As the campaign rolls on, I see more confirmation that J. Ken Blackwell delivers messages to inner-city Black audiences that vary sharply from those given to his true conservative base. The latest is Dayton Daily News story about a Blackwell appearance before the Dayton Women’s Roundtable at the Dayton Urban League. According to DDN, Blackwell outlined his agenda including:
- • Taxes: He would work to lower the state's income tax to a flat rate of 3.25 percent to stem the exodus of businesses, young entrepreneurs and college graduates from the state. He also wants to ensure that blacks get their fair share of bank loans and economic development opportunities.
• Health care: He said Ohio should look at Massachusetts' compulsory health coverage plan, which aims to provide universal health coverage with citizens, businesses and government sharing the costs.
(If you need to brush up, here's a Business Week article on the nuts'n'bolts of the Mass. plan, complete with some of the conservative criticism. Also a WSJ editorial flaying Mitt Romney for the plan, reprinted in a conservative blog.)
And he will keep doing this as long as lazy reporters let him get away with it. Someone at DDN should have called the campaign to ask the questions – how does he pay for this when he cuts that? How does this keep them here and that not chase them away? How is any of this consistent with his purported love of free markets? No, just let Blackwell be Blackwell.
Whoever the hell that is.
50 Pho points to the first conservative who admits this is at least a little disquieting.