The American Spectator did a profile piece on John Kasich this week. From the piece:
John Kasich rarely gets any credit for the 1990s economic boom. But as chairman of the House Budget Committee after 1995, he played a key role in the budget agreement that erased chronic deficits, replaced them with surpluses, and passed a pro-growth capital gains tax cut on the eve of the dot-com gold rush. Being a presidential country, Bill Clinton’s name is always the one you hear when people look for a politician to praise for this record.
So in a way it will be fitting if a backlash against another Democratic president, Barack Obama, helps elect Kasich governor of Ohio next week. Of course, the credit should not go to Obama alone: Kasich has run an energetic campaign, picking up exactly where he left off after a decade out of politics. Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democratic incumbent, has seen his once-solid job approval rating slide with the economy, all the way down to 39 percent.
That’s what has gotten Strickland in trouble in the first place: voters fear that another four years of his administration would mean more jobs leaving Ohio, a sluggish business climate, a decaying manufacturing sector, and an unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent. In fairness, many of these things were true under Strickland’s Republican predecessors as well. But Kasich is breaking from the Voinovich-Taft tax timidity with a proposal to scrap the state income tax.
“We can create jobs in Ohio,” Kasich told me. “We can thrive in a high-tech, competitive marketplace. But to do that, you need reform everywhere from the education system to the tax system.” Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), a former Kasich aide and his successor in Congress, is a believer. “John can reach a lot of ordinary working people who tune most Republicans out,” he says. “He gets it. He has a rare combination of a common touch, a really good grasp of policy, and good taste in rock music.”
If Tuesday winds up looking anything like 1994, Ohio may find itself with a governor who is a seasoned veteran of the first Republican Revolution. Those who still remember the country’s last balanced federal budgets may recall that Kasich won a few battles back then.
You can read the entire piece here.
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