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Not a fan of the new governor



Published: Mon, February 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Not a fan of the new governor

You have to love Gov. John Kasich. OK, you don’t have to love him. Forgive the hyperbole. Actually, you don`t even have to like him, and based on his actions and words since election day last November, I think by the time he leaves office, most Ohioans won’t like him.

Our governor is a cocky, arrogant corporatist who seems to believe he has rode in on a white horse to save us from ourselves. Kasich traveled to Detroit to meet with the Big 3 automakers concerning their operations in Ohio. The irony of this trip, is that had Kasich been making the decision to loan GM and Chrysler the money to survive, he would have been only visiting Ford since like every Republican in Congress, he was vehemently against it. The loans were totally against his free market, union workers are the downfall of America philosophy.

Kasich returned from Motown saying that the Big 3 execs had bad mouthed the state and remarked how they told him the business climate for automakers basically sucked. Like many others, including former Gov. Ted Strickland, I am very confused. We are confused because for the last few years all we have heard from the GM executives who have visited the Lordstown plants is what a major part Ohio has played in the decision to build the Cruze, the car designed to save General Motors, at Lordstown.

Something doesn’t add up. Do we trust the GM executives, who have publicly praised Ohio numerous times or do we trust a former Lehman Brothers executive and a former Fox News talking head? As an Ohio State fan, I never would pick Michigan over Columbus, but in this case I believe the truth is up North, not in the governor’s office. It seems the guy riding the white horse isn’t all about the truth in this instance.

Tim O’Hara, Austintown


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1newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Your comment is flawed, Tim, you show a lack of how a bankruptcy proceeds and ends. . There was going to be Chrysler and a GM, they would come out stronger. Now the Government controls them, in fact GM doesn't even have to pay corporate taxes, Ford pays corporate taxes. In essence, the bonus was paid for by the public. I'm not in love with any company, but Ohio's Honda pays an annual big Christmas bonus.

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21Marine(29 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

First of all it is only the big two, Chrysler is a foreign car company (Italian) just as Honda, Toyota and the likes are foreign. The governor is hardly cocky or arrogant but rather someone that the majority of Ohio voters believed in and elected. The Mahoning Valley is and always will be anti-everything that is not union or democratic. I am tired of paying for bonuses and loans to all corporate America and want their debt to the taxpayers repaid.

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3commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

What do you think GM officals are going to say in public AFTER they got BILLIONS from the Federal Government and Ohio?? How can they give bonuses when they still owe over 30 billion in loans? When the banks, that took money from the Government, tried to mgive their people bonuses Congress was "up in arms" - - nothing being said about GM?

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4palmer16121(115 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Okay...I have read this letter, and get the despleasure. Now however...it is time to start holding ALL elected officals feet to the fire. I have came to the conclusion that we voted in new bums, and threw out old bums. That is, I think now, we are at the poisionus tree. The question is, will we kill said poisionus tree, or eat the fruit of it? Think about it.

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5MD1533(24 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Tim, that's your opinion and that's your right! But, We totally disagree with your opinion. Something has to be done to straighten Ohio Out! "Eight Billion Deficite!" If you can figure it out then, "Go For It! and Get Er Done!"

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6Hlecter(59 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Kasich is exactly what Ohio needs, in much the same way as Romney (flaws and all) is what USA needs.

We need a corporate mind in charge. A person that has actually run a business, made a payroll, paid bills.

One who will reduce ridiculous anti-business regulations that drive companies out of Ohio and keep new ones from coming in.

Business and the so-called "fat-cats" are not your problem Ohio.

Ever get a job from a poor guy?

An environment that makes it nearly impossible to operate in Ohio is definitely the problem.

Do whatever it takes, within reason, to make Ohio attractive again. Lord knows we have the work-force and the work ethic.

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