John Kasich’s nonprofit organization (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), One Ohio United, has now produced two videos promoting their agenda. Both videos have chosen to reference a ten-year period of historical data in order to (unnecessarily) pad the statistics. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics figure prominently in the ads, used to point out the loss of jobs since the year 2000.
In their second video, the job loss graphic is one of their “Four simple, accurate lines.”
Well, we’ve got our own Four Lines from that same Bureau of Labor Statistics information that One Ohio United uses:
In the past five years, as the state lost 432,480 jobs, the overall amount of wages actually increased by over $1.2 Billion. And while Kasich and his cronies will have you believe that teachers are to blame for the 9.5% increase in average salaries statewide, the average teacher salary increased less than half that amount at 4.3%. Meanwhile, as the graph shows, the average salary of Chief Executives increased an eye-popping 21.9%. During the height of the recession, while 432,480 Ohioans were losing their jobs, the average CEO salary increased by over $31,000!
So who are the other culprits that Kasich’s hired guns will soon be blaming for Ohio’s economic woes?
Our top candidates:
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
While the number of workers in this category increased from 107,440 in 2006 to 139,960 in 2010, they had the nerve to take a pay hike of nearly 20% during this same time frame. Surely John Kasich will have something to say about their new average salary of $17,670. Ohio residents are putting an additional $882 Million into these workers’ pockets annually.
Waiters and Waitresses
Unlike the food prep workers, the number of waiters and waitresses in the state decreased. They more than made up for this drop with a 28% salary increase, now averaging $18,890, taking an additional $270 Million out of the wallets of diners across the state.
The fourth largest category of workers in Ohio also lost over 9,000 employees but managed to increase salaries at three times the rate of workers statewide, gaining just over $2,000 more per year. Sheer numbers alone cause a statewide impact of $133,753,600.
Sarcasm aside, the logic that the administration is using to craft their legislation and arguments could just as likely be used to attack these hard-working Ohioans struggling to make ends meet just as they are attacking public sector workers who have had nothing to do with the recent economic downturn.
So when they claim that unions and collective bargaining are destroying the Ohio economy and that they need to operate like the private sector, the BLS data provides us some models to follow:
While foreclosures were happening at a record pace and home sales were virtually non-existent unless you were a county sheriff, the average real estate broker’s salary increased an unbelievable 77%, from $51,740 to $91,450. That is quite an impressive business model.
This category added nearly 2,600 positions statewide, somewhat strange considering that they generally manage a company’s office, something we seemed to be losing a lot of in the last few years. We could imagine that their 43% increase in average salary to $103,390 would be appealing to teachers and principals who manage much more challenging personnel on a daily basis.
So when you see John Kasich’s latest propaganda machine, be insulted that he doesn’t think you’re smart enough to question the numbers. And with his staffers running the organization, don’t hesitate to call the Governor’s office and share your newest knowledge with them.
They could use a high quality education.