I generally refuse to vote for a political party whose voters believe Jesus used to ride around on dinosaurs, but since I would never vote for Hillary (although I liked Bubba) this guy might be interesting [from Barron's]
Kasich, once he declares, will quickly rise to the top of the GOP field. He’s currently polling at 2%, compared with 13.2% for Bush, 12.5% for Walker, and 12% for Rubio. But he’s the one candidate Hillary Clinton should fear because his unusual, unscripted style gives him appeal across all demographic groups.
Kasich is also unafraid of the GOP’s wacky far right, which gives him curb appeal among independent voters. He used Obamacare to expand his state’s Medicaid coverage, arguing that he was putting federal tax dollars back into Ohioans’ pockets. In 2014, the tax-and-budget cutter was elected to a second term by a 30-point margin. He even swept counties that voted heavily for Barack Obama. He’s a committed conservative without the steamroller zealotry of a Cruz or a Paul. He opposes big government, and he doesn’t much like big business, either. When Kasich ran for president in 2000, he railed against corporate welfare in the tax system. And he has opposed the far right’s hard line against illegal immigrants.
Kasich’s conservative fiscal credentials are strong. He turned Ohio’s $8 billion budget deficit into an $800 million surplus. In doing that, he cut income taxes and government spending, while raising sales taxes to make up for revenue shortfalls. His goal is to eliminate Ohio’s personal income tax, which is now at a median of 3.5%, down about one percentage point since Kasich took office. Demonstrating his commitment to society’s underdogs, he set aside 20% of the money for a $267 million highway-construction project in Cleveland for minority and disadvantaged businesses. At least 20% of the roadway’s workers must be residents of Cleveland wards adjacent to the project, many of which are impoverished areas.
'As the report explains, this is the day that "represents how long Americans as a whole work into the year before they have earned enough money to pay all federal, state and local taxes for the year."
The national average is April 21 -- almost a week after the federal filing deadline,
Of course, your mileage may vary, even within these state-by-state figures. But you can get a rough idea how you fare against other people...
"Tax Freedom Day rankings square unsurprisingly well with overall measures of state and local tax burden," comments J.D. Tuccille at Reason. "The five highest taxed states, reports the Tax Foundation, are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Wisconsin.
Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, Texas and Louisiana are the least burdensome.
"Business tax climate also corresponds closely with Tax Freedom Day. The states least favorable to business are New Jersey, New York, California, Minnesota and Vermont.
By contrast, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska and Florida hold the top spots."
"Pundits and news celebrities on the airwaves engaged in fevered speculation about whether the wife of a former president will run for office; and this, after the mediocre son of another president spent eight years in the White House; and whether or not she will possibly face a nominee who is the brother of one president and the son of another. The capture of political and economic power by a tiny cabal of elites is characteristic of the twilight of all empires, including ancient Rome, where a small group of oligarchic families exchange power among themselves as civic institutions became a farce and the state disintegrated under mounting repression, corruption and the folly of endless war." Chris Hedges