National Politics - 2016

John Kasich Making Palmetto State Swing

BUT WILL HIS “CONVERSION” SELL IN EARLY-VOTING SOUTH CAROLINA? || By FITSNEWS || Fiscally liberal Ohio governor John Kasich is heading to South Carolina … his first testing of the presidential waters in an early-voting state. Kasich’s trip – first reported by The Washington Post – will take place on…


|| By FITSNEWS || Fiscally liberal Ohio governor John Kasich is heading to South Carolina … his first testing of the presidential waters in an early-voting state.

Kasich’s trip – first reported by The Washington Post – will take place on February 18-19 and will involve “private meeting(s) with state legislative leaders and party officials,” according to Post reporter Robert Costa.

Of course Costa also refers to Kasich as advancing a “hawkish brand of fiscal politics,” so what does he know?

Seriously … Kasich can only be described as “hawkish” if you have a time machine capable of taking you back to 1989.  That’s when he tried to push desperately needed entitlement reform through the U.S. Congress, when he fought to cut wasteful military spending and when he railed against the evils of corporate cronyism.

These days?  Kasich has become a “go along to get along” establishment politician – supporting tax swaps, “compassionate conservatism” (a.k.a. dependency incentivizing under a different name) and the Medicaid expansion accompanying Obamacare.

“The John Kasich of the 1990s was a perfect fit for the Tea Party GOP of today,” reporter W. James Antle III wrote for The Daily Beast last fall.  “In fact, he might have been well suited to mediate the disputes between libertarians, religious conservatives and national-security hawks now roiling the party.  So why does he instead sound like Jeb Bush or even Jon Huntsman, whose rhetoric was practically designed to distract voters from his past conservative accomplishments?”

Exactly …

Well, except it’s not just rhetoric.  Kasich did a 180-degree U-turn on policy and ideology … in the wrong direction.

Currently, Kasich is pimping a tax swap in Ohio that would shift the state’s revenues from income to consumption-based taxes.  It’s billed as a net tax cut of $500 million – but Ohio takes in nearly $30 billion in tax revenue a year.  Oh, and Kasich’s “cut” is far less than the $800 million surplus Ohio had last year.

The impact of Kasich’s plan on small businesses?  Eh … ninety percent of them would save less than a dollar a day.  Which isn’t much.  And certainly not enough to stimulate hiring.

Don’t get us wrong, we like tax cuts … but Kasich’s plan isn’t a cut, it’s a shift.  He’s not serious about cutting taxes because he no longer fundamentally believes in cutting government.

Is that a “hawkish” message?

We think not …


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Will Folks February 12, 2015 at 9:43 am

He’s got some attractive daughters. I’d love to shove them into some furniture.

Little Rocky from Arkansas February 12, 2015 at 9:45 am

Those girls would stuff you into a sofa cushion and float you down the Congaree.

Will Folks February 12, 2015 at 9:49 am

Doubt it. Katrina is much heftier than they are and I can take her out with one swing.

Cry For Me February 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

Once the novelty of your account wears off, I think we are all going to just feel sorry for the fact that you have nothing better to do.

Will Folks February 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

Light only comes from heat.

Little Rocky from Arkansas February 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

You’ve just labeled yourself as a “fry baby”.

Will Folks February 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

Indeed. Harmless internet comments,are much worse than domestic violence. Please forgive me.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm

This is funny. I’m wondering who you really are. I’m thinking Kelly Payne or Dick Eckstrom.

Mike at the Beach February 13, 2015 at 1:42 am

Now that’s not a bad theory…

Kasich=Haley February 12, 2015 at 9:47 am

Kasich has a 80% approval rating in Ohio.His tax plan(Haley’s is same) is supported by both Republicans and Democrats.He successfully took on the public sector unions and STILL retains their support.

I disagree with Medicaid expansion however with Obama taking our country into a Depression and Obamacare destroying the healthcare system I can certainly understand why Kasich would try and help the poor. Problem is the fraud.Hundreds of thousands applicants failed to submit income verification and have been dropped from rolls. No doctors are accepting new patients.

Closet Liberal February 12, 2015 at 9:49 am

You support no real tax relief, raising the gas tax by a dime, and expanding medicaid? Time to come out of the closet Flip!

Rocky Freeloader February 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

You must be a fucking illiterate idiot.Kasich is cutting STATE INCOME TAXES.I agree that the working people get a refund.Raise the gas tax so the 45% of the people in this country NOT working and those occupying the perpetual welfare train pay SOMETHING (he is raising cig tax as well). User fees is the only to get dead beats like you to pay your fair share.
I don’t support Medicaid expansion-a mistake.

Rocky February 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

Yes you do. You supported teh medicaid expansion. Out side of Closet Liberal, every post on this page is by you. Flip – we’ve found your weakness – you gots feelin’s for the K-man. He’s like the Ohio equivilant of Tebow. He’s your Ohio Tebow.

Closet Liberal February 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

So this liberal is also attacking the owner of this site? Wow that’s just sad, can’t stand true conservatives calling your liberal buddies out huh Flip!

Rocky DoubleAgent February 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

My guess it is you or Smirks.

Closet Liberal February 12, 2015 at 10:25 am

Oh so you blame me because I found out your dirty little secret, undercover democrat? It is you isn’t it?

grandtangoesuglydog February 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

It is me, not Flip. Rocky emailed me and told me to do it.

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

does anyone else think this is just one lonely out of worker looser (lookin at you grandasshatliarcowardwithablogonlyhismommaread) who needs attention so he posts as others as hes not even original enough to come up with his own sad is that?

find waldo? February 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

Who is Flip? Not all my posts ISIS lover.You are just upset Rev.Wright said Obama is a Muslim and the report of 25,000 increase in weekly unemployment claims (305,000).
Montreal? LMAO…you move around more Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground did…

Closet Liberal February 12, 2015 at 10:23 am

You call Obama a muslim but support a guy who supports his medicaid deal, sounds like you might be muslim too. We already know you are a liberal in hiding so it is not much of a stretch if you ask me. Just weird because for a muslim you sure do like pork, spend that money liberal Flip!

smirks the tree fucker February 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

Ok Smirks.Back to work.

Closet Liberal February 12, 2015 at 10:28 am

Smirks? I thought you got along with him, you both like taxing the rest of us now don’t you? You just defend the liberal republicans to make it look like you are a conservative.

Closet Liberal February 12, 2015 at 10:10 am

Tax swaps are not real tax cuts, and the dime tax you support Haley on and the medicaid expanding you support Kasich on are complete liberal baloney. Come out and say it Flip, you support Obama and his liberal reforms just like Kasich.

Tazmaniac February 12, 2015 at 9:57 am

Baby steps, baby steps
-Dr. Leo Marvin
You can’t always get want you want
-Mick Jagger
When your drowning in the middle of the river, every foot closer to the bank is progress.

I would vote for Kasich in a heartbeat. I feel he is capable of stopping the bleeding and perhaps bringing us enough notches to the right that we could almost center ourselves which would be fine with me.

Kasich good man February 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

You are correct. I watched him personally take on the public sector unions- AFTER they elected him the first time.

Once they saw the reforms he enacted would save jobs and communities from going over a fiscal cliff they continue to support him (police,fire,teachers).
Medicaid expansion will hurt him however and state however.Haley got that one right.

vicupstate February 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm

On November 8, 2011, Ohio voters strongly (61 percent to 39 percent) rejected the restrictive new collective bargaining law that Kasich had championed.

The Ohio Collective Bargaining Limit Repeal appeared on the November 8, 2011 general election ballot in the state ofOhio as a veto referendum. Senate Bill 5 (SB5) was repealed by Ohio voters after a campaign by firefighters, police officers and teachers against the measure,[1] which would have limited collective bargaining for public employees in the state.

o'fer upchuck rides again February 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

LMAO!!! Then they ALL supported his reforms in regards to collective bargaining and public sector unions.

You need to keep up-you even had him losing last November.

vicupstate February 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

I NEVER said Kasich would lose. His opponent impoded before the campaign even got underway. I DID say that he had some weak poll numbers early on, which he did.

Provide a link that shows the same thing that was defeated, was later enacted.

Dr. Obama February 12, 2015 at 10:12 am

Yes, stop the bleeding with my band aids! I couldn’t ask for more!

The Colonel February 12, 2015 at 10:46 am


that u Colonel Flagg? February 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

I love it when you become a liberal, RINO. :-)

Bible Thumper February 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

You must remember. He is governing a bluish purple state. Republicans need to win Ohio. He seems a bit policy wonkish. He needs that fire in the belly like Scott Walker.
Also since fewer Democrats have a college education, Republicans need to attract crossover votes from less educated Democrats. Scott Walker can do that. ;-)

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I didnt know if you are correct or not so did a little research and all seems to point to this..:
Liberals were the most educated group with 49% being college graduates compared to an average of 26.5% among all the conservative groups (including the Democratic voting Conservative Democrats). Disadvantaged Democrats were the least educated with only 13% having a college degree.
So in a way I guess you are correct but not really as all conservatives groups come in at under 27% compared to liberals at almost 50%
and not just wikipedia but many others seem to come to generally same conclusion. Interesting.

Bible Thumper February 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm

That was a good try. You shouldn’t be using Common Core math.

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Fiscally liberal??…The Business Journal Daily in Ohio reports…: “Kasich has spent the past three-and-a-half years cleaning up the Democrats’ economic mess”….

Every Republican FITS knows is a RINO, r fiscally liberal…and he LIKES every Democrat he encounters…He would have loved to have worked for Jim Hodges, FITS told the late Democrat Lover Lee Bandy…

The proof is in the puddin’ about all these Republicans FITS hates…and who, and what, FITS really is….


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