I’m starting to get to used to the fact that we are going to have a terrible, vindictive and nasty Governor running our state into the ground for the next few years. Kasich is turning out to be a selfish, egotistical, SOB of a leader who will plow through everyone and everything to achieve his own idealogical agenda despite the fact that it’s going to be bad for the state, bad for our citizens, bad for our children, often immoral and, in many cases, probably illegal.

I’m starting to get used to Kasich and his lying and threats – but every day I hear something new about State Senator Bill Seitz that surprises me.

I have rarely agreed with Seitz on anything, but during the SB5 hearings his intelligent, moving and passionate speech made him look like a sort of hero for the working class – which shocked the crap out of everyone, especially us folks who actually do work for a living.

As we’ve mentioned a few times, Seitz paid the price for his disloyalty to Kasich and the GOP leadership in the legislature. But it doesn’t seem to have made him change his mind.

Columbus Educator, and friend of the blog, Daria DeNoia recently sent me a letter she received from Senator Bill Seitz in response to her concerns that teacher performance/merit pay language, which originally appears in SB5, had been added to the budget bill that recently passed the house. While reading the letter I was again (pleasantly) surprised.

Please don’t misunderstand: I am certainly not endorsing Seitz here. But I do think he guy deserves some credit for being one of the lone voices of reason among Ohio Republicans who all seem to be either drunk with power after their sweeping wins in the last election or deathly afraid of disappointing John Kasich and having to face his wrath.

Here’s the letter Daria received from Seitz:

Dear Ms. DeNoia:

Thank you for your email in opposition to including SB 5 provisions in the budget bill. While I doubt that I will be able to exert much influence on the budget bill, given my marginalization by the Senate “leadership” over my vote on SB 5, I will do what I can. The provisions to which you object are very troublesome to me as well.

I have already opined that no part of SB 5 belongs in the budget bill, and I believe most of what you object to could have easily been resolved by revising SB 5 to say that the criteria by which “merit pay” would be judged would be collectively bargained between the teachers and the administration. That way, there would be agreement on the criteria but management would determine how each teacher measured up. As you know, HB 153 just passed the House last week so we are just now beginning to examine its 4,000 pages of law and policy.

I recognize the dire fiscal situation in which the State finds itself, but the Governor’s proposal to incorporate SB 5 provisions in the budget bill goes too far. Hopefully, my colleagues will find the will to make changes to these proposals, and I will be joining you in urging them to do so.

Sincerely,

William J. Seitz

As far as possible responses go, this one gets at least a B+… maybe even an A-. I especially like the the way he puts leadership in quotes and, even though I don’t necessarily agree with him on the merit pay provisions, his solution (collectively bargaining for merit pay criteria) is certainly much more reasonable and well thought out than Kasich’s non-existent solution.

Again, this isn’t an endorsement of Seitz or his policies but I do think his response provides some hope that all of Ohio’s Republicans haven’t completely sold out to Kasich and his cronies, and that certainly seems worth recognizing.

We’ll still have to see what kind of impact Senator Seitz can have on the budget once it hits the Senate, but I for one am hoping the good Senator can talk/knock some sense into his colleagues.

We’ll be watching, Bill. We’ll all be watching.

 
  • That is an excellent description of our governor!!

  • DD

    This is an excellent description of Kasich, and it sickens me that he will be the governor for at least 4 years. While Seitz and I agree on about 2 things (SB 5 stinks and nothing from SB 5 should be in the budget) I respect his willingness to defy Kasich’s demands and speak out for what he believes in. I just hope that he never runs for governor…..

  • Ajama34

    Some thoughts on the merit system here:
    http://captaincomma.wordpress.com

    Only my first post, but more coming….

  • Guest

    No his colleagues will be pushed and bullied by the evil Kasich and his minions because they have to make evil rich people happy. Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness if you are an evil richie because the rest of us cannot afford it. They have made it too expensive and bought our government out from under us.
    That is how they roll. This is the Nixon and way worse than Nixon model of radical Repug rule (not governance).

  • Anastasjoy

    I think after four years of Kasich (and he won’t run again, four years being enough time to transfer all our tax dollars to his wealthy friends — his major goal) there’s virtually no possibility of a Republican governor in 2014. I’ve heard this is what Husted is holding out for by saying he won’t run for Senate this time around. I think he’s chasing phantoms. Even with his cautionary words about the most extreme Republican initiatives, Kasich will make all Republicans toxic unless he has a total change of operating procedure. But he won’t. It’s too much a part of who he is. He just doesn’t Work Well With Others. It’s his way or get crushed.

  • Anonymous

    Is Seitz a voice of reason in the darkness or is he a Trojan horse? I don’t know. John McCain sounded good when he was running against Bush in the primary but eight years later he had no appeal at all. When you compare Seitz to Kasich, he comes out sterling, but he is still a bought and paid for Republican. I hope I am wrong, but “In God we trust, all others pay cash”! I am not yet ready to heap praise on anything Seitz may say in a letter to a constituent.

  • Guest

    “Merit system” = another way to set us up to fail then call us failures in order to steal money for evil rich people.

  • dlw

    I’m willing to give him an A- on this letter. In my book, he gets credit for 1. responding (there are far too many who don’t even respond with a “hey, got your letter”), 2. responding in a way that is actually responsive to the constituent’s letter, and 3. dissing his party a little bit. Together, I think this all boosts it up to an A-.

  • Doc

    Your analysis of Seitz’s actions are right on. After what the Republican governor and Republicans in the 129th general assembly have done since taking over, I wouldn’t trust ANY of them. Wasn’t it the speaker of the House who was quoted as saying that he did not support the idea of putting SB5 provisions in the budget? I know I read that here on Plunderbund, and I believe it showed up in the Dispatch. Yet, the provisions still showed up in HB153, and members of the House still passed the budget.

    Let’s face it. They ALL have hidden agendas. This isn’t going to stop until the Republicans lose control of either the Senate, House, or the Governor’s office. Some of them probably love the idea that they are making hard working people who did not support them in their elections feel powerless. I hope voters look beyond the smoke screens and realize that all Republicans of the 129th general assembly can’t be trusted (including Grendell, Seitz, etc.). They’ve proven that to me time and time again. True, Seitz and Grendell may look like they are standing up against the rest of the GOP, but I honestly cannot trust either one of them. Are they fighting for the people they represent? Or, are they fighting to make themselves look good for “swing voters” in future elections? I’d be saying the same thing about the Democrats if they pulled the same stunts these Republicans are pulling.

    I know it is wrong to group all GOP members into the same category, but they did that to ALL of us who work in the public sector when they passed SB5 and also when they targeted teachers as being professionals who supposedly take advantage of taxpayers in HB153. By no means am I saying that every public employee/teacher is hardworking, dedicated, and follows everything stated in their contracts. I’d say at least 99% of us do. However, Kasich and the Republicans in the 129th Assembly want to burn down the entire apple orchard just because they believe they found a “few bad apples.” In reality, you will find some bad apples in ANY profession….even in politics (as we in Ohio are unfortunately witnessing firsthand). Hopefully, Ohio voters will always remember how we are currently being treated by the GOP, and will “burn down the Republican orchard” in 2012.

  • Doc

    Your analysis of Seitz’s actions are right on. After what the Republican governor and Republicans in the 129th general assembly have done since taking over, I wouldn’t trust ANY of them. Wasn’t it the speaker of the House who was quoted as saying that he did not support the idea of putting SB5 provisions in the budget? I know I read that here on Plunderbund, and I believe it showed up in the Dispatch. Yet, the provisions still showed up in HB153, and members of the House still passed the budget.

    Let’s face it. They ALL have hidden agendas. This isn’t going to stop until the Republicans lose control of either the Senate, House, or the Governor’s office. Some of them probably love the idea that they are making hard working people who did not support them in their elections feel powerless. I hope voters look beyond the smoke screens and realize that all Republicans of the 129th general assembly can’t be trusted (including Grendell, Seitz, etc.). They’ve proven that to me time and time again. True, Seitz and Grendell may look like they are standing up against the rest of the GOP, but I honestly cannot trust either one of them. Are they fighting for the people they represent? Or, are they fighting to make themselves look good for “swing voters” in future elections? I’d be saying the same thing about the Democrats if they pulled the same stunts these Republicans are pulling.

    I know it is wrong to group all GOP members into the same category, but they did that to ALL of us who work in the public sector when they passed SB5 and also when they targeted teachers as being professionals who supposedly take advantage of taxpayers in HB153. By no means am I saying that every public employee/teacher is hardworking, dedicated, and follows everything stated in their contracts. I’d say at least 99% of us do. However, Kasich and the Republicans in the 129th Assembly want to burn down the entire apple orchard just because they believe they found a “few bad apples.” In reality, you will find some bad apples in ANY profession….even in politics (as we in Ohio are unfortunately witnessing firsthand). Hopefully, Ohio voters will always remember how we are currently being treated by the GOP, and will “burn down the Republican orchard” in 2012.

  • FredDavis

    Cry about it. 90% of Americans work under merit pay.

  • Jaclyn

    …most of whom have quality control over their supplies as they come into product creation. Do you want the government controlling how you raise your children so we have all quality supplies(students) coming into the schools? The fact is that children are not shipped in identical containers and unloaded off a semi to be put through the same experiences.
    You do not see companies surviving which use sub-par materials in their products. When we have quality control over the lives of our children prior to entering the classroom THEN merit pay would make complete sense.

  • Fred.

    1. Define merit pay.

    2. Link me to the data.

    Thanks.

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