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Columbus Dispatch

Bankrupt Ohioansa numbers still rising | The Columbus Dis...

So spending on a war (that most Dems approved at the time in the house and congress) has what to do with the failed policies from the Democrats over the last (almopst 2 years) and as others have mentioned they have controlled both houses for almost 4 years now. Health care as everyone in business is seeing is costing even more now, the stimulus has done nothing to creat jobs (but with Obama-math it has saved every job in america currently). Paying folks to buy cars and real estate has not worked (at best it delayed hitting rock bottom). Fannie and Freddie is costing billions with no end in sight. So to steal a lie from Obama "THe american people reject as false these economic policies of the past". Dems you had your chance and you failed.  (Aug 29, 2010 | post #23)

DispatchPolitics

Nicklaus fundraiser aids Senate hopeful Portman

You do realize that the Dems had control of congress for Bush's last 2 years right? So the Repubs haven't had the majorority (like the Dems have now) for almost 4 years. At some point you have accept responsibility that the stimulus money did not help the economy. Bottom line - quit blaming the Rebublicans and do something that helps. Sounds like to me the dems played their cards (cash for clunkers, $8/$6k to try to fix housing, the porkulous package) and it didn't work.  (Aug 29, 2010 | post #8)

Columbus Dispatch

Dominion says no land sale; nonprofit still plans to buil...

Congrats. I still own the Dominion house as a rental and rent it out for more than my mortgage, but I'm the exception over there. Domionion prayed on the folks who didn't understand. It doesn't matter how smary you or I am, if 50% of the folks in the community didn't understand it and couldn't pay the extra $1200 then it decreases the property value in the area. Then other buyers of the new houses were too stupid to notice all the for sale homes. So I'm one of the few that made it out relatively well. I'm all for personal accountability and no bailouts. But the Galloway Subdivision was one of the first areas in Columbus to be effected by the economy and Dominion's policies (especially not escrowing for the lefit real estate taxes AND not verifying other income) had a lot to do with it.  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #121)

Columbus Dispatch

Pelotonia rider struck, killed | The Columbus Dispatch

Terrible news. The ride is done for all the right reasons. But a lot of bike riders (as others aluded to above) want the priveleges of the road without obeying the laws (running thru red lights when no traffic is coming, rolling past stopped traffic at lights, stop signs, etc).  (Aug 21, 2010 | post #9)

Columbus Dispatch

Dominion says no land sale; nonprofit still plans to buil...

Dominion Homes has caused many more problems than this in decreasing property values. I bought my 1st home in 1999 in Galloway Ridge (West Side as well). I was looking to buy the most house for the lease money so getting 1400 SF for $132,000 with only $1000 down was a good deal (I thought). First they were doing the 2-1 buy downs. So in 1st year interest was 3%, 2nd year was 4% and finally was locked in at 5% for final 28 years. They offered a sweat equity program to replace the down payment, problem was they never called me to do anything they just did it themselves and gave me credit for it. So my payment was something like $850 first year, $900 something 2nd and just over $1000 for final years. MAJOR problem was for all the buyers they estimated the RE taxes on the land value. This is the part that killed the neighborhood. So at end of 1st year not only were (about) everyone's payments going up $75-100 a month (because of the buy down) but then everyone got a bill from Franklin County saying they were $1200-1500 short on their escrow. Some of us had the money to pay it, a lot didn't. Immeditately for sale signs went up, yet no one wanted the used houses when the new houses had the buy downs, no down payment, etc. So yes a lot of the buyers (including myself) didn't do our due diligence but how Dominion got away with not estimating sales taxes is beyond me. I will never look at their propoerty again.  (Aug 21, 2010 | post #37)

Columbus Dispatch

Blue Jackets: Filatov may shake up top-six mix | The Colu...

Scary thing is the Blue Jackets are again convinced that Brassard is a top 6 forward and quite honestly don't have a backup plan if he fails (at least in the past at timews we had a guy like Manny who was a 3rd line C who could produce on the 2nd line). The key to the season is Mason has to play like an elite goalie and Brassard has to be a legit top 6 forward. Not sure if either is a great bet, but we have to hope.  (Aug 8, 2010 | post #5)

BlueJacketsXtra

Michael Arace commentary: No Jackets news is good news, u...

4th worst record in the NHL and largely standing pat as far as the roster. You hope for that kind of offseason if you're the defending Stanley Cup Champs or a young team that makes the Finals, not when you're the 4th worst team. Bottom line is the team can sneak into the playoffs if and only if Mason can play like a franchise goalie. If he doesn't we'll be picking early again next off season.  (Jul 27, 2010 | post #6)

DispatchPolitics

Main Street bridge - pretty, costly

Liberals have no concept of budgets and how they work. Spend and borrow, spend some more, raise taxes, spend, borrow, spend, tax... Still amazing to me that the mayor needs all these security guards. Perhaps if he would just approach the women at the bars himself instead of having his security guard do it, it could save the taxpayers some dollars.  (Jul 26, 2010 | post #162)

DispatchPolitics

Taylor's comments set off Strickland

Sad truth is the only way Ohio can attract a business is to give out special incentives to make it attractive for 3, 5 or 10 years. What does that say about the business tax structure in Ohio? Maybe if you own a business here that you're paying a lot in taxes. Here is a perfect example if the business owners are from Ohio and are using a pass thru entity to run their business (LLC, S-corp) and start doing business in another state where taxes are lower, that the state of Ohio taxes the residents (owners of the business) for taxes not paid to Ohio. Confusing I know but let's say ABC company makes $1,000,000 in profit. Ohio would normally tax 6% of that so they would get $60,000 (if 100% were in Ohio). But let's say only $40,000 was paid to Ohio and $0 was paid to Florida (where $400,000 of profit was allocated). Ohio taxes the owners on the full $1M anyways. That in itself is why so many Ohio residents move to Florida or Texas, to avoid BS like that. For a business owner you're much better off being in a lot of other places beside Ohio  (Jul 24, 2010 | post #42)

Columbus Dispatch

Blue Jackets: Intensity infusion needed in locker room | ...

So how many former captains do we need to sign to help Nash with his leadership duties? Commodore was suppose to add leadership. We acquired Clark last season a the deadline. Now Moreau. Another couple overpaid, underproductive guys that are good in the room and we may be in good shape maybe???  (Jul 19, 2010 | post #2)

Columbus Dispatch

Palin got $75,000 from college | The Columbus Dispatch

One thing this thread has proved is that Liberals don't understand the word "profit" . People paid to hear her speak AND they made money. It was like air america. Libs thought they needed a mouthpeice to offset Rush, Beck, etc. so they set up their own little network. Like all things they touch they forgot about the little thing called "profit" and "cash flows". Can you say Bankrupt!  (Jul 18, 2010 | post #87)

Columbus Dispatch

Palin got $75,000 from college | The Columbus Dispatch

Compare that to what Obama has done in the last (almost) 2 years: 1. Blamed Bush 2. Not gotten us out of Afganistan or Iraq 3. Did nothing with the gulf oil disaster 4. Passed health care that doubled in price after it was passed He set ONE measurable goal (pass the stimulus to keep unemployment under 10%) and failed at that goal. Notice every other thing he talks about is not measurable (jobs saved I mean how do you measure that?). So no I don't want Palin as the next President. But at this point I'd take any republican over Obama.  (Jul 17, 2010 | post #12)

Columbus Dispatch

Blue Jackets president: Casinos could solve team's financ...

Amazing the timing of the whole deal. The Dispatch (Wolfe Family) headed up the effort to move the Casino from the land bordering the District, because they weren't making money on the deal. Now after it's been moved their is the Dispatch (and the Wolfe family, along with Nationwide, the Pizzuti's, etc.) with their hands out begging for money. Politics at it's finest.  (Jul 17, 2010 | post #61)

Columbus Dispatch

Blue Jackets president: Casinos could solve team's financ...

Agree 100%! If they want bailed out from the Arena that's fine, but give the taxpayers partial ownership in the land around the Arena that the same owners own (it may be in different LLC's but the same families in the Wolfe, Pizzutio and Nationwide Insurance own them).  (Jul 17, 2010 | post #60)

Columbus Dispatch

Blue Jackets president: Casinos could solve team's financ...

So let me get this straight. A few arena residents (along with the Dispatch and Nationwide, who both have ownership in the Jackets, Nationwide Arena, and the Arena District property) did a job to move the casino out of the District. Now they want the taxes generated from the taxes on the W-side? As usual I'm sure the Wolfe family will get their way.  (Jul 16, 2010 | post #2)