John Kasich is still trying to find supporters for his plan to raise severance taxes on oil and gas exploration in order to fund a tiny income tax cut.

Last week he held a news conference with Fred Dailey, the former director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, hoping to sway farmers to his position.

But when local public radio superstar Bill Cohen asked Kasich about the possibility that farmers could end up paying the tax increase instead of the drillers, Kasich dropped the ball.

Kasich not only insulted Mr. Cohen, but he also undermined the entire purpose of his press conference by saying that sure, some farmers will end up paying his proposed tax hike, but only if they aren’t “smart” enough to have negotiated a better lease with the oil and gas company.


Regardless of your position on the severance tax hike, it seems quite unfair and, in typical Kasich fashion, rude to expect a farmer to be an expert at writing oil and gas leases or to expect a landowner to have the foresight to know Kasich planned to quadruple the severance tax. And not having this expertise or foresight in no way makes these landowners not “smart”.

The Ohio Farm Bureau has yet to take a position on the tax hike, but I’m sure Kasich’s decision to insult the intelligence of many of their members certainly didn’t help win him any friends.

  • nowaRINO

    does not play well with others

  • stryx

    Always trust financial advice from the Lehman man, Bill.

  • duckmonkeyman

    Wow. Insulting Cohen for asking a simple question. We’ve got Chris Christie in Ohio.

  • I’m no fan of Kasich, but to say that he insulted farmers with his jab at Cohen is stretching it. If I were on Kasich’s end, I’d be calling you out for assuming that the average farmer can’t read a lease. That’s condescending as well. I don’t doubt for a moment that Kasich’s intentions are “pro-business” at best and under handed at face value, but as liberals we oughtn’t to resort to twisting words and this kind of lowest common denominator stuff. We can win our point without going there.

  • I would like to know if any JobsOhio money is going to the oil and gas industry to underwrite this fracking boom, but thanks to our governor and the legislature the transparency that should align with spending PUBLIC funds has been removed, so I guess we’ll never know.

  • annekarima53

    Hmmmm….Jake, you are a farmer? Do I understand that correctly? And you never used the – what is it called? The farmer’s landbank ? is that correct? for anything? That thing that pays the farmer his/her subsidies? I remember my mother years and years ago telling me how she made her yearly farm payment using that thing. All subsidies, Jake. All paid by taxpayers, jake.

  • Who is twisting what? I suppose you would not be insulted if I said that you are too stupid to understand a direct quote not taken out of context?

  • annekarima53

    I’m not gonna let you go yet. You made me angry. You milk cows? Milk still subsidized? That’s tax money, Jake. Tax money. Your crops if you sell them, those most likely are subsidized too. Don’t try to tell me how farmers make their money, Jake. I grew up on a farm. It is not easy work. Not at all. But there is a reason farm work has been taken over by big companies and it is not because it is easy honest work. It is because of subsidies, Jake. In that way, Obama may have had a point when he made that statement the other day.

  • annekarima53

    Frank, this is where it gets fun. I’ve seen it before. “There’s oil in this here land! Yes, there is!” The flim flam man comes out with his fancy cars and eqiuipment and the show is on. It ought to get interesting. This isn’t Ohio’s first go around. And yes, some farmers are that dumb.

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