The failings of former-Governor Ted Strickland are well known. From January 2007 to January 2011, Ohio lost 400,000 jobs and saw it’s credit downgraded. Oh, and the bumbling, stumbling walking-recession that is Ted Strickland left the state with a huge structural budget deficit.
But don’t tell that to Ted’s defenders… Well, these days, it’s probably no longer necessary to use the plural. And it’s gotta be pretty lonely for him to keep touting numbers that contradict reality.
It’s sad, really. Statements like this really show the failings of the public school system, particularly in the math department. It boggles my mind that there’s still at least one person who doesn’t understand that Strickland used over $8 billion of one-time money to balance his budget, thus leaving a huge, gaping hole in the next budget.
So when someone claims a budget “surplus” under Strickland, it’s either dishonest, or just straight up ignorant. Such a blindly partisan statement ignores the fact that any surplus was predicated on the billions of dollars in one-time funds ol’ Teddy Boy used in his last budget.
Or, just to spell it out using some simple numbers:
It’s pretty simple, really. But basic math isn’t exactly the strong suit of those that label themselves Democrats.
Heck, even using the absolute most generous numbers available, the remaining deficit is still jaw-dropping:
Add up all the extra revenue and you get $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion. So the real deficit is actually turning out to be about $5.9 billion to $6.1 billion.
No matter how you slice it, Ted Strickland, who, in 2006, became the first Democrat to lead Ohio in 16 years, was an epic failure. It’s not wonder Ohioans don’t elect statewide Democrats very often these days. And to fix his mess, it took the only man in modern history to balance the federal budget.
That’s about the starkest contrast you can draw.
Yet, that’s the legacy of Ohio’s recession governor. It’s no wonder he didn’t want to run again in 2014.
But don’t tell that to the one remaining Strickland defender. His reality is all that’s keeping him company these days.