As Gov. Kasich laid out his case as a defender of the poor (except the lazy ones) in a radio interview, with inspired Biblical infusions, it inevitably drew some of us back to another day when he was a congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee.

It was in 1995 when he was less than charitable to the the folks at the bottom of the economic ladder. At that time, he was enlisted by House Speaker Newt Gingrich to cut and paste a budget that would offset a $348 billion revenue loss in tax cuts. Kasich saw it as a great opportunity to be knighted as a trending upwardly mobile conservative member of the GOP club.

A former colleague, Knight-Ridder Capitol Hill reporter Dave Hess exposed the budget game plan in an article that appeared on the front page of the Philadephia Inquirer. He quoted Kasich’s rationale for the devastating cuts in social programs:

“We’ve kept our word and met the challenge,” Kasich said with lofty self-approval. “We are beginning a process of restoring a balance by shifting power, money and infuence from Washington back to state and local goverrnments and, where possible, to individuals.”

Contrasting Kasaich’s handiwork to a less bloody Senate Budget Plan, Hess reported that the blueprint would cut Medicare ($256 billion) and Medicaid ($176 billion) and goes further than the Senate plan over a seven year-span, which Democrats asserted would drive up health premiums for health coverage. (Remember: Those were 1995 numbers.)

The House plan, Hess wrote, would abolish the Commerce, Energy and Education Departments as well as 13 other agencies, including the Economic Development Administration, Legal Services Corp, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Tennessee Valley Authority , Amtrak, VISTA, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, homeless grants, community development block grants and “major housing programs for the disabled, the poor and elderly”.

What would Jesus say?

There’s more: “Also, scores of federal education-asstance programs to schools and colleges, along with most job training and vocational education programs, would be ended.”

The plan died in the Senate.

But Hess did find his reporting would cost him as a reporter. “Once the story appeared,” Hess recalls today, “they (Kasich et al) never talked to me again.”

Maybe the Kasich gang should be reminded that as Oscar Wilde once wrote, “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”

  • dmoore2222

    Yeah. This was the stiff who railed against wasteful government spending and favoritism. I remember him pointedly saying no one better come around looking for special treatment. He then proceeded to create a secretive entity (JobsOhio) with hefty salaries for the employees, lavish offices, and big pots of state money for politically friendly businesses. And now he’s the savior of the poor and downtrodden? Whoring after poor peoples’ votes isn’t gonna work especially after he and his party already tried to shut them out of the last election–and they aren’t about to forget it.

  • Natasha

    Kasuck is just another cheapskate tea-bagger-a**hole who wants something for nothing. He lacks the intellectual heft to understand the value of education and preparation in raising a society and growing a nation whether we enjoy peace or suffer the ruin of war.

    Kasuck’s cheap cheesiness is not limited to social programs. Back before his pal W Bush decided to destroy Iraq in lieu of attacking al Qaeda, Kasuck was all for gutting the military and notoriously attacked funding for development of the B-2 stealth bomber.

    It didn’t make sense to him probably because he just another draft-dodging pol who wants your son or daughter to go to war while he and his safely observe it all on CNN and he busies himself destroying things like public education. Never mind that our forces suffered far fewer casualties and stealth technology – that “economy” that makes no sense to Kasuck saved American and our allies from horrific battlefield casualties -and helped our forces achieve their objectives without bringing total devastation to the homeland of the opposing forces.

    Here’s what Johnny “slasher” Kasuck wrote about his stupidity and lack of understanding how wars are fought today.

    John Kasich on Homeland Security – Republican Governor;
    previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President

    According to Kasuck:

    $1B per plane for B-2 is a colossal misuse of money (NOTE: Not if my kid is flying it)

    [In the 1980s], it was not good politics to go up against the pro-defense lobby, especially for a Republican. But I didn’t think it was good government to keep signing up for these ridiculous expenditures. Most ridiculous of all, I came to think, was the development of the B-2 stealth bomber, which at the outset was presented as an essential weapon against the Soviets. I used to listen to the B-2 proponents, spinning all their tales of gloom and doom, and glory and might, and get the feeling I had stepped into some overproduced Cold War action movie. In any given year, the development of the B-2 was a small line item in the overall defense budget, but the long-term plans for the bomber would be realized at a staggering cost, over time. At anywhere from $1 billion to $2 billion per plane, it seemed a colossal misuse of taxpayer monies–and a misguided defense strategy, to boot–and I never understood why we needed to fly a plane inside the Soviet Union in the middle of a nuclear war. It made no sense.

    Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 92-94, May 23, 2007

    According to reality

    The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses.

    Along with the B-52 and B-1B, the B-2 provides the penetrating flexibility and effectiveness inherent in manned bombers. Its low-observable, or “stealth,” characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued, and heavily defended, targets. Its capability to penetrate air defenses and threaten effective retaliation provide a strong, effective deterrent and combat force well into the 21st century.

    The revolutionary blending of low-observable technologies with high aerodynamic efficiency and large payload gives the B-2 important advantages over existing bombers. Its low-observability provides it greater freedom of action at high altitudes, thus increasing its range and a better field of view for the aircraft’s sensors. Its unrefueled range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles (9,600 kilometers).

    The success of the B-2 was proved in Operation Allied Force, where it was responsible for destroying 33 percent of all Serbian targets in the first eight weeks, by flying nonstop to Kosovo from its home base in Missouri and back. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the B-2 flew one of its longest missions to date from Whiteman to Afghanistan and back.

  • dman

    Saw this in USAToday.

    Ohio groups trying to publicize the (health care) exchanges have had a particularly difficult time because a new state law prohibits anyone not paid by the federal government to say they are navigators, the representatives of groups authorized to help people enroll in insurance.

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