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There are five states where the industrialization and restructuring of the nation from an agrarian society really took place and they are Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Michigan and New York.

While others were certainly involved, these five were the backbone, had massive centralized job creation, early strong unionization and where that famous “Majority Middle Class” was really born.  Did you know that Detroit Michigan had the highest average salary for all residents of any city only a few years back.  Today it is a dying shell in bankruptcy as are other Michigan cities.

With the exception of Ohio, all of these states are fiscal and economic train wrecks.  Michigan may not be the worst off, as the true financial condition of Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been paved over with trickery - -  kicking the “can of debt” down the road with sophistry that Michigan never used.   The corrupt political machines of those two states have been rigging the financial reporting for years and the banks and ratings agencies have been helping them with that “too big to fail” mentality.

Other than New York City, the state is an empty economic shell trying desperately to attract new enterprise.  Pennsylvania has the second highest percentage of senior citizens next to Florida, and those folks stay because they can’t afford to move. A significant number of those still employed in this state are its own employees.  Bottom line, there are more “takers” than “givers” in most of these states and I cannot see any reason to think things will change.

All of them have had the same basic characteristics, shrinking populations, lost massive amounts of industry and the higher paying jobs with benefits, and tourism is a limited seasonal one-trick pony that varies with disposable income fluctuations.

So, what did Governor Kasich do with Ohio?  The facts don’t lie.  As a result of his management in the last few years, his state has very low unemployment, best employment opportunity quotient next to Texas, a budget surplus and despite a Democratic registration advantage, he seems to have gotten this done with a Republican administration.  With the exception of one bill, just about everything he tried to get passed in the last 5-7 years went through and is working well.   The resurrection of Ohio from near-death only a few years ago is nothing short of miraculous and it was not done with massive doses of federal dollars.  Now this man is one of the Republican candidates for President.

Now, his somewhat abrasive personality does not help him on the campaign trail, and the press may not give him any breaks because of it, but even left wing pundits admit he is the only one of the group that has “done the job” at the grass roots and state governor level in a comprehensive way, and from one of the most troubled states in the nation.   It’s easy to keep things in order if someone else put them that way, or they never went bad.  I don’t hear Ohio Democrats screaming that his administration was not all that effective, or if some are the story has not made it to the national level.  Folks had to cross party lines to keep this man and his administration in office.  It looks like those decisions paid off.

So, in a troubled nation with a fiscal meltdown possibly brewing during an election year, why is he not the one with the functional experience all should be paying attention to?

Jim Foster


The Independent Voice