If you click here you can listen to a story that aired today on WKSU by Karen Kasler. The story concerned the audit report that was done on the Bureau of Workers' Compensation concerning the Republican corruption represented by Thomas Noe. Of course, both State Auditor Mary Taylor and Speaker of the Ohio House John Husted assured Kasler that public corruption is really a bi-partisan problem.
Kasler didn't point out in her story that the Noe scandal was the largest scandal in Ohio history, that it occurred under a Republican Governor, that the person involved, Noe, raised money for Bush and Ohio Republicans. She didn't point it out but we will. The recent scandal at the BWC wasn't a bi-partisan scandal, it was a Republican scandal. Noe was a Republican. The people who should have uncovered it but didn't, namely the State Auditor and the Ohio Attorney General, were Republicans. This has nothing to do with any party but the Ohio Republican Party.
The story got even better as Husted advocated privatizing the BWC. So let's see if we get this straight: a Republican fundraiser is corrupt; as a result of this corruption millions of dollars are lost by the BWC; Republican state officials don't prevent it from happening; and after it has happened, the Speaker of the House wants to privatize the system so he can steer more state contracts to his Republican friends in business. Yep, that makes a lot of sense.
We got a different solution: make some Republican crooks do some hard time and make sure that their sentences are known to other people who contract with the state government. Let's have some of that good old Republican law and order that we hear so much about.