I missed this editorial in the normally conservative Canton Repository from a few days back.  The Repository is one of the Ohio newspapers that endorsed Kasich.  Here’s what they had to say on Tuesday:

Extreme bill invites extreme reaction

The last-minute changes are reason enough for both the committee and the full House to delay their votes. Here’s another reason: If the bill continues to look like union-busting instead of a response to Ohio’s budget troubles — by forbidding strikes by all Ohio public employees, for example — then look out for a backlash in November that could well put us back at square one.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll indicated that a strong majority of Ohioans surveyed (54 percent to 35 percent) oppose limits on “collective bargaining rights.” The more extreme the changes, and the less relevant they seem to balancing state and local budgets, the fewer Ohioans will support keeping the law.

Let’s tackle the real budget-busting issues here. Among them are pensions and the accumulated sick days and vacation days that can be cashed out at retirement at an employee’s highest wage.

Otherwise, if a repeal passes, then Ohio will have this many collective-bargaining reforms in place:

Zero.

We’ve covered in the past how the Repository has expressed its misgivings with Kasich over transparency and SB 5 in general.

The Akron Beacon Journal had previously supported SB 5 conceptually with some modifications.  Unfortunately for Governor Kasich, the ABJ today signaled that it now opposes the bill as passed:

John Kasich and his fellow Republicans at the Statehouse have gone too far. They have a worthy idea, bringing improved balance to collective bargaining with public employees. The current process lacks sufficient flexibility for public officials, especially in trying financial times. Many of the provisions in legislation headed to the governor’s desk are smart and necessary. Unfortunately, Republicans couldn’t resist partisan excess, the House, in particular, adding elements that amount to kicking adversaries when they are down.

As the debate has evolved since February, it has become more apparent that non-safety workers should retain the right to strike, as part of achieving the correct balance, in light of restrictions unions would face. Yet the process hasn’t been kind to such deliberation, Republicans racing to meet an April deadline, ensuring that a ballot issue doesn’t intrude on the presidential election next year. All of it reflects an obvious problem from the start, the big hurry. Now add a collection of partisan cheap shots. Republicans had a chance to do the measured thing. They couldn’t contain themselves.

Everything about SB 5 was political in nature.  We tried telling the media that.  From how it was launched, to how passed, what was included in it, and the timetable it was under for passage, SB 5 was nothing more than a pure ideological political document.  And yet, some in the media foolishly considered it to be “about the budget.”  But now they can see.

With John Kasich waving SB 5 as a flag of victory and declaring he had “stripped” labor of power to his donors, finally, people realize that John Kasich wasn’t concerned about giving cities “tools” they needed.  He just needed to remove the tools of his political opposition to ever challenge him or his party.  That’s all this bill was ever about: let’s try to either neuter or bankrupt labor before 2012.

Except we’re not alone in that understanding anymore, Governor.  Our numbers have grown.  We’ll remember in November.  We’ll get the job done.

 
  • buckeyekelly

    Kasich didn’t follow his own party’s advice: live within your means. He assumed he had the political capital to pull this off successfully. He was barely in the black with the “mandate” of November and he is fully in the red.

    In terms they love to talk about, they have “kicked the can down the road” and it lays at the steps of the townships, cities, and county commissioners and councils.

  • Guest

    I think the MSM (newspapers) have a reading comprehension problem. It is a wonder that they work for newspapers other than report what someone said or did. They just report press releases. With regards to reading legislation, digesting and understanding, all they did was repeat the evil radical TGOP talking points instead of: DOING THEIR JOBS.

    Stop being a mouthpiece for evil rich people and their current set of minions our (no not our) the current crop of Rethug public officials.

    More money and power grab brought to us by the employees of the newest robber barons and the continuing class war. This is to remind us that “we the people” is not a spectator sport but is based on our participation, and we lose “our government” to the “have mores and wanna be have it alls” because too many of us are sitting on the sidelines.

    And for those of you who voted for the R’s this is what you wanted, authoritarian rule with an ugly smiling face. Wanted less government, ‘heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny”.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I can appreciate they have regrets — but its a little late
    we are stuck for 4 years with this goober –opps sorry name calling never solves anything — I mean Kasich
    do you think they see the error of their ways and will now print the truth about SB 5
    and support us —

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I can appreciate they have regrets — but its a little late
    we are stuck for 4 years with this goober –opps sorry name calling never solves anything — I mean Kasich
    do you think they see the error of their ways and will now print the truth about SB 5
    and support us —

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I can appreciate they have regrets — but its a little late
    we are stuck for 4 years with this goober –opps sorry name calling never solves anything — I mean Kasich
    do you think they see the error of their ways and will now print the truth about SB 5
    and support us —

  • Guest

    I respectfully disagree with you BK. Their party does NOT believe in living within our means. They lie by saying that. They want to shift the costs to us, regular working people and make us slaves or near slaves to their evil corporate masters with them as the evil overseers.

    They want to steal or break our government to make it easier for the corporate takeover which has been happening since 1981. They looooove to spend money (on the magical free market and for their evil masters). They don’t care about deficits either unless they want us to pay for it. Not the people who caused the mess.

    We fight over crumbs while they take the shrunken pie entirely for themselves on behalf of the rich. It is called Robin Hood in reverse or think of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham with the TGOP as the sheriffs. Sold us out for money and a great benefits package. This is why they lie and win. They aren’t really talking to us but they need enough of us to buy their lies. We aren’t broke. We have been robbed and rolled and now we have to pay instead of the robbers because the robbers bought the police, the judges, the legislature, the governors, the entire executive branch.

    So all of the “have nots” are fighting because divide and rule is their motto so it makes it easier to steal from us.

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