With defenders like these, Congressman John Kasich doesn’t need detractors.

State Representative Bill Coley (R-West Chester) today wrote a “guest column” that attempted to refute the Dayton Daily News editorial that discussed Kasich’s “dirty little secret” that he had virtually little to do with any budget surpluses in the 1990s but being in the right place at the right time.

However, in trying to refute the editorial’s point that Clinton’s tax increases on corporations and top earners didn’t harm the economy as Kasich and the GOP boldly predicted, but instead started the increase in revenues that led to the 1990s “surpluses”, Coley  all but confirmed a central tenet to refute the lie to Kasich’s record:

The Internet, like the invention of the steam engine or light bulb before it, represented a sea change in the way we engage life on a daily basis. The invention of the Internet is one of those rare facts of history that led to a gigantic burst of economic development and growth. To gloss over this fact when discussing the impact of tax increases is to explain the history of America while omitting the invention of Henry Ford’s Model T. Neither President Clinton nor Mr. Kasich is responsible for development of the Internet, but it is a common thread in their shared success.

So, while then-Congressman Kasich was correct that President Clinton’s tax increases were harmful to the economy, the tremendous economic benefits that flowed from the Internet, and the related technology boom, more than offset the harmful aspects of these tax increases. The sad thing to consider is how well off our economy would have been had the Internet boom occurred without the harmful effects of the tax increases.

In other words, it was the economy (not Kasich), stupid.

Coley apparently forgets that the IT boom of the 1990s led to the IT bust of 2000.

Coley also makes a pretty whopper of a claim:

Over the last 30 years, under the leadership of both political parties, the size and cost of government in Ohio have drastically grown.

Except even the Buckeye Institute has concluded that State spending has growing much faster during Republican Administrations than Democratic ones.  In fact, Ted Strickland actually has shrunk both the size and cost of state government.

Bill Coley lies about Ted Strickland’s record, then tried to dismiss Clinton’s positive impact on the revenues that actually created the “surplus,” in order to try to refute the fact that Kasich’s cost-cutting crusade a) failed and b) therefore had nothing to do with the federal surplus of the 1990s.

The GOP is obviously concerned that Ohioans will figure out John Kasich’s “dirty little secret” before the election.