Karen Francisco was overly generous with the grades she gave to the members of the Statehouse. Many of the issues they are dealing with today are a result of Mitch Daniels bold and outrageous ideas that many of them supported.
One of Daniels’ bold and outrageous ideas was to create jobs by making Indiana a right-to-work state. Supposedly we were going to get companies from all around the world here if we had the right-to-work law. Where are all these jobs at?
Some of Daniels’ other bold and outrageous ideas were the 75-year toll road lease, the Rockport gasification plant, daylight saving time, and the war on the public school system and the public school teachers.
When Daniels left office, he claimed that Indiana was the envy of other states. When Mike Pence took over, he said the same thing. Why was Indiana the envy of other states? Because we had a $2 billion surplus.
We weren’t the envy of other states because we had better and newer highways or bridges. We didn’t have the best-paying jobs in America for our citizens. We didn’t have the best education system in the country. 20 percent of our children live in poverty. But we had a $2 billion surplus.
When it comes to giving out grades here, I would give them all an F. And that includes Mike Pence.
CURTIS J. RANSOM