Thursday, February 24, 2011

Star Editorial Slams Democratic Walkout

Star editorial writers offer a stinging rebuke today of Indiana Democratic legislators who walked off the job and fled to the Land of Lincoln in order to block legislation their minority caucus opposes.

It becomes harder by the day to take Indiana House Democrats seriously.

First, they went on strike to protest legislation they didn't like -- the so-called right-to-work bill. Then they fled the state, holing up in an Urbana, Ill., hotel, where they continue to draw paychecks courtesy of Indiana taxpayers but do no real work.

And now, after Republicans gave in and agreed to pull the right-to- work legislation from the agenda, House Minority Leader Pat Bauer and his caucus have demanded that as many as 10 other bills be killed. Their demands are so absurd that they even included one bill that the General Assembly already has approved and sent to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.

What's next? Asking Daniels to personally deliver room service?

Whatever arguments House Democrats had going for them, principally that Republicans had sprung the right-to-work legislation on Hoosiers by surprise, they've now squandered . . .

Voters rewarded the GOP with a landslide victory that included a supermajority in the state Senate and 60 seats in the House. Bauer, who decried the reform efforts, was resoundingly dumped as Speaker.

Now, after having been swept into a distinct minority in the Statehouse, those Democrats who remain in office are trying to block through childish antics what they couldn't win through democratic action . . .

If Democrats don't return to work in the next day or two, when key legislative deadlines will expire, they will deserve even worse than a hefty bill for the time and money they've wasted. They also should be turned out of office en masse on Election Day 2012 as voters ensure that this type of fiasco doesn't happen again.



guy77money said...

I suspect the Democrats will be back next Monday. It was the right political move to make to stay out all of this week. Now lets hope the Republicans can be the adults and not try to pull any silly legislative tricks and try to pass any truly foolish bills. The right to work bill was truly a stupid move by the Republicans and I think it may have energized the Democrats going into the off year elections.

I think Daniels is smarter then Walker in Wisconsin. I understand that the Koch billionaire brothers have Walker in their pocket. Lets hope the people of Wisconsin come to their senses and send this guy packing during the next election. Of course it looks like Duke Energy may be pulling some of Mitch's strings. It's incredible what money and greed do to the best politicians.

Bend over folks it doesn't matter what political party is running the joint they are all good at giving the voters a comfortable screw.

For more on Governor Walker's power trip copy and paste the following link from Paul Krugman of the N.Y. Times. Yeah I know he's a liberal but he hit the nail on the head with this column.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I'm not a big fan of Bill O'Reilly, but he hit one out of the ballpark tonight when he made a point of noting a column by another columnist that pointed out that 2 million federal government employees have NO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS? Who the hell is Barack Obama to tell Walker, Daniels or any other Republican governor that they are wrong to seek to curtail public employees' collective bargaining rights as a means of bringing state and local spending under control to balance government budgets?