It’s a fact: Gov. John Kasich and his handlers don’t lose sleep out of fear Ohio media will ever question their well-crafted, but largely false narrative, that Ohio was doing well until Gov. Ted Strickland spent down the state’s emergency fund down to 89 cents for no apparent reason.

The history of Ohio’s troubles can be easily found for anyone who cares to look. It started well before voters elected Ted Strickland by a nearly 2-1 margin in 2006, following GOP pay-to-play politics that was so egregious that voters finally voted Republicans out of power after having controlled it top to bottom since 1994.

The bad luck for Gov. Strickland, who campaigned to turnaround the state from years of decline under Republican rule, was that the Great Recession was on its way to the heartland. The economic catastrophe of historic proportions was about to decimate the state. Republicans like Mr. Kasich suffer partisan memory loss when they fail to mention the the Great Recession, maybe for fear some reporter might be audacious enough to ask him what he would have undertaken, that didn’t include utilizing the single, specific tool designed for just such rain day emergency situations, to keep the ship of state afloat?

To keep Ohio stabilized as the economic tsunami rolled across the nation leaving hardly a state untouched, Gov. Strickland reduced state spending, wisely accepted federal state stabilization funds and, yes, depleted the state’s rainy day fund as any good manager would have done.

Presumably, had John Kasich been governor during those terrible years, would he have not touched the rainy day fund? Would he have chosen austerity policies instead, making matters far worse? Would he have cut government spending or reduced state revenue by doling out income tax cuts to the states wealthiest individuals and businesses? For low-information voters, the 89 cents story is simplistic and compelling.

But for anyone who understands the severity of the toll taken on Ohio, which includes the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Strickland, elected after a dozen years of total control by Republicans who believe the patently false notions about low taxes and limited government spending, as Gov. Kasich does, using emergency funds in an emergency situation was the absolute right choice.

Gov. Kasich purposely fails to note that Strickland gave him an economy on the upswing, one that outpaced the national job creation average, while Gov. Kasich has failed to even equal it for 31 straight months. John Kasich also benefited from tens of thousands of jobs created under Strickland, and takes bows for them along with nearly $1 billion in funds from Strickland that helped replenish Ohio’s rainy day fund.

Before signing his third largest budget in state history at the end of June, Gov. Kasich, who’s out selling what he’s done for Ohio as his recipe for the nation and has set July 21 as his presidential announcement date, repeated his well-worn but never challenged story of how he balanced Ohio’s budget without raising taxes. The 89 cent story is now cemented in Kasichlore, but it’s mostly a fairy tale. His passion is to take care of himself and his band of insiders who have cashed in by selling access and influence, while sparing no expense to clear the road of obstacles. If his passion is to help others, he’s done a pretty poor job of that, and his latest budget is a perfect example of who he’s passionate for.

At the budget signing, Gov. Kasich said Ohio has it’s swagger back. He’s proud of the $2 billion now in the rainy day, but fails to say he stole it from local governments, public schools and union workers who saw their tax dollars shifted to his coffers. For all the governor’s talk about minding the store and keeping his eye on the future, depositing billions back into the rainy fund also provides a convenient foil to why his team hasn’t replenished those funds back to the rightful recipients. When you steal food from others to replenish your larder, then tell those you stole from to go grow a garden, that’s gutter level governance, but that’s basic Kasich.

“Ohio is winning, we’re beating a lot of places,” Gov. Kasich said at the budget signing, signaling that more tax cuts are coming if he has his way. “I’m never going to rest until the income tax is a lot lower.” Budgets are about hope and opportunity, he said, adding, “We have delivered on that … we’re restoring strength to Ohio … it’s good stuff.”


  • dmoore2222

    Elections have consequences. Just ask the people of Wisconsin, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan and Florida. The people of Ohio just don’t seem to care.

  • annekarima53

    I’d like to hear your solution please.

  • dmoore2222

    Vote, for one. This chump got elected twice because of low democratic voter turnout when democrats hold a numerical edge over republicans. Anything else?

  • Loretta

    I hear the Kochs snubbed him in Columbus. Poor John.

    Now he has to grovel at the feet of Murdoch, who is turning over operations to his sons who seem to “not like” the vitriol from Fox News.

  • anastasjoy

    Nothing more needs to be said. I have been telling people this for years. Katich has no rainy day fund, anymore that I would have a healthy saving account if i hacked your bank account and stole all your money. Without bleeding ordinary working people dry, as he has done, Kasich would be running the state at a deficit. And never never stop reminding people — as i never fail to — that Taxin’ John Kasich is the spendingest governor in Ohio history, by far. He needs to go into rehab for his spending addiction.

  • Gene

    It’ll be interesting to see what John Kasich does with his billions of dollars he skimmed off the money due schools, teachers, firemen, , towns, communities, cities. and other public employees who keep Ohio running all hours of the day, week, month and year., who he thinks earn to much.
    Maybe he can build a panel wall all around 315 and 270 like between both sides of 315 and Sawmill to throw away the money so a Democrat can’t have it to use if a Democrat wins the next election.
    John Kasich has an ego problem and one can imagine what he would do if he had absolute power.
    He suddenly loves all the socialists, poor, drug addicts, women on welfare that the Fox propaganda machine said were on welfare because they were laying around getting pregnant so they didn’t have to work, communists, liberals, those who don’t know the constitution or are too dumb to understand it, the wetbacks, illegal immigrants , people sucking their hard earned tax money these Conservatives have to pay in taxes to support their lifestyle, their hatred of unions and union membership and leadership, firemen, policemen, teachers and schools getting too much money ,too many benefits, homosexuals,etc., etc., etc.,
    Now that the Republicans have lost the last two Presidential elections , to the Democrats, they have decided on fox that they love the rest of us scum that waste their precious outrageous tax contributions because they need to get us suckers to get them in the position of power in Washington where they can lord it over everyone — the Presidency. and this piece of moral pretending spiritual piety John Kasich want that job so he can look down his nose at America as look out for his own self -seeking glory as he always has. He suddenly found the Lord Satan is also lord of this world, and just like john Kasich wants to be king of this world.

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