We used to pick on the little read site Third Base Politics when Jon Keeling wrote there for a couple of reasons.  One, we all knew that Jon Keeling was an ex-Kasich staffer whore who was astroturfing for the Kasich campaign from Virginia because no conservative blogger really cared that much for Kasich.  We later were able to prove that Keeling was being paid through a company he created for what appeared to be the sole purpose of giving the Ohio Republican Party a name other than his own in which to cut the check to.

Now, Keeling has left his site to someone calling himself “Bytor.”  There’s been some internal debate as to whether Bytor is just a pseudonym for Keeling because the blog remains as nothing more than an unofficial extension of Kasich’s Communication Team.  Regardless, I believe it’s someone different because they’re much worse at this than Keeling ever was.

Take this post on the budget (please!)

After denying that Kasich’s budget is going to lead to an increase in local levies and higher taxes at the local level, Bytor essentially argues that you shouldn’t view them as increase tax levies, but the spread of democracy.  Seriously:

Most of the government services we count on come from the local level. Schools, police and fire protection are examples of this. So it only makes sense that the communities themselves should have more say in the size of the government that provides those services.

So…isn’t empowering the voters with more control over their local governments a good thing?

I guess that’s one way of looking at it.

But, first it doesn’t provide MORE control over their local governments.  What it does is deny funding.  Forcing those local governments to further cut essential services (it’s not like local governments didn’t have their own budget problems to begin with) or seek higher taxes.  Some, but not all, of those higher taxes may be subject to a referendum.  But that doesn’t really give the locals any more control over their government. 

I mean, I guess, by forcing votes on whether to have higher taxes or have a police department that in way gives people more control since before Kasich’s budget the city was able to force having a police/fire department and good schools down the voters throat.  I didn’t know there was a rash of Ohio communities with well-funded police and fire departments with good schools and libraries being forced on its citizenry against their will.  Kasich’s budget sure will end that practice, that’s for sure.

In other news, I guess this means that Third Base Politics is against SB 5.  I mean, if local government knows best because it’s where the voters have the most control over spending, then do we really need a state mandated, one-size-fits all legislation that denies local governments’ ability to enter into the collective bargaining agreements they see fit?

So don’t think of as more tax levies, think about it freedom levies as it gives you more things to vote on!

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  • Ah this makes me nostalgic. I do miss your thorough dismantling of anything 3BP. 😉

  • Anonymous

    I guess instead of calling them “tax levies,” he wants us to call them “freedom levies.”

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes you see something so incredibly stupid on the Internet passed off as serious political thought that you can’t help but share it.

  • democracy fees!

  • That’s right Ohio: now you have the choice between higher taxes or severely reduced services! Lucky us!

    It’s like some jerk comes up to me on the street and tells me he can either punch me in the face or kick me in the crotch. I should only be so lucky to have the opportunity to have that choice. In an alternate world where I’m not accosted on the street with violence, just think about how much less freedom I would have! I wouldn’t even get a choice!

  • Most of the government services we count on come from the local level. Schools, police and fire protection are examples of this. So it only makes sense that the communities themselves should have more say in the size of the government that provides those services.

    Ya gotta love these guys and their devotion to Orwell. I’m sure Ohioans are going to feel positively “liberated” when faced with an a la carte menu of basic services……….”honey, can we afford firefighters, police, AND trash collection, or do we stick with keeping our schools solvent this year?” To listen to them tell it, Ohio will be the Land of Milk and Honey (libertarian style).

  • On what planet does having several hundred new taxes, with all the attendant administrative costs make sense, instead of having one tax (statewide)?

  • tshaw1

    What you maybe are missing is that in many cases King John’s Republican brothers are running said municipalities. So, I’m sure that they’ll be more than happy to follow in lockstep with their leader to sell off their cities assets to hire private firms to protect you, open charter schools owned by their friends to teach your kids and in general to take advantage of the coming fiscal disaster to enrich themselves! There’s no way that these thrives will stop at the state level… this fight has just began. There’s not nearly the oversite at the local levels there is at the state level… particularly when you can blame the whole mess on someone else!

  • Anonymous

    On Planet Kasich, where you burp where you fart and you fart where you burp.

  • Anonymous

    For a second there, I thought you signed in as Josh.0. Then realized our reach isn’t that big.

  • Anonymous

    For a second there, I thought you signed in as Josh.0. Then realized our reach isn’t that big.

  • the perfect analogy

    This honestly sums it up so perfectly there is really nothing else to say…

  • CDR Jan

    EXCEPT, King John told the Dispatch in an interview that “raising taxes at the local level is not an option.”

    According to our monarch, SB 5 will give local governments ‘tools’ to deal with massive cuts in state funding.

    Election 2010 already gave us a ‘tool’ – King John of Ohio.

  • buckeyekelly

    And where the state government’s shit don’t stink but the odor is passed on to the local levels.

  • Anonymous

    You mean it gives the ill informed non caring I can’t bother to vote because what ever will happen will happen people more to not vote on.

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