I’ve been in the process of writing this article for a week. Every time I think I’m done the governor of Ohio does one more thing that makes me sit up and take notice. Please excuse the diatribe, but this man makes me want to scream…….and move out of state.
Freedom of the press took a hit, a few days ago, from Ohio Governor Kasich. He refused to allow live video recording of his speech about the state budget. And now we all understand why.
He didn’t want the live video feed showing him gloating as he cut health care to a bare minimum, cut senior care and education funding to all K -12 schools in the state. He also stated that colleges and universities are to pay union wages to independent contractors while he’s cutting union collective bargaining out everywhere else.
Kasich also wants to open public parks and forest to natural gas and oil drilling. Won’t that be a wonderful sight when we go canoeing or on a picnic or watch our kids playing ball. Will this benefit the people of the state? Most like not. Yes, it will provide 2-4 thousand jobs but the people who will benefit the most are the gas and oil companies while they ruin the landscape, pollute drinking water and poison the soil where our kids play. It’s called fracking and everywhere it’s done, it’s ruined the land surrounding it, polluted the air and polluted the water table.
Keep in mind that this is the man who promised voters he wouldn’t cut any government jobs, raise taxes, or reduce health care or senior care, along with several other promises that he’s broken. These promises are what got him elected. But the people of Ohio forgot about Kasich’s well-publicized little (sic) problem with the SEC and Wall Street when he worked at Lehman Brothers. The people were fooled into thinking that he would benefit the middle class and working poor. Wrong assumption. His long term plans are more destructive than beneficial. And his short term plans are nothing more than a band-aid.
Today, (Thursday) 100 government workers receive lay off notices and this was just the start. He has also stated, on many occasions, that kids are vital to him. This is another lie as he cuts 1.25 million from the Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps but only slashes $176,000 from his own office.
True, he isn’t raising taxes, yet, but the cuts he’s making ensure that people who are middle class to working poor, children who are disabled, women and children who need health care and can’t afford the insurance, and poor to middle class seniors citizens are made to pay for more of their medication and health care than they can afford in a month on a fixed income.
He is, also, slashing aid to city and county governments as part of his overall budget. A good idea except for the fact that it’s the city’s and county’s money that he’s not giving back to them! This will cause cities and counties to raise taxes in order to support police and fire departments as well as other city and county workers…..or this cut will cause mass layoffs to all public workers. So, technically, he isn’t raising taxes but he’s forcing city and county governments to do his dirty work instead and thereby putting more people out of work. Not the mark of a man trying to create jobs in a state that has 9.5% of its people unemployed.
With the rising cost of food, utilities and gasoline, how are seniors going to afford their medicines and afford to pay more at the doctor’s office when their medical coverage is lowered? How are disabled kids from middle class families, who need more intensive medical care and general care, going to survive? How are the middle class and working poor going to afford any kind of medical care without medical clinics? Kasich says he’s for prevention. You can’t prevent a medical problem if you can’t afford to go to the doctor. Something Mr. Kasich doesn’t seem to be able to understand.
Nursing home funding will also be slashed. Instead he wants the majority of seniors to be kept at home and provided with in-home aide and nursing care. How does he propose to fund this type of health care if he won’t fund nursing homes?
His cuts are not going to benefit anyone but the corporations and his cronies. Ohio already ranks in the bottom 10% educationally and in the top 5% of states with the highest taxes. These cuts will make it worse for every Ohio family making under $55,000. More earned income will have to go to medicine and health insurance with less going to food and other necessities. Luxuries will be fewer and farther between for many Ohioans.
According to the State Department of Jobs and Family Services, the current income guidelines for an average family of 4 is a minimum yearly income, before taxes, of $45,850.00, or $3,820.83 a month before taxes. (closer to $2,500 AFTER taxes) Try raising 2 or 3 kids on that amount of money especially is one is disabled and you’re paying out $ 7-900 a month just for rent or a mortgage. Economists say it takes over $291,000 to rear a child from birth until the age of 18 (abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=8251946&page=1). That’s not counting college or trade school after the age of 18. If you do count it, you might as well add another 50-75 grand to that total, or more if they go to graduate school or can’t find a job and are forced to live at home after graduation.
This number more than doubles to over $450,000 when the child is disabled. One parent usually has to stay home to be the care giver for the disabled child, thereby cutting the family income. Medical visits, special equipment, therapy, special schooling, and more, add up in 18 years. With the cuts Kasich is making the help for caring for disabled kids, or adults, won’t be there. Education for the disabled will be reduced or eliminated and the group homes and workshops for older disabled people will be shut down.
Can you spell h-o-m-e-l-e-s-s?
What it all comes down to are lies. This man lied to get elected and gain a position of power. He’s stated that his “reforms” will be unpopular but they’ll benefit the people of Ohio. Cutting aid to cities and counties is not beneficial. It forces the cities and counties to raise taxes or layoff service workers. Where is the benefit in that? Where is the benefit in cutting health care and then saying your for prevention when the health care facilities are no longer in business?
He needs to look at these so-called reforms again and then look at the people of Ohio. We are already over-taxed and jobless, with a current unemployment rate of 9.5%. Instead of trying to destroy the State, he should be trying to bring jobs into the State. But he isn’t doing that. His idea of bringing jobs into Ohio is adding extra funding to the Jobs Ohio Department and bringing in gas and oil companies and letting them drill where ever they want.
This is not a man who gives a damn about the state of Ohio or its people. And his words and actions prove it every time he opens his mouth.