Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ohio's left twists the truth to attack Kasich

The Plunderpals are at it again. Twisting the facts of even the most minor of news stories to turn it into an attack. This time they focused on a story from the San Francisco Chronicle about comments Governor Kasich made at a meeting of the Executive Workforce Board.

Let's take a look at their analysis of the story.
On Monday, Kasich helped kick off the first meeting of Ohio’s Executive Workforce Board – a 25-member panel that appears to be charged with accomplishing the same exact tasks Frederick failed to accomplish.

Remember when John Kasich, the supposed small government conservative, promised to eliminate red tape, simplify the way state government operates and help get Ohio moving at the “speed of business”?
Plunderbund intentionally makes it sound like Kasich replaced one man with a panel of 25, thus betraying small government conservatives.

As usual, however, they aren't telling you the whole story.

Kasich didn't appoint the board to replace Frederick. He did it because it is required by law. It's required for the state to be in compliance with federal law, passed under the Clinton administration as the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

There was a board under Ted Strickland's administration, too. As evidenced by the 400,000 jobs lost under his administration, they didn't accomplish anything. But since the creation of this board is mandatory, the Governor thinks one good purpose for them would be to streamline the 77 different worker training programs that are spread throughout 13 government agencies.

If the Plunderpals think this is a bad thing, that's their problem. When they misrepresent the facts about it, then it's an entirely different story.


  1. Fabricate?

    There's an old saying about the pot and the kettle.

  2. name one accomplishment in the workforce arena since Kasich took office. how many of those 77 programs has he merged?

  3. How that turnpike leasing project coming along?
    (and how much did that cost?)

  4. Nick, it doesn't change the fact, as PB accurately reported, that the work of consolidation has been transferred from Frederick. Now instead of having one point person, we have a 25-person commission. Yeah, committees are always effecient.

    Nothing you write in the post actually refutes the points Plunderbund made. In fact, by pointing out that this commission which is now doing the job already existed, you actually deepen the question as to why the Kasich Administration paid someone nearly $7k a month to do something a commission that already existed could do (and eventually would do.)

    Brilliant analysis, Nick. You just pointed out the Kasich Administration paid someone $7k for a job a commission that already existed could do at no additional cost.

    Tell me again how Plunderbund is wrong that this shows Kasich is inefficient?

  5. Modern,

    the work of consolidation has not been transferred from Frederick to the committee. I know that's what PB reported, but they did so without any evidence at all.

    The committee will of course be involved with any consolidation, hence the remarks at their meeting, but Frederick was to be the guy leading that effort. Since he resigned to take a job somewhere else, they'll probably find somebody to replace Frederick.

    As far as being inefficient, you're dead wrong. Companies hire people all the time whose sole function is cost reduction through making them more efficient. If you hire a guy who makes $80,000 a year, and he ends up leading efforts that save the company $1 million a year, you don't describe his salary as "inefficient", do you?

    Joseph's headline on the PB post ("Kasich Replacing Workforce Development Czar with 25 Member Panel") was a flat out deception, and is completely inaccurate. The 25-member panel was not created to replace Frederick. It was created because it was mandatory, just like under previous administrations.

    1. Nick, it was the KASICH ADMINISTRATION, not PB, that said this commission would take up the work Frederick left unfinished. They've made no indication that they intend to replace this czar except have the commission do the job instead. Their words, not PB's.

      Second, yes, it's incredibly ineffecient when a guy draws a salary for a year, achieves nothing, and the project is thrown to a committee of 25. If this involved anyone but Kasich, I'd suspect even you'd agree.

      The headline isn't a deception. The panel already existed, Kasich didn't CREATE it. What Kasich did create is that this panel is now charged to do what Frederick was supposed to be working on. That's how Joe present it, it's accurate, and you're attempt to read something into the story for a strawman argument failed.


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