The tax that isn't - The Indiana legislature, faced with an unfunded mandate to deal with unemployment insurance, passed legislation that would to some extent level the playing field between big and little businesses but would be in effect a tax increase. But the legislators were able to put this off for a year and the Republicans hope that if they have a majority in both houses they will be able to "fix" the bill before one penny of tax is levied against businesses. As I thought, the Republicans managed to turn this into a holding action and so any incumbent who was involved in the process, at least on the Republican side, should be credited with finding a way to put the issue "on hold" for another year.
A Republican majority in both houses, according to Brian Bosma, will find a way to make this situation less painful for Indiana businesses. Business in Indiana will need all the help it can get, seeing how the Federal Government seems intent upon ruining and then taking over various portions of the private sector. Obamites have grabbed a big piece of the banking pie and the automobile industry and are about to gorge on health care. What is next?
Health deform - Republicans and Tea Partiers alike hope for the Indiana AG will follow suit and file suit against Obamacare as unconstitutional. Representative Bosma hoped for this action rather than being forced to try to block the bill legislatively.
In any event, the Conservative Cafe has hosted several Tea Party functions and Republican functions and I have seen many of the same people at both kinds of events. If the Republican Party is in agreement with the majority of the Tea Party folks then we will all look a lot like Reaganites.
Jimmy Carter was so horrible and yet he was followed by one of the best Presidents ever, Ronald Reagan. Perhaps another statesman will emerge from the Republicans and very possibly in concert with the Tea Party movement to depose Obama in 2012 and save the country from socialist doom.
Dan Klein is a friendly guy with a great handshake but the best thing I heard about him was from an older woman who was off to the side of things sitting and watching. She told me how Dan Klein had been a good friend when she first moved into the area and that he was just good people. It would be nice to think that she is correct. I did meet the young man who is running Klein's campaign and not sure if he wants his name out there right now but he was impressive, very smart and sincere.
I do not know for certain that Dan Klein is the best man for the job for the 19th district and this blog needs to stay somewhat candidate-agnostic during the run up to the primary. I can say with certainty that there are several good people, people I trust, who believe that he is.
It is also apparent that the majority of the Tea Party folks want to join hands with Republicans in this election. If we Republicans want grassroots support and heartfelt fervor for a Reagan-style of government then the time is now to reach out and join hands. I saw a few Tea Party people including Lake County Tea Party leader Mark Leyva and also Pro-Life stalwarts like Lake County Right To Life current President Len Reynolds and his predecessor Cy Huerter.
This Indiana election cycle will put the State Congress in position to apportion and redistrict the state acccording to census numbers. The Democrats gerrymandered the districts back in 2000 when they had control. If you want to see a Statehouse that accurately reflects the majority of Hoosiers you will absolutely get up and get out there and vote for the best candidates and find a way to help them win. This is not simply critical for the National elections but certainly for the State offices as well.
And that is how I see it...