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Is John Kasich a “Manchurian Candidate”?

Kasich turns down federal disaster aid

Is Republican Governor Kasich actually a Democratic “Manchurian Candidate“?

Kasich turns down federal disaster aid

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said thanks but no thanks to immediate federal disaster relief Saturday, even as governors in Indiana and Kentucky welcomed the help.

Kasich did not rule out asking for assistance later, but his decision means tornado-ravaged towns in Ohio will not get federal aid now and are not eligible at this time for potentially millions of dollars in payments and loans.

The governor said Ohio can respond to the crisis without federal help and he would not ask federal authorities to declare the region a disaster area.

“I believe that we can handle this,” Kasich said while visiting a shelter for storm victims at New Richmond High School. “We’ll have down here all the assets of the state.”

“We’ll have down here all the assets of the state.” Just what “assets” would those be, Governor? Ohio is so short of “assets” that it can’t fund basic services, how is it going to fund disaster relief?

The Manchurian Candidate thing I mentioned:

So who is going to get blamed for failures in the disaster relief efforts? The President and FEMA or the one (a Republican governor) who refused federal assistance? One could argue that making the Republican mantra of states controlling their own internal matters more important than humanitarian aid at a time of crisis, just might cause more independent voters to turn away from Republican candidates in the 2012 elections.
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