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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, September 02, 2004

    Portman's Ohio and our Ohio 

    Cincinnati is in Ohio. So are Canton and rest of Stark County. You can look it up. Maybe U.S. Rep. Rob Portman from the Cincinnati area should try.

    Portman spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention and though he didn't phrase it quite this way, there are obviously two Ohios, just as Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards claims there are two Americas, one of haves, another of have-nots.

    Portman performed some economic/jobs statistical magic. He claimed that during the last year of the Clinton administration Ohio lost 33,000 manufacturing jobs and that this year the state is adding jobs, including in manufacturing. What the Portman left out of his jobs equation were the first three years of the Bush administration.

    Ohio lost 229,600 jobs, second only to Michigan.

    ``Yes,'' Portman told the delegates and a night-time TV audience, ``we have more work to do, but we are on the track to economic growth.''

    It may not have seemed so to the 1,008 job-seekers, including the lovely Ms. Ohioblog, who earlier Wednesday attended the Job Fair and Career Expo in Canton.

    ``It's about double what I had anticipated.'' Sharon E. Parry, executive director of the Employment Source, told the Akron Beacon Journal's Erika D. Smith.

    Portman points out, correctly, that the government does not create jobs but that ``the next administration will play a critical role in creating the environment for job growth, giving workers the tools they need to succeed.''

    Portman suggests that such an environment is ``the hopeful, optimistic agenda of George W. Bush.''

    Before he went onstage at the convention in New York City's Madison Square Garden to tell the nation how well his Ohio is doing, Portman should have checked in with the other Ohio.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 8:18 AM

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