Like me, John Kasich must have watched “G.I. Joe” alot in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The difference was I was in junior high, and he was the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.
John Kasich’s entire gubernatorial campaign seems to be that if he portrays himself as a mixture of the political DNA of enough Republicans, he’ll appear to be the greatest political leader of all time. So far, John Kasich has mixed in his campaign the DNA of:
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
- Former Half-Term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
- Former MA Gov./Current Professional Hair Helmet Champion Mitt Romney
- Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
And we’ve been told that he’s trying to secure the political DNA of the current First-year Governor of New Jersey.
And we’re not even out of August, yet!
Earlier this week, John Kasich introduced his JobsOhio plan to privatize the Ohio Department of Development into a non-profit corporation stacked with campaign donors business executives who will be paid, according to Kasich, private market salaries and undisclosed bonus packages that such executives are used to receiving (will there be golden parachutes, too? Kasich’s hasn’t said.)
The Carpetblogger from Virginia was quick to cite Indiana as a model for Kasich’s plan. And for good reason, since Nevada, Michigan and Florida both have this system and have a higher unemployment rate than Ohio’s.
Except that even a month ago, the difference between Indiana’s unemployment rate and Ohio’s wasn’t significant.
And after today’s July jobs reports by the States, it’s even less so. While Ohio has enjoyed three straight months of lower unemployment, Indiana’s unemployment rate has been stagnant. Until July, that is when Indiana’s unemployment rate went up as Ohio’s went down. Now, the difference between the two States’ unemployment rate is .1%… which is negligible.
And August looks like it’ll be an even worse month for Indiana’s labor market. Earlier this week, Indiana ranked second in the nation on initial, new jobless claims for the first week of August due to job losses in manufacturing.
MyManMitch… isn’t “getting the jobs done.”
John Kasich bragged at his event with Mitch Daniels that if Kasich becomes Governor, Ohio will start taking jobs away from Indiana. Looks like this is yet another instance in which John Kasich has promised what Ted Strickland is doing.