Don’t worry if you missed Kasich’s State of the State speech last week. It was basically a collection of the same speeches he gave during the campaign with slightly more name dropping, a lot more exagerated (or downright false) statements about Ohio’s economic “problems” and, though I didn’t think it was possible, fewer details about how he plans to actually correct the issues he just just spent 40 minutes complaining about.
Kasich did take a break from his rambling, Ohio-bashing statements just long enough to talk fondly about some states that he thinks don’t suck. States like Florida.
Ah, Florida. Kasich’s hard-on for the sunshine state is hard to hide. It could be their lack of an income tax or their sunny weather or the wonderful and abundant opera houses they seem to have. I’m not exactly sure. But his SOTS speech, just like nearly all of this campaign speeches, again left me wondering why John is wasting his time in Columbus when his heart and soul obviously belong to Tallahassee.
Like any smitten suiter stuck admiring his soul-mate from afar, Kasich seems to have the ability only to see and remember to good things about his long distance love.
While John was droning on about Ohio’s ills and the certain appocolyse they will bring, he seemed to forget to mention that Florida’s overall taxes are actually higher for most people than in Ohio – and the unemployment rate has continued to rise over the past year while Ohio’s has continuously dropped. Ohio’s unemployement rate as of January was down to 9.4% while Florida’s has jumped to 11.9% – the second highest in the country.
I know we’ve said this before, but it seems worth mentioning again: Ohio’s economy is growing, we are adding jobs, tax revenues are increasing and the unemployment rate is dropping every month while states like Floria have seen the opposite happening. And all this is happening with existing union contracts and bargaining rights in place.
Yet in John Kasich’s state of the state speech he continued to mention Florida as a model we should work toward all while pushing the idea that screwing public workers is the only way to balance the budget.
I’m really starting to wonder if anything this guy says is ever completely true.