A Brief History
On March 15, 2016, American voters in the Presidential nomination process have a huge (“yoooooge!”) day on March 15 when voters go to the polls in extremely important states such as Ohio, Florida, and Illinois (as well as Missouri and North Carolina, which are also important states). The elections held on this day may well be decisive in determining who exactly the party nominees are for the Democrats and Republicans.
Ohio, although not the biggest state, is known as a “swing state” that could easily go for the candidate from either party, and thus becomes critical in the general election. For Republicans, Ohio is known as a virtual necessity to win if a Presidential candidate is to be successful.
This time around the Republican field in Ohio is led by businessman Donald Trump, an unconventional candidate with a populist appeal, and the sitting Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, an establishment politician with a history of working for Lehman Brothers financiers.
Trump has championed the American middle class and his proposals include protection of jobs, cracking down on illegal immigration, and tax reform beneficial to the middle and working class even though it could raise the taxes of rich people such as himself. Trump has stated opposition to foreign entanglements unless a clear objective is identified and relentlessly pursued. He opposed the disastrous war in Iraq that has destabilized the Middle East and nearly bankrupted the United States. As such, anti-Americans have even threatened Trump physically. Below is a video of an attempted attack on Trump at a rally in Ohio followed by a video of the same would-be attacker desecrating the American flag on an Ohio college campus:
Other Kasich ideas that hurt working people and the middle class include the elimination of the Ohio estate tax (which only affects the richest of the rich people) and abolishing the Ohio income tax. Before you get huffy about the income tax, remember that it is a progressive tax that taxes rich people at a higher rate than working and middle class people, and that taxes that would replace it would put a larger burden on the middle class and relieve the rich of some of their tax burden. (Think carefully before you give the rest of your money to the government so that rich people do not have to.) Trump opposes these anti-worker and middle class initiatives.
John Kasich has virtually no chance at receiving the Republican nomination for President, while Donald Trump is easily the most popular choice and most likely to attract disgruntled Democrats. A vote for Kasich in the Ohio Primary is a wasted vote.
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For more information, please see…
Trump, Donald J. Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again. Threshold Editions, 2015.