Recently, Republican Governors have been scrutinized on how closely they are sticking to Romney’s economic talking points. After John Kasich made one notable misstep, he seems to be getting onto the same set of talking points as Romney lately.
One item where the Governor’s views appear to be in lockstep with Romney’s is the subject of outsourcing.
Romney talks a good game on the campaign trail:
“They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” he told workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m president of the United States, that’s going to end.”
But his track record is not so good. According to a major story in today’s Washington Post, Romney’s private equity firm, Bain Capital, invested in companies that specialized in moving American jobs overseas.
During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
While Romney’s company was outsourcing jobs, Kasich was working as a member of Congress to make it even easier. As we reported in 2010:
Before Ted Strickland was in Congress, John Kasich voted for tax policies that subsidized moving American jobs overseas. (H.R. 3545, Roll call vote #392, 10/29/1987.)
John Kasich proposed ending worker retraining assistance for workers who lost their jobs as a result of Kasich’s “free” trade policies. President Bill Clinton and the Congressional Democrats told Chairman Kasich no way.
Kasich also appointed an outsourcing expert to be his Jobs Czar.
Kasich’s coddling of outsourcing continues to this day. In this morning’s Columbus Dispatch, Kasich’s Jobs Czar, Mark Kvamme, defends the continued membership on the state’s “JobsOhio” Board of Directors of Bob Evans CEO, Steve Davis, even after the company recently announced plans to move Ohio jobs to Texas.
“I want Bob Evans to be the best company they can be and to hire as many people as they can in Ohio,” Kvamme said. “But people may or may not know, they own a big operation in California, and so it didn’t make sense to have some of that capability in Ohio. It made more sense for it to be in Texas.
So a member of the board set up to oversee a nonprofit agency aimed at increasing jobs in Ohio sends his own Ohio jobs to Texas, and gets a big pass from Team Kasich? Nice.
If Kasich and Romney truly want to see the practice of outsourcing ended, they should tell us where they stand on recent legislation to end government contracts and other assistance to firms that send jobs overseas. A bill is pending in Ohio – HB403 – but House GOP leadership has not allowed it to get a vote.
Remember this guy? Maybe he needs to come back.