Hot Corner: Buyer’s remorseWritten by Don Burnard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The reign of our new governor, King John Kasich, is beginning to make a lot of voters think that maybe they screwed up when they voted for him — or didn’t bother to vote.
A recent Ohio poll gives him a 40 percent approval rating versus a 47 percent disapproval rating. Among independents, his disapproval rating is at 55 percent. This is the lowest approval rating in memory, including the Bob Taft administration. The poll also showed that if the election was today, Ted Strickland would crush Kasich by 15 points or so. The buyer’s remorse appears to be setting in.
So far, the biggest accomplishment the Kasich administration has seems to be racking up these numbers in only its first three months in office. The jobs agenda he promised during the campaign has not only not materialized, but has actually made the job situation worse. The orating and bloviating about all his big plans for Ohio have been nothing more than hot air, predicated to advance the corporate agenda of the real masters he serves. The arrogance of the man is simply astounding. It has become readily apparent that he has no respect whatsoever for any middle-class working families.
Here’s a guy who goes out and gives a speech about the “idiot” policeman who wrote him up for a traffic violation, and then tries to sell us on the fact that the fiscal problems Ohio faces are largely due to all the money that school teachers, firefighters, police officers, garbage workers and other public employees make. (It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with him and his Wall Street cronies.) The $8 billion deficit that his running mate Mary Taylor projected must be closed at all costs, so long as it doesn’t cost his friends any more. But don’t worry; it’s all going to be done honestly and openly because he’s going to have the most open administration ever. We’re still waiting to hear who it’s going to be open to because it sure isn’t open to the public or the press. It does seem to be wide open to lobbyists and corporations.
The sad part about this circus act is that the general public and press have been thwarted at every turn in trying to find the details in any of these grandiose plans. The plans kind of remind me of those glossy brochures you get in the mail about the great deal on some beautiful condo or lush land in some paradise that turns out to be worthless swampland when you finally see the actual property. The budget was rolled out with great fanfare and four books of noninformation. No actual facts or figures that were relevant were included, and his budget director couldn’t really tell anyone how this snow job was actually going to work to close this $8 billion deficit. (That must be why they didn’t want the press to be there to ask any pesky questions until once again forced to back off.) Even The Columbus Dispatch, which strongly supported Kasich, questioned this: “State Budget Director Tim Keen wasn’t dressed like a magician, but state lawmakers wanted to know yesterday how he made an $8 billion shortfall disappear, even as it appears that overall spending increased in the new two-year budget.”
Wasn’t this the same kind of lack of accounting that Lehman Bros, etc. used to create the Great Recession? Too bad that when Kasich said he wanted to run Ohio like a business, he couldn’t find a better model.
Once you’re king, you make the laws, right? Another example is his Director of Development Mark Kvamme who had to step down since he was constitutionally barred from serving since he wasn’t a resident of Ohio. King John chalked that up to political motivation, and created a new non-Cabinet level post for him. Yep, no smoke and mirrors here! Oh, and by the way Sire, where are the jobs?
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