Ohio’s increasingly unpopular governor admits he doesn’t read newspapers, hates bad news
In a speech delivered Monday at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio Gov. John Kasich reaffirmed his disdain for the press. “You should know, I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio,” he said. “Very rarely do I read a newspaper.”
Kasich elaborated, suggesting his displeasure with the news stems partly from its paucity of emotional edification. “Reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience — because it never really makes it clear that you won the Irish Sweepstakes,” he continued, referencing the now-defunct hospital benefit lottery that some now suggest was a scam.
“I have found that my life’s a lot better if I don’t get aggravated by what I read in the newspaper,” Kasich said, noting that others occasionally send him important articles and “things I need to know about.”
Kasich’s speech addressed so-called “look-backs,” the process by which the government tracks down Social Security and welfare overpayments (what he called the “ultimate government screw-up”). But his adverse attitude toward newspapers, which often contain public-opinion polls and other useful information, could explain his seemingly near-total inability to champion legislation and other measures that people in Ohio actually like. Kasich is currently competing with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie for the un-coveted “least popular governor” prize. As many as three of Kasich’s signature agenda items – the state’s census-mandated congressional reapportionment; an elections-reform bill now branded the “voter suppression law”; and his towering failure of a union-reform law, the infamous Senate Bill 5 –will all end up before voters for them to summarily dismiss.
This is not the first time the freshman governor has expressed a disdain for the press and even the very idea of open government, which he seems to find inconvenient at best.
In a somewhat-incoherent diatribe last December, Kasich blamed reporters and “transparency” for the government’s inability to hire “quality” workers:
“I find myself tripping over the anthills on the way to the pyramids. We have so many stupid rules and regulations that prevent us from getting the best people to come in here. You just can’t believe it. And I blame it on all of you [reporters at the press conference] — all this transparency, and NATO conflicts, and all this other stuff. … Our problems in the government are bigger [than those of the private sector], and the quality of people who want to come in is less. Today if you get sick, under the governmental rules and all the political correctness and all the open – sunshine –and all this other stuff, you get a worse doctor.”
Reading between the lines, Kasich wants to run the government like a business. But the government isn’t a business, and anyway, Kasich is not a businessman. A career politician, Kasich worked for a few years at Lehman Brothers as a managing director of its investment-banking arm before it declared bankruptcy during the height of the economic collapse. His anti-union attitude and neutering of the state’s Department of Development in favor of the operationally opaque nonprofit Jobs Ohio demonstrate further his desire to run the state like a business. In his draconian biennial budget, the governor slashed funds for struggling local governments, schools, and even nursing homes, as though he were middle management trying to skimp on office coffee creamers.
Maybe the governor would find newspapers more edifying were he occasionally to humor those voters that do read them.
Watch Kasich’s anti-newspaper rant:
If Kasich had bothered picking up a Cincinnati Enquirer, he would have seen that Chiquita is moving to Charlotte and taking 400+ jobs with it. So much for jobs and business.
Of course he doesnt read newspapers. He has staff read them for him, and they cut out anything with the words, “asshole governor”, “one term”, and “Congressisonal has-been”.
So did Florida, Texas and Arizona to name a few. They put the needed seitnecnng reform in it to sweeten the bitter pill. for 20 years the Prison Industry has been a growth industry but has created problems and law suites everywhere. Eventually, each state has lost money on it when they had to investigate and take over the very prisons they sold (or allowed to be built). The Pennsylvania judge who sentenced youths to prison because his friend owned a new one and needed to fill it (he got convicted of taking kickbacks). The million dollar law suites won in Texas and Florida over treatment of inmates, the Florida report I detailed here in another article that showed no savings and increased problems in both Florida and Texas also shows poor recidivism rates and no rehabilitation.
Sweatshop:A sweatshop is every bunisess; Representatives of US the Government award stimulus packages, tax abatements, tax incentives, tax refunds, tax credit, tax exemptions, that uses child, slave labor and nonunion parasites willing to work for fewer wages than they can afford life; to produce their product and service.And scams Government workers, parents, Veterans, Fathers disqualified for affirmative action with white skin, Union workers, consumers, taxpayers, and America’s grandchildren’s children denied Collective Bargaining Rights. To fund lottery, casino, and keno losers, unemployed workers, aliens, waitresses that pander for life for $2.00 per hour, insubordinate low-income, workers and volunteers without wages, nonunion parasites willing to work for fewer wages than they can afford life, righteous with a faith-based belief that it’s a sin to engage in free, fair, and affordable commerce. Or get an agreement (union contract) with every corporation, farmer, bunisess, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization and Church; agreeing to market the cost in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service of every workers, consumers, and taxpayers living including pension and health care. That pays for the more stock dividends (money) OPEC Nations, Enron Stockholders, Hillarys, Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders (money marketers) market quarterly. In the wholesale and retail price of every product and service Human Beings use for life. And Government needs to build, maintain and operate schools, infrastructure, and provide local and national security, and Government services. That pays with welfare checks, food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid. This defiance of realities demands is needed to measure and maintain the strength and growth of this unaffordable economy and distribute wealth into OPEC Nations, Enron Stockholders, Hillarys, Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders portfolios.