There seems to be a growing consensus of opinion writers in Ohio’s newspapers that, well, John Kasich has no freakin’ clue what he’s talking about.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer today examined Kasich’s JobsOhio plan and found that, yeah, the ABJ is right. Kasich just doesn’t get how Ohio government works, particularly when it comes to economic development and Third Frontier. On top of that, there are these issues:
Kasich’s plan raises other questions as well, including whether it’s legal to co-mingle state and private funds, though that issue probably could be resolved if the idea had sufficient support. Is it really wise to have a board totally under the governor’s control? That seems like an invitation to shenanigans, as well as a poor way to maintain continuity from one administration to the next. There are also big concerns — though perhaps not insurmountable — about the transparency of such a nonprofit.
Columnist Thomas Suddes noted that while JobsOhio might be good campaign politics, it’s riddled with problems:
Yes, Republican John Kasich’s plan to privatize the state Development Department — assuming Ohioans give him Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s job — may be unconstitutional, impractical and, potentially, a primo Statehouse pork barrel for big business, exempt from open-records and open-meetings laws.
But other than that, it’s a fine idea…
House Minority Leader Bill Batchelder, one of the most conservative members to have ever served in the Ohio House or Senate, declared Kasich’s income tax repeal DOA in the Ohio General Assembly. In fact, Batchelder even “boldly” tried to claim that Kasich, in fact, never seriously proposed the idea in the first place in what has to be one of the least reported acts of political denial of an indisputable fact I’ve ever seen.
Then there’s the fact that John Kasich told the Toledo Blade in an article that ran yesterday that he’s no closer in explaining how to pay for that very same income tax repeal that Batchelder just called last week legislatively dead.
Ask specifics about how and when he’d follow through with his plan and where he’d reduce state spending to offset the potential loss of revenue, and the path becomes less clear. “All the specifics on this are all being constantly worked,” he told The Blade in a recent interview in his downtown Columbus campaign headquarters. “I will lay out a program whenever I feel I’m satisfied with the program, when we understand the revenue, when we’ve worked this effectively,” he said.
Two weeks, earlier, John Kasich essentially shrugged his shoulders when the Blade asked how he’d pay for repealing Ohio’s income and estate taxes because he doesn’t know what Ohio’s “revenues” are. As ThinkProgress points out, John Kasich (and anyone) can find out what Ohio’s revenues by simply going to … the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website.
But beyond the fact that such information is freely available on the Internet, let’s remember that John Kasich and Mary Taylor specifically formed a ticket to highlight their supposed strength on budgetary matters based on Kasich’s prior Chairmanship of the House Budget Committee and Taylor’s status as Ohio’s current absentee State Auditor. And yet, neither one of them has the slightest clue about Ohio’s finances when it comes to their own proposal.
And let’s not also forget that on the day that the Kasich-Taylor ticket was announced, the nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission released a financial impact of Kasich’s income tax repeal… some 221 days ago. And yet, Kasich is still clueless.
It’s kind of hard to ignore the growing perception that, well, John Kasich doesn’t have the slightest clue what the hell he’s talking about.
After all, how else do you explain a guy who wants to model Ohio after States that are doing economically worse than Ohio like Florida and Nevada
John Kasich is too clueless to be trusted to be Governor.
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