Ted Strickland’s Humble Grading
I wonder if the thousands of Ohioans who have started to count on unemployment checks since Gov. Strickland took office agree with this in his year-end interview with The Plain Dealer:
Asked to grade his performance this year, the Democratic leader, heading into a crucial 2010 re-election campaign, coolly said, “certainly a solid B.”
Care to explain such a high mark, governor?
“Well, it’s because I’m too humble to say a solid A,” Strickland said in an interview with The Plain Dealer Monday. “But I think the affairs of this state have been managed responsibly in the midst of the most serious economic recession in many, many decades.”
As we all know, those who are most humble typically have to tell us that they are.
And as my friend Matt Dole tweeted, maybe Strickland would have given himself a “good solid B+” if he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Considering that Strickland has just raised your income taxes by 4.2%, almost doubled the unemployment rate in the state of Ohio to a whopping 10.6% (with the real unemployment rate hovering in the 18% range), if that is a B, may God have mercy on our souls if we ever reach “C” level.
And who knew!… Nannystater Pastor Strickland is actually a libertarian:
On his attempt to place slot machines at horse racing tracks despite his personal opposition to gambling:
“I’m fairly libertarian in my attitude towards what adults can choose to do and not to do. I don’t want to be a moral policeman.”
Is Strickland only libertarian on issues that Mr. and Mrs. Chris Redfern lobby for? He certainly wasn’t libertarian on Penn National’s casino ballot issue, and he damn well won’t be supporting a controversial phone card/gambling scheme. Strickland is also not “fairly libertarian” on allowing parents to choose how they want their children to be educated (the latest budget cuts funding for faith-based school by 500% compared to the cuts that unionized public schools received) nor is Strickland “fairly libertarian” on allowing people to keep more of their own money to spend as they see fit.
How can a Governor describe themselves as “fairly libertarian” than continue to chip away at states rights by begging the Federal Government for more ObamaBucks, which always come with endless future spending mandates? (From Gongwer Monday Dec. 21, 2009:)
Facing a potential shortfall of at least $5 billion in Ohio’s next operating budget, Gov. Ted Strickland said Monday he is lobbying Washington for continued federal aid while planning ways to deal with “various scenarios” that may occur in the future.
“(No) one knows for sure what’s going to happen with this economy. I am hopeful for recovery. I think there are some signs that a recovery is on the way,” Mr. Strickland said.
“I can tell you that I am currently advocating for additional federal stimulus resources until this recession lifts,” Mr. Strickland said in an interview with Gongwer News Service marking the end of his third year in office.
Notwithstanding current economic problems, the governor said he would submit a capital improvements bill proposing new state building projects.
He also viewed as “more essential than ever” voter approval in the May 4, 2010 primary for borrowing $1 billion to finance an extension of the Third Frontier high technology research/development program.
$5 billion for walking around money, and $1 billion borrowed through bonds for corporate welfare? Ted Strickland has no room to criticize Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, and if Ted can call himself a “libertarian” than that word if quite meaningless.
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