President Obama Visits Ohio

President Obama is campaigning in Ohio today. He will fly into an Ohio Air National Guard base that is “threatened by President Barack Obama’s proposed cuts to the military budget.” When his motorcade drives down the highway, he will be greeted by electronic billboards like this one [UPDATE: The billboards will be awaiting Obama in Florida, not Ohio, when he campaigns there tomorrow]:

If Obama reads a newspaper he will learn about the closing of OhioAmerican Energy’s coal mine and layoffs of the employees who work there. Why is the coal mine closing? The mine’s owner explains:

Regulatory actions by President Barack Obama and his appointees and followers were cited as the entire reason. “Mr. Obama has already destroyed 83,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity generation in America,” said Mr. Michael T. W. Carey, Vice President of Government Affairs for Murray Energy. …

“At its peak, OhioAmerican employed 239 local people in high-paying, well- benefited jobs,” said Mr. Stanley T. Piasecki, General Manager and Superintendent. “University studies show that our Mines can create up to eleven (11) secondary jobs in our communities, for store clerks, teachers, etc., to serve our direct employees. Thus, if one uses the eleven (11) to one (1) multiplier, the Obama Administration has destroyed 2,868 jobs in eastern Ohio with this forced Mine closure,” stated Mr. Piasecki.

“This is a sad day for all of us, and particularly Mr. Robert E. Murray, the Founder of OhioAmerican,” said Mr. Piasecki. “He is so distraught that he came to the Mine and personally announced the layoffs to each of the employees,” he added.

“Mr. Murray created OhioAmerican, and our production began in May, 2007,” said Mr. Piasecki. The Mine was intended to last for at least ten (10) years. Now we have been forced by our own Country’s President and his followers and supporters to permanently close the operation,” added Mr. Piasecki.

“There will be additional layoffs, not only at Murray Energy, but also throughout the United States coal industry due to Mr. Obama’s ‘War on Coal’ and the destruction that it has caused to so many jobs and families in the Ohio Valley area and elsewhere,” said Mr. Murray. “Both Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stated that there would be ‘no coal in America’ prior to their elections,” said Mr. Piasecki. “They are making good on their intentions while they destroy so many lives and family livelihoods in this area for no benefit whatsoever,” he concluded.

And if Obama turns on a television set, he is likely to see ads like this one from the Romney campaign. I like the way the background folk music and grainy, hard-times visuals tie Obama to Herbert Hoover and the Depression:

This is the kind of reception Obama can look forward to every time he ventures into a swing state. If you are a Republican, you have no doubt longed, over the years, for candidates who will go toe to toe with the Democrats and hit back twice as hard, rather than perennially being on the defensive. In Mitt Romney, we have such a candidate.

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