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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, September 03, 2004

    Now that you're awake, Sen. Kerry... 

    Don't feel bad for the sleep John Kerry lost when he renewed his campaign for president (in Ohio, of course) with a midnight rally in Springfield. He's had plenty of rest.

    Kerry slept through much of August as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and their allies in the camp of President Bush tried to sink Kerry.

    The Democratic presidential candidate looked nothing like the young Swift boat commander who turned his craft into enemy fire all those years ago in Vietnam because it was the right and surprising strategy.

    ``As Howard Dean's campaign manager,'' Joe Trippi wrote on, ``I saw a front-running Kerry campaign literally fall asleep in the early months of 2003 becaue they knew they had the nomination won.''

    They didn't. At least not then.

    Kerry fought back after Dean seized the momentum from the nominee.

    ``So,'' Trippi explained, ``wake the hell up, damn it!''

    Kerry appears to have gotten the wake-up call. Forty minutes after President Bush completed his acceptance speech in New York, Kerry went on the offensive against his critics, ticking off the many failures he believes makes Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney ``unfit for duty.''

    Among the $50 million in TV ads that Kerry is launching is one focusing on the 230,000 jobs Ohio has lost while Bush has been president, tending to interests other than the economy.

    Even when Ohioans act to shake off the economic doldrums, someone stops them. On Thursday at three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Investment Tax Credit that, in this case, Toledo used to convince DaimlerChrysler to build the new Jeep plant that now employees about 3,800 workers.

    Some 40 states use such incentives that allows companies to seek a credit against their coporate franchise taxes for the manufacturing machinery they buy. Ohio and other states should be able to convince companies to invest without this coorporate welfare. But they have not been.

    Any ideas, Sen. Kerry? This is an Ohio economic problem: How would you solve it?

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 1:00 AM

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