As a former Ohioan, and now living in Florida, I’m not exactly totally informed on everything the Ohio Governor has done, but he seems likely to announce plans to run for the Republican Presidential nomination. I happened to see John Kasich recently on Meet The Press and I was happy to see and hear rational ideas coming from him. He basically stated he has more experience than the other candidates (he was chairman of the House Budget Committee when he was in congress). Now he is Governor of a very important swing state. Ohio seems to be in good economic condition and he won a second term.
What impressed me about Kasich is that he wasn’t spewing out the typical red meat rhetoric that all the other Republican candidates do on a daily basis. That fact alone, plus his apparent common sense approach to being open to compromise makes me think he is-in fact- the best candidate the Republicans may have.
I have always said on my former talk radio show, and in print that I have no problem with genuine conservatives. It is the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party which makes me sick. Their continued belief in economics that always comes down to continued tax cuts and cutting regulation. On the same show if I remember correctly, Senator Mike Lee of Utah was making a case for his new book and proposed tax code revisions that, and he admited this to host Chuck Todd-would create new deficits for about five years before it would bring in expanded revenue. I do believe him. By the way, he’s working on that proposal with Marco Rubio. This is what causes the debt to skyrocket-it happened after Reagan and after George W. Bush: the bottom line is that trickle down economics is a scam to give huge tax breaks to the rich. Hillary needs to keep driving that issue home among others.
Getting back to Kasich though: he comes across as a politician who gets it. He’s willing to compromise and that means working with the opposite party. That’s what we are lacking in today’s polarized political climate. There’s no global warming in Washington D.C., it’s all about freezing out the other party. The right-wing Republicans have much to take blame for in that department. At least with a guy like John Kasich in the White House-should Hillary lose, we may be able to get back to a more moderate state of affairs. The biggest problem Kasich has is name recognition and that fact that he seems like a moderate which right-wingers will say no to. It will make for interesting debates to see a moderate in a sea of right-wingers.
I only bring up Kasich because-so far-Hillary is running a lackluster campaign. She lacks her husband’s appeal and ability to really connect with people, and she seems unable to articulate the obvious: the Republicans are bankrupt of ideas, and have no solutions other than tax breaks and cutting regulations. Go to any city or state which has had to deal with a toxic spill by big industry and see who the people go to for help. That’s what over cutting of regulations can do to our water and air. If a politician can’t make an obvious campaign about what the Republicans lack in ideas, then maybe they shouldn’t be running for office. Should Hillary fail (again) I’d rather have a moderate Republican in the White House than some extreme right-winger who will get us back in war and increase the debt because of extensive tax cuts.