So far, so good
Monday, January 23, 2017 7:10 PM
Each and every day since Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, I have asked someone: How has the Trump presidency affected you thus far?
To a person, the answers have been the same. It hasn’t.
Frankly, I’m not sure the Obama presidency gets off so easy. Eight years of his executive orders have had direct and immediate impact – particularly on many working Ohioans earning their respective county’s average income. You know who you are. The ones who received a royal shaft on Obamacare. Those earning slightly too much to qualify for a Medicaid-esque plan – that Ohio Gov. Kasich touted – yet, earning too little to actually afford even the least expensive Obamacare plan.
Your reward for all your hard work over the past 52 weeks? A John Roberts tax penalty. For the record, Roberts (an erstwhile Republican) is the Bush-appointed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who gave credence to mandatory participation in Obamacare.
Our Second District Congressman Brad Wenstrup likes to mention that members of Congress also are on Obamacare. That’s all well and cute. But he neglects to mention that those same full-time average-income workers who cannot afford even the cheapest Obamacare, pay taxes to fund congressional members’ insurance. Not to mention the current considerable congressional salaries.
For those who may like Obamacare (Wenstrup said he doesn’t), I hope you can keep it. For those who bought into the false promises, I’ll try to refrain from saying “I told you so.”
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So far, so good
Since the Trump inauguration on Jan. 20, freedom of speech appears alive and well. Scores of thousands showed up in Washington, D.C. in support of Trump on day one, and scores of thousands showed up in protest a day later.
This great nation was founded in protest. So what’s the problem?
Civil disobedience and occasional outrage – from either side – is part of our 241-year history. But it’s time to get over it. Trump won, fair and square. And for anyone from the left who wants to end the Electoral College system, please explain how your party supports the “super-delegates.” It’s six of one or two dozen of the other.
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This week, there’s been considerable local hullabaloo about the mayor of Hillsboro offering an opinion or two in writing on national politically charged issues – crude and vulgar as they may be. That’s nothing new, and there are few repercussions.
His supporters are apt to point out that these things are written as part of his small-town comedy bit – even when he identifies himself as Hillsboro’s mayor. That’s always a convenient out.
But you might give him his is due on at least one point. There seems to be more members of city council who jump to his “convenient out” in support, and not one who can figure out that there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Take him as a comedian, and leave it there. For every ridiculous administrative proposal, just smile, laugh, slap your neighboring council member’s knee and say “That’s a good one.” Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.
And then work fairly and in earnest for the betterment of the city you were elected to represent. Even if you all eat together on Lincoln’s birthday.
Those who criticize the mayor miss the point. City council members – though they don’t act like it – hold all the trump cards. Not the mayor.
As council president Lee Koogler explained here almost seven years ago: “City Council is the legislative branch of our local government, just as Congress is the legislative branch of our federal government, with the difference being Council is a unicameral body (one chamber) and Congress is a bicameral body (two chambers being the House of Representatives and the Senate). As president of Hillsboro City Council, I am the chief administrative head of the legislative branch of our local government, just as the Speaker of the House of Representatives is in the House and the President of the Senate is in the Senate. The job of City Council is to pass laws to protect the public interest.”
There you go. Do your job. And stop defending the indefensible.
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On one last note, thanks to the Hillsboro Police Department for its recent actions against widespread animal waste (not to be confused with fertilizer) from East Walnut Street to East Main Street on the south side of the 100 block of High Street. Unfortunately, the arrest and fine haven’t had much of an impact. Meanwhile, watch your step. Those aren’t mud clods.
Next time, let’s set the stuff on fire. Who got the lighter?
Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.