OH Gov Kasich Says Utica Shale Industry Making State “Poorer”

This Means WarThe only question that remains (for us) about Ohio Gov. John Kasich is this: When does he plan to change the (R) after his name to a (D)? He is, in almost all respects, a liberal Democrat at this point. What other conclusion can you draw after he made this statement last week when referring to oil and gas drillers and the incredibly high severance tax he’s proposing: “Every time you take valuable things out of the ground you make us poorer.” This is a typical Democrat class warfare argument he’s using to justify his high tax proposal (see OH Gov. Kasich Increases Proposed Severance Tax Rate by 236%). Kasich and his lackies keep harping on “out of state” (i.e. “foreign”) companies, as if they are robbing the state blind and absconding with Ohio’s money in the dead of night. The reverse is true. Those “foreign” companies are providing jobs and tax revenue like crazy to the state. But let’s not destroy Kasich’s tax fiction with a dose of non-fiction reality. Last week John “foreigner hunter” Kasich went on the offensive against the oil and gas industry in his state. Yes, he’s declared war…

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