Laura and I spent most of our working lives living paycheck to paycheck. It was only a year or two ago we finally got a little bit over that hurdle. She says yeah we did that about a year or two ago and now what do you want to do, go ruin it all and run for governor.Schellinger, of course, hasn't been living from paycheck to paycheck in the sense many, average working men and woman of Indiana live with this reality for a very long time, if ever. Schellinger is in fact a multi-millionaire owner of CSO Architects. Schellinger has become very wealthy doing architectural work for school projects and other government-funded projects around the state of Indiana. Often these architectural plans are simply cookie-cutter plans that are peddled from one school to another. Taxpayers, however, are hit with large architectural fees for the design work, which is typically based on a percentage of the project regardless of how little time the architectural firm may have spent working on the project. Those projects are financed entirely by property tax levies for bond issues, which are imposed without a referendum. Schellinger's business took a hit when Gov. Daniels took office and imposed a moratorium on school construction projects, which were proliferating statewide with a huge hit on property taxpayers.
As Frugal Hoosiers points out to further illustrate this point, Schellinger contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and committees during this same period he claimed to be living from paycheck to paycheck. "I am here with you," Schellinger told a labor day crowd in Anderson according to WTHR. " I am here for you and I am here because of you." I'm not so sure about the "I am here for you" bit, but I think he's dead right when he says "I am here because of you." Yeah, without all those property taxes you paid to finance the construction of all those public improvements that made him rich, he wouldn't have a prayer at winning the Democratic nomination for Governor.
It seems Democrats don't like average, working guys much when it comes to picking their candidates for governor. Let's look at some of the candidates in my life time. There was multi-millionaire industrialist John Hillenbrand. There was millionaire hog farmer Wayne Townsend. Evan Bayh wasn't rich when he first ran for office, but he grew up as a privileged, only child of a U.S. Senator, attending an elite, private school in D.C. He made up for his lack of money quickly by trading on insider influence to parlay millions for he and his wife while still on the public dole. He has three homes to prove how successful he's been at that, including a beach-front home on the Delaware shore. Frank O'Bannon was a millionaire newspaper publisher and printing company owner. Joe Kernan was the only average guy the Democrats ever ran for Governor in my life time, and that was only because the wealthy O'Bannon died in office, thrusting the former Vietnam POW into the governor's office.
The labor unions have been tripping all over each other to back Schellinger, whose immense wealth makes him like so many of the other candidates the Democrats have chosen to run for governor in the recent past. I find this hard to understand, particularly given how little Governors Bayh and O'Bannon did for working men and women when they were in office. Schellinger lambasted Gov. Daniels for ending collective bargaining with state employees, but state employees fared horribly under the two Democratic governors when it came to pay raises. Heck, Daniels has given state employees larger pay raises in the past four years than they were accustomed to getting during the Bayh-O'Bannon years, even without collective bargaining. In fact, Indiana's labor laws remained among the weakest in the country despite a 16-year run of the state by the Democrats. Don't results matter? Oh, I forgot, we're talking about organized labor here. Only Democrats care about working people according to organized labor. They just don't trust a person with true working class roots to run our state.