Howey Political Report
Cities and Indiana’s future PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:12

by Brian Howey

NASHVILLE, Ind. – In the 2008 Indiana gubernatorial campaign, Democratic nominee Jill Long Thompson said she intended to save every Indiana community through what she called a “three-tiered” economic plan that would infuse distressed areas with new jobs.

I made this observation at that time: Indiana is home to dozens of forgotten communities. A town like Attica thrived 150 years ago because it was on the Wabash River. Then the railroads came and cities like my hometown of Peru thrived. Then came the National Road and U.S. highways and places like Greencastle did well. When the natural gas in East Central Indiana ran out, Gas City suffered. Then came the Interstates, and a city like Brownsburg (and now Gas City) do well. While it sounds good, I don’t think every community can be saved.

 
Our children and their children PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 21:36

by Brian Howey

INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s ponder “our children” and “their children.”

First, Gov. Mike Pence made a wise call this past week when he ordered the Department of Child Services to begin reimbursing families who had adopted special needs children.

A class action lawsuit filed earlier this summer alleged the State of Indiana was essentially a “deadbeat parent” in the words of one LaPorte mom, for reneging on a promised subsidy. It prompted me to write a column a few weeks back suggesting to Pence that supporting these families with the designated $10 million in funding was a more appropriate priority than touting a $2 billion budget surplus, part of which was created when those subsidy monies had been reverted to the general fund.

 
Pitchforks in our summer of discontent PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 18:37

by Brian Howey

INDIANAPOLIS - Congress is . . . embarrassing. Our political system is failing us.

On an individual basis, many of us have respect for members of our delegation. We can have a common sense conversation with a senator, congressman or woman, and then they go back to Washington . . . and virtually nothing happens.

There have been several polls published this past week and in every one of them, Americans are telling us that they are “fed up” as NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported. Only 14 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, just 40 percent approve of President Obama’s performance. In a Washington Post/ABC News poll, for the first time in 25 years, a majority of Americans at 51 percent disapprove of the way their own member of Congress is “handling his or her job.”

 
Young's Social Impact Bond Act a Bipartisan effort PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 18:57

by Brian Howey

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – We live in an era of eroding faith in government while we face an array of intractable problems.

U.S. Rep. Todd Young entered Congress as part of the 2010 Tea Party wave that was fueled by a distrust in a growing federal government. Yet the Bloomington Republican finds realities on the ground he believes should be addressed by public and private enterprises. He regularly interacts with what he calls “at-risk populations” facing access to health care issues that stoke up things like Indiana’s Russian-like infant mortality rate.

 
Rising up to meet Putin’s thuggery PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 21:17

by Brian Howey

BLOOMINGTON – Any illusions I had about the progressive nature of the Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime quickly dissipated when I returned to my Moscow Grand Marriott room in August 2007. Upon opening the door, I was greeted with the spectacle of my papers and note pads strewn about the room. It was clear that an FSB agent stopped in to get a better handle on who this American journalist might actually be.

Since last Thursday, when it appears that Ukrainian separatists working with the Russian military shot down Malaysian Air Flight 17 killing 298 people, the entire civilized world now has a greater appreciation of the nature of Putin. On the Sunday morning talk shows, U.S. Rep. Peter King described him as a “Mafia guy” and on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the term “thug” was commonplace.

 
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