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Is everyone in Ohio drunk?

That’s the only thing I can think of to explain why no one is putting up a bigger fight about Ohio governor (R) John Kasich’s attempt to privatize liquor stores in Ohio.  Particularly, in times of fiscal restraint, yes, smaller government is great.  But I’m stuck on the fact that Kasich wants to make himself  the chairman of the the private company that he wants to transfer the liquor sales to, JobsOhio.

In other words, the current governor of Ohio wants to transfer ownership of all the state run liquor stores in Ohio to a company that he will be in charge of. Doesn’t he already have that job, and it is called governing Ohio?

Kasich must think everyone’s drunk and his talk seems to prove it: “Over the years people drink more. It’s just a natural revenue stream,” Kasich said last Tuesday.

Last night, Rachel Maddow lamented the fact that Kasich is basically giving away the one money making mechanism that the state of Ohio has that is working properly.

Sure, Ohio needs money now but the Ohio Budget Watch found that Kasich’s plan involves the state  selling liquor stores to JobsOhio for just $1.5 billion over the course of the lease — contrast that with the $7 billion in expected revenue that Ohio would have brought in during the same time period had they retained ownership of the liquor stores.

A friend from Ohio pointed out that Nero played while Rome burned…


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