Politics Extra
Enquirer reporters give the scoop on what your politicians are doing

Jessica Brown,
Hamilton County reporter

Jon Craig,
Enquirer statehouse bureau

Jane Prendergast,
Cincinnati City Hall reporter

Malia Rulon,
Enquirer Washington bureau

Carl Weiser,
Blog editor

Howard Wilkinson,
politics reporter

Powered by Blogger

Monday, February 18, 2008

Rothenberg chimes in on prez race

Hamilton County Commission candidate Ed Rothenberg says he wants John McCain to be the next president. Rothenberg, a Republican, is running against Commission President Todd Portune, a Democrat, in the general election. (Portune is supporting Obama).

Here's what Rothenberg had to say about McCain.

"I support John McCain. He's tough and smart. He showed incredible bravery as a captive in the Vietnam war. And during his many years in the Senate has had the courage to cross the aisle and try to work out deals with the Democrats. To get things done in Washington, compromise is sometimes the only way."


at 11:38 AM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to today's Enquirer, Sen. McCain has said there will be NO TAX INCREASE.

Hillary has proudly said that she will allow the Bush tax cuts to expire in 2010, but no further details on her tax plans.

I've a feeling that Hillary and Obama have quite a bit up their sleeve when it comes to creative tax schemes (in addition to allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire).

People sure have short memories. In 1992 Bill Clinton campaigned on the promise of a middle class tax cut, but shortly into office, he changed his mind and gave us one of the largest tax increases in history.

But wait there's more - - - He then Sent Secty of Labor Robert Reich around the country promoting the new concept of Economically Targeted Investments (ETIs). This was a scheme to require all pension funds (federal,state, corporate,city, etc.) to set aside a percentage (up to 10%) of their portfolio to invest into government programs. I vividly recall Secty. Reich on the McConnell Radio talk show promoting this nonsense and assuring the public that we would be better off because of it.

Then President Clinton explored ways to possibly extract a one time 15% tax on the value of YOUR 401k or IRA, as well as the value of your pension fund (state,federal,corporate, etc.).

It is highly unlikely that the day would come when someone would tamper with the priviate pension system, but the mere fact that someone has thought of this idea is beyond my level of understanding.

This would be similiar to placing the Social Security fund into the General Fund back in the 1960s.

Jesse Jackson, in a speech at the 1996 Democratic Convention - said "There is $6 trillion held in all private pensions, we could take 5% of this to rebuild cities." The delegages and audiance gave a loud roaring applause to this statement. Kind of scary, isn't it?

So my question is:

If Hillary or Obama have plans for such taxing schemes as outlined, should they announce it now?

at 12:23 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous common-sense said...

you have NO IDEA!!!
it will be MUCH WORSE than that!
Try giving 10 percent of every dollar you earn to the United Nations to distribute to the rest of the world on our behalf!!!in adition to the aid that we already are sending around the world!!
And these are just the schemes that we are already aware of!!!

at 12:37 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

John McCain lacks the judgment to be president. Not only that, but his so-called "straight talk" has been proven to be a crock.

at 1:02 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 11:38 am, 2/18, yes, the two Democrat frontrunners should announce their plans for raising taxes and spending our money on their programs and projects. Will they announce? No, because they don't want anyone to be aware of what would be coming if a Democrat, either Democrat, wins the White House.

I checked out that Clinton scheme to tap into the nation's pension monies. Google has it all exposed for anyone who wants to read it. Type in "Economically Targeted Investments."

at 2:09 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous McCain is the Manchurian Candidate said...

Who cares what Rothenberg thinks about anything? You might as well 'report' on what the clerk at UDF on Erie Ave. thinks...

McCain is embracing Bush. Good, please, please, please McInsane, by all means, GET CLOSER TO BUSH! You'll get the vote of the fanatical 30-percenters. The rest of us will vote Dem in droves.

at 2:18 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:38 must be a paid political operative of some right-wing/Repugnicant-backed political organization.

Working, thinking, rational people from coast to coast and all walks of life have concluded that the Repugnicant Party as currently operated has been an abject disaster for the United States of America. Generations from now will be paying the price of the illegal war, the record deficits, the record lost jobs overseas, the record destruction of our natural resources, the rebuilding of parts of two major American cities that Repug policies and actions caused to ruin, and the record use and abuse of children for their sexual gratification.

This November, the Democratic Party is going to finish what it started in 2006 and wipe the Repugnicant Party off the political map of the United States of America.

Think it can't happen? Ask the Progressive Conservative party in Canada, if you can find them.

at 2:30 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 11:38 AM was WISE to Google the Clinton plans.

Here are some more sites:



Here is a good one. Yes, I recall this from 1993. Ever heard of Imputed Income. This is for those who pay off their home mortgage and the I.R.S. will detrmine the rental value of your home, thus you will have imputed income added to your taxable income.




at 3:24 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY anon @ 2:18, you use the term paid political operative of some right wing organization.

Do the research. Search your memory. I recall the early Clinton years, and yes, these ideas were floated.

BILL CLINTON made no such mention of these ideas during the '92 campaign and/or debates.

Hillary should announce any new and creative taxing schemes now, shouldn't she?

at 4:13 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous McCain ♥’s Bush said...


Yea, sure. Just like old man Bush said....

at 5:20 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 4:13 PN McCain Bush said.....

Yea, sure. Just like old man Bush said....


Yes he did, and it was a mistake. It cost him the '92 election. Lesson well learned!

I want Hillary or Obama during the debates with McCain this October to say:

"Yes, in addition to the Bush tax cuts, we must recover some of the lost tax dollars that have been afforded to tax-sheltered pension plans, IRAs, 401k and similiar plans. Therefore, I will propose a one time 20% tax on the value of these plans. There is currently TEN TRILLION DOLLARS held in this plans and with $2 trillion added to the U.S. Treasury, we can advance National Health Insurance, homes and jobs for the poor,and save Social Security. This will be a one time sacrifice and it will be good for the country. Trust me."



at 5:54 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we just write in the name of the UDF clerk on the ballot ?

at 6:22 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton, Obama, McClain... WOW... and you wonder why many don't vote. God Bless America.

at 1:18 AM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care who Rothenberg supports for President, but I hope he defeats that elitist snob Portune. All Portune does is raise taxes and thumb his nose at the regular folks.

at 11:33 AM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my 1st blog. I'm not extremely active in politics, but I do vote and read up on the candidates daily. After reading that some Republicans would prefer McCain to be more conservative, how do they justify voting for Obama or Clinton. I've heard a few conservatives say on TV that they'd vote for Hillary over McCain because he's not conservative enough. This makes no sense to me. In a recent interview, the second thing out of Clinton's mouth was her support of the rights of women to choose (translation being, the right to abort). This country sent a strong message of their beliefs in the sanctity of marraige. Where are those conservative views in this election? I want a strong leader that will stand up for this great country. I'm tired of hearing citizens, media, and politicians complain about what a terrible sitiuation we're in. In our worst times, we are still the Best Country in the World! Let's keep the ideas of our founding fathers strong. As for me and my house....we will vote for John McCain. God Bless America!

at 6:23 AM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Ed Rothenberg ever won an election? I know he's run for plenty of offices for as long as I can remember.

at 12:53 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 11:33 am, 2/19, your comment was well-written and refreshing. Thanks for jumping into the fray. Now brace yourself. Most of the yahoos who post on this blog are either Democrats or Libertarians who have no manners and a lousy command of the King's English. Come back again, but be prepared to be insulted and demeaned for honestly expressing your opinions.

Post a Comment*

Links to this post:

Create a Link

* Our online blogs currently are hosted and operated by a third party, namely, Blogger.com. You are now leaving the Cincinnati.Com website and will be linked to Blogger.com's registration page. The Blogger.com site and its associated services are not controlled by Cincinnati.Com and different terms of use and privacy policy will apply to your use of the Blogger.com site and services.

By proceeding and/or registering with Blogger.com you agree and understand that Cincinnati.Com is not responsible for the Blogger.com site you are about to access or for any service you may use while on the Blogger.com site.

<< Home

Jim Borgman
Today at the Forum
Paul Daugherty
Politics Extra
N. Ky. Politics
Pop culture review
Who's News
Roller Derby Diva
CinStages Buzz....
The Foodie Report
Classical music
John Fay's Reds Insider
High school sports
UC Sports
CiN Weekly staff