When thinking back to this past presidential election, it
was one of the most intense and longest in terms of covering an election cycle.
The state of Ohio and the Cleveland media market were
flooded with television commercials, radio advertisements, direct mailings, and
dozens of visits to the region by the two major party presidential candidates.
There was a lot of negativity overall, and it seemed like the spirit of
bipartisanship had died.
Well, the election is over and the country has moved on
but the real question is whether anything will change.
The country’s next national challenge for federal
lawmakers and a re-elected President Barack Obama
is how to deal with
the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
If you’re not sure what that is, it’s basically trillions
of dollars of mandatory spending cuts and tax increases that will go into
effect after the end of this year if nothing is changed.
Many economists seem to think if that happens, the
nation’s economy will be in peril and the country could fall back into a recession.
The concern is whether the current political climate in
Washington, D.C., will make it difficult for anything to get done.
Sure, some congressman and senators won’t be back in
January when the next session of Congress begins.
The U.S. House of Representatives is still controlled by
the Republican Party, and the U.S. Senate is still controlled by the Democratic
During the next few weeks, there will be lots of political
posturing by both parties on exactly what to do to avert the cliff.
There already are lots of arguments by Republicans
lawmakers about whether letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the top 2 percent
would be a tax increase causing some to violate their pledge not to raise taxes
to Grover Norquist
, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform.
Republicans also want entitlement program reform to be
part of any discussion when it comes to tax hikes and spending reductions.
Will the Democrats overreach after feeling they have
political capital to spend with Obama’s re-election?
The economy was a prime topic during the election, so
let’s hope that Congress and the president can come to some sort of agreement
and find a way to move the country along.
Election-weary Americans are tired of the bickering.
Now that Mentor-on-the-Lake Mayor John Rogers
has been elected to serve as the state representative for Ohio House of
Representatives District 60, he soon will need to resign as his city’s mayor.
This means there will be some turnover involving the
city’s elected leadership.
Mentor-on-the-Lake’s city charter states that the city
council president shall serve as mayor until the next municipal election if
there is a vacancy for the mayor’s position.
Currently the council president is David Eva
The city charter then states that council by majority vote will then need to
appoint someone else to serve on council. If council fails to fill the vacancy
within 30 days, the mayor will fill the vacancy.
A public bipartisan swearing in ceremony for all the
recently elected public officials in Geauga County will be held at 11 a.m. Dec.
26 at Park Elementary School Auditorium in Chardon, Ohio Supreme Court Chief
will preside at the ceremony.
Inaugural ceremonies of newly elected Ohio Supreme Court
a South Russell Village Democrat, will be held at 7
p.m. Dec. 27 at the Eighth District Court of Appeals Of Ohio in Cleveland.
Bolton Republican Women’s Club
Group holds its next meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Lake
County Republican Party headquarters in Painesville. See Heidi Callender
LaTourette farewell roast
A retirement party for U.S. Rep. Steven C.
will be held at the Croatian Lodge in Eastlake from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8. Cost is $45 per person. Contact the Lake County
Republican Party for reservations.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Barack Obama, fiscal cliff, Grover Norquist, John Rogers, Steve LaTourette