Reasons Why Ohio Governor John Kasich Will Be Our Next President
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, July 24, 2015
There are numerous reasons, actually.
Here are a few:
He has an excellent political background/pedigree/experience.
• In 1978, aged 26 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate’s 15th Senatorial District, and remains OH’s youngest ever elected state senator
• In 1982, he was elected to the US House of Representatives 12th Ohio District, where he served from ’83-2001 (was re-elected 8 times) by at least 64% each time
• In 2010, he was elected governor, and in 2014 re-elected in a landslide, carrying all but 2 counties (86/88) – including the traditionally Democratic-leaning Hamilton county, where Cincinnati is located
He has done quite well by Ohio voters.
• His approval rating (always fluctuating for any elected figure) among Ohioans, has been as much as 77%.
• He expanded Medicaid in Ohio (which reduces uncompensated care & increases hospitals’ solvency)
• He saved $3Billion in the Medicaid budget, and slowed growth in the plan from 9%-3%, the lowest rate nationally
• He used cost-saving reforms & turned a $6-8 Billion Ohio budget shortfall into a balanced budget without raising taxes
• During his first term as governor, he grew the “Rainy Day Fund” (surplus) from $890M-1.5B
• In his first budget, he implemented a Personal Income Tax cut
• In his second budget, he implemented a 10% Personal Income Tax cut, and a 50% Small Business Income Tax cut
• During his first term as governor, he created 316,800 new jobs, and the state Unemployment Rate fell from 9.4% to 5.1%
• Education funding is at the highest level it’s ever been
• Because of Criminal Justice reforms, Ohio’s recidivism rate (reoffending) of prisoners is the lowest in the nation
• He has vigorously worked against Human Trafficking, and implemented programs to prevent that abuse
He is a political moderate, and not an extremist.
• While in Congress, he was ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, and co-sponsored the Penny-Kasich Plan which would have reduced Medicare payments to those earning $75K+/yr (though it failed by 6 votes)
• As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, he was the “chief architect” for the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, and can claim the only budget surplus since 1969
• In 1995, when he became Budget Chairman, the US Federal deficit was $163B, after his Chairmanship it became a $236B surplus
• In 1994, he joined 42 other Republicans to “cross party lines” and vote for the Assault Weapons Ban
• He worked with Ralph Nader to reduce Corporate Tax Loopholes
• He worked to cut fraud, waste, abuse and excessive spending in the B-2 bomber program
• He worked with then-president Ronald Reagan to restructure & streamline the Defense Department (first time since it was created 1947) by having a key role in passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Act which reorganized the command structure of the DOD
• He chaired the Congressional conference committee that overhauled welfare, which implemented new work/training requirements
He has done well in private enterprise.
• Served on several Board of Directors for finance companies, including Invacare Corporation & Norvax Inc.
• Joined Lehmann Brothers investment banking division in 2001 as Managing Director until it’s 2008 bankruptcy collapse
He has public recognition from media exposure.
• Hosted Heartland with John Kasich on Fox from 2001-2007
• Was commentator on Fox News Channel
• Was stand-in guest host for Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor
• Was frequent guest host & analyst on Hannity & Colmes
• Authored three New York Times best-selling books
“When you die and get to the meeting with
St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small.
But he is going to ask you what you
did for the poor.
I don’t know about you, lady.
But when I get to the Pearly Gates,
I’m going to have an answer for
what I’ve done for the poor.”
Politico reported that in 2014 during a private dinner for donors, he said that in response to a question asked by the wife of a major financial backer about his support of expanded Medicaid. Twenty potential donors walked out of the room.
Republican governors Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal attacked John Kasich for “hiding behind Jesus to expand Medicaid,” at a private donor forum in Palm Springs hosted by the Koch brothers, which a witness described by saying “It got heated.”
(A spokeswoman for Jindal confirmed the governors’ disagreement at the event but denied their exchange was heated.)
“Factoids” about Ohio’s importance in U.S. Presidential elections
• Only New York has produced more Presidents 7, Ohio has 6
• Ohio is a so-called “swing” state, meaning that no single candidate or party has overwhelming support in securing that state’s electoral college votes
• Ohio is also a “bellwether” state, and no GOP candidate has won without winning Ohio
• Lost 2 Electoral College votes in the 2010 Census Reapportionment, and now has 18
• Missouri, as a “bellwether” state, has voted for the winner in all but one Presidential election from 1904 to 2004 – the exception being 1956.