They say absolute power corrupts, and by all indications, it does. When I moved to Huntington County several years ago, there was a select group of people that ran the county and would make political decisions based solely on what their best interest were at the time or to enrich themselves and their families. As a result, the city and county spiraled into the equivalent of murky depths of financial hell. Huntington (city and county) are not out of the trouble yet, but thanks to this website and my radio show, many of the politicians have been defeated, on their way out of office or will feel the wrath soon. Unfortunately, the politicians at the statehouse have not experienced this yet, absolute power is corrupting!
With almost no checks and balances to now constrain what is obviously their uncontrollable appetite to show their true colors, the era of big government and higher taxes may be upon us. The sad fact is though, I'm not talking about democrats her, I'm talking about my conservative, small government, lower taxes Republican Party.
The Indiana General Assembly Republican Leadership has now decided since they virtually have no one to stop them, they can now put aside the the conservative principle that sent them to almost a super majority and focus their attention to their own special interests and to the special interest groups that fund their campaigns.
Republican Pro-tem David Long, Speaker of the Indiana House Brian Bosma, have decided that we as Hoosiers need more government in our lives in the way of a state wide smoking ban, unless of course you are one of the special interest groups that would be exempt and obviously funded their campaign.
Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Luke Kenely, representing his own special interests (owning a chain of grocery stores) and backed by the retail industry that fund his elections now believes we as Hoosiers don't pay enough taxes as he now trys to push an online sales tax.
Let's not forget about State Senator Travis Holdman, who we can thank for the Indiana law which makes it illegal to text while driving (but not surfing the internet). A law that really can't be enforced but hey, it looks good. Let's not forget his bill also tried to outlaw cell phone use in the car and after some of his recent comments, it's ready to rear it ugly head again.
I expect most people who put these politicians in office did so because they were led to believe they were going to get less government intrusion int their lives and lower taxes, not more government and higher taxes. I guess absolute power does corrupt?