Over at Balloon Juice, Angry Black Lady (ABL) posted about an executive order signed by John Kasich which gave honorary Ohio citizenship to the Dallas Mavericks for the day of June 14. I laughed when I read it because I’m close enough to Cleveland that I recognized it as Kasich giving the finger to Lebron James. It’s my duty as an Ohioan to laugh hysterically at James’ lack of a championship ring because, well, he left Cleveland for Miami because he just knew he was going to get a ring1. Then I got irritated.
I hate John Kasich. I hate him deep in the depth of my soul. The man is ripping my home state apart and shitting down our collective throats. And I hate the people who stayed home instead of voting because they gave him to us. We can’t recall him and he doesn’t give two flying fucks about getting re-elected. This is a man who’s looking to get into the national spotlight by proving to the teabaggers how bad he can fuck up the lives of the people in this state. He’s running along merrily slashing benefits to poor folks, selling off state property and pissing away good jobs. You know he’s a real piece of work when my wingnut father-in-law hates him as much as I do.
I went off of politics when that man was elected. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I trekked my happy ass to the voting booth and cast my ballot for Strickland, who isn’t a miracle worker but who also isn’t trying to become Teabagger King ™. I told people I worked with and family members that they’d better vote against the nutters or the shit was going to hit the fan. Pfft. They didn’t care. I heard a lot of “My vote doesn’t matter” crap. Well, considering Kasich won with less than half the vote of half the registered voters in the state, I’m going to say that yes, their votes did matter.
I got even more discouraged when we went down to our cabin in the state park and there was logging going on. That beautiful forest is going bye-bye because that man is willing to allow drilling and logging there. Hundreds of thousand of acres of land are going to be sacrificed to the corporate gods. Not to bring jobs to Ohioans, of course, but to give money to those corporations. The lake will be polluted and the wildlife will be killed off, but who cares? There’s money to be made in them thar hills and, by golly, he’s going to get it out!
As he does this, he sends back money that was allocated for a state high-speed rail2 and money that was to provide operating costs for the state schools, while simultaneously trying to dismantle the state’s unions and taking money away from those that need it most– the Department of Aging can say good-bye to 90% of it’s funding3. Today we find out that Kasich has sacrificed $250mil that is to go to schools.
So, while Ohioans are laughing their asses off at King James’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks4, our oh-so-funny governor, elected by a minority of registered voters5, is burning this beautiful state to the ground and pissing all over it’s actual citizens. I guess the Obama Democrats really got the message with this one, huh? You showed him not to ignore you6. My beautiful home state is dying a slow and painful death, but Lebron James got the what-for and Obama supporters were shown the power of the Firebagger. Yay us!
And that man, fucking John Kasich, is the reason I can’t do politics anymore. I’ve lost hope. I see no silver lining or any end. It doesn’t matter one fucking bit to me what’s going on in Washington7 because my state and the people who live here are suffering so bad. I don’t give a fuck about some dude who may or may not have committed espionage because my favorite state park (and all the beauty within) is getting sold off, acre by acre. But if I pay too much attention to what that evil, piece of shit teabagger puppet is doing, I’ll lose my mind. The man is staying put until the end of his term and what can I do about it? I hear from people around me “this got cut off” or “record foreclosures in the county” or “no money for medicine” or “I can’t get a home because I’m disabled and there is no funding to help me.”8 He would’ve lost, you know, if Democrats would’ve gotten to the goddamned polls. He won by a minority and he was given the power to rape our state by the people who stayed the fuck home. It’s truly maddening. How can that not piss a normal person off?
It’s no wonder the number of drunk neighbors in my neighborhood seems to be growing. Fuck, John Kasich.
- I’ll pretend not to notice that Cleveland pro teams suck anyway and the dude was never going to get a ring here. That is not the point. [↩]
- And 16,000 jobs, of course. [↩]
- Those damned elderly, retards and crazy folks don’t need help and fuck the poor people on Medicaid. Let them all wither and die! [↩]
- Yesterday’s honorary Ohioans. [↩]
- Fuck you, Ed Shulz and any other Firebaggers who encouraged people to stay home in November. I do absolutely blame the Democrats who stayed home. [↩]
- This post can be rewritten with a number of different state governors as the subject. [↩]
- Except that shit with Anthony Weiner took my mind off of it for a minute. Asshole. [↩]
- That one comes from The Mother, by the way. [↩]