Governor John Kasich’s upcoming trip to Mexico has brought us the first great moment of 2013 in Ohio journalism.

Gov. John Kasich is traveling to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later this month.  There, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Kasich will meet, greet, and schmooze “some of the world’s richest and most powerful people.”

We aren’t talking about how the media is totally dropping the ball on the big story: Kasich has created a loophole in Ohio’s ethics and public records laws through JobsOhio to allow big donors to pay for international travel for administration officials without any public oversight.  Joseph was all over that yesterday.


This line in Joe Vardon’s Dispatch story about Kasich’s trip caught our eye:  “It will be the first overseas trip by an Ohio governor since then-Gov. Bob Taft went to Mexico in October 2006.”

The same line was picked up by the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Plain Dealer, ONN, the Akron Beacon Journal, and we believe we heard it on an NPR broadcast.

We didn’t get our degree in Geography, so we can be sure about this, but . . .  we think that Mexico isn’t overseas.

So we checked a map.  Here is North America:


It sure looks to us like we can get there without going over any oceans.  Just to be sure, we asked Google Maps.  Here is how you get from Columbus to Mexico City:



The text mentions a couple of bridges, but no boat or plane was necessary.  Not even a ferry.

And we relied on these folks for “fact checking” in the last election.

  • dmoore2222

    Johnny just has to find a way to make it look like the improvement in Ohio’s economy is of his doing. So a trip anywhere is ambiguous enough for him to accomplish this, so he thinks. Of course, his wanting the auto industry to go bankrupt didn’t help his case and continues to haunt him. Without those jobs his job numbers would be mighty skinny. And his about face on tax incentives for corporations signals there’s bad news a comin from all of that, like the Ohio taxpayer getting stiffed by an American Greetings or a Timken. So why not go to Mexico. Hey, they haven’t learned to hate there, YET anyway.

  • Yes, you CAN go to Mexico by car or bus, if you want to take a long time. No, I wouldn’t call it “overseas” either, but maybe the fact-checkers should have called it “out of the country” ?

    Did I miss something? GM DID go bankrupt … and Obama bought a bunch of union votes by supporting their union retirements with a huge taxpayer funded bailout. Wonder how many Delphi employees voted Obama. Last I looked, Ohio was doing better, economy wise, than most of the democrat governor states. If JK does reduce taxes, I’d be happy to give him another term. So far he has contained state spending better than our last governor.

  • dmoore2222

    I don’t see how Kasich reduced anyones’s taxes. He just passed along to local governments, schools districts and higher education what the state would normally fund. I can’t think of a single thing that he’s done that would encourage job creation beyond the noirmal recovery from a recession. There have been no really big corporate moves to Ohio that would move the needle in any signfificant way. Quite the opposite. Chiquita bailed and took over a tousand jobs with them.

  • Sorry, John. Kasich is actually spending more. And he’s doing it by robbing locals of funds and by using one-time money.

  • Depending on the flight route, he may have skirted the gulf. But that’s a stretch.

  • the 2006 “journey to Mexico,” included A Carnival Cruise.. So, technically making getting to Mexicom “over seas!@”

  • Since you brought up Delphi….

    There is a key point people miss when it comes to Delphi’s pensions – The union pensions at Delphi were a financial obligation of GM. The nonunion pensions were NOT. When the two companies split, GM agreed to take on the UAW pensions at Delphi if Delphi went bankrupt. As such, those union workers were creditors of GM, protected by the contract they had with Delphi and GM.

    The nonunion workers’ pension had no similar contractual protection. So when GM went bankrupt and the federal government bailed out GM’s creditors, the Delphi union pensions were by definition one of those groups that would get bailed out.

    Folks, this is one of the key purposes of unions – you have contractual protections that you don’t get otherwise. And to get that, you PAY union dues. It amazes me how many people want all the benefits of unions but without any of the costs.

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