John Kasich and Rob Portman aren’t just running a campaign on jobs and the economy.  But very specificially, they’re claiming that Ohio’s economic woes are because despite 16 years of all Republican rule in the State of Ohio before Governor Strickland took office, Ohio is such a horrible taxing and regulatory environment that businesses just cannot succeed here and have been engaged in a mass migration out of the State. 

Remember this Rob Portman ad?

OMG!  Look at those fleeing arrows out of Ohio!  We’ve lost nearly 400,000 while setting a record of mass business migration out of the State! 

And then there’s this quote GOP Senate candidate Rob Portman gave to the Cleveland Plain Dealer in response to Lee Fisher’s attacks of Portman over free trade:

“It may surprise you to learn that when you look at the state’s own data in terms of job loss, that almost nine out of 10 jobs we have lost in the last three and a half years during the Strickland-Fisher administration have gone to other states, not to other countries,” Portman said, referring to Fisher and Gov. Ted Strickland. “Think about that. So companies have left Cleveland to go to Indiana. Companies have left Cleveland to go across the border to Michigan. And yet it’s easy in a campaign to fan the flames of protectionism” and to claim that the jobs went to “Mexico or Canada or, more likely, China.”

So after all the heated political rhetoric, I wanted to test to see if you knew just how many jobs we’ve lost can be attributed to businesses moving out of Ohio, but not overseas?  Of the  264,016 lost jobs in the past four years that Ohio Department of Job and Family Services can ascribe where they went (overseas, to another State, into thin air), just how many during the past four years can be assigned to losing to other States?

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From 1/07 until 3/10, what was the percentage of jobs Ohio lost to other States?

  • Less than 2% (37%, 27 Votes)
  • Less than 25% but greater than 2% (32%, 23 Votes)
  • Less than 50%, but greater than 25% (15%, 11 Votes)
  • Between 75% and 50% (10%, 7 Votes)
  • Greater than 75% (7%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 73

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I said  take the poll FIRST and, THEN click for the answer, cheater!

Ok, if you didn’t cheat by clicking twice through before answering, you should know that the answer is….

Less than 2%

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a review of the job loss data from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services found:”

From Jan. 1, 2007, through March 31, 2010, Ohio lost 4,820 jobs due to company moves out of state …  This is out of 264,016 jobs counted as lost altogether in this particular series of reports …”

4,820/264,016=.018, or 1.8%.

John Kasich and Rob Portman are attacking Governor Ted Strickland and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher over something that is less than 2% responsible for our unemployment situation.

John Kasich wants to privatize the Ohio Department of Development and countless other State agencies and pass through an income and estate tax repeal that will require the State to reduce its budget nearly in HALF.

If you knew that it would cost half the State budget to improve Ohio’s employment situation only 2% would you do it?  And that’s assuming it works.  Remember, Florida and Nevada have no income tax, and they have unemployment a point to four points WORSE than Ohio’s right now?

Rob Portman says we need to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, THEN, cut corporate taxes and suspend payroll taxes.  In and of itself, the Bush tax cuts will add another $4 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years.  And, of course, none of this would make Ohio, in particular, better off than any other State, either.  Again, does this even make sense?

John Kasich is proposing, essentially, 45% of the budget, on 2% of our economic problem.

Am I the only one who finds that more people aren’t pointing that fact out shocking?