In March of 2008, John Kasich formed a new PAC called “Recharge Ohio” that took three specific policy positions it was advocating:

  1. A total repeal of the Ohio income tax.
  2. A total repeal of the estate tax.
  3. And “school choice” (i.e.- school vouchers and massive giveaways with little public accountability for for-profit charter schools.

John Kasich’s PAC was nothing more than an exploratory committee for Governor in disguise.  It was the worst kept secret in Ohio politics, probably because, Kasich asked to be introduced as a possible gubernatorial candidate at the GOP events across Ohio he spoke at as the “Chairman” of Recharge Ohio.


That’s John Kasich in March 2009.  We HAVE to phase out the income tax!  It’s not an option not to!   We have to STOP it!

John Kasich’s Recharge Ohio was so successful at convincing Republicans it was a winning strategy that thirty-one out of fourty-seven members of the Ohio House of Representatives, including such members as House Minority Leader William Batchelder and State Treasurer candidate Josh Mandel decided to sign up and introduce a bill last year to repeal the income tax by phasing it out over ten years.

This, of course, turn out to be quite the disaster.  Because on the same day that the Kasich now officially gubernatorial campaign was to announce that State Auditor Mary Taylor would be his running mate (something the Kasich campaign intended to be earth-shattering political news), the nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission (LSC) issued a fiscal impact analysis on the income tax repeal bill.  The report showed how costly and devastating the income tax repeal would be.  Kasich and Taylor’s entire press conference was instead about the LSC report because all Kasich and Taylor could say is that people should just “trust them” that they’ll figure out a way come January… after they’ve been elected.  Eventually, even then, Kasich started to act like this income tax repeal was all a rumor.

Recharge Ohio’s website has curiously gone dark on the matter and everything else, and John Kasich’s campaign webpage doesn’t mention:

  1. Repealing the income tax;
  2. Repealing the estate tax; or
  3. School “choice.”

After once praising John Adams over HB 400, John Kasich spent much of the spring denied paternity of the bill like a guest on Maury.

How’s this for a tell?  The only time the Carpetblogger (R-VA) has ever written a post about Kasich’s income tax repeal?  July 2009.  Keeling has never written about Adams’ bill at all.  And he hasn’t defended or mentioned Kasich’s signature proposal in over a year.

For much of this year, the media has expressed frustration as it attempted to get a simple answer from John Kasich on what Kasich himself billed as the only way to get Ohio out of an economic “death spiral- how will you pay for it.

First, Kasich went with the “people are too busy watching WWE” excuse.

Then, he promised details “when he felt good and ready.”

Today?  The Cleveland Plain Dealer declares that Kasich has all but totally walked away from it:

It is absent from his campaign website, where he argues spending cuts are needed so taxes can be lowered. And at a speaking event Aug. 4, Kasich talked nearly an hour without mentioning the income tax repeal once.
We decided to run his remarks through the Flip-O-Meter to see if he’s done a full gainer on the issue.

[Referring to LSC’s analysis of Adams’ bill]:

Those details make Kasich’s plan all the more intriguing. He insists it can be done, even as he refuses to offer up details or talk about it on the campaign trail. Sure Kasich says he’s standing by his plan to eliminate the state’s income tax but his silence on the campaign trail about an issue he once was so boastful about speaks volumes.

His unwillingness to answer questions or provide details about how he would eliminate the tax makes it appear as if he wishes he never promised its demise so prominently.

He hasn’t publicly gone that far, yet, so we rate his position a Half Flip.

You’d be hard pressed to find any evidence of other Republicans running on a “repeal the income tax” platform as well. Josh Mandel mentions it NOWHERE on his Treasurer campaign website.

I recently asked the Ohio Democratic Party if they were aware of a single legislative candidate running on a repeal the Ohio income tax as a platform.  The only one they could find is one of the leaders of the Cincinnati Tea Party now running for the House.  Not a single sponsor of the bill is highlighting it in their campaign literature.

In fact, one of the sponsors, dismissed his own sponsorship of a bill to repeal the income tax saying:

But State Rep. David Daniels, R-Greenfield, said the bill isn’t even close to being passed. He signed on as a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“I just wanted to allow discussion on ways to make Ohio more competitive,” Daniels said. “I want us to become the economic powerhouse we once were.”

If he can travel the State for a year promising to repeal Ohio’s income tax only to try to quietly sneak away from it, then how can we trust anything he says?

Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that John Kasich’s income tax repeal, which had gone missing from the Kasich campaign stump message some six months ago, has been declared legally dead.  It leaves behind the tattered credibility of the Kasich-Taylor campaign who finds itself going from a half-back idea to no ideas at all.

R.I.P.—You won’t be missed.

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  • Anastasjoy

    So — you're saying John Kasich has nothing? Great. We must not let this man become governor. It would be a tragedy for the state. He's not serious about it.

  • OhioanVoters

    We all know that the failing of Lehman Brothers, where John Kasich was a manager within, was the beginning of the damage to the economy of the ENTIRE COUNTRY, not just Ohio. John Kasich won't say anything about that, nor will he answer the question below:

    John, as those who you continue to pay and entrust your own children with were secretly recorded saying, do you too believe “before God” that it is “the right thing” to deliberately put thousands of children at “risk” with several repeat child molesters lead into temptation to molest again while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it?

    That question is in regard to the administrators at the private “Christian” school (where John continues to send his own daughters to) and the affiliated church who were secretly recorded saying the following about one of the school’s child molesting Teachers/Coaches (and Youth Directors for elementary-aged children) as reported by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper:

    “We understand that if something happens between Dwayne and a student, we will be big-time liable,”
    executive pastor Jim Augspurger said on the recording.
    “That's a risk we take. I think before God we did the right thing and it may not be the worldly, may not even be the most prudent thing, but it is something we have done,”
    he said.
    “We've wiped the slate clean. I understand the situation it puts us in.”

    After those administrators got caught by the Columbus Dispatch, one of those who participated in that 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against we parents (including John Kasich) publicly stated the following (as also recorded):

    “I was a Lead Pastor here for eight years and a Director Of Junior High Youth Ministries in the past. This is a Watergate. The church covered it up. I was in the meetings. I've known all these years that it was a student. And I was told to get back to wiping noses and not to let it out.”

    John Kasich remains silent and refuses to do anything about those serious crimes. John actually continues to send his very own daughters to that private school where those administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to all students (including John’s daughters Emma and Reese) on how to treat your business customers and your fellow man.

    The truth is that John Kasich clearly does NOT have the courage, integrity, leadership abilities, or the common sense needed to be a suitable Governor for Ohio.
    Please refer to the irrefutable and overwhelming evidence at and

    Please bring these crucial facts about John Kasich and his extremely poor judgments to the attention of Ohio voters.

  • OhioanVoters

    As stated in the story above, John Kasich is for:
    “school choice” (i.e.- school vouchers and massive giveaways with little public accountability for for-profit charter schools).

    It is utterly and literally dangerous to have Kasich have any say in schools. Just consider the school that John continues to pay and send his own daughters to where the administrators (and some teachers, staff, and parents) got “caught” while deliberately putting the children in danger with several child molesting Teachers/Coaches (and Youth Directors for elementary age children)!!!

    Those administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples for how to treat your business customers and fellow man.

    Anyone who would subject their children to that kind of a place surely meets the definition of an “unfit parent”.
    No doubt that John Kasich is “unfit” to be Governor of Ohio.

    Go to and for the overwhelming and indisputable evidence.

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