Maybe instead of debating Governor Strickland, John Kasich, the TV ad candidate can debate John Kasich, the Kasich-Taylor policy candidates.

Here’s a clip of what Kasich is running right now:


Kasich: You know, Mary and I are committed to smaller, more effective, more efficient government …

We’re going to get the job done for the people of the State.  And we’re not going to let you down.

Yet last week, Kasich introduced his JobsOhio plan to decentralize and privatize the Ohio Department of Development.  During the press gaggle at the announcement, Kasich specifically called one of the advantages of his plan would be that he could pay the staff and Board higher staffers (in other words, higher administrative costs for the same services government provides now.)


That’s hardly a model of efficiency when it burns up scarce state resources for economic development at a higher rate for overhead by design!

What about effectiveness?  Well, the Plain Dealer editorial board on Monday cited this evaluation by economic development policy expert, CSU Ned Hill:

[N]onprofit development corporations appear to do a better job of attracting companies than of nurturing and retaining existing firms. Perhaps that’s because they reward measurable goals, and retention — as the debate over the impact of the federal stimulus program demonstrates — is hard to measure. But most economic development professionals agree that helping a state’s existing companies grow is the foundation of a smart strategy.

In other words, Kasich’s policy focuses on the wrong thing for what most experts agree is a smart strategy for a State to encourage economic development.  Point that out, and Kasich’s defense childishly scream that such criticism is “defending the status quo” revealing that the intellectual heft behind Kasich plan is devoid of nothing more than ideological faith in all things corporate, Lehman Brothers be damned.

Then today, John Kasich literally plagiarized from Governor Strickland’s 2007 regulatory reform efforts.  Kasich even borrowed the same title:



Although, he did try to model it closer to a hit TV franchise.

I haven’t laughed this hard since Ken Blackwell started publicly talking about staring down Ted Strickland’s belt buckle.

The only thing new that Kasich-Taylor introduced today in terms of regulatory reform that Governor Strickland has not already done years ago is this:

Sunset All Regulations:  All regulations issued by every agency will expire on a regular schedule and must be reevaluated, revised if necessary, and resubmitted to JCARR for approval.  Regulations that agencies fail to reevaluate and resubmit will be eliminated and removed from the Ohio Administrative Code.

And that’s hardly a model of efficiency or effectiveness.  Businesses can work and thrive in a regulated environment if the businesses can rely and predict what the rules are going to be.  By rendering all regulations temporary, Kasich’s plan would make it impossible for business to plan because potential government action is virtually impossible to predict if what is legal today may not be permitted tomorrow or vice versa.  Regardless, only “original” idea on regulatory reform just grows the bureaucracy to meet the growing demands… of the bureaucracy!  It doesn’t make government any smaller (ha!), effective, or efficient.  Quite the opposite, actually.

John Kasich can’t even copy off of Governor Strickland’s answers without screwing it up.