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John Kasich: The GOP Establishment’s Spare Prince

The Republican establishment has always had its suspicions about Jeb Bush’s “fire in the belly” to be President, and its Wall Street wing never likes to put all of their money in one sector of the market, so they’ve adopted the monarchist “heir and a spare” model in this year’s Republican presidential nominating contest. 

John KasichThe “heir” is of course Jeb Bush and the designated “spare” has rotated among a cast of establishment candidates including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and now Ohio Governor John Kasich. 

The job of the establishment’s “spare prince” in this year’s campaign is to present himself as a more palatable version of Jeb Bush to those who might be skeptical of electing another Bush or to jump in and save the establishment’s hold on the throne should Bush’s campaign falter as it appears to be doing. 

And John Kasich is a perfect “spare” for the Republican establishment. 

Like Jeb Bush he is the Governor of an electorally important state and like Jeb Bush he can make some claims to have governed as an economic and fiscal conservative. 

But, as we pointed out in our article “The Big Government Four: Bush, Rubio, Huckabee and Kasich” Governor Kasich often claims to be governing as a fiscal conservative; however, the reality is this claim is largely blue smoke and mirrors. 

On Jeb Bush’s watch Florida state spending ballooned by 52 percent, from $48.6 billion in 1999 to $73.9 billion in 2006.*And state expenditures per capita rose from $2,809 in 1999, to $3,942 in fiscal year 2006-2007. 

Likewise, our friends at the CATO Institute contend that “by any measure, spending is growing in Ohio. The question is by how much.”* 

“Kasich seems to pick the data set that sheds the best light on him,” wrote Nicole Kaeding, a budget analyst for CATO, which awarded Kasich a D grade on his budget record for last year.** 

CATO cites what is known as the general revenue fund, which includes money Ohio collects in state taxes as well as federal dollars for such programs as Medicaid, which provides health coverage for low-income people. 

The state plans to spend $71.2 billion from its general revenue fund during the 2016-2017 budget cycle. That is substantially higher than the $52.5 billion in general revenue spending for the 2011-2012 spending years, which was Kasich’s first two-year budget.** 

To be fair, if you look at Ohio’s all-funds budget, Kasich can accurately claim that overall state spending will increase by 2.1 percent between the 2016 and 2017 spending years. But even under the all-funds budget, state spending increased by 7.6 percent between 2015 and 2016.* 

About the best you can say is that of the four, John Kasich travelled the road to fiscal perdition at a slightly slower pace than did his Big Government Republican colleague, Jeb Bush. 

And on amnesty for illegal aliens and the impact of immigration, both legal and illegal, the positions of Bush and Kasich (and Hillary Clinton) are indistinguishable. 

As Ohio’s reported back in 2014, a little more than four years ago, John Kasich told The Dispatch, “One thing that I don’t want to reward is illegal immigration.” 

Back then Kasich called for a comprehensive federal immigration law protecting America’s borders. And he reiterated his longtime support for amending the U.S. Constitution to end birthright citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants. 

Now Kasich says he’s “a little bit smarter” and that he now opposes all the policies he supported previously, and that country class Americans are demanding the Republican candidate for president stand for, and which are driving Donald Trump’s poll numbers through the roof because he says that’s what he will do. 

Kasich told PBS Newshour’s Gwen Iffil, “… I think, with the 12 million, they’re here. If they have been law-abiding, then I believe they should have a path to legalization. They’re going to have to pay a fine. They’re going to have to wait, but I — look, they have become a very important part of our society. “ 

Kasich went on to tell Iffil that apprehending illegal aliens “is not what America is all about” and compare the identity theft, Social Security fraud and other crimes that attend illegal border crossing and working in the United States to “ditching the line” at a Taylor Swift concert. 

Governor Kasich came out of the interview with Gwen Iffil barely one stop short of echoing Jeb Bush’s infamous illegal immigration is “an act of love” comment. 

Likewise on Common Core, Kasich echoed Bush – Common Core, he said, is just a label for high standards.

Editor's update: Our friends at RedState point out we can add support for Roe v. Wade to Kasich's credentials with the Country Club Republican set: John Kasich; I’m fine with abortion; it is the law of the land.

In a monarchy the “spare prince” isn’t supposed to be an alternative or competitor to the heir to the throne, and so it is with the establishment’s “spare prince,” John Kasich. 

John Kasich doesn’t offer a different vision of America and the policies he advocates aren’t alternatives to Jeb Bush’s policies; he’s for Common Core, amnesty for illegal aliens and Big Government Republicanism in general.  

John Kasich is the perfect “spare prince” for the Republican establishment. Far from being an alternative to Bush, Kasich is merely a vehicle for preserving the monarchy or in our present American politics, preserving the progressive Big Government Republicans’ hold on the levers of power in government and the Republican National Committee. 


*South Florida Sun-Sentinel figures  
**CATO Institute figures quoted in

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Our great nation can not survive any more of the touchy feely PC crap the left and these leftwing RINO's are feeding us. It's time to say hell no. Whether the hard headed liberals know it ir not, those of us who have our heads in the correct place are doing it for everyone. I don't understand why anyone would be ignorant enough to not understand that when there are almost as many sucking on the government teat as there are paying taxes, the money will run out. Maybe they are not true Americans and hate the country. Maybe we can buy them a one way ticket to their favorite socialist country.