Ohio Gov. John Kasich increasingly campaigns like he’s running for National Chaplin instead of President of the United States. Whether it’s hugging poor souls who show up at his town hall meetings after telling their tales of woe, or promising to lift everyone up no natter their circumstances as he did in the final weeks before he won a second term in 2014, John Kasich has found his faith-based Bible babble to be a strong and effective selling point for why his bitter-medicine brand of compassionate conservatism is more compassionate than what other Republicans are peddling this election year.
John Kasich has become a millionaire many times over after nearly four decades in elected politics that includes not a few years working at Fox News and Lehman Brothers for hefty pay. But where that wealth comes from is a secret he prefers to keep. One of biggest holdouts has been not disclosing his tax returns unless forced to by either law or public pressure so great that ignoring it would make matters worse.
With other GOP presidential hopefuls like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio releasing their’s, in a Survivor Island strategy to force Donald Trump to release his, Gov. Kasich took the leap and released partial tax returns on Saturday. Those tax returns, from 2008 to 2014, show that he and his wife earned more than $5 million.
Kasich No Poor Postal Worker
The release of those returns was covered by The New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but it was the NYT that included a revealing comment by the Ohio governor that shows his brand of double-think on wealth. In Gov. Kasich’s last off-road State of the State address last year in Wilmington, Ohio, home district to new Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, he made a statement that went unnoticed by media covering it. Kasich is legend for his meandering monologues that always include conjured recollections of fantasy conversations with his Democratic parents, like his mother who supposedly told him to to “shake things up,” or his working class U.S. Postman father.
In bitterly cold Wilmington last February, Gov. Kasich, who wrote a book called “Every Other Monday” about Bible study classes he regularly attended while still a congressman in Washington, offered an eye-opener on how much he misunderstands Jesus and his teachings. There is much the world does not know about Jesus of Nazareth, but one thing is for sure: his earthly parents, Joseph and Mary, were by the standards of their day poor not rich. Head of the household Joseph was a carpenter as was his uneducated carpenter son Jesus who owned little more than the clothes he wore. It’s also probably fair to say that Jesus had zero net worth. By the time of his death at age 33, as scripture informs, he was as poor as he was as a newborn wrapped in swaddling clothes in his manger in Bethlehem. Jesus always ministered to the poor, and railed against the Pharisees and the wealthy of his time.
‘I’m Kind Of Like Jesus, Only Better’
It’s hard to believe that Jesus would have asked Joseph the question Kasich rhetorically says he asked his postman father so long ago.
That question Gov. Kasich included in his address in Wilmington, that the NYT included at the end of its article on the release of his tax returns was: “I used to say to my father, ‘What do we think about the rich, Dad?’ He said, ‘Johnny, we don’t hate the rich, we want to be the rich.’”
This question takes on even more irony after Gov. Kasich said, “I’m kind of like Jesus, only better.” A report at RedState.com said Mr. Kasich made this comment last November at a college campaign event. “Kasich has well and truly earned the assumption that when he talks like this, he is placing himself in the position of Jesus,” Leon H. Wolf wrote. “John Kasich has repeatedly actually claimed that Jesus demanded that he expand Medicaid under Obamacare in Ohio. This was not an isolated incident – he said it over and over, that he was doing the work of Jesus in causing the government to confiscate tax money to feed the poor.”
Wolf added that Kasich “is such a fan of cloaking himself in the mantle of Jesus that he’s still doing it two years later, except that he’s now taking it a step further and telling his critics they need to buy a Bible so they can stop being such bad Christians by criticizing his massive increase of the size of Ohio’s government.”
It’s hard to believe that after studying the Bible for as long as he says he has, and relying on its teachings as central tenants to why he governs the way he does, John Kasich would come away thinking Joseph and Jesus were aspiring to be the rich. No where in the Bible does it say that Jesus wanted to be rich; far from it, as one act that got brought before authorities was toppling the tables of the money-changers at the Temple.
America’s National Chaplin, as Mr. Kasich seems to be vying for these days, has wandered for forty years in the desert of his misbegotten beliefs only to arrive at the unimaginable conclusion that being wealthy is everybody’s goal. But it’s basic Kasich to speak in tongues, saying wealth is good but greed is bad.
Kasich’s partial tax returns show he’s no longer a worker-class caterpillar, having changed forever into a wealthy class butterfly. There is no going back for the butterfly or Gov. John Kasich, as both have changed from what they were to what they are. In the case of Kasich, his wealth is now believed to be somewhere between $9 and $22 million, according to his presidential campaign filings
It should be noted that the taxes Camp Kasich did release are, conveniently, not from his years at Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2007. Those returns would be more enlightening since they would likely show big bonuses received from Lehman for selling bogus mortgage-backed investments to Ohio retirement pension plans. Congressman Kasich parlayed his limited years as House Budget Committee chair into lucrative earnings at Fox News and at Lehman, as Ohio ended up loosing about $480 million in the process.
Mr. Kasich’s released tax returns, it should be noted, do not include lots of information, especially his well-endowed Social Security holdings built up over his 18 years in Washington, where DC lawmakers pass special laws that give them advantages over common workers like mailmen and others. There are millions more in the Federal pipeline coming to 63-year old John Kasich once he taps his Social Security account.
Eye Of The Needle
If John Kasich is really faith-based, helping the poor on earth now so he can gain entry through the Pearly Gates later, he must surely knows that a rich man’s chances of entering heaven are as good that of a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Maybe John Kasich’s idea of a needle is different that what the Bible says, and if it is, maybe he can get the Trinity to redefine it so he can pass through it.