overall positive effect on state budgets/public union considerations. I just heard that Ohio's vote is going to be delayed while they hammer out some compromise. That's a good thing. I've also read that other states are finding unions in a much more compromising mood since all of this began.
Whether the recalls will happen remains to be seen. Whether Wisconsin's law will stay as it is, cause Dems to flee again, or cause Reps to compromise remains to be seen. But change is definitely in the wind. And that's a good thing.
Thank you, Quazi!
As an Ohioan -- and someone who was not at all a fan of Strickland or Taft -- I'm disappointed in Kasich so far. His overreach on bargaining in a state with a lot of union support is building opposition to his cost-cutting measures. The state faces an $8 billion shortfall that has to be closed. He's taken tax hikes off the table. His proposed cuts are deep and will partially transfer the budget burden to local governments (LGF funds are being cut substantially, and most municipalities are already on tight budgets or are in the red). In a lot of ways, his budget proposals make sense. But he's gutting enough social services -- and goring enough oxes -- to flip his poll numbers on their head. Even his more conservative constituency is flinching a bit at the budget plan. It's going to hurt.
Senate Bill 5, in my eyes, is a big mistake. The state certainly needs public unions to make considerable concessions to keep the budget in order, but there's every indication he could have gotten those concessions without going after bargaining rights. In fact, local unions have been taking concessions all across the state since this recession began. Instead, he went for the throat and spent too much political capital.
It's not over for him yet, but with the Democrats essentially neutered in the short term, Kasich isn't being forced to compromise at the state level. Meanwhile, pressure for a state referendum on bargaining rights is building, and polls indicate Kasich will lose that fight.
I also oppose his plan to privatize prisons and the Ohio Turnpike. Prisons, especially, do not belong in the private sector. The perverse incentives it creates are troubling (consider the recent controversy in Pennsylvania over private prisons). At the very least, we need to extend all sunshine laws to any private company tasked with administering jsutice.
To Kasich's credit, he's indicated he's serious about balancing the budget, and that's something Ohio desperately needs. He's also serious about attracting employers, which is also vital, and I recognize that SB5 is meant to serve that goal. But he's going to learn that compromise is the heart of representative democracy, and if he doesn't soften some of his stances, he could very well lose big despite his current position of strength.