“Job creation, of course, has been and always continues to be our greatest moral purpose,” said John Kasich during his second inaugural speech on January 12, 2015.
That same day, Macy’s reported it would be laying off over 100 employees in Ohio. And that was just the beginning. So far this month, Ohio has received WARN notices from five large companies announcing they would be laying off a total of 989 employees in Ohio over the next few months. U.S. Steel plans to layoff the most: 636 USW union workers at its Lorain tubular plant.
“We created the most innovative, economic development approach in America,” Kasich said, speaking of JobsOhio during his speech. “Economic growth, it’s great!”
And yes, sure, economic growth, in theory, IS great. But that is not what has actually happened under his watch or under his “innovative” (read: secretive and non-transparent) economic development approach. Instead, Ohio has still not recovered over 100,000 jobs lost during the great recession, even though the U.S. has fully recovered. And Ohio’s 12-month job creation rate of 1.11 percent is almost half the national average of 2.0 percent.
Kasich attempted to transition away from his jobs rant by (poorly) pulling a page from the “relate to your audience” section of the Speech Writing For Dummies book… Having a job “restores personal confidence,” claimed Kasich. Because when that “dad went home” without a job he was sad. But dads** with jobs “may even be able to get a shrimp cocktail” for their kids!
Sadly, after Kasich’s first term, many of Ohio’s children are still living without shrimp cocktail. Even worse, many Ohio’s dads (and moms) are living without jobs despite Kasich’s promises and claims.
** Yes, Kasich’s entire speech about jobs focuses on dads and excludes moms or women in general.