The ongoing civil war in the Republican Party rumbled on today as the Republican Governor of Ohio said that it appeared to him that his party was waging “a war on the poor.”
John Kasich told The New York Times that there seemed to be a belief that the poor are “shiftless” and “lazy.” Although no budding liberal-leftist, Kasich has used the funds made available through the Affordable Healthcare Act known as Obamacare to expand Medicaid coverage to 275,000 of the poorest Ohio residents.
To position himself as a champion of the poor is a little rich coming from Governor Kasich; his latest budget which will deliver a $6,000 tax cut for the top 1% of earners in the state, while the poorest tax payers will actually see a $12 increase.
According to the interview, published in The New York Times:
“He still angers many on the left; he signed a budget in June that cut revenues to local governments and mandates that women seeking an abortion listen to the fetal heartbeat. Democrats see his centrist swing as mere calculation, a prelude to a tough re-election fight.
“This is someone who realized he had to get to the center and chose Medicaid as the issue,” said Danny Kanner, communications director of the Democratic Governors Association. “That doesn’t erase the first three years of his governorship when he pursued polices that rewarded the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.”
The issue here though is not his comments, but the context in which they have been made. Republican governors across the country have been trying to distance themselves from their congressional counterparts after they forced the US Government into a shutdown. Governor Chris Christie of a New Jersey recently remarked that if he was in the Senate right now, he would kill himself.
h/t: Business Insider