We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...tomorrow the eyes of America will be on these two states moving in different directions. Ohio has an economy burdened by high taxes and work rules that impose heavy costs on employers. Texas embraces free trade, keeps taxes low, doesn't impose unions on business and has tooled itself for 21st century global competition. Ohioans may not like to hear this, but for any company considering where to locate a new plant or move an existing one, the choice between Ohio and Texas isn't even a close call.
The challenge for our national economy in a world of competition is to become more like Texas and less like Ohio.
Wretchard has remarked that the Obama campaign is an attempt to move backward to some imagined halcyon time instead of moving forward. Wretchard was referring to the fight against militant Islam, and to the reluctance of many to confront its challenge, but his observation also applies to globalization - either recognizing it and attempting to profit from it, like Texas, or in running away from it, like Michigan and Ohio.
What's so crashingly ironic is that the very prescriptions the two Dems are recommending are more of the same thing that has separated the two state's economies, one of which has created a million and a half new jobs in the same five years that Ohio, with her ever higher taxation, regulation, litigation, and unionization has lost the hundred thousand or so that has got the two panderers out saying--"Hey, the reason you feel bad is you haven't yet swallowed ENOUGH arsenic!"
There's always the most famous Ohio song, My City Was Gone, which will startle you if you only know it as Rush's theme song.
There's a street fair each July 4th nearby, and that's where I take the dog to practice heeling, sit stays, recalls, and so forth. There's nothing like intense distractions to answer questions that may have not been settled.