To The Daily Sun,
To everyone: read all the literature, and try to do enough independent research to see who is telling the truth and who has a chance to deliver on their promises.
This year I have been actively supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich since before he announced his candidacy. This is the man who actually balanced the federal budget back in 1997. That resulted in surpluses that allowed us to pay down about half a trillion dollars of our national debt. Then he left Washington and both Republicans and Democrats spent the surplus, the recession hit, and the debt exploded to almost $19 trillion. After about 10 years in the private sector, John was motivated by the dismal situation in Ohio to re-enter the fray and run for governor.
Under his leadership, Ohio has gone from an $8 billion shortfall to a $2 billion surplus. Jobs are up. Taxes have been cut, and the state pension system is back on a solid footing. By virtually all measures of economic progress Ohio is doing significantly better than the rest of the country. Once again Kasich got the job done.
Of course now that he's rising in the polls, the attack ads are heating up. Right to Rise, the Bush PAC, has implied that Kasich is a profligate spender and is trying to raise taxes. If you read the Cato Institute report they use as a citation you will note it confirms that Kasich has cut taxes. Let me point out again that a badly underfunded pension system is now pretty solid and that Ohio is running a surplus.
I urge anyone who has not yet seen John Kasich in person to get to one of his town halls. So far there have been at least 75 and he's working on getting to 100. He is knowledgeable, reasonable, prepared, and has a genuine (verifiable) record of accomplishing what he sets out to do. Did I mention he has a plan to balance the federal budget in eight years or less?
If you can't get to one of his town halls at least look at the real numbers and not spurious distortions and make up your mind based on relevant facts.
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