Ohio Gov. John Kasich made another TV appearance on, where else, The Fox News Channel. The governor who dreams the impossible dream of being elected president in 2016 was there to tell his “Ohio Story” and to push his idea for a federal balanced budget amendment. In the course of the short interview, he also largely took credit for leaving Washington in 1999 with a surplus of funds.
For reasons harmful to his self-serving narrative that but for him being chairman of the House Budget Committee in 1997, America’s budget would not have been balanced as it was, Kasich, who spent 18 years in the House, failed to mention that President Clinton’s first budget triggered the economic boom of the 1990s. He also failed to mention that, in 1993, he and all other Republicans voted against it because it contained tax increases. Kasich is a signatory to Grover Norquist’s no new taxes pledge, which he took in 2010 when he ran his first campaign for governor.
Kasich Blame Game Blames Republicans
Had Kasich and all the other Republicans who voted in lock step against the first Clinton White House budget won that vote, the economic boom of the 1990s—that created 23 million jobs, the most of any president in American history—may not have boomed as soon as it did.
Speaking recently on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo, the “Money Honey” who made her name on the business channel CNBC, Kasich named the culprits responsible for squandering all those surplus federal funds.
“You can’t believe who blew it,” he told Bartiromo, “the Republicans…House and Senate and the president.” Gov. Kasich is master of many things, including half-truths, but he spoke the truth this time.
Asked by Bartiromo if he’s ready to run for president this time, Kasich said he probably wasn’t ready 16 years ago but might be today. Above and beyond speaking with his family and friends, he needs advise from someone else.
“What’s the Lord want me to do with my life. I have to figure that out. I don’t know that yet,” he said.