Stop Taxin' John From Taking Credit for This!

You know how our governor, Taxin' John Kasich, love to take credit for reviving the economy and creating lots and lots of jobs? Never mind that the Official Party Line of the GOP is "government doesn't create jobs."

As we all know, Taxin' John opposed the auto industry bailout and former congresswoman Betty Sutton's Cash for Clunkers legislation, which together may have saved as many as several hundred thousand jobs in Ohio, a state heavily dependent on the auto industry. Without those jobs, there would be nothing for our governor to boast about.

Maybe he'd like to peruse this morning's newsletter from Senator Sherrod Brown, who actually can legitimately take credit for helping to protect Ohio jobs. Normally, I don't post such communiques in their entirety. But this one is significant in light of Taxin' John's egregiously erroneous claims for himself and his as-yet-unfunctioning JobsOhio scam.

450 Jobs Returning to Cleveland’s Engine Plant

Ford Motor Company announced last week that it will invest nearly $200 million and add 450 new reshored jobs at its Cleveland Engine Plant which produces the 2.0-liter EcoBoost. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown praised the nearly $200 million investment, which will officially move production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine for North American vehicles from Valencia, Spain to Cleveland, Ohio.

“The demand for the EcoBoost is a testament to the strength of Northeast Ohio manufacturing and our auto supply chain,” said Sen. Brown. “Ford’s expansion not only boosts jobs and the economy in our state, but proves that you should always bet on the American worker.”

Sen. Brown has long been a champion of American manufacturing and Ohio’s auto industry. In 2008 he introduced the Auto Industry Emergency Bridge Loan Act, with a bipartisan group of colleagues and also fought to ensure that funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) were allocated to aid the Big 3 and American auto suppliers. At the start of 2009, Sen. Brown applauded President Obama’s decision to advance restructuring plans to ensure the viability of the American auto industry.

He also was a strong supporter of the Cash for Clunkers program, in which the federal government provided Ohio consumers with vouchers to purchase new fuel-efficient vehicles. The program was a resounding success, helping American consumers purchase nearly 700,000 new vehicles—adding nearly one percent to the third-quarter GDP growth at the time. The program stabilized the auto sector and saved or created thousands of jobs across Ohio and the nation.

According to a 2010 study by the Center for Automotive Research, more than 848,000 Ohio jobs depend on the auto industry; this figure includes 120,285 direct employment (people employed directly by auto industry: 39,685 by automakers and 80,600 by parts suppliers); 276,330 indirect employment (jobs indirectly employed by automakers or parts suppliers: 167,891 by automakers and 108,439 by parts suppliers); and 395,981 spin-off employment (expenditure-induced employment resulting from spending by direct and intermediate employees; 221,018 by automakers and 174,963 by suppliers). A 2011 study by the Center for Automotive Research found that 164,654 jobs in 2009 would have been lost in Ohio if the auto industry had not been rescued.

Are you listening, Taxin' John? No, of course you aren't. The only thing you listen to is the sound of your own voice, which only tells you what you want to hear. How many jobs has your administration actively saved or created? Your first year in office you showered hundreds of millions of tax dollars on big companies that you favored to shift operations a few miles here and there, sometimes within the same county. Sure, you CLAIMED these companies might flee the state — but there was no evidence of this.

The information cited by Senator Brown in this newsletter should be on the tip of the tongue of whoever runs against Kasich next year — because Kasich is going to try to make pretend job creation his main selling point. It needs to be pointed out over and over that without these auto industry protecting measures — which Kasich opposed — there would be no recovery in Ohio and nothing for Kasich to take credit for.

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