Much has been made over the past few days of Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Much of the focus is on Rep. Ryan’s radical budget proposals, and the fact that, if adopted, this would end Medicare as we know it.
Indiana residents don’t have to look at the Federal level to see an attempt to end Medicare. Instead, you can look at the health care compact that was passed by the Republican-dominated General Assembly this past session and signed into law by Gov. Daniels. Luckily, this proposal needs Congressional approval before it becomes effective, and as long as Democrats hold the U.S. Senate and Presidency, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
The health care compact is a reactionary counter to the Affordable Care Act, which would allow Indiana to design its own health care system while still accepting federal money. Taken to its logical conclusion, this would take Indiana out of the Federal Medicare system, and require Indiana to run its own system. The stories of mismanagement and misplaced funds that have dominated stories of our State government over the past year should give anyone pause regarding such a proposal.
Obviously, given the hurdles to overcome for this to go into effect, it’s unlikely that this will occur any time soon. Instead of spending time crafting and passing legislation to improve education or create jobs, Republicans in the General Assembly – including my opponent – have wasted time passing legislation with no chance of becoming law.
Indiana deserves better. With your help and your support, I will provide leadership that is responsible and responsive to the people of District 93.
Our next event will be a fundraiser this Thursday, August 2, 2012. It will take place at the Tomlinson Tap Room in the Indianapolis City Market, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Please join us!
I’ve previously written four posts regarding ALEC and its importance in this election (i.e., my opponent is the national chair of the group). Naturally, a visual aid can often be better than the written word, and a new video that spoofs the old Schoolhouse Rock classic achieves that.
Perhaps no issue is more important to the people of District 93 than ensuring a quality education for all children. The voters of Perry Township expressed this last year by approving two referenda for schools. The voters of White River Township came close the previous year.
Aside from the issue of funding, another concern shared by the people in our District is retaining local control of our schools. Under the current administration, control of schools has become increasingly centralized in our State’s executive branch. Our school systems, however, face drastically different needs that require local input and control, which can only be accomplished by ensuring that our local governments retain a voice in the administration of our schools.
Finally, for too long now, our teachers have been attacked by the current administration. I support our teachers, and also value their input in finding solutions to improve our schools.
We know that, by developing and maintaining a strong education system, we can solve a number of problems that cost us dearly down the line. With proper education, we know that we can ultimately reduce crime and our prison populations, can provide a well-developed and trained workforce to attract businesses to our District and our State, and can reduce unemployment. Our system of public education must focus on exactly that – providing a high quality public education for all children of our Stated – instead of seeking to turn our schools into for-profit enterprises.
Improving our schools must be a constant priority. It is not something that we can do overnight, nor is it something that we can do successfully without a public dialogue. I look forward to hearing more from the voters of District 93 on this issue and others that you feel are important in the months ahead.