Issue 2, which would have upheld Ohio Senate Bill No.5 and limited the Ohio public sector unions' ability to bargain for their benefits and forced the employees to contribute in to their pensions, got trounced by a margin of 2:1 yesterday.
After a contest that was marred by class war rhetoric and tainted by tens of millions of labor union dollars
(aka taxpayer dollars), which dwarfed the $350,000 spent by individual Ohio residents, the opponents of Governor Kasich sponsored bill succeeded beyond their wildest imaginations.
OWS embracing Marxist union bosses who make salaries in the range of $200,000 to $800,000 parrot the same Obama Administration line that rich ought to pay their fair share so that the little guy can have a better living standard. To them, little does it matter that the rich (as well as the top 20% of earners) account for practically all the individual tax revenues that flow in to the treasury.
The bigger issue here is not the implications of the defeat of Issue 2 in Ohio elections yesterday. I have written off almost all bluest of the blue states already - states like Illinois, NY, NJ, California, and Michigan will never be able to fully reform their pension systems to avert impending financial disaster. With the net migration of taxpayers from those states to lower tax/lesser regulated states, both the revenue and the cost side of the equation are, and will keep on, heading in the wrong direction until those states default.
The bigger issue is what Ohio and other blue states, Greece, Italy, and other socialistic countries that are in financial trouble are indicating about human behavior that will make it impossible to change the direction of the disastrous policies socialism gives birth to. Once people are hooked on the drug called "government dependency", they develop a fatal malady called "entitlement mentality". The symptoms are unwillingness to provide for one's self and rioting if any such nonsense is even suggested. This is a malignant tumor that has 0% survivabilty rate. The only possible course of action is for the patient to die off and new life to rise out of the ashes. This is the inevitable result of socialism, and the voters in Ohio just reaffirmed that "entitlement mentality" also has them hopelessly in its deadly grip.