Thursday, May 27, 2004

Mitch is Worried

Picture of Mitch Daniels with Joan Garrett

In a recent commercial, Mitch Daniels (candidate for governor of Indiana) tells how he is worried about the State government purchasing goods and services from out-of-state companies. He would prefer that we utilize local businesses - which would keep or even create jobs in the State. It's obvious that purchasing Indiana made goods would help Indiana employees, but I don't think it is that simple.

His example describes how State Universities are purchasing dorm furniture from Massachusetts. Let's think about how this could be changed so that an Indiana company supplies the furniture.

Perhaps a better way to help would be to use economic development funds to help the Indiana company lower its costs and help it to submit the low bid without falsing maniupulating the process. We expect conservatives to let capitalism operate freely - let's do that here.

The worst part about this message is that My Man is pandering to the citizens of Indiana. Like most of what I have seen from him, he is spouting "common sense" rhetoric without offering any sort of real solutions.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

There is a Big Question

Once again, Tippecanoe County has had election trouble (See these
two stories in the J&C). This time, an apparent security issue forced the election staff to use an adding machine to add up the totals. County Clerk Linda Phillips says "There is no question" that the totals are correct, but I think there is a big question. This administration has a history of election problems, and I have almost no faith in the results. The whole reason for purchasing this new electronic system was to make vote collection and tabulation quick and accurate. Election Board member Kent Moore says that the accurate portion of the goal was met, but let's think about that for a second. With the number of precincts in the county (over 100) and many races to decide, there is a pretty high chance of an error when an adding machine is used. If any of the races were close, there would definitely be a recount.

There have been allegations of problems with the Diebold electronic voting systems (Ms. Phillips says that she has faith in the system), but we need to work on the issues closer to home. Once again, I call for the resignation of Linda Phillips as County Clerk. Also, the two major parties here should look into replacing their Election Board appointees. It is obvious that they can't run an election.

Monday, May 03, 2004

New Socks

I'm wearing new socks today. It's going to be a good day!