In November voters in Ohio and around the nation made a statement through their ballots, and they turned our government upside down. This is not anything new however, earlier in the decade; voters changed our government from Republican to Democrat.
shared his thoughts with me on the November election and Ohio ’s future.
“Independent voters decided they didn’t like what republicans were doing the last six years,” said Arredondo. “Since 2006, over that time period the economy got worse”
Arredondo says since 2006, voters have been inching toward a more Republican point of view.
“We’ve had enough,” said Arredondo. “We want to see something different, big government is longer sustainable.”
Now that Republicans will hold the Ohio House and the U.S. House, they have to come through on campaign promises.
“Now you have to perform, you have to do what you say you will,” said Arredondo.
According to Ohio National Public Radio, the Ohio debt in 2011 is estimated to be $8 billion, and Medicaid is responsible for 40 percent of Ohio ’s state budget.
“In Medicaid, it’s not going to be as easy as just make cuts,” said Arredondo. “I think if there are any cuts it will be made to the service providers, and cuts may come from [state employee] salaries.”
Also this past November, Hispanics made strides in terms of holding public office both in Ohio and nationally. Including governorships, but were they elected only because they were Hispanics?
“You got to have some substance to be governor and senator,” said Arredondo. “The GOP does not practice affirmative action, you earn where you get.”
Arredondo stated the Hispanic elected officials in states such as Florida and Texas did not win because of their ethnicity.
“Hispanic voters alone didn’t elect those guys,” said Arredondo. “A Hispanic official has to be able to appeal to all voters. The Republican party is very supportive of Hispanics, Republican are very proud of their diversity.”
Arredondo also shared his thoughts on amnesty and immigration in the United States .
Though polls show a majority of citizens support amnesty, Arredondo explains why there is such a national push for an overhaul of the current immigration law.
“You have Hispanic leaders that push for amnesty and a sympatric liberal media that shares that message,” said Arredondo. “But we are a nation of laws; we either follow them or change them”
Where are the future jobs of Ohio ? Arredondo also has his view on the new “green” push and how to bring jobs to Ohio .
“I’m not sold on green jobs such has solar panels and wind turbines,” said Arredondo. “I want to see jobs in which the private sector can invest in green technology, commuter rail etc., I want the private sector to decide, not the public sector. Ultimately the decision has to be made in the private sector; tax cuts, and tax abatements are the key to bring in businesses.”
Arredondo wants Ohio ’s leaders to change their way of thinking and change their strategy in bring in businesses.
“ Ohio has to look at a comprehensive picture to how it will attract businesses,” said Arredondo. “You can’t continue doing what you are doing now, particularly in the pubic sector. Ohio needs to change the system from a 20th century to a 21st century.”