Reading at the Crossroads

Reading at the Crossroads is an archive for columns and letters which appeared in the Terre Haute Tribune Star. I also blog here when my patience is exhausted by what I feel is irritating, irrational and/or ironic in life. --gary daily

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Daily Dose of Depression (DDD)

This is from the Evansville Courier and Press:
For those politicians aspiring to be the next governor of Indiana, a big Christmas gift came early this year. Over the weekend, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh announced that he will not return to Indiana from Washington, D.C. to run for a third term as governor.

Bayh, who announced his retirement from the U.S. Senate earlier this year, was widely thought to be a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination for governor — if he chose to run — and a likely fall winner, regardless of opposition. . . .

Bayh's decision not to run opens the door to the Democratic nomination to several candidates, among them 8th District Rep. Brad Ellsworth and Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel. . . .
The real gift Evan (Let's Go to War) Bayh provides is not in providing an opening for clones-of-Bayh, complete with marbleized razor hair cuts. What this offers Indiana Dems is a chance to finish the work started but not finished by Obama in this state.  The Dems should  connect with citizens who pay their bills with a wince, look for the jobs that aren't there, take out education loans that weigh like anchors for life, and have trouble voting on  work day Tuesdays because they hold two part time jobs.

In other words, the Dems can take the side of  "you" in the Republican refrain: "I got mine, you get yours."  They should emphasize this:

The latest installment of the groundbreaking work on income inequality by the economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez shows that the richest 1 percent of American households — those making more than $370,000 a year — received 21 percent of total income in 2008.  GO HERE

But we'll see. The timid Dem leaders around the state like the cozy deal they have. Organization Dems don't want to shake the table of goodies and give up the crumbs from the banquet the boot lickers of the rich, the Repubs, scatter like pigeon droppings at their feet.

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