So we’re hearing that Kasich’s team has started using the term “Shock and Awe” to describe the coming budget.

Here’s the definition:

“Shock and awe is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power, dominant battlefield awareness, dominant maneuvers, and spectacular displays of force to paralyze an adversary’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight

According to the authors of the doctrine, one of the best examples comes from World War II and the “instant, nearly incomprehensible levels of massive destruction” of the Japanese civilian population achieved at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

So the question that immediately comes to mind here is: Who does John Kasich view as his enemy? Whose “will to fight” is he trying to destroy? On whom is John Kasich planning to impose “incomprehensible levels of massive destruction” ?

With the massive cuts to education and Medicaid that will most assuredly be in the budget and his attacks on middle class workers with SB5, it seems obvious that Kasich’s enemy is Ohio’s working and middle class citizens.

The enemy, it seems, is you.

  • We are passed the business model and into the military model?
    How do you describe the use of this terminology? It is way past insensitive.
    Why would the term be used in regard to Ohio government against Ohio citizens. Why would the term be acceptable to anyone other than braggarts who thinks they are backed by invincible weaponry.
    Is it vitriol? Is it cocky?

    It is fascist.

    I would amend your final line: The enemy, it seems, is us.
    The “elected” Governor and a majority of “elected” State Senators are using the language of WAR against the citizens of the Ohio.
    We are enemy combatants on our own soil!

  • herc

    Oh that’s nice. He thinks middle class and working poor are such a threat that he has to use military terms. We’re already disarmed by not having the money to fight the same way the rich corporations do.

  • Keep f#cking that chicken

    I hesitate to use the word fascist because it seems so over the top, but what else do you call this? The level of abuse of power are becoming dangerous to liberty and we have to start seeing this as a war. One which we didn’t declare by the way.

  • As I read this morning that Kasich is planning to probably privatize our prisons and sell off public assets like state parks, I have no doubt that when his budget is unveiled soon it will be a little shop of horrors. Kasich is no slouch in the assholery department, he’s just as rabid as the others. As I was reading that, it struck me that this whole assault going on now is equivalent to the GOP serving the middle class with a divorce notice. We kicked them out a few years ago and they decided if they could sweet talk enough of us one more time into letting them back in, they’d loot the house of any remaining valuables then torch it on the way out. Citizens United means they no longer have to come begging to us for campaign cash, and with FOX keeping the deniers in line and the continuing inattention of others…’s over. And as a final reaming to those of us who never did like them, they’re going to destroy what we really value with glee. Bye bye medicaid, Planned Parenthood, Head Start, parks, and all the other quality of life things we cherish.

  • Ryan

    Suggested reading: Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”

  • Anonymous

    That is some of the most recklessly inappropriate language I have ever heard to describe a budget process, which should be measured, cooperative and balanced. Shame on you, Cleveland Plain Dealer, for attacking Ted Strickland for a process – and administration — that was just that and finding him inadequate to endorse on that grounds, then telling us we needed a destructive reckless hothead who would “shake things up.” Do you still think things need to be “shaken up” when everything gets broken in the process?

  • Anonymous

    Suggest never MENTIONING Naomi Klein’s “shock doctrine” again. When something becomes as tiresome a cliche as that, we need to find new and more effective ways to frame things.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been telling people that Kasich reminds me a lot of Dubya Bush. This just proves it: the “aw-shucks, I’m just a regular guy” facade masking an angry, vindictive, far-right and uninformed ideology. No curiosity about the world, no desire to see gray areas. The world is black, or it is white. You are with us, or you are against us. It must be so easy to live this way, so redeeming and delusional. He’s a lucky guy. I’m sure he smiles at himself in the mirror every day and like any true despot, convinces himself that he is merely and broadly misunderstood.

    I know voter turnout was low last November, and largely Republican, but he fooled a lot of people with this little charade. Now we are seeing the mask come off and the true man emerge.

    Does anyone know offhand how many registered Ohio voters actually voted for Kasich? I read yesterday that about 22 percent of Wisconsin voters voted for Walker. I would think Kasich’s numbers are similar.

    Someone commented on Plunderbund earlier that this is what we get when we have voter apathy. Bra-vo.

    We will weather this storm folks. We always have. But we can’t let our everyday lives, busy with family and work and the grind, to allow us to let down our guard. Someone at work today told me that now that college hoops is heating up, he hasn’t thought as much about all of this “SB5 crap.” After all, the Buckeyes won! In overtime!

    People like Kasich count on this, the mouse-click/reality TV attention spans of the electorate. You know it will happen. It always does. Remember when Obama was “done”? Right after elections? Then after the lame-duck session, all of a sudden he was on top again? Remember when people were pissed at Ted? Trying to lengthen the school year, decrease “snow days”? I heard teachers saying they were through with him. Disappointed, betrayed. Now they long for the Ted-man.

    We can be a fickle beast. We have to put that all aside for now. What if the economy improves (more)? What if we go into Libya? What if OSU wins the tourney (a child’s game with a ball, for god’s sake)?

    Anger is hard to sustain. I worry about this. I really do.

  • Anonymous

    The sale of the parks is to allow oil drilling. It will help keep the parks up to Ohioan’s high standards, according to the plan.

    I can’t wait. I’ve always wanted to take my son’s picture under an oil rig. Maybe we can climb it, spelunk back down. Fun for the whole family.

  • Anonymous

    1,889,186 voters voted for Kasich, according to the SoS website — 49.04 percent. 1,812,059 voted for Strickland — 47.4 percent. Another 2.39 percent voted for the Libertarian, and 1.52 voted for the Green. I don’t know how many people are officially registered to vote in Ohio, but I heard that less than 50 percent voted in these last elections.

    People have a lot of reasons for not paying attention and not voting, and it’s way to easy to lob blame. Instead we have to try to connect what’s going on with their lives. The teachers and librarians and other pissed because Strickland made some necessary changes and cuts were stupid and short-sighted. I don’t know how many times I said to someone, “If you think Ted Strickland is a terrible governor because libraries go a nine percent cut, how much do you think a Governor Kasich would cut your beloved libraries?”

    We’re about to find out. And I’m guessing it won’t be pretty.

  • Ed

    Very thoughtful post. Voter turnout is key. According to the SOS website, there were 8.037 million registered voters in Ohio as of the November 2010 election. 3.852 million voted in the governor’s race. 1.889 million voted for Kasich, and 1.812 million for Strickland. Kasich won by 77,128 votes.

    Kasich became governor with the votes of 23.5% of Ohio registered voters. Strickland pulled in 22.6%.

  • Real Get Real

    Independent voters decide elections and they are a prickly, fickle bunch. But as long as Kasich is using military terms, how about this quote:

    “I can run wild for six months … after that, I have no expectation of success” – Yamamoto

    2012 could be utter destruction for the GOP. Most people have given little attention to what is going on with SB5 and only hear sound bites and see the slanted coverage. But any savvy strategists knows you never go into battle without acknowledging the possibility of defeat. The mythical mandate and reckless hubris of Kasich and the GOP will be their Waterloo. (Enough military analogy so far?)

    But I think Kasich will get the attention of the independent middle class with his imprudent actions on the budget. I believe there is another quote (possibly) from Yamamoto about waking a sleeping giant.

    Then Kasich will have to do two things:

    – Fend off a new movement of vehement voters affected by his actions, including members of his own party.
    – Justify how SB5 and his plans actually help the budget in real terms (not ideology and fuzzy long term claims).

  • Real Get Real

    Note that in Pennsylvania, two judges were convicted for taking kick-backs to improperly send juveniles to privately run prisons in order to improve the balance sheets of those very same prisons. At least one death is attributed to these actions.

    Unintended consequences are always an annoying byproduct of reckless politicians and ruthless ideologues.

    The profit motive does not always work in all cases.

  • Victoria

    It’s already working. I am shocked at how truly awful he is.

  • Somebody

    Almost every district in our listserve is in negotiations to roll over three year contracts to its employees. So for at least the next three years no one will be saving any money. Also, does anyone know what the penalty will be for schools who do not comply with the unfunded mandates of SB5?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    and why is it that people still cant see this !
    you know the old saying: buy him for what hes worth ,and sell him for what he thinks hes worth……… could prob balance the budget and have money left over

  • Submit your question via Twitter @JohnKasich #FixOhio

    My question: will Ohio still be on the map in four years or will there just be a smoking hole left where it now stands?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe. But it’s a great book and I doubt most people have read it. Naomi Klein stumbled upon some real truths in that book that I had never previously seen.

    And what is happening now in Ohio is a perfect example of that. Take a fiscal crisis and use it to push through a right wing corporatist agenda. Rich get richer. Middle classs gets screwed. Poor get dead.

  • I take a little comfort in knowing that there probably won’t be many union households voting Republican anytime soon. Maybe a few unreachable diehards, but I think this has opened many eyes. I wonder how many public sector workers are now wishing they could undo their vote?

  • I’m not too sure about getting Kasich out, but it might be more productive to comb the laws to see if he’s doing anything illegal or unconstitutional. Could any court cases be brought to stop any of his actions? It seems very undemocratic to strip a state of it’s public assets with the stroke of one man’s pen.

  • Anonymous

    Question for Plunderites:

    I heard from a someone today in county government that Kasich/ilk are “scrambling” for a way to end-run any potential ballot referendum.

    The idea is to fold the language of SB5 into Kasich’s budget. According to this someone (and I am paraphrasing horribly from a confusing conversation a little over my head):

    Under Ohio law, state budget items, fiscal items, “fiduciary” matters (something like that), are not subject to public referendum. In other words, if it’s in Kasich’s budget, you can’t reverse it by ballot issue. So the plan is to basically include all the collective bargaining changes into the budget, pass it, declare victory.

    But supposedly they’d have to do this fast, as the budget is due in a few weeks. Thus the “scrambling”.

    Is this possible? If it is: a) Why didn’t they do it in the first place? and b) This could open up an entirely new shit sandwich for people fighting this bill.

    We’ve already seen one end-run in Wisconsin. So it’s in the playbook.

  • Real Get Real

    What about a constitutional amendment in 2012? How many signatures would that take?

    Then voters can decide if they like education and public safety as much as casinos and gambling.

  • Appletat3

    Can you give me an example of where Kasich or his group have used these words. I don’t want to quote anything I can not support with facts. Thanks

  • Publicly? I don’t think you’ll ever hear anyone use these terms publicly unless they do so unwittingly near an open mic. What I can tell you is our source indicates that these terms have been used in conversations with those in the Kasich administration.

  • Random Thoughts

    I don’t remember where I read it, but Kasich had alluded to the fact that if SB5 wasn’t passed, or wasn’t passed “to his liking” that he’d “take care of it in the budget”.

    I found it surprising that, after the Senate Repubs slammed SB5 through in a matter of a few days, House leader, John Adams, stated that the House would want to take “three or four weeks” to consider the language of the bill and make changes before voting on it. I took this to mean that they were going to push the April deadline for filing a referendum, and approve SB5 at the eleventh hour, so that it would be too late to file, at least for this year.

    I was assuming that was the current strategy, because I couldn’t believe that the House Republicans might actually have more sense than the Senate ones.

  • Natasha

    Governor Kasich’s shock and awe is working as teacher unions cave early.

    Fear is a powerful motivator – just ask those who survived Stalin and Hitler.

    Teachers unions fearing SB 5 speed up contract talks with concessions

    From the Columbus “Distort”

    Deep concessions offered to get multiyear contracts
    Saturday, March 12, 2011 02:54 AM
    By Jennifer Smith Richards and Jim Siegel

    Trying to beat the passage of a sweeping collective-bargaining bill that would limit their power to negotiate, some teachers unions with expiring contracts are rushing to forge new agreements.

    The passage of Senate Bill 5 would restrict the power of public-employee unions to negotiate most things except salaries. It would prohibit strikes and limit government spending on health-insurance and pension contributions for public employees.

    But under the current version of the bill, those sweeping changes wouldn’t take effect until current contracts expire. School and union officials say that some unions – including the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union – are pushing to make deals to delay some of the provisions of the bill.

    In some cases, teachers unions are willing to grant deep concessions, such as salary freezes, at least a temporary end to automatic raises based on years of experience, and higher contributions toward health insurance, officials say.

    “We’ve had school-boards calling and asking, ‘Should we, or should we not?’ said Damon Asbury, a lobbyist for the Ohio School Boards Association. “It’s a complicated question because we don’t really know what Senate Bill 5 in its final form is going to look like.

    “Is that something they would want to roll, or can they get some very good concessions right now? A few districts have said they were able to get good salary or health-care agreements,” Asbury said.

    The Buckeye Association of School Administrators sent an advisory to its members addressing the issue, saying that “boards may be able to obtain concessions that might make it worth agreeing to a new contract.”

    The group also has received questions from districts about whether it’s wise to hurry their negotiations as the bill nears passage.

    “What we see is, quite frankly, if districts are able to get concessions they have not been able to get before, it might not hurt. And the other advantage of that is – assuming the bill passes and is in effect – it will give districts and the union some time to understand what the implications are,” said Tom Ash, the association’s lobbyist.

    Across the state and in central Ohio, unions whose agreements expire this year are seeking longer-term contracts to replace them, said Greg Scott, a Columbus lawyer who negotiates on behalf of school districts. He is the chief negotiator for Columbus City Schools.

    He said unions generally are seeking at least a three-year contract.

    “I think they want to get as far out in the future as possible, either to outrun the (Kasich) administration or put (the expiration date) out there past the time when they can look at a referendum for a constitutional amendment,” he said.

    Union leaders and Democrats have said they’ll put the issue on a statewide ballot and ask voters to kill the law.

    Several contracts of local teachers unions expire this year, including in Bexley, Columbus, Gahanna-Jefferson and Hilliard.

    Gahanna is at the table, and the union president said she couldn’t talk until a contract is completed. Bexley is in early talks, too.

    Hilliard isn’t. Talks haven’t begun in Columbus, either, said Columbus Education Association President Rhonda Johnson. The union’s contract expires at the end of August.

    Ohio Education Association spokeswoman Michele Prater would not comment specifically on the union’s directive to its members to speed talks on new contracts.

  • Pbforty2000

    Linda, WE do have a way. The union lawyers will be file suits to get a referendum put on the ballot for the voters to approve or disapprove SB5 as soon as Kasisch signs it into law. We will have to get thousands of signatures to get it put on the ballot. Then, from my keyboard to Gods eyes, the people will vote it down. Keep watching all the websites and when we have to start petitioning for signatures, start hounding your neighbors.
    Thanks from all State employees for your help.

  • Pbforty2000

    Linda, WE do have a way. The union lawyers will be file suits to get a referendum put on the ballot for the voters to approve or disapprove SB5 as soon as Kasisch signs it into law. We will have to get thousands of signatures to get it put on the ballot. Then, from my keyboard to Gods eyes, the people will vote it down. Keep watching all the websites and when we have to start petitioning for signatures, start hounding your neighbors.
    Thanks from all State employees for your help.

  • ohknighty

    Nice to know that he gave us some notice. TGOP = way way way worse than W. Evil flourishes because good people did nothing not even vote.

  • Anonymous

    No doubt this entire situation is giving school boards unprecedented leverage as contract talks begin (in many districts, one year after teachers took a pay freeze — possibly their second or third such freeze in a row).

    People are so beaten down right now, starting to wonder if everyone might just be correct that they are a liability to schools, second-class citizens, glorified babysitters, idiots and leeches and lazy/greedy bastards, that they’ll worship as benevolent gods any school board that deigns just to let them keep their desk chair.

    Make no mistake: Many school boards will exploit this.

    So yes, shock and awe is working.

  • Anonymous

    Get real, Get Real!

    Who needs schoolin’ when I can get rich at “the boat”?

    That’s the true American Dream. The fact that you don’t see this obviously makes you a socialist. Maybe even a friend of The Terrorists.

    They’re coming to get us, ya know. And they don’t like hotdogs, and they don’t play baseball, and their parents come from Godless, far-away lands — like Kansas.

  • Jen

    Just shows that school boards will only give the bare minimum that they have to. Anyone who supports SB 5 and says that districts won’t REALLY take all those rights from educators and students overestimates what their board will do for us. Sit in on any given contract negotiation, and you’ll see that the board reluctantly gives basic rights to the schools. No contract – no need to uphold these rights.

  • Tarfam325

    This is government at its worst! They are making up and changing rules as they go. The media needs to RESPONSIBLY report what is in this Bill and be HONEST. Some people just hear “union busting” and buy in and join the bandwagon to support it because they believe Public Employees are crippling the state’s economy. Seriously, it couldn’t be the decades of legislative overspending and catering to lobbyists that got us into this mess, right? Wake up, people who are supporting this! Do you realize SOMEBODY is going to benefit from privatizing state parks and prisons, but the state’s budget will be better off by cutting salaries of public employees at the “local” level??? Are you REALLY buying that story??? Does Senate Bill 5 actually SAVE the state ANY money??? Or is it just being put in place so the state can announce it is no longer going to fund our local schools and emergency services personnel in the new “budget”? WHY are we paying Ohio taxes at all?? They are giving breaks to HUGE corporations such as oil companies and helping give tax breaks to American Greetings and helping Bob Evans relocate. Sure, that keeps jobs here and that’s great…but I am guessing the amount that they will TAKE from middle-class Ohioans and their families is LESS than the CREDITS they are giving to these companies (who can certainly afford to pay). If they somehow set this up so it can not be put to referendum because it’s “in the budget”, then why do we even have laws??? REVOLT, people! If they are going to keep creating laws for themselves by kicking people off committees to “get their way” and then writing laws to protect their “budget” so people can’t start a referendum vote, then I say DON”T PAY YOUR OHIO TAXES!!!! I am pretty sure there is not an officer of the law who will come for us if we unite together and refuse to pay them!!!!

  • guest…

    Two quotes from Star Wars Episode III come to mind. From Padme Amadala: “So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause.” And modified from Emperor Palpatine: “Every single *working class Ohioan* is now an enemy of the Republic.”

    Stay tuned, Kasich’s budget most likely puts aside millions of dollars to sponsor book burnings on the Statehouse lawn for all of the Godless school textbooks that teach sex ed and evolution, as well as anything else not on the approved list of Mandatory Reading. The OSU Marching Band will be performing a rousing march and dotting the “i” in Kasich when he signs away our rights and freedoms upon the passage of SB 5.

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