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.