Terrible news on a 4th of July weekend in the Ninth Congressional District. Budget shortfalls have led to the lay off 22 firefighters in Lorain. They were all member of Lorain Professional Firefighters 267. Please keep our emergency responders and their families in mind this summer.
How did this happen? The answer is both complicated and simple, but it is all tied to the neglect of the private economy over the last decade. Our firefighters, policeman, health inspectors and all other public servants are paid from the taxes collected from the private economy. It is the fruits of a robust growing economy that allows us to hire people to fill the important roles in the public sector. It is not the other way around. Public servants do not generate wealth, they are the overhead for the local company we call the community. In order to have the vital services of the police and firefighters and other emergency personnel, we must have a prosperous community.
The answer is both complicated and simple, but it is all tied to the neglect of the private sector economy over the last decade. Our firefighters, policemen, and all other public servants are paid from the taxes collected from the private sector. The fruits of a robust and growing private sector economy allows us the tax base to hire people to fill the important roles in the public sector. It is not the other way around. Public servants do not generate wealth, they are the overhead for the local company we call the community. In order to have the vital services of the police and firefighters and other emergency personnel, we must have a prosperous community.
We do not have that today and it has been getting worse. I wrote a post a few months back after the job losses at the Lorain Republic Steel Mill. There are some important key causes to revisit. Steel is very energy intensive. The price of electricity and the availability of power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year is crucial to making steel. When the price of electricity in Ohio goes up, our products cost more and we sell less. When we abandon power plants for weak, expensive intermittent wind and solar, steel manufacturing and all of the manufacturing industry suffers from high energy costs. Yet, my opponent embraces wind and solar to the detriment of our economy and our environment
In the short term, we need customers for steel to keep Lorain alive and vibrant! American customers! In Ohio, the oil and natural gas industry was a great customer for Ohio made steel. Right now Ohio’s drilling industry is suffering due to the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. President Obama with the support of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur caved to the Islamic Republic of Iran, allowed for the Iran nuclear deal, setting them on a ten-year plan to a bomb and letting them back into the world markets. Saudi Arabia feels abandoned and has been pumping everything it can to punish and weaken the Iranians. The Saudi’s have chosen economic war across the Persian Gulf in order to avoid a shooting war and this has decimated many steel plants, including Lorain’s plant.
I don’t blame the Saudi’s for trying to avoid a war. However,much to the chagrin of Marcy Kaptur, there are other losers in the economic battle. Ohio’s oil and gas industry is one, Ohio Steel is another, and now Lorain Firefighters.
Trickle down poverty is alive and well in the halls of Congress thanks to Marcy Kaptur, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton. Emboldening our enemies at the expense of our economy and safety has cost Ohio thousands of great paying jobs.
We have to put strategic economic growth on the front burner. It must be a priority over political correctness, social engineering and the useless moniker of “Change.” A growing robust economy in the Ninth Congressional District means more taxes paid and collected. That will put the Firefighters back to work. I take back my earlier comment on “change.” After three plus decades of failed policy, it is time for a change in Congressional leadership.