Tax season must be hell for John Kasich. Hunched over his W-2’s pained and frowning, Line 17 haunts the governor: State income tax withheld. How many rounds of golf has that line stolen from him? How many filets has he foregone? How long must he suffer?

Kasich will do just about anything to destroy that terrible Line 17 once and for all, and whatever devastation is visited upon others as a consequence, well, them’s the breaks, because Line 17 must go, at any cost.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

A high-school senior in a wheelchair faced state lawmakers yesterday, passionately urging them to focus on a tiny piece of the $72.3 billion state budget proposal.

That little piece means everything to Justin Martin, 18, an honors student, accomplished writer and speaker from Hilliard Darby High School who has had cerebral palsy since birth, cannot dress or bathe himself and relies on state-paid independent-care providers to help him get through daily life.

Provisions in the two-year budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich’s administration would phase out those providers, close state developmental centers in Dayton and Youngstown and potentially threaten continued operation of small, intermediate-care facilities.

“In a just world, you would not be able to deny me this,” Martin said, reading from an iPad propped on a table in front of him. “And if you do, if you must, the least I can do is make the shapes of your consciences match the new shape of my life, and the lives of so many other disabled Ohioans: a circle. An endless, unjustifiable, hopeless circle.”

Sorry, Justin. Tiny as a piece as it may be, the Guv is done with it, along with the hundreds of other tiny little pieces that are critical to quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. Your suffering just doesn’t compare to the wrenching pain Mr. Kasich feels when he sees the dastardly Line 17.

The elimination of Line 17 is all that matters. We shall bear any burden, pay any price, to vanquish that nasty beast once and for all. Consequence be damned. We thank you for your sacrifice, Justin. And once that foe, the abominable Line 17, is nevermore, John Kasich shall celebrate, with golf and steak.

David DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure based out of Athens, Ohio. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s He can be found on Twitter @TheRevDeWitt.