When John Kasich introduced his JobsOhio plan he was very clear about why Ohio needed to privatize its economic development efforts:

“The state’s economic development efforts no longer meet the needs of Ohio’s economy”, “they do not relate effectively to businesses”, and they “have become burdened by bureaucratic inefficiency.”

It may have sounded reasonable then, but it sounds amazingly odd now given that JobsOhio is still just an idea on paper and yet John Kasich has been running around the state telling everyone who will listen that his first 100 days in office has been the most effective economic development breakthrough for Ohio since the invention of canals or steel or rubber or airplanes or gift baskets.

If we take John Kasich at his word (which I would never recommend), then John and his current economic development team should be worshiped as state heroes for their job-saving “victories”. Their hard fought battles prevented Bob Evans and American Greetings and Diebold from leaving Ohio and should be turned into poems and folk songs and statues and HBO movies produced by Tom Hanks.

You see the inconsistency here, right?

Either Ohio’s economic development efforts are actually pretty good already (and capable of keeping big companies like Bob Evans from leaving the state) – which would mean he was lying about the need for JobsOhio. Or Ohio’s economic development efforts are pretty piss poor and the best example of economic development his administration could find was to make up a story about Bob Evans seriously considering a move to another state.

Either way Kasich is lying.

Plunderbund has been questioning Kasich’s justification for JobsOhio (along with its secret bonuses and lack of transparency and oversight) for months, pointing out Kasich’s many inconsistent statements and clearly documenting the economic recovery that is already underway with the current development agency still in place and existing public union rights still in effect.

And now it looks like the Dispatch’s Joe Vardon and Jim Seigel finally got around to asking the same question: why the hell do we need JobsOhio?

In news conferences, speeches and interviews he gives across the state, Kasich routinely points to a handful of economic-development victories he’s won in nearly 100 days as Ohio’s governor.

Those accomplishments were earned without the privatized economic development-department that Kasich seeks.

More questions linger in the GOP-controlled General Assembly about how Kasich chose to fund JobsOhio. But as the Republican governor continues to count off victory after victory with the state’s traditional Development Department still intact, those successes beg a more-fundamental question:

Does the state need JobsOhio?

The answer, of course, if no.

And while I realize Vardon and Seigel’s question comes much too late to have any impact on the implementation of JobsOhio, it’s still nice to see that someone at the notoriously GOP-leaning paper has the balls to come out and ask the question in print.

  • Anonymous

    Do those reporters realize that they are incorrectly using the phrase, “beg the question”? It does not mean “raises the question”, it is a logical fallacy where one claims by doing A, outcome B has arisen, with outcome B being essentially the same thing as A. For example, if Kasich said, “JobsOhio has been successful because of our commitment to making it work”, that would be along the line of “begging the question”, because the proof (B), is merely a restatement of the premise (A).

    Anyway, it is pathetic that professional writers who are presumably backed up by professional editors are unable to correctly use a common phrase. If they can’t hit things in their wheelhouse, we can’t expect them to be disciplined enough to honestly explain legislation.

  • APG

    Yes, we would be fools to take seriously anything that comes from a newspaper that once made a minor phrasing error, because the rest of us never make minor mistakes that have no real bearing on our work.

    I know there are lots of perfectly valid reasons to criticize the Dispatch, but sheesh.

  • Anonymous

    When Kasich is out of office, so will his JobsOhio program be out of our history. It is a thorn in the side of the Ohio GOP (Gang of Pirates) to see any State (public) agency being successful and not costing the state any tax dollars. Further, it has always been an bone of contention to Kasich and his ODOT director to see money being made and generally high praise for the superior driving conditions on the turnpike and for him not to get to use the money it generates for his own glorification, While the tolls are a tax, they are only a tax to the people who drive on the turnpike, and do not burden those who use other highways or live in other parts of Ohio. It generates revenue for the area because it provides some well paying jobs, but I doubt if you will find any toll collectors who are building mansions or have chauffer driven limousines. They pay taxes and buy their groceries at the local store. Now ODOT director Wray is running around telling the community leaders around the turnpike they need to think about how they will invest the amount of money the he is going to give to them when he privatizes (and makes less efficient) the turnpike. Now he is talking about making other roads toll so he can sell them. Kasich and his rubber stamp legislature and senate are on a race to the bottom and they are taking our state with them.

  • guest

    Wray is a liar like the guy he works for. Why? All they want to do is steal our money to make rich people richer. Since they are going to sell it for pennies on the dollar then make us pay for the upkeep, not a good deal. Then the “money” won’t go back to the municipalities like it should.

  • Anonymous

    But the whole point isn’t that it was a minor phrasing error. They clearly used it in a way that shows they thought they knew what it meant. The folks at the Dispatch may not be policy experts or whatever, but if they are professional anything, they are professional writers. If there is any criticism that is valid to make against a writer it should be that the words you use actually express the ideas you intend to convey.

    It’s obviously anecdotal evidence, and clearly just one instance of such. If there is general agreement that this form of example isn’t persuasive, that’s cool. Individual mistakes may not prove a general rule.

    But if it can’t be applied as a foul against the paper as a whole, it certainly can against the writer and editors individually. It’s a really pathetic mistake for them to make.

  • Madrigal Maniac

    Joseph, I wrote about the same topic at Madrigal Maniac. If there is something wrong with the Department of Development fix it. Ah, but that wouldn’t help Kasich with his real goal and the goal of the GOP, which is to privatize government and keep secrets from the public.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Wray is a recycled pub — there are dozens of them across Ohio — I wish we knew how many double dippers Kasich has in his administration
    I know of three right off — all retired and working for big bucks one gets 3 checks –all from the state and this doofus wants to tell the public we are breaking the bank! I am sick of it……..and by the way their benefits all got paid by us taxpayers ……. something Kasich doesnt want to talk about — if you see him ask him how much he pays into OPERS and how much he pays for healthcare

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