Monday, November 01, 2010

Trust Strickland

What kind of a governor would Kasich be?
Here is some evidence about Kasich and his inability to care about people:

>  When John Kasich served in the Ohio Senate, Kasich tried to legislate his own feelings about abortions when he made it more difficult for women to have reproductive freedom.  (Youngstown Vindicator-November 20, 1981: Abortion Advice Bill Advanced)

>   In 1996, when officials from New York complained that Congressman Kasich's cuts made it more difficult to help the poor in their state (which is mandated by their state constitution), Kasich said, (NYTimes: Aug.2, 1996) " stop bellyaching..."  Here is more of what Kasich said (NYTimes):

...Mr. Kasich, an Ohio Republican, said states like New York, whose Constitution requires the government to care for the needy, should consider changing their laws.... 

This is another example of Kasich's lack of empathy for the poor.  He just doesn't care.

>  The Dispatch listed some of the things that Kasich had done when he was in the House of Representatives:

• Voted against raising the minimum wage, and his budget plan would have slashed food stamps and children's nutrition programs.
• "Fought to reduce the Earned Income Tax Credit ...a tax rebate for people who punch in, work hard and don't hide their assets in tax shelters and offshore accounts."
• Supported a 1990s "tax loophole that allowed American billionaires and other really wealthy people to evade taxes by renouncing their American citizenship."
• "Voted repeatedly to increase the cost of college loans ... He wanted to gut the Small Business Administration, with his budget seeking billions in cuts to programs that help fuel the growth and job creation of small businesses."
• Proposed cutting $7 billion from veterans programs, quadrupling veterans' prescription costs, and "cutting benefits for veterans who suffered head wounds and mental traumas and could no longer care for themselves independently."

Does Kasich have compassion? 
>  I haven't seen it yet in all the years that I've lived in Ohio.

Does Kasich have a group of advisers from all ethnic and racial backgrounds that help him see the ramifications of his proposals?
>  No.  Kasich's advisers are primarily white men, and some of them have followed him from Lehman Brothers.

>  We know that cuts will need to be made in Ohio's budget.  I'd rather have Strickland overseeing those cuts, because I know that he'll be fair.  Kasich, on the other hand, cannot be trusted.  Remember - pushed Ohio's public pension funds to lose over $400 million when he introduced them to Lehman Brothers.