If rhetorical foot-in-mouth disease was really a serious problem, John Kasich would have qualified for constant medical care over the last 36 years. Ohio’s Governor is legend for his Kasichspeak, those nuggets of rhetorical stupidity—some reporters call them “riffs” as if he were a verbal jazz musician—that flow out of his mouth on a daily basis showing just how poorly he grasps the real world.
In Phoenix last Wednesday to push for a federal balanced budget amendment, Kasich attempted another backhand partisan slap of the nation’s current two-time presidential winner, President Barack Obama. “Secret Service, how are they doing? IRS, how are they doing? Veterans Administration, how are they doing? They found out that they had smallpox in a closet somewhere. So how are they doing over there? I mean, the list goes on and on,” Bob McClay of KTRA News reported.
Kasich said, for all the world to hear, just how stuck in the past he is, “I read yesterday that federal employees are beginning to be very frustrated about the fact that they’re not seeing any leadership at the national level.” Finding another safe, non-threatening venue to speak in—could it be because Arizona’s state motto is “God Enriches”—as he continues his stealth campaign for President of the United States, the former federal and now state employee said, “These are government employees saying that!”
Notwithstanding the fact that Gov. Kasich doesn’t much like government employees in general, and would chop federal employees down even more if he were to have clout in Washington as either POTUS or VPOTUS, his bona fides rest on serving in Congress for 18 years. During this time, especially near the end of his nine-terms, he was boosted by Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, who was finally forced from his House speakership position, to become chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee. According to Kasichlore, the federal budget would not have been balanced but for the Westerville Wizard.
In truth though, Congressman Kasich is at age 62 a relic of the Reagan Era. Like every other Republican in 1993, he voted against President Bill Clinton’s first budget bill that raised income taxes, which triggered a roaring 1990s economy that produced a surplus of federal funds used by Congressional leaders including Mr. Kasich to balance the federal budget. Had Kasich and his Republican colleagues won that narrow vote, Congressman-turned-governor Kasich would not be able to claim the false narrative he routinely does these days to gullible reporters who routinely swallow his established narrative that he’s a success because the Lord has His hands on him that he balanced the budget for the first time since men walked on the moon.
As Ohio’s budget busting governor, his first two budgets were the biggest in state history, so railing against spending in Washington as if he didn’t take his fair share of that spending when he could then—and now as he did when he accepted Medicaid and the $2.5 billion that came with it—is both hilarious and high hypocrisy.
As he’s repeatedly done in Ohio, Gov. Kasich dodged a question about whether he’ll run for president. For anyone not blinded by the light, Kasich has been running a stealth campaign for POTUS since he started his unannounced reelection campaign for governor. It’s basic Kasich to deny the obvious, but that’s just his disingenuous political style, honed over decades to baffle and deceive even high-dollar pundits like Dan Balz of the Washington Post and George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “This Week” program, both of whom were dazzled at his 31-point win this year despite acknowledging that it was the lowest voter turnout in 60 years.
“Believe me, there’s not a better time to go into any job than when things are completely out of control, because there’s nowhere to go but up,” Kasich said, obviously clueless to the fact that the nation’s debt is not out of control. In fact, it’s fallen faster during Obama’s presidency that at any other time in recent memory. Gov. Kasich must have early onset of ALS, because he forgets that The Great Communicator pumped up spending from Washington to stratospheric heights with not one disparaging word from Ohio’s go-go CEO style chief executive. The Westerville Wizard has remained, curiously, silent on out of control spending in DC by the worst president in modern times, George W. Bush, who spent $2.3 trillion on tax cuts—tapping the surplus left to him by Bill Clinton—and trillions more of wars that continue to this day. Why wasn’t Kasich pushing his balanced budget amendment then when national finances were out of control?
For John Kasich, it seems to be all about will. “But you know what it takes? It takes will,” said Kasich, whose first term radical reforms have relied upon a uber-friendly GOP legislature to agree to his very Republican agenda, which hasn’t changed one iota over the decades. Maybe a reporter will dare ask Mr. Kasich to explain where his positions on any subject differ substantially with any other potential GOP presidential contender, of which there are many?
“This is not some sophisticated kind of scientific analysis here,” Kasich, master of the obvious, said yesterday in Phoenix. “This is just plain common sense – that government should not spend more than what it takes in, except in times of war or economic crisis.” This familiar but false GOP meme was used in Ohio and elsewhere this year to great success. They key part to Kasich’s convoluted wording, however, is “takes in.” More revenue can and should be taken in, especially from Kasich’s wealthy donor base who could pay far more in income taxes and still remain fabulously wealthy. But like nearly all Republicans today, Gov. Kasich has foreclosed on tapping his rich friends to pay their fair share. Government can and should take in more, especially by eliminating the cap on Social Security income, which would virtually correct any projected shortfalls until nearly the 22nd century.
It takes real chutzpah for a perfect partisan politician like John Kasich to complain that politicians like to “just spend and spend and spend to try and buy votes.” Spending to buy votes to first elect Citizen Kasich in 2010 was $16,040,759, according to one fund tracking source. Followthemoney.org reports that $38,645,703 was spent to elect Mr. Kasich over the last four years. Spending to buy votes? The governor knows how that works so well, that he’s cat-walked himself before mega GOP donors like Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas and in Florida.
According to one news source, since the beginning of 2013 the empirical governor took in $20 million compared to a Democratic opponent statehouse reporters helped beat down so much that King Kasich refused to debate, trashing a proud tradition of political opponents engaging each other in order for voters to weigh-in on them.
Rolling out the same tired and false GOP talking point that Congress needs to treat the federal budget the same way a family treats its budget, he said he sometimes has to be the bad guy. “My daughters would like a whole lot of things. Sometimes I have to say no because we can’t afford it,” implying Congress needs to do the same thing. But it’s also commonsense that the nation’s budget doesn’t resemble a family budget in any way shape or form. And because Kasich is likely a millionaire many times over, which releasing his tax returns would have verified, it doesn’t ring true that he can’t afford whatever his family needs. And it doesn’t take a genius to understand that average family budgets don’t pay for an Army, Navy and Air Force to defend the immediate neighborhood or the city. Families also don’t offer area businesses tax breaks, which Gov. Kasich is especially fond of doling out, as both his state budgets demonstrate.
Reporters present to hear Mr. Kasich’s riff session in Phoenix missed a golden opportunity to ask his Grand Canyon State hosts why they haven’t rushed to follow the Ohio Model?
A spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party riffed on Gov. Kasich’s riffs. “While Gov. Kasich travels around the country trying to raise his national profile, his Republican colleagues here in Ohio are doing his dirty work, pushing forward one of their most controversial and extreme attacks on women’s health yet. It is shameful, but not surprising, that John Kasich’s presidential ambitions are already leaving Ohioans hurting here at home,” ODP’s Meredith Tucker said.