News From Terre Haute, Indiana


October 14, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Oct. 14, 2012


Lots at stake this election

We’ve been told by several news sources that Mitt Romney will probably win here in Indiana, and given the state’s history, that appears to be true. But don’t think that there’s no need to vote, as there are equally important elections in November.

First on the list is the Senate seat that the Tea Party opened up by politically assassinating Richard Lugar. The Tea Party favorite, Richard Mourdock, has publicly said if he is elected, he will join the “no compromise” GOP Filibusters in the Senate. He also has publicly said he thinks Social Security is unconstitutional. So it’s clear that Murdock intends to be part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Then we have Larry Bucshon, who sends phony mailings in an attempt to convince the middle class that he is fighting for them. His voting record shows that he joined GOP party lines and voted against all of Obama’s jobs bills that would have provided an income for thousands of middle class workers. Bucshon is also joining the GOP battle to end Medicaid and privatize Medicare and Social Security, contrary to what his phony mailings say. Does that sound like he’s fighting for the middle class?

On down the election list is Mike Pence, running for governor. Although he hides his agenda behind his folksy, down-home, good ole boy ads, he’ll take up where Mitch Daniels left off. He was a leader in the GOP/Tea Party controlled house that voted no, not only on all of Obama’s jobs bills, but voted no on all of Obama’s bills so Obama wouldn’t get credit for creating jobs and restoring the economy. Pence is a right-wing extremist and he’ll pursue that agenda if elected governor.

Last but certainly not least is the Indiana Legislature. Another writer has previously addressed the importance of this election and I’d like to follow upon it. Because people didn’t consider the 2010 midterm elections important, a lot of people here in Indiana didn’t vote. The GOP went all out and as a result we ended up with a GOP governor and a GOP-dominated and controlled legislature. Given that advantage, they waged war on teachers, cops, firefighters, and the middle class union workers.

Their right-to-work-for-less law that Mitch Daniels publicly promised he’d never support gutted collective bargaining, and dealt a big blow to workers. Their fraudulent voter ID law targets Democratic voters, while one of their own is convicted of voter fraud.

If the GOP is allowed to remain in control of the Indiana Legislature and Mike Pence is elected governor, the right-to-work-for-less and voter ID laws will be followed by more laws that will be passed to eliminate the middle class.

But the GOP isn’t satisfied with having the majority in the Indiana Legislature, they want total uncontested reign. They’re openly campaigning to establish a super majority which will give them absolute, unrestricted power to do anything they want in the Indiana Legislature.

If that happens, the Democratic Party will be exiled from the legislature and will have no role, input or say in any decision-making process. Many of you will be in the situation that brought on the original Tea Party, taxation without representation.

When the right-to-work-for-less law was passed, many of you promised to remember in November. I now urge you to remember who voted for its negative impact on you. If you don’t use your vote to remove them from office and take away their control of you, you’ll embolden them to further decimate you.

— Pam Rogers


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