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Kasich finds a winning issue for ’14

Published: Sun, September 15, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Republican Gov. John Kasich may have come up with the antidote for the political poison contained in the collective-bargaining reform issue that Democrats will use against the GOP in the 2014 statewide election.

Kasich’s decision to force 134,000 food stamp recipients to earn the support they receive from the government will resonate with the electorate. If the truth be told, even the most liberal of Democrats believe that individuals who receive benefits paid for by the taxpayers should not freeload. Indeed, as the economic recession took hold in 2008 and once-secure jobs could no longer be counted on, the backlash against recipients of food stamps, welfare and other aid programs grew.

Today, the sympathy and understanding for the less fortunate have been replaced by resentment and anger.

The governor’s initiative — it was even discussed on cable television — could not have come at a better time for Republicans.

State Issue 2

Democrats and their union allies are still reveling from their successful putdown in 2011 of the GOP over State Issue 2 (Senate Bill 5). After majority Republicans in the House and Senate rammed through legislation that took away many collective-bargaining rights public-employee unions have enjoyed for more than two decades, public and private unions and the Ohio Democratic Party decided to go for broke and put the issue up for a vote of the people.

More than 1 million voters signed referendum petitions, sending a clear message to Kasich and the Republican majority in the General Assembly that political war had been declared.

In 2010, Republicans swept all the statewide offices, led by Kasich’s victory over Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat.

Many Democrats, disillusioned with President Obama and his signature legislative initiative, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), decided to stay home.

Kasich won the election by a very narrow margin, but since taking office in January 2011 has pursued an agenda that Democrats and the unions contend is designed to reward the wealthy and punish the middle class.

Democrats intend to carry the issue of the state’s uneven economic recovery into the 2014 statewide election. They also will resurrect the battle of 2011 over State Issue 2, the collective-bargaining reform push by Republicans.

Kasich may also have to deal with another highly controversial issue: right to work.

The tea party movement is determined to make Ohio the 25th state to adopt a right-to-work law, and petitions are being circulated to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 general election ballot.

If the issue is placed before voters, the election will be a rerun of 2011, with the Democrats and the unions launching an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign.

It won’t be a tough sell, considering that public employees are still bitter about the Republicans’ attack on their collective-bargaining rights, and right-to-work is viewed as an assault on the unions.


Kasich is no doubt hoping that the advocates of this possible game-changer will either back off or fail to get the required number of signatures.

But he obviously isn’t leaving anything to chance, which explains why he has launched his initiative to force able-bodied food stamp recipients to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job, volunteering or performing a similar type of activity. The requirements go into effect in October, and those individuals who do not meet them will lose their eligibility on Jan. 1. Sixteen counties with high unemployment are exempt from Kasich’s work initiative.

Democrats may be able to criticize the Kasich administration for not having programs in place to ensure that the recipients are able to go to work, volunteer or perform other similar activities. But, they will suffer the wrath of the voters if they go after the governor for forcing the freeloaders to get off their duffs and earn the assistance they receive.

Kasich is couching his initiative as a means of providing individuals with self respect, but many people aren’t so kind.

Despite the data showing that a small percentage cheat and that fraud is not as rampant as many believe, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a punching bag — especially for tea party types.


1theotherside(333 comments)posted 1 year ago

Kasich's food stamp requirement isn't targeted towards his enemies. It's targeted toward his Koch controlled, ALEC inspired Tea Party base. Sure, all voters like the idea of earning your keep if getting food stamps, but that won't change the facts of John Kasich's record. I am sure there will be plenty of largess thrown around by John Kasich is before the elections.. He will attempt to divert attention away from the very sycophants and enablers who gave us SB5 and who are now attempting a Right to Work law again. Kasich can't extract himself from those efforts. He owns them and the November 2014 election has been a long time coming for the million plus signatures just waiting for that election.

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2gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 1 year ago

This is killing me to agree with this self centered POS. But if you are single person with no kids who can't find work you need to move where the work is. There's no reason for them to receive any form of assistance.

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3TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 1 year ago

Union supporters can't ever have an intelligent converstaion and acknowledge that the reason they will soon no longer live and breathe is due to the fact that their own greed and self-promotion have directly lead to their demise. Always been amazing to me,"Yeah I would like to work for you sir, and oh by the way, here's how much you have to pay me". That is what we call dreaming and its time to wake up. Once a snake........

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4TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 1 year ago

Okay FULLOFBS here we go. The theory of organized labor which once was to support a reasonable wage and reasonably safe working conditions is looooooong past but, I admit being forced to come back. Collective bargaining became a system of collective bullying that, if you have ever studied economics, has a great deal to do with America's lagging position in the GLOBAL market. I won't even go into issues like the impossibility of being able to terminate horrendous performers, or the negative impact unions have had on industries such as steel and auto. This is very specific but I know individuals who once worked at GM and got a trip to Glenbeigh ANNUALY to sober up and then go back to using heavy equipment. You know they used to have BBQ grills out on the line at GM, wanna know how I know that, worked there. You simply shouldn't get to make 21.00 an hour to put in a bolt. While that sounds SLOW, wanna know what's slower, a union guy working on the line. I am not saying its the only reason because I recognize its a complex issue, but unions MUST wise up to the fact that they have a had much to do with their extinction. Don't for a minute think that anyone buys your poor me sweatshop BS, ITS ALL ABOUT $ and you are a primary example of why in 10 years unions will be like talking about VCR's. Doesn't really mean much to waste arguing on this matter, unions are soon passe'. I better plan on 20 hour work days huh? Oh yeah I just remembered if I don't like a job, I DONT HAVE TO WORK THERE.

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5gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 12 months ago

Yeah who needs organized labor anyway? I mean lets look back before unions. I mean hey the corporations and different industries treated their workers great right. I mean hey they even let little kids work in the mines and textile mills. Hey you had company stores where you could spend your whole paycheck on groceries. You could live in company housing. Yeah the only thing unions did was get workers a fourty hour workweek health benefits, vacation,sick days, pensions,safety rules and much more. And none of this existed until unions had to be created due to the abuses of employers. All right to work states have several things in common. High unemployment, low wages and no benefits.

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6TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 12 months ago

I hope that I do not sound as though I am unaware of the marvelous improvements organized labor made in the workplace. It is true that safety, pay and countless issues were enhanced by collective bargaining. However, at some point, the pendulum swung too far and union members and supporters forgot some essential factors. Namely, the goal was a reasonable employer employee relationship, which benefitted business. Unions became bullies, threats and strikes and in some instances violence and associations with organized crime were utilized as a means of bargaining. Let's also be clear with a fundamental, the owner is the individual who makes it possible for paychecks to be drawn. No one forces anybody to work for them. OSHA, federal and state employment laws now exist where they hadn't to prevent child labor and unsafe workplaces in most markets. Work wherever you want, but don't try to convince those with even a small amount of common sense that the employee should dictate how much they are paid, how much medical coverage they get and so on. That only works for Congressmen (Ha) Also, as I have stated above, unions often protect subpar employees and have greatly diminished our competitiveness on many global markets. It is agreed that organized labor made wonderful contributions to the American workplace, BUT there time passed and the majority of people, as every poll indicates, see through the unbridled selfishness of many members. Its funny how people often accuse the wealthy of abuses and don't see the similar corruptions of organized labor in lets just say BUYING elections. When I was member of the union, I was most amazed at how the upper echelon of our leadership talked about solidarity for our brothers and then, behind closed doors, created contracts that only benefitted a few of the organization. To pay dues to an organization which has now totally diminished its ability to help the individual is sad. BUT like every other thing, this is an extremely emotional subject and logic doesn't matter to those your debating. Have a blessed day everyone! Yes that was too long a comment sorry.

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7theotherside(333 comments)posted 12 months ago

Oh I love the anti union argument that unions are no longer needed because we now have OSHA, federal and state employment laws that "...now exist where they hadn't to prevent child labor and unsafe workplaces in most markets..." Hilarious that anyone would think for a moment that those laws would exist or continue to exist without the unions. The unions made those laws happen. Not wealthy business interests. And if anyone thinks for a moment that those laws would continue to exist without the unions is a fool. As far as union bullying goes, Henry Ford and his corporate goons had just as much impact on the labor movement as any strike actions so to blame violent incidents on unions alone is nonsense. There were plenty of examples of corporate abuse of workers over the years. Are unions perfect? Hardly. But I'd much rather live with an imperfect union that with no union at all. You want to continue to see the gap expand between the wealthy and the rest of us? Kill the unions and find out what that life is like. No thanks.

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8TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 12 months ago

All comes down to this jealousy of the successful and wealth redistribution. Work 2 jobs, gets tudent loans, go to school, save and invest, why as an owner do I have to give you my money. WORK WHEREVER YOU WANT. Just dont ransom the successful by threat.Further, I bet when unions fail, which is inevitable, we still have safety regulation. But that argument gets old, union members would work inside a nuclear reactor... for the right pay and benefits that is, especially if they get to set up the grill by the cooling rods

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9TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 12 months ago

Well then if you feel its management's fault, why dont yu go somewhere else and work? Somewhere ya know where someone as smart as you runs things. By the way if your into wealth resdistribution, go down to Federal Plaza today and find someone who looks like a hard worker, then give him 100.00 bucks. SAME PRINCIPLE. Wanna know why unions are only 12% of workforce-bad idea and everyone minus union members see it. Youre right 12%, pretty much dont even matter

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10cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 12 months ago

Thank God for Kasich. He got rid of DEMOCRAT STRICKLAND's $8 billion dollar defecit, brought jobs to OH and is turning this state around. Hopefully, the UNION mentality will NOT prevent intelligent Ohioans from voting for a Governor who makes things happen for OHIO!

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11gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 12 months ago

Hey Cathy I can tell your a typical HUA know nothing, just make it up rescumlican. So Kasich created jobs huh? Now here is the truth something you rescumlicans know nothing about . When Kasich took office Ohio was 24th in the nation for job creation, we are now 46th. So thanks for being a typical rescumlican liar.

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12NachoCheese(163 comments)posted 12 months ago

Right to Work! NOW!

How many more school districts, counties, cities, and villages will have to go bankrupt thanks to these unions before enough people come to their senses and eradicate them once and for all?

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13SAVEOURCOUNTRY(470 comments)posted 12 months ago

the real problem is explained on a 7 minute 50 second video on youtube called "TAX THE RICH".

This is what big business wants, workers fighting amongst each other while they work with the government to take our way of life from us. Some post wants to blame unions. 12% of workers belong to the as another poster stated correctly.

go watch the video! you will think differently!

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14theotherside(333 comments)posted 12 months ago

This argument that Kasich is some great economic genius because he balanced the state budget is a pig in a poke. Every governor before him did the same thing because the state constitution requires the budget be balanced every year. Strickland did it. Taft did it, Celeste did it. It didn't matter what governor did it. They had to do it by law. The difference is in the priorities. Kasich balanced the budget by cutting funding to universities, schools, state, and local governments. Then, he created a public entity called Jobs Ohio that has no public over sight. So now we have turmoil in local government and schools with funding crisis and a new state agency that no one is permitted to audit even though it is funded with public funds. If it looks smelly it probably is. What's Kasich hiding with Jobs Ohio?

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15southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago

I think we are in a place of need at one time or another if we live long enough

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