Chickens Come Home to Roost for Newspapers That Endorsed Kasich
Anyone remember this?
A can-do, roll-the-dice mindset just might enable Ohio to regain its self-confidence and sell itself to the world. Kasich has it; nice guy Ted Strickland never will.
Kasich showed, as House Budget chair the last time Washington used black ink, that he could cross partisan lines and get results. He also showed in Congress that although he is personally conservative, he has no time for divisive hot-button tactics; Ohio doesn't, either. ... So we recommend John Richard Kasich for governor. With trepidation to be sure, but also with a belief that Ohio must take a risk to reap the rewards its citizens sorely need.
Yup, it's the legendary Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsement of Taxin' John Kasich, parts of which I can recite by heart (The rest I have at my fingertips on my computer).
Is the Plain Dealer now learning that when trepidation whispers in its ear, it should take heed?
Apparently, dancing did not break out in the aisles recently when Taxin' John told the Ohio Newspaper Convention this:
"You know we already tax a bunch of services already. You know why the legislature taxed them? To fill a budget hole. All of these services are going to get taxed. It's just a matter of whether they're going to be taxed by somebody pushing for a tax increase in Ohio or somebody who's trying to figure out how to lower the taxes that lead the most to our economic growth."
Translation: we better start taxing things ordinary people pay quickly before someone figures out that wealthier Ohioans and huge corporations ought to pay more.
Sales of advertising in print, on billboards, and on radio and television would now be taxed while national broadcast ads would remain exempt. The plan would tax magazine subscriptions but not newspapers, and the base would now include advertising agency fees.
"This is really a nightmare for the industry and for a lot of local merchants," said Dennis Hetzel, the association's executive director. "An advertising tax is a bad idea. It's been tried in larger states...The way they are proposing it, it would give tremendously unfair advantages. It would tax TV and radio advertising but when it comes to Internet advertising, it would be a voluntary tax when people do their income tax returns."
Really? But the PD promised would bring Ohio a "quickened pulse"! Oh wait, I guess he did. Nightmares cause quickened pulses too, although that didn't seem to be what the PD meant at the time.
Speaking to the group, Taxin' John also spewed this piece of classic Kasich-ese:
We have a bill in the legislature. All the special interests will go down there. Maybe they'll win. Wouldn't that be a great outcome, huh? Special interests win again. One of the things we have to realize in this state is if all we think about is ourselves, we're not going to do better.
Obviously, Kasich means something different by "special interests" than most of us do. He's referring to the small businesses that will be hurt by his explosion of new taxes. Meanwhile, the REAL "special interests" — the wealthiest Ohioans who make out like bandits under Kasich's new plan — don't even need to go down to the legislature. They've already purchased the Republican leadership there.