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A fairly weak story about Kasich’s philosophy and the state budget ends with this puzzler:

Then there is this question: Why is a governor who opposes government intrusion using his budget to require college professors to teach one extra class every two years?

Everyone knows what Joe is thinking and what he wants to say (”Five of the past six governors raised the income or sales taxes to plug deep budget holes RAISE TAXES RAISE TAXES RAISE TAXES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD RAISE TAXES HOW ABOUT A TEMPORARY INCREASE IN THE SALES TAX”), but the “raised question” (raised by who?) doesn’t even make sense. Does the budget require private college professors to teach more? If government intrusion is the issue and we’re talking about public colleges, shouldn’t Joe’s question be, “Why does a governor who opposes government intrusion give a dollar to public colleges?”

It’s just bizarre. Had Joe asked, “Why doesn’t the governor privatize the public universities instead of the prisons?”, that might have made sense and had some of the snarky sting Joe is both seeking and trying to avoid at the same time. But requiring more productivity (or at least production) out of an entity run by the government is exactly what one would expect here. If Joe had an editor, that last paragraph would have been stricken.

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