For two and half hours, Governor Kasich held a part infomercial/part Kasich talk show host in which Kasich, literally, asked his own Cabinet questions like “is my education plan ‘pie in the sky?’”

What was utter lacking is any reference to the actual figures in the budget.  We spent most of the time on the event fact-checking Kasich’s flowery talk with the realities of his actual budget on Twitter.   According to the Plain Dealer, of the 800 tickets made available for the event, only 100 was actually given over the “lottery.”  The rest went to friends and family of Kasich’s Cabinet, Republican party leaders across the State, and members of the General Assembly.  I got one, but didn’t bother going.  Watching the event online, I don’t regret my decision.

Kasich outright lied about his budget when it came to school and higher education funding.  He continues to act as if he’s not cutting BILLIONS from education.

Kasich literally filibustered his own town hall.  It was surreal.  By having one speaker after another talk polished up policy presentations without talking about actual budget numbers, you’d almost think that Kasich wasn’t the guy talking about a $8 billion deficit all last year.

Kasich literally parading one Cabinet official after another and asked them to give their Seal of Approval to his own budget… as if that were an achievement.  After two and half hours of non-stop self-praising, Kasich was talking, charitably, to a half empty hall.  People walked out.  People who asked for and got a ticket… left. 

By the time Kasich opened it up for questions, most people had tuned out.  Kasich, who’s press office said it would answer questions “until the cow came home,” ended the event after taking only questions for half an hour.

Here’s the entire questioning session:

I won’t deny that most of the questions were pointed.  There were questions about Bob Evans, STEM funding, Gifted funding, college funding.  Not really one self-praising question.  In the final question given by Rep. Connie Pillich (D) Kasich admits that OSU wants more room than a 3.5% tuition cap.  Kasich basically praises going to University of Phoenix, an online program, as opposed to brick and mortar colleges like his own OSU.

Kasich wants to have a University System… funny, Strickland started that very thing, but then perverts that into talking about charter universities.  Doesn’t talk about the cut in higher ed. funding… or what his budget does for financial aid.

After two and half answers of tossing his own Cabinet budgetary softballs, Kasich decided that half an hour of audience questions before concluding that the cows had come home.

I’m not sure what exactly Kasich achieved by this event.  I can’t imagine much of an interest to attend another one of these in the future.  Kasich’s presentation had all propaganda and style of a late-night infomercial.  Not surprisingly, it was about as factually accurate as one, too.

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  • Natasha

    There is some humorous irony in Governor Kasich’s budget. According to the Columbus Dispatch (AKA The Distort) “Legal notices no longer would have to be published in a local newspaper; they could go on a new statewide website.” (Page A10, Wed., Mar. 16, 2011). There’s gonna be hollerin’ and squealin’ about that from print media lobbyists.

    All the “journalists” who have been carrying Candidate /Governor/Talk-Show Host Kasich’s water just got screwed. That’s some juicy revenue for local papers and will practically bankrupt some publications. Governor Kasich could outsource (privatize) it too

    Kasich is the scorpion in this political psycho-drama. It’s his nature. After all if you can’t eff your buddies, it’s the “Wall Street” way.

  • I turned to ONN last night after seeing on Twitter that he had finally turned over to questions. I was able to sit through half of his response to one question (why do your kids go to private schools, etc) before I felt the integrity of my TV was threatened by my level of disgust and anger.

    First, mention god to get the cheers.. next, bring up “that lady” in Akron which has nothing to do with either god or schools, but rather the safety of her neighborhood (which is being further jeopardized by attacks on law enforcement)… finally, a bunch of flowery rhetoric that has nothing to do with the question aaaaaannndddd NEXT!

  • I turned to ONN last night after seeing on Twitter that he had finally turned over to questions. I was able to sit through half of his response to one question (why do your kids go to private schools, etc) before I felt the integrity of my TV was threatened by my level of disgust and anger.

    First, mention god to get the cheers.. next, bring up “that lady” in Akron which has nothing to do with either god or schools, but rather the safety of her neighborhood (which is being further jeopardized by attacks on law enforcement)… finally, a bunch of flowery rhetoric that has nothing to do with the question aaaaaannndddd NEXT!

  • clambake

    Is anyone familiar with the American Legislative Exchange Council? It appears to be some sort of corporate fronted group (or “non-partisan”, in their words) that actually offers “model legislation” for the states. They give a shout out to Kasich in their “about” section and William Seitz is listed as one of their board of directors. It appears that Kasich is hell bent on advancing the policy goals of this organization. http://www.alec.org

  • He should go back if they want him,and leave someone else be governor

  • Anonymous

    I checked out their website too. They claim to be “nonpartisan” but they tout their goals of “limited government, free markets” in a manner that suggests they represent the most extreme fringe of the Republican Party. Along with a “board of directors” of state legislators, they have a “private enterprise board” that includes almost entirely representatives from big corporations like Wal-Mart, Exxon, and Pfizer, and oh lookie here: Mr. Mike Morgan, Koch Industries, Inc. What a surprise. Yes, absolutely, this is a group of corporations working hand in hand with their board of state legislators to enact their self-aggrandizing agenda.

  • clambake

    Yes, it really seems about as anti-democratic as you can get. I came across the web site by happenstance and maybe I’m late to the game but I wanted to put it out there for others that may not be aware of it, especially since it is so focused on state governments. The idea of “model legislation” crafted by the likes of Koch, Wal-Mart, Exxon etc. is pretty chilling (although not unexpected).

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