Friday, February 13, 2015
Ind. Gov't. - Dan Carpenter on the General Assembly and the press
Dan Carpenter, in commentary for The StatehouseFile, wrote yesterday in a $$ article that begins:
I guess all we can ask at this point from the Statehouse Republican junta, and the “journalists” who carry their message, is some honesty.
Just say it:
“Religious freedom” legislation, coming on the heels of the victory for marriage equality, is meant, not to protect minorities, but to oppress them.
Tax cuts for Indiana’s wealthiest entities are not a strategy to create jobs.
Carrying water for the National Rifle Association by expanding the sale of firearms will not make our streets safer, and our suburban and rural legislators darn well know it.
Cushioning giant hog factories and the coal industry from accountability is as bad for the economy as it is for human and environmental health; but it does benefit shortsighted special interests.
Diluting teacher qualifications and draining money away from public schools will not make our children more enlightened, or more “competitive.” They will shift power from professional educators to connected entrepreneurs.
And finally (for now), reducing the duly elected head of public education to a figurehead is not a response to dysfunction involving the State Board of Education. It is a coup that will reward that board for functioning exactly according to the wishes of the men who appointed it.
Dysfunction? Miscommunication? Failed diplomacy on the part of Glenda Ritz? I don’t know what’s more infuriating – that politicians can utter these canards with a straight face or that the news media in the name of objectivity feed it to the people.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 13, 2015 10:47 AM
Posted to Indiana Government