Yesterday, GONGWER reported Ohio House Minority Leader Batchelder said this in response to questions about John Kasich’s income tax proposal:
“It was never his major proposal,” Mr. Batchelder said. “It was something he had discussed at one point, and very frankly I think that it’s very clear that with the economy where it is now, that kind of a change cannot be made.”
“When he originally said it he said very carefully that it depends on the economy,” he said.
If I were still a reporter, I would have turned off my digital recorder and politely told the House Minority Leader: “Take Two, but this time without the bullshit.”
Not Kasich’s major proposal?!? Since 2008, Kasich has been touring Ohio telling conservative audiences that repealing Ohio’s income tax was necessary to pull Ohio out of a “death spiral.”
Of course, that was just one speech.
Kasich: “I must also suggest to you that our troubles began when we enacted an income tax. You know, for about the last eighteen months I’ve traveled the State, and I’ve to people that income tax, over time, needs to be ABOLISHED!”
That was at the RNC Convention in September 2008 speaking to the Ohio delegation… where he said he had been traveling the State since March ‘07 (a whopping three months into Strickland’s term) campaigning on repealing the income tax.
Until Tuesday, it had been Kasich’s only proposal.
Kasich specifically talked about repealing Ohio’s income tax as a solution to the economy. It wasn’t just something he “discussed at one point” but something he discussed, incessantly, for nearly three and a half years.
This has to be one of the biggest political flip-flops in my lifetime. The only way Kasich could possible top this is to propose increasing income taxes.
The whitewashing by Bill Batchelder is just a blatant lie. A complete and utter farce.
And you know what the biggest joke of them all is?
Bill Batchelder co-sponsored a bill introduced last December… to repeal Ohio’s income tax during the height of the recession. A bill that was re-introduced after one that was introduced in April 2008 to show the Ohio House GOP’s support of Kasich’s signature issue—that Batchelder now dismisses as something they just considered that one time… in band camp.
Three and a half years of campaign on it along with a GOP caucus that has introduced the bill for two straight General Assemblies only after Kasich started his “Repeal the Income Tax” crusade. Now they are trying to pretend it never happened. Kasich’s campaign website contains no mention of his platform to repeal the income and estate taxes. Batchelder claims Kasich never did propose, except maybe discussing it once. No big deal.
Breathtaking. I’ve never seen a party try to run from its direct connection to a failed policy since… well, since everything else the GOP has been saying this year.