Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

As Plunderbund has often noted while other Ohio media outlets remain silent, Gov. John Kasich has continued to abuse Ohio taxpayers with impunity when it comes to travel and security costs as he pursues his own self-promotion, even after losing badly last year when he ran for president on the Republican ticket.

The AP reported that the Trump Administration’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, resigned Friday after reports surfaced on his gross misuse of taxpayers, who were paying outrageous travel costs on government planes when the same travel by commercial carriers would have cost a fraction of the estimated […]

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Warning to Ohioans: The 2017 Distressed Communities Index (DCI), published by the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), shows just how distressed most of Ohio’s larger communities are today. Offering glaring detail any data cruncher relishes, the state of the Buckeye state stands in stark contrast to the fantasy propaganda Ohio Gov. John Kasich sells about how he took a state going broke and turned it around.

After seven years of a Kasich administration that’s pushed tax breaks for the wealthy, robed public school districts to fund poor if not corrupt for-profit charter schools, repealed the […]

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Washington watchers are waiting with great anticipation to hear what career Republican politicians bent on lowering taxes have to say now about President Donald Trump’s latest plan to slash tax rates, creating more economic inequality, slowing growth, and ballooning the nation’s debt.

During Barack Obama’s two terms as president, Republicans howled at the moon about deficits and debt. When Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush spent trillions on tax cuts, and put it unpaid on the national credit, so-called deficit hawk conservatives enjoyed the sounds of silence. Like crickets in a forest suddenly going silent at the […]

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Did you hear the latest breaking news? Ohio Gov. John Kasich was caught on camera, on TV, begging for his next job – and he did it on taxpayer time. Getting away with phony baloney rhetoric is easy because today’s media doesn’t give a hoot what trained politicos like Kasich do back home, just as long as they say the right stuff on air.

National media’s sticky web only sticks to national issues. When a sitting governor like Ohio’s petulant CEO boasts that he runs the nation’s seventh largest state, when he’s mostly out of that state and has little […]

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News broke Monday, via Twitter, that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has announced she’s voting no on Graham-Cassidy, the latest Frankenstein bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that Republicans are trying pass before the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

When the sun rises on Oct. 1, the first day of the next fiscal year in Washington, reconciliation rules that only required a simple majority to pass a spending bill will have expired, forcing Republicans to corral 60 votes instead of just 50.

After the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that “millions” would lose […]

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Ohio’s junior U.S. senator in Washington, Rob Portman, has voted once, and might do so again, to cast more than 700,000 Ohioans who depend on Medicaid into healthcare purgatory by backing a bill so incompetent, deceitful, and draconian that it defies real commonsense.

It bears reminding Plunderbund readers that most Buckeye newspapers used the flimsiest of arguments, which have now proven to be false, to endorse Portman in 2016 over Ted Strickland, Ohio’s governor through the worst recession since the Great Depression who put it back on the road to recovery.

Instead of toasting Strickland for saving the state from […]

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The disconnect between Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s call for bipartisanship at the national level, on healthcare, compared to his almost non-existent record of partnering with Democrats in Ohio on virtually any issue is a total embarrassment.

“Americans will be served best when we work together to create lasting reforms. It’s been done before and it can happen again,” Kasich, the Buckeye State’s term-limited, lame-duck leader said in an email to his fan base recently.

Kasich pointed to his days in congress as proof “both parties worked together” on issues like welfare reform, that he says “continue to serve the American […]

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Talk about being a stranger in a strange land, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be on the menu of speakers at the 50th Anniversary Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium with others who not only didn’t vote for him for Buckeye State governor (twice), or for president in last year’s Republican primary, but who likely disagree with him on most everything else, especially women’s issues.

Kasich’s appearance at the symposium, to be held at Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 13, will reward those in attendance with a free copy of his last book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United.” […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his long-time Republican friend, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, have been political soul mates for decades, adopting and defending virtually all Republican policies and programs that have done so much to harm and hurt Buckeyes across the board.

Readers are again reminded that Kasich is not the popular “moderate” leader elite east coast and DC beltway media make him out to be, but a radical rightie who wants to put Planned Parenthood (PP) out of business as much as he wants to shutter the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has helped more than […]

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Anyone who followed the governor’s race in 2014 knows Ohio media regularly allowed Gov. John Kasich to get away with murder, so to speak, by not confronting him on his many scandals, choosing instead to pound his Democratic opponent for what in hindsight were merely minor shortcomings.

Kasich won his first term in 2010 by only 77,127 votes statewide, so he needed a solid second win to justify running for president in 2016.

The former congressman who represented a reliably Republican district in central Ohio for 18 years has accumulated a terrible record since 2011 that includes, but isn’t limited […]

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Last month Ohio Gov. John Kasich matched baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak with his own streak of 56 months below the national average for job creation. This month, Kasich’s streak extended to 57, the same number of pickle varieties the H.J. Heinz company located in Pittsburgh, PA made famous in its “57 varieties” advertising campaign.

New estimates of Ohio employment for August 2017 were released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, showing that current sub-par job growth, including all months between December 2012 and August 2017, has reached 57 consecutive months, […]

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