The Columbus Dispatch editorial board is well know for it’s anti-union positions, so when I saw a recent editorial headline calling proposed ‘right-to-work’ legislation a “solution to a non-problem” I have to admit I was intrigued.
Sadly, the editors failed to provide any commentary on the legislation and instead focused on what they view as the potential negative fallout from a fight over right-to-work: that it might reflect poorly on their BFF John Kasich.
In short, the editorial goes something like this: Kasich is super awesome and if the GOP doesn’t ditch right-to-work it might help those pesky Democrats win in 2014.
And as always, they never miss a chance to repeat the same tired, old and incorrect Kasich campaign talking points.
“Kasich has led a remarkable turnaround,” the Dispatch writes. “Without raising taxes, he pulled Ohio out of an $8 billion budget deficit and began rebuilding its rainy-day fund.”
I’m not sure how many times we have to correct the Dispatch on this, but here it goes again: there never was an $8 billion deficit, there has been an explosion of local tax levies around the state because of Kasich’s budget cuts, and the rainy-day fund money came mostly from Strickland’s budget surpluses.
And that “remarkable turnaround” started a year before Kasich even took office.
The editors go on to warn their fellow Republicans about a similar measure pushed in 1958, which resulted in Democrats taking over most statewide offices and getting majorities in both houses of the General Assembly – clearly a bad thing in the eyes of the Dispatch.
We’ve known for months that Kasich has been applying pressure behind the scenes to kill support for the right-to-work ballot initiative. And now, it seems, he’s got the Dispatch doing he’s bidding as well.
In 2011, the Dispatch wholeheartedly supported similar provisions in Senate Bill 5/Issue 2, claiming the union-busting bill contained “common-sense improvements” that were “essential to the fiscal health of state and local governments.”
The fight over issue drove Kasich’s poll numbers into the ground.
Fearing a similar drop over a new right-to-work fight, suddenly the Dispatch has had a change of heart? Suddenly we should just all just wait until after Kasich gets reelected before we try to strip unions of their rights and power?
Partisan cheerleading for our Republican governor is something we’ve come to expect from the Dispatch.
But lately, the editorial page seems more like the front page of Kasich’s campaign website.