John Kasich went on Face the Nation Sunday and once again proved that he is living on another planet.  This is what he thinks is wrong with the stifiling partisianship in DC right now.

On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Kasich suggested that Washington politicians were acting out of their own individual political interests rather than those of their constituents, and called on them to “start thinking about how they’re going to feel about themselves when they leave” office.

“At the end of the day you look yourself in the mirror and you say to yourself, ‘Did I do what was right for families and for children? If I paid a political price, so what?'”Kasich said. “I mean, there’s too much posturing. There’s too much thinking about your party, yourself.”

Kasich (who was joined on the show by fellow governors Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and Scott Walker, R-Wis., as well as Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles) echoed a recurring sentiment during the program: Outside of Washington, the guests suggested, lawmakers of all stripes are able to solve economic problems by working together and making tough choices.

Oh. My. Goodness. The irony is running thick and deep here. Where to start, first, I think we can say just five days after his budget has been signed into law that the effect it will have on children and families will be negative. Pick whatever evidence you want to prove this point. Whether it is the deep cuts to education spending, the massive lay-offs that will occur due to deep cuts to local governments, or the local taxes that are going to rise to help cover the cost of services at the local level because of the lack of state support. Just these three points alone are clear examples of where this Governor has let down millions of children and families.

The fun doesn’t stop there though, the fact that we need to hear a lecture from John Kasich about how other people need to stop posturing and stop thinking about the party line as much is just laughable. This is coming from the same Governor who has decided to lead by threatening anyone who even thinks about disagreeing with any of his policies. I think if anyone wants to know how Kasich is doing with following his own advice on this matter should call up Senator Seitz and see what he has to say about this.

Kasich wasn’t finished letting people know that they gotta start ‘feeling’ more.

“I’ve got 11-year-old daughters,” added Kasich. “I’m worried about them. The people in Washington have got to put aside … all this political consideration and start thinking about how they’re going to feel about themselves when they leave.

“When I left Washington, I felt good about my service,” he continued. “I took some hits because of what I’ve done. I’ve taken hits out here in Ohio. You know what? When I wake up in the morning and I realize that… when I think that my motives are right in terms of lifting people, that’s what you have to do.”

To be completely honest, I really don’t know what any of this means but I have a theory. Is John Kasich turning into George W. Bush circa 2007-ish? I remember starting not that far after his re-election, when his numbers really started to tank, he started speaking about his performance in terms of how he ‘felt’. It didn’t matter what the polls said, or what the general feeling about him was, all that mattered was that George W. knew he was on the right path and that was that.

I feel like that is what we are starting to get from this Governor. His numbers are totally in the tank so who does he have to turn to but himself. Since his policies are clearly not being supported by the public the only way he knows he is doing the right thing now is because he ‘feels’ like he is. This has to be a horribly lonely place to be. You saw similar statements last week in his press conference after he signed the budget when he laid into Democrats for no real reason except that he just didn’t know where else to direct his anger. It could be a long four years for Kasich if this keeps going in this direction.

On a different note, my name is Ben, I’m new here. Sort of. I wrote for Ohio Budget Watch and now I’m going to start writing for Plunderbund. I’ve decided I like being a muckraker. Please excuse this horrible attempt at self promotion, but when I’m not writing snarky blog posts about politics I’m writing snarky blog posts about music over here. I’m looking forward to this.

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  • Prince John is a liar and he is evil.  He doesn’t work for us. 
    ‘Nuff said. 

  • There is no could be…it is definitely gonna be a long 4 years!! Ohio’s new anthem “Highway to hell” (I was hoping for a train-ride after all!! lol)

  • There is no could be…it is definitely gonna be a long 4 years!! Ohio’s new anthem “Highway to hell” (I was hoping for a train-ride after all!! lol)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Kasich will be out of office in three more years, but it will take ten years to undo the damage.  There will still be Republicans in the Legislature and obstructionism is now the way they govern.  So even with any kind of majority or mandate that a new governor may have, we will face years of blocking and sabotage, all well-funded.  John Kasich is a major part of the problem, but he is only a part.

  • Jen

    “…I think that my motives are right in terms of lifting people…”

    Lifting them and throwing them off the highest peak on the statehouse?

  • Tim M

    Rgtmwlly:

    The right thing? How is bankrupting hundreds of municipalities. The truth is, Kasich has start Ohio off in a deficit. He didn’t balance anything. He kicked the can down the road and then lies along with the Columbus Dispatch that he did anything correct. Wake up – – you clearly have no idea what’s really going on.

  • Tim M

    In my comment that should be,  how is bankrupting hundreds of municipalities, the right thing?

  • Tim M

    Great post. You’re definitely a welcome voice in combating all of Kasich’s lies. Look forward to reading more.

  • WestParkGuy

    “He should have kept spending money don’t have.”

    Other than the fact that you can’t complete a sentence that make sense, you need to seriously look at what the Kasich does. His budget just forces tax increases to the local governments or forces local governments to cuts essential services. That would be police, firemen, teachers, social workers, trash pick up, road repair, snow removal, etc…

    Oh yeah, you would be the first to complain if your car hits a pot hole and needs a new alignment or you couldn’t get to work because your streets weren’t plowed/salted.  I won’t even mention the under-educated youth that can’t find jobs causing trouble because they can’t find jobs.

    That’s smaller government at work. Seriously, if you want to live in North Dakota, Montana, or Idaho and be self sufficient, please pack up and move. I’m sure most Ohioans wouldn’t be sorry to see you leave.

  • Yay! Welcome, Ben!

  • Yay! Welcome, Ben!

  • I tweeted my arse off at the NY Times over their article calling Kasich’s first year “smooth” while failing to mention his approval ratings in the low 30s and the petition for SB 5.  Journalism fail.  

  • Lifting them up after the bus runs them over.

  • Anonymous

    Kasich is a sock monkey with cotton where his brain should be and a pea-sized heart made of coal.  His ocular faculties are buttons so he couldn’t see the truth if it was right in front of him. I have to agree with DublinIrishBob.   Kasich has 59 little clones in the legislator who will push through any cotton brained idea he comes up with, just to please him, but they will have to face re-election sooner than he does so they better start loosing some of their partisan ways. 

  • Yep, King John while he worked at Lehman brothers, got OH pensions, put them (instead of Treasury Bills) into the Junk Mortgage Backed securities, and lost a good deal of them.  How did people like you reward him?  You voted the jerk into office.  I guess a record doesn’t matter, if Faux news tells you he is the good guy.

  • Anonymous

    “spending money he didn’t have.” Sadly, No. Like the other Republican governors in the little coterie of well-kept trained animals in the Koch Bros’ 3-ring circus, Kasich is not “spending money he didn’t have” – he’s ordering the biggest steak handouts on the menu for his masters, and pulling a dine’n’dash when it’s time to pick up the check. Leaving the bill, as usual, for all of us to pay for his foolishness, while his cronies skip the state and maybe even the country with our cash lining the floors of their yachts.

  • Anastasjoy

    They did not! What a poor excuse for journalism. How can they call a referendum campaign that got more signatures than any petition drive in Ohio history to repeal his signature initiative “smooth”? That’s some pretty severe rejection.

  • Anastasjoy

    They did not! What a poor excuse for journalism. How can they call a referendum campaign that got more signatures than any petition drive in Ohio history to repeal his signature initiative “smooth”? That’s some pretty severe rejection.

  • Anastasjoy

    Except it’s NOT “smaller government at work,” WestParkGuy. It can’t be said often enough: Kasich did NOT shrink the budget — his reckless-spending ways are costing us taxpayers more than $5 billion more than Ted Strickland last budget. All Kasich did was steal from local governments and school systems — the money WE provide to fund them — and put it in the pockets of his wealth cronies. Although he technically “balanced the budget” as required by law, he did so by mortgaging the bedrock of the state — its local governments. Once all his rich pals have all our money, he’ll cut and run and leave someone else to clean up the mess.

  • Anastasjoy

    Precisely. In fact, with his chicanery, he bankrupted the state for the future. Municipalities are the foundation of the state. So he basically kicked out the pillars of the state and now we’ll have to watch the whole thing collapse while his wealthy pals take our tax money and run.

  • Kyle Christensen

    I wish this guy would die.

  • We will never–i repeat, never…undo this damage….the damage that both parties and our fed govt have inflicted on the Rust Belt, cauwe, I guess, just cause we will take it. And we have enough nutbag neocon tea bagger types running around to keep putting them in office.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I saw that show Gov Patrick kept trying to make the point towards Kasich and Walker that he had labor at his table when they redid their budget . They of course made no comments back . Kasich got called down for taking the others time. Wanted to pat his self on the back.

  • Carrieee4

    I just wish that when he is on TV or in front of any media someone would call him on all his lying and posturing and going on the party line. I mean really he is not working together with anyone when he has to continually kick people off of committees to get bills passed his way. He is two faced bald lair and the general public out there needs to see him for what he is.

  • Carrieee4

    Just goes to show that most of the media is slanted towards the bus and they are aiming it at all us middle class by not telling the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  • Carrieee4

    Did you really read this and other articles? I don’t think so.

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