Friday, June 03, 2005

DOUBLE NICKELS ON THE DIME

A crush of work has silenced this blog (and will do so again shortly as I am soon to move out of state for the rest of the year), but I would be remiss if I did not mention that the ever-venal Ohio GOP has finally caused people to pay attention. The Toldeo Blade has been the best media outlet over the past several weeks documenting the mounting scandal, the gist of which is Tom and Bernadette Noe, master fundraisers for Bob Taft, George W. Bush and a whole lot of politicos (including most of the Ohio Supreme Court justices) lost a couple dozen million dollars from Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation funds. Where did the money go? Housing "loans", presidential campaign "donations", and....well, we're not sure yet. Federal and state prosecutors are investigating, and the issue is sure to come up in the GOP Republican primary, where all of the leading contenders have not only gotten money from the Noes, but have had supervisory powers to look into why workers' comp funds were allowed to be "invested in coins" in the first place.

Ohio's Republican Party should have been called out on so many issues (just scroll back through the archives here for a few recent examples), but stealing from disabled workers to fund private houses and the Bush campaign may just be the chicanery that gets people to pay attention. Whether the voters in this state have sense enough to vote them out of any of the monopoly of statewide offices they hold is another question, but at least the media here is paying attention.

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