I guess many readers of this blog already know John Kasich from his stand in hosting of the O’Reilly show on FOX News. I always enjoyed John and thought he would be a better permanent host than O’Reilly. John is a Conservative. O’Reilly is a phone sexing moderate. John also had his own show called Heartland with John Kasich that ran from 2001 to 2007.
I guess readers would also know John won the Ohio Governor’s race in the recent half term elections. He has opted to stay in the family home outside of the city rather than move into the Governor’s Mansion, and has been criticised for not hiring any one “of colour” to his cabinet. Kasich responded to the criticism by saying he hired on ability not skin colour.
Kasich, who once said he prefers to deal with unions who “make things”, has stated clearly that he intends to break the back of the Ohio teacher’s unions. He has now engaged on a broader front by taking on the whole of the Ohio State public service unions. If only here in NZ we had John Kasich and not John Key.
A day after hundreds of public employees jammed the Statehouse to protest a bill they believe will kill their unions, Gov. John Kasich said he is working on an even-tougher version, one that would punish workers who go on strike. If the Republican-controlled legislature doesn’t fashion a collective-bargaining reform bill to his liking, Kasich said yesterday, then he will include language in the coming state budget to enact the changes he wants.
“I have my own proposal right now,” Kasich told reporters after a speech to the Ohio Newspaper Association in Columbus. “We would outlaw strikes, and the penalties would either be firing or docked wages,” the governor said. Asked what recourse public union workers would have under his proposal, Kasich said, “They have a job. They should continue to negotiate and try to come up with something.”
Kasich’s statements underscored the resolve of Republicans, who enjoy hefty majorities in the House and Senate, to roll back the power of public-employee unions. On Wednesday, a Senate committee opened hearings on a measure sponsored by Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, to eliminate collective bargaining for all state workers and significantly weaken it at the local level.
John is man with the guts and the tenacity needed to sort things out in Ohio. The key phrase above though is “underscored the resolve of Republicans”. Yep, “resolve”, a quality that the Republicans didn’t have much of until the Tea Party stiffened their spines.
Its what we need in NZ. To replace the John Key’s with John Kasichs and to stop supporting a party that has drifted so far from its roots it is worthless in the political fight. No more money votes or support for the National Party and John Key.