Monday, April 14, 2014
Playing To Hoosier Obsession With Sports
If the politicians have one thing figured out, it's that many Hoosiers care more about their sports than anything else in life, including their education, jobs and families. First Lady Karen Pence tweets a photo of Gov. Pence and others accompanying him on his latest overseas junket to Germany showing them watching an Indiana Pacers game as the Pences adorn their Pacers attire. "Cheering on the Pacers from Germany!" Karen tweets. To the conservatives throughout America who think Pence is potentially their right choice for president, take note of all the corporate welfare he favors at the expense of average, working taxpayers, including massive public subsidies to support the billionaire sports team owners. He could care less about the struggles of average Hoosiers, particularly the affordability of health care. He and his wife have been the beneficiaries of taxpayer-funded jobs and health insurance plans most of their adult lives.
UPDATE: Ponder this item from the latest IBJ while Pence and IEDC vacation in Germany on the dime of their corporate sponsors: "The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is encouraging local governments to help finance speculative industrial buildings, which could land new businesses but could put at risk hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars." Could put at risk hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars? Try tens of millions of dollars. Have they paid any attention to the deals these local units of government are approving?