TERRE HAUTE —
Democrats walk out yet again
The House of Representatives held a vote to decide if Attorney General Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder should be held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling their investigation and refusing to turn over documents. The final vote was 255 to 67. More than a hundred Democrats walked out and would not participate in the vote. Aren’t these the same people we elected to represent us in Congress, the people we pay to carry out the wishes of the people? Isn’t it the job of these representatives to stay and cast a vote, either a “yea” or “nay” (or in the case of Obama a “present”)?
So what did the taxpayers get for their money? They got something that you would expect to see on a grade school playground — “if I don’t get my way I’m going to take my ball and go home.”
Keep in mind it was the Democrats who walked out rather that stay to do the job we pay them for. Each of those 100 individuals makes a minimum of $176,000 per year. That comes to $17,600,000 per year that we pay them to act like petulant, spoiled brats. If they want to abandon their job and walk out, let’s send them home in November.
For all of you who are lucky enough to have a job in this train wreck of an economy, why don’t you just walk off your job and see what happens.
Wisconsin Democrats fled the Statehouse and went to Illinois rather than trying to resolve the issue of labor-related bills from becoming law in the state.
Iowa Democrats abandoned their responsibilities and fled the state to Illinois rather than trying to resolve issues over two gun-related proposals.
Indiana Democrats fled to Illinois in order to ensure the state assembly didn’t have enough members for a quorum because they didn’t want to discuss right-to-work legislation.
When trying to solve a problem I always try to find a common theme that will help me get to the root cause of the problem. With that in mind, I’ve discovered the common denominator in all these cases is that they were all Democrats who walked out rather than staying to fulfill their responsibilities and do the job we as citizens are paying them to do. And paying them very well, too.
One other thing they all have in common is that they all fled to Illinois. Don’t they know that most Illinois politicians are in jail? Nature hates a vacuum, so I guess that’s why they need the extra politicians to rush there to fill the void. Or maybe the politicians just like the air conditioning, cable TV, free housing, workout rooms, free medical care and free meals offered by the Illinois penal system. Or as we used to say in the Navy, “three slops and a flop.” The difference between the Navy and the politicians is that in the Navy you had to work long hours, seven days a week, to get them, and you couldn’t just walk out with impunity like the politicians.
I’m asking myself why Holder is refusing the turn over the documents requested by Congress. To quote his boss, Democratic President Barack Hussein Obama, “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” If there are any nonbelievers out there, you can go to www.whitehouse.gov and watch and hear the Messiah say it himself. Then ask yourself why all his records are sealed?
I have become increasingly depressed about the fact that “truth” has become subservient — if not nonexistent — in our political culture today. Facts are stubborn things. Since diversion, delay, distraction, distortion and denial didn’t work, Holder has opted to — wait for it! — play the race card, yet again. It’s automatic, when you play the race card the Congressional Black Caucus (all Democrats) begins to sound like trained parrots and start crying “You’re a racist,” or “That’s racist.” If you don’t agree with them on any topic, you are automatically a racist. Isn’t the fact that we even have a Black Caucus racist? Why don’t we have an Asian Caucus, or a Caucasian Caucus?
Ahh, I forgot — that would be racist. Remember in November.
— Frank Grochowski
Special Olympics great experience
I have been a volunteer for Special Olympics for the last several years. What a wonderful weekend that is. It is very good for Terre Haute to host this event.
Kudos to ISU for hosting most of the events and also to Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute Bowling Center and Vigo Bowl. They have many wonderful sponsors — Duke Energy, Union Hospital, Regional Hospital, GFS, Kroger, Law Enforcement Torch Run, AMVETS and many others. They have had two new sponsors that have been great: Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos and Newlin had a photo booth for the last two years that was very popular with the kids, and Finish Line was a new sponsor that the kids really enjoyed.
Also kudos to all of the chaperones and coaches involved because of their dedication of time and of themselves. This weekend only comes around once a year and I am amazed at the number of participants that recognize me from the previous year.
I have met many wonderful people and look forward to this. I would encourage everyone to volunteer in any way they can because your life will be enriched for be around these truly amazing people.
— Debbie Hadley
Teachable moment for planned giving
News and editorial pages statewide have dedicated considerable column inches to the recent withdrawal of a $1 million gift to Purdue University in protest of the institution’s incoming president.
Missing however from the widespread coverage and analysis were details on how faculty, alumni and friends may direct donations to specific campus purposes and needs — something others of us might consider for Indiana State University.
While many such bequests are given in an “unrestricted” manner, universities regularly accept “restricted” charitable gifts to specific colleges and even schools within colleges. Also, monies may often be directed to student scholarships based on financial need, academic merit or both. (Visit www.indstate.edu.)
Area attorneys routinely coordinate with university and other not-for-profit foundations on such planned giving matters.
Purdue President-designee Mitch Daniels likely possesses the leadership and fundraising experience to overcome the loss of the previously undisclosed pledge in West Lafayette. However, this setback may serve as a “teachable moment” for those of us across the state who truly love our alma maters, like ISU, and other worthy causes.
Support the Sycamores. March on!
— Scott Minier