Lies lies lies and more lies

I was having this conversation with someone I know, and we were talking about whether John Kasich or Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel is responsible for more lies. At least Kasich usually tells his own lies. The Empty Suit often lets his big-money sponsors like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tell his lies for him while pretending to be this boyishly fresh-faced guy you can trust (if you are extremely gullible). Still, he's demonstrated how willing he is to lie about Senator Sherrod Brown, whose seat he's angling to take next year.

Surprisingly, the Plain Dealer's Politi"Fact" has done the work on Mandel, finding that he has blatantly lied Brown three times since September 1.

Pants on Fire:
http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/nov/18/josh-mandel/josh-m...

False:
http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/sep/15/josh-mandel/josh-m...

Mostly False:
http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/sep/30/josh-mandel/josh-m...

Josh, if I were you, I'd stop blathering incessantly about having been a Marine. You do them a dishonor here.

Then there's that fountain of disinformation and contradictions known as John Kasich. My friend slapped together a quick list for our amusement of Kasich falsehoods. Honestly, it's so hard to keep up that this just scratches the surface. But here are some of the ones that instantly came to mind.

1. The latest, of course, is Kasich saying he doesn't read Ohio's newspapers — but then there's this:
http://cdn.localwireless.com/wap/news/text.jsp?sid=1003&nid=2743907840&c...

"Kasich said he was unaware of the Strickland policy change until he read a Dispatch story on the letters being sent out earlier this month."

Oh well, Scratch that.

2. Kasich tries to fool the public by releasing stats showing that most majority of schools get more money under his budget – when really they would get less. He lied to the press about the existence of the spread sheet.

http://toledoblade.com/Education/2011/03/30/Kasich-budget-cuts-funds-to-...

#. Kasich claims he was able to cut red tape and issue an EPA permit that the Strickland administration held up. Actually, the company's own foot-dragging held it up.
http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/feb/07/john-kasich/gov-jo...

3. Kasich claims his staff budget is less than Strickland's despite his giving budget-busting raises to top staff. Meanwhile, he was stashing his staff under the auspices of other agencies.

4. Kasich whined that SB 5 was necessary to eliminate binding arbitration imposed by out-of-state negotiators who didn't understand Ohio. They are required by law to be Ohio residents (unlike, say, Mark Kvamme, whom Kasich picked to head his quasi Department of Development JobsOhio until it was impressed on him that that pick is unconstitutional). PolitiFact found his pants were burning as brightly as Josh Mandel's:
http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/nov/03/john-kasich/john-k...

5. Kasich said he never supported school consolidation and demanded that teachers take out a full-page ad in the newspaper, apologizing for saying he supported it. Then he talked about how Ohio has too many school districts and suggested consolidation might be a solution. We're still waiting for his full-page newspaper ad apologizing to Ohio's teachers.

6. Kasich has repeatedly claimed that Ohio was so unfriendly to business that they stayed away from the state. Meanwhile, numerous announcements of business expansion and job creation — deals begun before Kasich took office — have been announced this year. Kasich, of course, took credit for them. Even more incredibly, he has tried to credit JobsOhio, which didn't exist when the deals were made.

7. Kasich blocked the implementation of the ban on ownership of exotic animals that Strickland put in place in his final days in office. He kicked it into oblivion until the escape and slaughter of nearly 50 exotic animals enraged people around the world. Then he claimed he had had people working on it, and that there was something wrong with Strickland's ban although he never said exactly what, and even though he had initially said that somehow this ban hurt small business, he was really really going to get on it now. He actually said, "“This is unbelievable that this even existed, and what's hard for me to understand is why Ohio over time didn't deal with this, but we'll deal with it now." Huh?

8. Called a cop who stopped him for not yielding to an emergency vehicle an "idiot" who needed to pay attention to "customer service." Video reveals cop was polite and professional.

9. Kasich claimed their was an $8 billion budget shortfall and he, with his financial brilliance, managed to close this loomed gap willed to him by Ted Strickland.

He said, "In Ohio, we faced an historic $8 billion shortfall but we erased it by being responsible with spending and by reforming programs to work better and provide better value to taxpayers."

Not only was the gap smoke and mirrors, but Kasich's budget was $5 billion higher than Strickland's last budget. Meanwhile, he claimed there was no money for schools and local governments.

10. Kasich said in an email written for the Building a Better Ohio campaign to keep SB 5 in place, "we're beginning to turn Ohio around."

If that's true, I'd like to see the evidence.

This is fun. I could go on all night, but it's getting late.

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