Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Carnival of Ohio Politics, #150, The Auto Bailout Edition

I've never actually owned a Ford (but we did own a Mercury Sable - is that close enough?), but this year, the F-150, which I remember hearing many years ago is the best-selling car in the U.S. of A., received top honors this year:

Ford Motor Co.'s new F-150 pickup was honored Sunday [1/11/09] at the Detroit auto show as the North American Truck of the Year, a boost to a vehicle critical to Ford's success:

...the F-series trucks were the top-selling vehicle in America for the 27th consecutive year.

The car and truck of the year honors are decided by votes of auto critics.

One of them, Matt DeLorenzo of Road & Track magazine, praised the quiet, comfortable ride of the redesigned F-150s, which start at $21,565.

"On the last go-round, Ford set the bar high with its high-quality interior and has managed to improve upon it with a completely new design," he wrote in his ballot comments. "Improvements in sound isolation, visibility and drivability are icing on the cake."

Ford's truck marketing manager, Doug Scott, said Sunday's award is another nod to what Ford expects to remain the country's best selling-vehicle. Motor Trend magazine and an automotive writers association in Texas gave the F-150 truck of the year awards in 2008, he said.

"We're thrilled," Scott said. "The North American Truck of the Year is the third leg of the Triple Crown for us."

The Specialty Equipment Market Association named it the most accessory-friendly pickup. The F-150 also was expected to be named best redesigned vehicle of 2009 by Kelley Blue Book.

Normally, as a blogger, ya' know, I wouldn't use such a long portion of another source. However, since this is practically a PSA for an American vehicle, I think my use of that portion of the article should be treated as our contribution to the auto bailout, don't you?

The only bailout Ohio's voters are going to need will be to save us from the onslaught of speculation about the next two years of politics in our state, previewed by our weekly round-up below.

Does anyone else besides me have a sense that we're going to be reading about "more cuts and a tax hike" a lot this year? Madrigal Maniac is first up with a post about both this week.

Whalertly
offers some advice to protesters in Columbus (and anywhere, really), who protest thousands of miles away from the action, regarding how much such a protest accomplishes.

Anytime we hear or read "pay raise," I'd expect that we'd all add a querulous look or question mark to it, much as Rowsey Blog does this week in regard to one that our state legislators considered. Go read the post for Jason's take and also in case you haven't heard about whether they accepted or rejected it (weird thought though: if you know that you are all going to pretty much reject it, isn't the whole thing really just a stunt, to make them look frugal and reality-based?)

Free Market Politics brings us the first of a few submissions related to the announcement by Ohio's senior U.S. Senator and Republican, George Voinovich. FMPolitics then fisks the Plain Dealer's assertion that Voinovich is a fiscal conservative and thanks Wal-Mart for lowering its prescription rates and sending other retailers' script prices lower too.

Lisa Renee at Glass City Jungle (and one of the five Carnival editors) examines Senator Teresa Fedor's dedication in trying to strengthen laws related to Human Trafficking and how that dedication has led to part of the process being completed, in the form of a recent amendment. Then, she discusses how COAST (Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes) is coming to Toledo to try to get a charter change on the ballot here similar to what happened in Cincinnati that would make it impossible to cite people using red light or speed cameras unless a law enforcement officer was personally present to hand out the citation.

I can just envision Just Blowing Smoke's Tim Higgins sitting back and reading his Fractured Fairy Tales: The Little Dutch Boy of Toledo to a group of preschoolers, can't you? His audience for comments on the Obama Economic Plan, however, should probably be a bit more...hmm, well, let me think about what I was going to say about that!

The Cincinnati Beacon
brings us an, ahem, graphic image regarding the porn industry's attempt to further seduce the federal government into handing out handouts as well as an open letter to Cincy council member, Greg Harris, in the hope of ending dynastic rule in their city.

Co-Carnival editor Ben Keeler goes Joni Mitchell on us and considers what happens, on both sides now, (or, more likely, on both sides, now) that Voinovich has decided to retire at Keeler Political Report.

Buckeye RINO, another Carnival co-compiler, starts a-charging at newly minted Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish. For those readers who don't like any of the prospects for elected office - including judgeships - who are on the horizon, learn about deadlines and other processes related to municipal elections. There is a lot of great information there so you have no excuse about not knowing how. Finally, Buckeye RINO has spawned Flip4.org with the goal of "flipping" at least four house seats.

John Michael Spinelli of Spinelli On Assignment, is at it again, creating a crossword puzzle that incorporates Ohio politics. And I'm told I'm in there again - oy! He also reviews governors' requests for federal dollars to help out the states, Ohio included and applies some Woody Hayes wisdom to the coming changes in party demographics.

Has Tom Blumer's calculator run out of digit spaces yet? So far, he's at $2.5 trillion — and counting, counting, counting ….. over at Bizzy Blog. Meanwhile, Tom brings back an idea that just won't go away - and I'm not talking about casinos, but it does, thematically, have to do with another just won't go away contender, Ken Blackwell.

Sticking with the theme of bailouts and handouts, the Boring Made Dull (another co-Carnie here) composed this Akron wish list for Bailoutistan.

The Virtuous Republic has some food for thought, after having his appetite whetted by an articla bout the Cincy public schools' food program.

I'm sure I don't know for sure what it means when a city counts twice as many gunshots going off than the year before, by Conservative Culture's note of how the homicide rate actually went down in Lima, even with that shot increase, is worth reading.

If there's nothing else to love about George Voinovich declaring his retirement, then we must love how it's given us something to blog, like Buckeye Punditeers' look at the wide net being cast for replacement candidates, rather than the same old same old inauguration, the bailouts or the Middle East.

As for me? I'd like to hear from the junior senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, about the kind of senator he thinks we need - and who best matches that description. And, although a previous contributor isn't so sure about the value of protesting in this country on behalf of foreign populations, I'm not so sure I agree, as you can tell from this and this post.

Thanks to all contributors and readers and stay warm and safe.

29 comments:

Tim Higgins said...

Jill,

As always it seems, a great Carnival again this week.

I have to point out however, that I would never read "The Little Dutch Boy of Toledo" or any of the other Fractured Fairy Tales to children, as I do not want to be accused of attempting to warp yong minds.

Jill said...

Thanks very much, Tim - you are very gracious. And I bet you would not scare the kiddies at all - heck, they need some reality don't they! :)

TBMD said...

"Gone Joni Mitchell on us"?

Yoicks.

If'n I wuz Ben,I'm not sure how I'd take that....

Thanks for hosting. It was a nice roundup.

Jill said...

TBMD - I'm putting even money on Ben not knowing from Joni Mitchell without googling her. :)

Ben?

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