Now that Gov. John Kasich has bet the ranch on how well he does in New Hampshire, voters there got a view on Mr. Kasich from a Granite Stater who transplanted himself to Ohio.
Ed Dow graduated high school in New Hampshire and now lives in Medway, Ohio. He penned a letter to the editor that outlined his view of Ohio’s chronically crusty governor. Published last week by the Ledger Transcript newspaper, Mr. Dow sums up Gov. Kasich in ways Camp Kasich probably won’t like but know are true nonetheless.
“Having lived under Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration, I offer my opinions on his policies,” Dow wrote. “On the positive side, he is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. On the negative side, he has several issues I disagree with. For example, in his monetary policies he claimed to have saved the state of Ohio $8 billion. However, a part of those savings came by taking away previously allocated financial support (bipartisan) to townships, cities and school. He is not a fan of township government.
“Also, he has tried to reduce the state income tax by increasing the scope and amount of the state sales tax.
“Also, he is a fan of Obamacare. When the Ohio Legislature refused to approve Obamacare, he got the money-controlling board to allocate funding for Obamacare. He ignored the Legislature when they disagreed with him.
“He is also in favor of Common Core education.
“Concerning environmental issues, he is a fan of fracking, doing everything possible to support this industry to make it easier for the fracking companies to operate. He was not actively involved in supporting the local environmental interests opposing the EPA’s refusal to remove all the hazardous waste from a local landfill., i.e. the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
“In conclusion, Gov. Kasich is biased against small government and for big government, weak on environmental issues, favors Common Core and favors sales tax increases.”
Back in Ohio yesterday, Gov. Kasich offered his summation of a year that basically copy-catted what he’s said in his previous four self-basting, congratulatory homilies on how Ohio is doing. Lower income taxes, less government regulation, fewer government workers, more tax breaks for business along with hollow declarations about more reforms to Ohio’s shameful charter school industry mostly covered remarks delivered in Westerville, his hometown as a nine-term congressman and now state CEO.
Ohio’s term-limited governor may be seeing the end even before voting starts, as his campaign continues to tank in national and state polls. His numbers are so low that he may not be on the big stage at the next GOP debate, based on new Fox News criteria for not sitting at the pre-debate kiddie table. This helps explain why he dismissed answering questions yesterday at his year-end review about his low polling.