John Kasich and his team have been claiming that Ohio is in the “top 10 [in spending] in dollars in the bureaucracy and red tape.”

According to Politifact, that information is coming from a state-by-state analysis of data from the 2007-2008 school year and is three years old.

According to the most recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, Ohio is actually 12th in the amount spent on administrative costs.

It seems like a small oversight, and Politifact gives Kasich the benefit of the doubt and calls his statement “mostly true”. If this really was an honest mistake, and the first time he’d done it, I’d do the same thing.

But this is not the first time. Not by a long shot. This is part of a pattern of intentionally dishonest statements being promoted and repeated by Kasich and his team – and it’s been going on for months.

We reported last week that John Kasich is using six year old data to support his claim that Ohio’s state and local income taxes are the 7th highest in the nation. (It turns out we’re actually below the national average)

They also continue quoting SB5 cost savings estimates that were prepared by a Deputy Director as DAS who claimed the estimates were most likely inaccurate and indefensible.

They continue repeating we had an $8 Billion deficit. They continue to claim they have lower staff costs than Strickland. They say state workers are gettings a raise. They said no school district is getting more than an 8% cut.

All of these statements are absolutely false. And the list goes on and on and on.

One or two misstatements by a new administration is certainly to be expected. But we passed that point a long time ago. We are NOT dealing with minor errors or small oversights or almost-truths, as Politifact claims. We’re dealing with a well-planned, well-executed, consciously-decided plan on the part of the administration to distribute and promote incorrect information in support of their policy agenda and it’s time we all stopped calling these statements mistakes and half-truths and started calling them what they are: lies. Period.

Evangelize!
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  • Mconner

    politicfact is a joke… They can’t figure out a lie from their ass.

  • mvirenicus

    this just puts kasich in the same league with coach sweater vest!  buncha lyin repukelican momma-boy geeks!     oh — io 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TWV76L3S3FVT7NIXS4H4URGCAY G

    Are you under the impression that just making a statement like yours is akin to providing proof? Politifact at least lays out their reasoning for their thinking. You on the other hand seem to think that your opinion is the same as a fact. Guess what? The kind of people who believe that don’t read this site as a rule. Here you need some factual basis for statements such as yours.
    Perhaps your real problem is that truth has a liberal bias.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TWV76L3S3FVT7NIXS4H4URGCAY G

    Are you under the impression that just making a statement like yours is akin to providing proof? Politifact at least lays out their reasoning for their thinking. You on the other hand seem to think that your opinion is the same as a fact. Guess what? The kind of people who believe that don’t read this site as a rule. Here you need some factual basis for statements such as yours.
    Perhaps your real problem is that truth has a liberal bias.

  • http://motivatedinohio.blogspot.com/ MotivatedinOhio

    John Kasich is doing more for the Ohio Democratic party than any Democrat could have done.  His half truths, outright lies, and war on people who work, is getting people “FIRED UP! READY TO GO”.  Maybe we should send him a thank you card.

  • http://motivatedinohio.blogspot.com/ MotivatedinOhio

    I clicked on your icon, and found you post at rust wire.  What a wonderful site!

  • Adrienne

    John Kasuck is a liar; he is evil and he like evil is unrelenting in his pursuit. He is part of the evil, lying widespread RW mafia. Since he is part of this evil organization, he is dedicated the enrichment of the evil rich at our expense. Why do we have to sacrifice for a mess created by the evil rich? Because the evil rich have the best gov etc in this state and across the country that their evil money can buy.  So they are gong to make us pay for their clean up. 

    “1984” is their play book. Everything is the opposite of what he says or just a lie. Not wrong a lie. You need to stop being so nice to him. He is a liar and more people are increasingly not believing his lying lies. 

  • Anonymous

    How long before we can consign this zombie Kasich to the trash pile of history?  How many years will we be digging out from his mess?  What a job he is doing on Ohio!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CW2J65B3NDO5CJIMRP4FYJMPSU Adrienne

    He is going to wreck stuff so badly that 4 years isn’t enough to fix it. We have had Voinovich, Taft with a brief respite except for the global economic meltdown brought to us by the evil riches and their minions like John “Lehman Brothers” Kascum.  They “believe” that the private sector is all good and the public sector is all bad. The best analogy is that they are the mafia and if you aren’t part of their family then you ae fair game for extortion/fraud/robbery. 

    The problems with Ohio have to do with the evil Radical R’s world view of you are on your own and it is ok to rob you if you aren’t rich to make the evil rich richer. Like my life has gotten better with the evil rich getting richer, NOT. 

    Why do people vote for R’s? Because they hate poor people and everyone else who doesn’t fit into their teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy world. 

    The evil radical R’s make teh pie smaller, evil rich take a bigger share and the rest of us fight over the moldy crumbs. We need to make the pie bigger but not by selling ourselves off to the lowest bidder. 

    Hate him, hate the R’s. 

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    Like I said, Politifact made the right call IF you assume this was a one-time incident which they seem to be doing.  But if you add up the months of small but deliberate misstatements on the part of the administration you start to see a pattern.

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