Remember when John Kasich used to say that any suggestion that he’d be bad for higher education was a “smear” even though he never once offered what his plan for higher education would be?

Well, today, John Kasich finally started sharing that vision (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer):

Ohio’s public colleges are getting the message from Gov.-elect John Kasich: Spend less money and make sure it helps create jobs.

"Just because you’re an egghead doesn’t mean you know how to plug something into a wall," he said in a briefing with new Cincinnati State President O’dell Owens. "They can teach you to do that here."

Kasich doesn’t take office until January and won’t unveil his first budget until mid-March, but public colleges across the state are bracing for budget cuts of 20 percent or more.

"We certainly are preparing ourselves for cuts," Owens said.

Kasich refused to predict what the funding would be or whether the state would put a cap on tuition or college spending. He said higher education spending is rising too quickly.

“You have to get to the root of the problem,” he said. “The root of the problem is, how do we build buildings cheaper, and do we need to build more buildings?”

John Kasich just said you can learn how to plug something into a wall socket if you go to an Ohio community college.

Second, not every undergraduate major is necessarily tied to an immediate job.  I mean there’s a certain irony that a Governor-elect, who earned a political science degree, and drew a fat paycheck teaching seminars at The Ohio State University that had nothing to do with job creation is now telling colleges that they need to cut anything to doesn’t create jobs.

Kasich repeats his earlier criticisms that too much job training money is wasted on… the unemployed:

He said only about $13 million of $150 million in state job-training funds goes to help workers who currently have a job.

“I don’t like the current system. That’s typical government,” Kasich said. “That’s a Disneyland North philosophy.”

I have no idea what Kasich means by a “Disneyland North” philosophy.  I don’t think he does either.  Regardless, I cannot believe we have a guy who is going to be Governor and his biggest criticisms for job training is that we spend too much time and money trying to help the unemployed get skills to find a job in this economy.  In Kasich’s defense, lost in his jumbled job training plan he unveiled during the campaign was:

Create a New Training Voucher That Can Prevent Problems, Not Just React to Them:  Current policies essentially require workers to lose their jobs before they can get workforce training.  That is because only $11 million of Ohio’s $150 million job training budget can be used to train incumbent workers. John Kasich will use revenue from casino license fees to boost funding for incumbent worker training and work with businesses to identify and provide the training they need before crises or job losses occur so workers can keep or upgrade their jobs and businesses can compete.

So, I guess we weren’t warned, but I’d dare say that I’m not alone in walking away from Kasich’s confusing presentation about job retraining and not realizing that he’d be so quick to emphasis helping out employed workers in this economy more than unemployed Ohioans.

So, here’s how it works.  The unemployed workers are left to take what little money they have and hope they can win the jackpot at one of the new casinos to be opened up across the State.  The money from the unemployed who DON’T win the jackpot will be used to help the rest of us receiving training to keep our jobs.  Everybody wins.

I guess when all those unemployed heard Kasich talk incessantly about the Ohioans who lost their jobs, they naturally thought that meant he’d do something to help them out if he won.  Suckers.

Cutting higher education and job training for the unemployed.  This is what’s now being offered by the so-called “jobs” candidate.

November 2014 can’t come soon enough.

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