A look back
Letter to the Editor published in August, 2012
Why would we celebrate Congressmen Mike DeWine, Dave Hobson and Steve Austria?
Dear editor: I just received my invitation to the Greene County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner; the theme, “A tribute to our 7th Congressional District Congressmen.”
Really? Now here are three career politicians who never met a budget deficit they didn’t like, never voted against raising the debt ceiling; Advanced NAFTA, GATT, China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and the unconstitutional Fast Track Trade Negotiation Authority for the President, and worst of all, supported unconstitutional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that gained nothing, but cost the U.S. beyond comprehension in terms of blood, sweat and tears for generations to come.
The simple truth is DeWine’s Hobson’s and Austria’s legacy doesn’t go past their success at bringing back pork to their special interest insiders. And if you disagree, all you have to do is take a look at the new Ohio congressional district map. Steve Austria is soon gone, as is the 7th District. Greene and Clark Counties, the two counties that did the heavy lifting in the Seventh at election time for more than 25 years have been swallowed up by the 10th and 8th Districts. If this is success worth celebrating, how would you define failure?