Well, I truly thought it would take longer than a month and a half before people saw how horrible Kasich’s budget was. I really did.  But then I wake up this morning and open up the Toledo Blade to see a scathing editorial condemining the Kasich administration for, well, pretty much everything we have been saying for the last six months.

Candidate Kasich attacked former Gov. Ted Strickland for not creating jobs and for using one-time money to kick the state’s budget problems down the road. Governor Kasich balanced his budget by using one-time money from the sale of public assets and by kicking the revenue shortfall down the food chain and onto the backs of local governments. Instead of creating jobs, the budget ensures job losses, at least in the public sector.

After his victory last November, Mr. Kasich said Ohioans could get on his bus or be run over by it. At the same time, he asked to be warned if it appeared he was about to run over a cliff.

It appears that the best seats on the bus are reserved for wealthy interests. And the cliff ahead, if the governor can see the signs, is the lack of job creation.

Ouch. Did one of my colleagues here at Plunderbund get a job on the Blade’s editorial board and not tell me?

The Toledo Blade is absolutely right for calling out Kasich for spending the first six months of his administration rewarding his rich friends at the expense of everyone else. The examples are too numerous to count

As ModernEsquire pointed out earlier in the week, what ever economic recovery we had going into 2011 was quickly squashed by the extreme policy initiatives implemented by this administration. Take for example the putrid jobs numbers we saw for June. Public sector job loss is the driving force behind them and, if I was a betting man, I would bet on those public sector job numbers being even worse next month.

If the Ohio economy continues to stall, which is a very good chance, the main reason why will be because of Kasich’s budget. By balancing his budget on the backs of school districts and local governments it forces both of those entities to make cuts and lay people off.  That means further people on unemployment and less people putting money back into our state’s economy.

That’s why the Toledo Blade should be applauded for calling out Kasich on his hypocrisy. He has done exactly nothing to facilitate creating a climate for job growth in Ohio. Yes, his budget may have cut takes for the wealthiest in Ohio but that doesn’t equate to job growth. Yes, it may have sold off years worth of revenue for the state to balance the budget, but that doesn’t equate to job growth. And, yes, his budget may have kicked the can down to the local government and school districts but that doesn’t create jobs either.

So, it isn’t surprising why the Toledo Blade, and millions of Ohioans, are asking the same thing now? When are you going to start focusing on what really matters, Governor Kasich, and doing what needs to be done to create jobs here in Ohio?

 

 
  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t count on that rag called The Blade as an allie in the war on Kasich or the fight for truth, justice and the American way. They have a rather spotty and somewhat self-serving background. Evan a blind pig will trip into it’s food once in a while, it is hardly surpassing that they would “guess” right now and again.

  • It is about time some of these “Main Stream Media” sources in Ohio, started telling the truth about Johnny Wall Street.  Since he crowned himself king, Ohio has been heading toward a cliff, aided by the Koch Brothers.  I wish we could get him out of office.  Any headway toward creating recall here in Ohio?

  • Anonymous

    As a native of Paulding County, I just received my weekly Paulding Co. Progress.  Paulding County (NW Ohio, home of Lynn Wachtmann) is as Republican a place as possible.  Yet a letter to the editor confirmed that news of possible consolidation of local government officials (township trustees) has filtered down even to that backwater, and the news has not been well-received.  People in the most remote corners of the state are waking up, and are realizing the nightmare is just beginning.

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, to be fair, the Cleveland Plainly Republican DID warn its readers that Kasich had a tendency to go off a cliff — and then it endorsed him. I am waiting for their abject apology. They spent four years nitpicking every little thing Strickland did that they managed to twist out of shape into a mistake or an error, but they have yet to call Kasich out for massive corruption. If Strickland had DARED to make any of the generous gifts to a campaign donor Kasich has, it would have been front-page headlines for weeks. Kasich is so corrupt that the minute he announces ANY allocation of state funds,  I immediately start looking to see if they gave him money. I really don’t need to bother to look anymore, because the answer is an automatic “yes.” Why is his corruption when Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo (indicted/convicted Democratic officials from Cuyahoga county who took favors for contracts and jobs) do it, but a big ho-hum when Kasich does it? I know I shocked some people at a seminar on restoring trust in government last weekend when I suggested the best thing would be if our newspaper went out of business, but I meant it.

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, to be fair, the Cleveland Plainly Republican DID warn its readers that Kasich had a tendency to go off a cliff — and then it endorsed him. I am waiting for their abject apology. They spent four years nitpicking every little thing Strickland did that they managed to twist out of shape into a mistake or an error, but they have yet to call Kasich out for massive corruption. If Strickland had DARED to make any of the generous gifts to a campaign donor Kasich has, it would have been front-page headlines for weeks. Kasich is so corrupt that the minute he announces ANY allocation of state funds,  I immediately start looking to see if they gave him money. I really don’t need to bother to look anymore, because the answer is an automatic “yes.” Why is his corruption when Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo (indicted/convicted Democratic officials from Cuyahoga county who took favors for contracts and jobs) do it, but a big ho-hum when Kasich does it? I know I shocked some people at a seminar on restoring trust in government last weekend when I suggested the best thing would be if our newspaper went out of business, but I meant it.

  • Anastasjoy

    I am glad to hear that. If even a place that could elect Lynn Wachtmann (called by one person I know who has been lobbying in Columbus for 20 years the meanest and most ignorant legislator she has ever dealt with) could be alarmed, then you know this government has lost all popular support.

  • Anastasjoy

    I am glad to hear that. If even a place that could elect Lynn Wachtmann (called by one person I know who has been lobbying in Columbus for 20 years the meanest and most ignorant legislator she has ever dealt with) could be alarmed, then you know this government has lost all popular support.

  • Anastasjoy

    And the Blade is one of the state’s least conservative papers. But I’ve been noticing that even a right-wing rag like the Cleveland Plainly Republican has been getting nervous jitters lately. It did run a story about David Brennan writing the legislation on charter-school oversight, and ran it on the front page. I think in their collective little pea brain they are starting to realize the havoc they helped unleash on the state when they urged people to vote for a man of whom they said “it’s hard to tell what’s core belief, what’s hot air and whether he knows the difference.”

  • Anastasjoy

    And the Blade is one of the state’s least conservative papers. But I’ve been noticing that even a right-wing rag like the Cleveland Plainly Republican has been getting nervous jitters lately. It did run a story about David Brennan writing the legislation on charter-school oversight, and ran it on the front page. I think in their collective little pea brain they are starting to realize the havoc they helped unleash on the state when they urged people to vote for a man of whom they said “it’s hard to tell what’s core belief, what’s hot air and whether he knows the difference.”

  • I read these newspapers, and find that they are more cheerleaders for evil, than news anymore.   I liked Strickland  he was getting Ohio on the right path.  Kasich is part of the people who helped get us into this mess.  His work with Lehman brothers, taking Ohio Pensions and putting them into Mortgage backed securities has me seeing red.  Teachers, firefighters, and police officers didn’t do this.   He did.  If you have the time.  There is a great piece on Democracy Now, where Matt Taibii talks about him and the other governors from hell.  “Why isn’t wall street in jail”   I actually found someone who admitted they voted for him.  I told everyone I knew before the election, about him, and luckily most listened.   I wish the rest of the state would have did some research.

    Does anyone know if he is part of the “Family”?  I haven’t found anything, but I was wondering.

  • Anonymous

    Why did you have to mention Wachtmann, you know how I feel about that caveman.
     
    Have I told you how much I dislike him?

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, the Blade did endorse Ted, and they did expose and pursue Tom Noe’s “Coin Gate”.  However, until now they have been mute or neutral on Kasich’s plunder of state assets and they were into union busting (their own employee’s) long before Kasich was on the radar.

  • Good, but may be too late because the R’s are so good at wrecking stuff that cannot be fixed in one election cycle.

  • It’s summer, no one is paying attention. People are finishing their vacations and getting ready for school. In the fall, they will start covering for the R’s again because they have the freedom to say whatever they want because they own the media.

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