Tim’s right.  The RGA’s ad is laughable.

You know why NCR left Dayton?  Because by the time Ted Strickland became Governor, NCR had already moved most of its operations out of Ohio during the Republican Administrations of Voinovich and Taft.  When Ted became Governor, the only thing left in Dayton of NCR was its symbolic HQ.  A new CEO from Wall Street came in and said, hey, why do we have our HQ (where the CEO doesn’t even work) in Ohio when everything it manages is in Georgia?

According to this January story in the New York Times, that’s exactly how NCR’s CEO defended the decision:

He also noted that the NCR of today has 22,000 employees around the world, and that by the time of the break-up announcement it had more employees in Georgia than the 1,200 it had in Ohio.

Even Republican Secretary of State candidate/former House Speaker/former Dayton-area resident Jon Husted says the Strickland Administration was blameless in NCR’s decision to reverse course that had already neared completion by the time Governor Strickland took office:

“As a Monday morning quarterback, I can tell you there are probably lots of things that could have been done differently (by state and local officials), but I don’t think anything would have changed the outcome,” Husted said. “They (NCR executives) were never interested in engaging on the issue.”” [Dayton Daily News 6/7/2009]

Remember, too, that NCR was partly lured by the very corporate welfare that John Kasich opposes, so he wouldn’t have even offered any incentive package to try to keep the company in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch already has a fact-check story on the RGA ad and finds it seriously false on several instances:

Ohio had lost more than 400,000 jobs since Strickland took office as the ad says, but after job gains in recent months, the state has 376,300 fewer jobs through May than in December 2006, the month before the governor was sworn in, federal labor data show.

The ad also says that Ohio’s job loss has “gotta be a world record,” but other states lost more jobs than Ohio during that time. California, Florida and Michigan all lost more total jobs than Ohio, and eight states had a higher percentage loss, data show.

In fact, all but five states had net job loss during that time.

The RGA is offering blatant lies about our State’s economy hoping that if they amp up the negativity it’ll replace the fact that John Kasich has no plans to solve Ohio’s economy in the immediate future.

Let’s not forget that John Kasich’s only indication of any “plan” to fight unemployment is an income tax repeal that Kasich has indicated cannot be fully implemented within the next decade and he has no announced plans how to pay for the 44% loss in state revenues it would cause.

The RGA’s ad, and the entire Kasich campaign, reflects how little of Washington, D.C. has left Kasich since he was in Congress.  He’s still engaged in the Washington blame game.  More interested in scoring political points in blaming the other side for our problems, while dodging his own responsibility for them and offering no practical or serious solutions.

How else do you explain a candidate who four months out still refuses to discuss his own economic record?  Who adamantly refuses to provide any explanation for how he’d pay for his budget busting plans?

John Kasich’s entire strategy, as expressed by the Carpetblogger for over a year is to sit on the sidelines and blame Strickland.  John Kasich’s campaign logo should be a pointed finger and a sign on his desk that says “The Buck Stops Over There.”

And it’s not just Kasich.  Rob Portman supported the same economic policies that Kasich no longer even attempts to defend.  They claim that they would do better than the Democrats in repairing our economy, and yet, their prescription is more of the very thing that got us into this mess in the first place. 

Like a panicked medieval doctor screaming “more leeches,” Kasich and Portman want to repeat the failure of their economic ideology of the 1990s and hope that this time it leads to a different result if we just take it even further.

Lies and playing the D.C. blame game may be enough to win a few elections in this environment, but it foreshadows an utter lack of leadership.