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Is Ohio Governor John Kasich the Chris Christie of the Midwest?

What to make of a Tea Party-backed candidate caught canoodling with President Obama?

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Paula Bolyard

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February 27, 2013 - 10:09 am
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Governor John Kasich rode to victory on the 2010 Tea Party wave, campaigning as a budget hawk, promising to cut taxes and balance the budget. He raged against Obamacare and out-of-control federal spending. Speaking to Bill Cunningham a few months before his election, Kasich said of Obamacare:

It’s all taxes, it’s smoke and mirrors, it’s always tomorrow, it’s never today, it’s always tomorrow. … What they’re doing on this health care bill and everything else they’re doing is just spending like there’s no tomorrow. Big government, big debt. And look, everybody’s worked up about it. And the country doesn’t buy these political types down there yapping about how this is going to be so great….

No one could accuse Kasich of being an Obama fan-boy like slobbering New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who infamously snuggled up to the president just days before the November election.

Even before taking office, Governor-elect Kasich informed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that he planned to cancel the high-speed rail project in the state, asking the federal government to “make provisions for the $400 million to be used to support other vital transportation infrastructure projects in Ohio.” Kasich boldly asserted that if the money couldn’t be used for other Ohio projects, he wanted it used to help pay off the national debt. Back then, he thought Ohio should have a say in how federal tax dollars allocated to Ohio would be used.

In his first term Kasich and the Republican legislature balanced the budget, eliminated the death tax, and made the state more business-friendly, improving the unemployment rate. A year into his first term, Kasich joined other states in suing the federal government, challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare as Tea Party and other liberty groups in the state mounted a successful effort to pass the Healthcare Freedom Amendment, a grassroots attempt to protect Ohioans from forced participation in Obamacare.

Unfortunately, Kasich overreached on a union reform effort, failing to anticipate the backlash from the national union movement. Voters rejected it soundly in a repeal referendum even though polls showed that voters supported many parts of the bill, such as right to work and common-sense teacher evaluation measures.

At last year’s Republican National Convention, Kasich talked about his horror at the country’s credit downgrade and national debt:

And you know I watched in horror as we saw the Italians and the French and the Spanish and the Greeks have their credit downgrade and I remember the night I watched America’s credit go downgraded. But in Ohio, instead of our credit going down the drain, our credit outlook has been improved because it’s been recognized that we are managing our finances and creating jobs…

…But you know what? The wind is in our face. The president has given us headwinds. President Obama has doubled the national debt. You know, I was chairman of the Budget Committee when we balanced the budget in ‘97 and I look with horror at that clock that shows $15 trillion in the national debt. That’s the Sword of Damocles hanging over our children’s  head and the president is doing nothing about it. In fact each year he’s increasing that by $1 trillion.

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Get used to this fact: for all practical purposes, there are no longer two separate political parties in the USA. Everyone in political leadership in this country with too few exceptions to matter is a member of the Incumbent Party whose only loyalty is to continuing their political careers and to pleasing their big money donors. Dems and Republicans may differ on what they want to waste your tax dollars on, but they're all part of the same club and part of the nation's problem.
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"Is Ohio Governor John Kasich the Chris Christie of the Midwest?"

Why is everyone surprised when a Yankee acts like a Yankee?
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Wow! Now the tea party is eating its own like a bunch of southern baptists, if you know what I mean.
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Hey, John, if you ever need to change careers, might I suggest something in the mortuary sciences?
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Ouch! Why, yes. Yes he is. He's a career politician who could never make it in the real world (not for what he is used to hauling down) and he is more interested in looking to protect his job than he is in serving Ohio as the conservative governor they elected him to be. And he's got the down-sloping hound-dog eyes to go with it.
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Recognize him as RINO and never trust him again in anything small or large. Smack anyone that suggests he can be trusted.
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Kasich seems to be suffering from "Schwarzenegger Syndrome". Arnold basically threw in the towel after his school reform efforts in 2005 was rejected by state voters, and the same thing seems to be happening in Ohio -- Kasich lost his budget battle two years ago on restricting public sector workforce union control and since then has been in backtracking mode, under the idea that remaining popular and winning re-election next year trumps any effort to actually expend political capital to change the unsustainable budget system.
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Kasich is a RINO. Most of the Republicans in Ohio are RINOs. He's up for reelection and he thinks that going along with Obamacare is his ticket to another four years as governor. I really got sick when he said he worked with Valerie Jarrett on the issue.
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Get used to this fact: for all practical purposes, there are no longer two separate political parties in the USA. Everyone in political leadership in this country with too few exceptions to matter is a member of the Incumbent Party whose only loyalty is to continuing their political careers and to pleasing their big money donors. Dems and Republicans may differ on what they want to waste your tax dollars on, but they're all part of the same club and part of the nation's problem.
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I figured, it being the GOP, they were too stupid to actually be getting paid by the Dems for helping them out.
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It will be interesting to see how many new diagnoses of autism will be made in 2013 vs those of 2012 or 2011 in the state of Ohio now that there is "mandatory funding." It will also be interesting to see how large an increase there will be in the writing of prescriptions for medicines that claim to offset autism. No "turn-about" among so-called conservatives disappointed me more last year than Kasich's. I never trusted Christie but always felt that Kasich was a man worthy of admiration. The continued "hollowing out" of the conservatives from the GOP is very dis-heartening and I fear is permanent. How long do you think these "newbies" like Rubio and Jindal will last? Unless there is some sort of groundswell of support for a 3rd party, it's over for us.
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Christy is the Arnold of New Jersey, Kasich is the Christy of Ohio.
They "grow" flaccid in office. They flip and flop to the wind.
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The problem is not limited to Ohio and New Jersey and California.

http://1389blog.com/2012/01/31/willard-mitt-romneythey-call-him-flipper/
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