There’s a shocker since not even John Kasich has been able to explain it, either.
As mentioned before, State Auditor Mary Taylor appeared on ONN’s “Capitol Square” which is like the Ohio version of “Meet the Press”, except virtually nobody watches it because most people don’t even have access to ONN (for example, neither basic cable or basic DirectTV carry the channel.) I’ve always wondered if the Dispatch Publishing Company, which owns ONN, ever thought about syndicating the show within the State to give it more exposure. I’d bet they’d make more money off of it, too. Anyway….
Taylor was somewhat crazy for agreeing to it because the obvious questions were on issues that the Kasich campaign clearly would prefer to avoid such as 1) anything that appeared to be an offer of support for either candidate in the GOP primary for State Auditor; 2) anything about the specifics of how John Kasich and Mary Taylor’s tax repeals would be paid for.
Guess what the interview centered around? Pretty much those two issues, which is why Jon Keeling and the rest of the Kasich propaganda brigade has decided to pretend like the interview never took place.
Here’s how it played out according to a press release by the Ohio Democratic Party:
Asked by ONN’s Jim Heath for [Taylor’s take on Kasich’s income tax repeal plan:
Taylor said, “Well I think you have to, first of all, understand what the proposal is, you know, what is the proposal?”
Exactly. What is the proposal? How can Kasich go around claiming he’s a visionary leader with a plan to improve Ohio’s economy when his own running mate doesn’t even know what Kasich is proposing!
The income tax repeal isn’t the centerpiece of Kasich’s campaign; no, so far it’s the ENTIRE campaign as it and the estate tax repeal are the only proposals Kasich has talked about.
And after three years of campaigning on it, and Kasich STILL cannot tell us how he’d pay for it. And poor Mary Taylor has to look like an ignorant stammering fool because she’s asked to defend this half-baked plan knowing that there is no plan to pay for it yet. (Yeah, I actually do feel sorry for her.)
The Ohio Democratic Party smells blood:
That’s a good question that Congressman Kasich needs to answer. What cuts would he make? What taxes would he raise? When would the cuts begin? And what cuts are on the table? Would Kasich be open to massive cuts in education, Medicaid, or other vital programs he voted to cut during his 18 years in Congress?
Mary Taylor was recruited by John Kasich to join the GOP ticket because of her alleged budget expertise. However, she has thus far been unable to say how Congressman Kasich would balance the state budget under this radical tax plan.
ODP also noticed that so far Mary Taylor hasn’t exactly embraced the plan, either:
Mary Taylor has referred to this radical tax plan as “the proposal by John Kasich to eliminate the state’s income tax.” [Mary Taylor Speech at Ashland Center for Public Affairs, 1/26/10; emphasis added]
John Kasich is the first major party candidate for Governor to refuse to release his tax information (Kasich actually didn’t even let the press see the actual tax return for 2008, just a summary of it he had prepared.) Ken Blackwell was a more transparent candidate. Even worse, Kasich won’t even tell the people what he plans to do as Governor. I cannot remember a more secretive and less transparent candidate for Governor in my lifetime. It smacks of the arrogance the precedes Kasich’s reputation.
And what’s funny about it is that John Kasich’s campaign really is utterly devoid of ideas. It’s Karl Rove strategy 101: disguise your biggest weakness as a strength. Look at John Kasich’s campaign website devoted to his vision.
Take out the platitudes and there’s nothing but the tax plan and its budgetary consequence.
Now compare that to the Strickland-Brown website:
Clicking through both candidates’ pages and you see a far more comprehensive vision for Ohio offered by Strickland-Brown. Hell, clicking on just one of the web buttons on Strickland’s page offers more information than the entire Kasich campaign website.
Kasich is offering three things: No taxes, no regulations, and no working government. It’s as simplistic as it is insane, especially when you consider that Kasich and Taylor have no explanation for how to pay for these things, and nothing more than faith-based hope that it would actually work and help Ohioans more than it would hurt.
The standard excuse for John Kasich is to hold up the Strickland ’06 campaign. The first problem for Kasich is that the Strickland ’06 campaign actually didn’t start until the summer of ’05, but Kasich’s gubernatorial bid began in ’07.
The second problem is that Kasich isn’t running against the Strickland campaign of ’06, but the Strickland campaign of ’10, which is raising more money, has staffed up earlier, and is supported by a highly organized and better funded Ohio Democratic Party than it did in ’06.
We are not alone in sensing that Kasich has let the race start to slip away from him. Kasich is starting to look like an empty suit from Fox News and not a serious person.