The governor gets a 'B'

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


Gov. Ted Strickland has just received a good grade for fiscal prudence from an surprising source -- the Cato Institute, Washington's free market, libertarian think tank.

The group just released its "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors." The group awarded a B to Ohio's governor.

The report says, "Gov. Strickland succeeded in his goal of passing an expanded homestead exemption under the property tax. He is also following through on a phased-in replacement of Ohio's corporate franchise and business property tax with a gross receipts tax. The plan is supposed to result in a large net tax cut for businesses. On spending, the governor supports large increases in the education budget and is pushing an expensive debt-financed energy plan. But with the state facing a budget deficit this year, the governor is taking steps to trim spending."

Cato awarded three "A" grades, 14 B's, 8 C's, 13 D's and and 8 F's. That's 17 good grades in 46 states, so Strickland is in pretty good company. Three states are skipped because the governor just took office, while Alaska is excluded because its oddball budget, swollen with oil revenues, makes it hard to compare it with the other 49 states.



A good article written by Sheldon Richman at shows that libertarians originally sat on the left in Parliament. Tories sat on the right. So it should not surprise people to learn that Democrats all have some liberterianism in them.

Where Democrats usually go wrong is thinking that government can solve their problems. Government IS the problem, not the solution. But because Democrats don't know that, their good intentions usually are waylayed when they turn to government to have problems sorted out. The Bailout is a good example.

Republicans used to be conservatives, who sat on the right in Parliament. But our Republicans are all Democrats now when it comes to being fiscally conservative. The Bailout is a good example. In addition, Republican corporate welfare outspends the Democrats' social welfare everytime.

Libertarians at the Cato Institute, the Future of Freedom Foundation, the Foundation for Economic Education, and the Society for Individual Liberty, all are good expounders of libertarian solutions. The Libertarian Party is good at offering candidates to the public who also understand libertarian solutions to problems created by Democrats and Republicans.