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Monday, May 08, 2006

A For Real Conservative In Ohio

As a NJ resident, I have almost lost all hope that the state can rebound from the tax death sentence it has self-imposed by electing John Corzine governor. He has proposed instituting major tax increases and touted the few band-aids he has placed on spending cuts.

For a sign of what can be done to resurrect NJ after Corzine has wreaked his version of "destroy the economy", we can look to Ohio. With a low growth rate and a steady loss of citizens (out-migration is 65 people ages 25-39 leave the state every day pe the NYT), Ohio is where NJ will be after the current administration completes Jim McGreevey's experiment of handing private earnings to unions and friends.

Star Parker highlights the openly conservative gubernatorial campaign of black, GOP candidate Ken Blackwell. The latter description is necessary since, if elected, Blackwell will be "the first black Republican governor in the nation's history" per Parker.


Going against the grain of politico consensus, Blackwell proposes:

[A] constitutional amendment that would put a cap on growth of state and local spending of 3.5 percent, or the sum of the rates of inflation and population growth.

That is great for starters. He also:

[S]upports constitutionally protecting traditional marriage and he opposes abortion. And, he supports school choice.

I am lukewarm towards the "traditional marriage" amendment concept as well as banning abortion but am a big fan of the school voucher issue.

I never find 100% of the political candidate I am looking for except in that local school board election I wrote about a few posts below. I cannot expect that from any candidate not named Neal Phenes. But overall, I like Blackwell's positions. And I like what it may mean for the future of Ohio. And just maybe my current home state of NJ.

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