Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Be a Locke Star, Make a Difference.

While in Atlanta for the first part of summer, I was chatting with a friend about 2012 and the prospects of the GOP. We discussed the regulars, who was a bit peculiar, who was tea party affiliated, who was moderate. Then he brought up Mitch Daniels and how excited he was to have a fiscally responsible man from middle America be in the running. I almost vomited.

“My Man Mitch” is hailed as the conservative superman whose budget cuts are “saving Indiana.” In a time of financial crisis, Daniels is seen by Republicans as the key to setting the country back on track. But what exactly is he cutting that is “helping” Indiana’s budget? He’s cutting state jobs, reducing Medicaid reimbursements, and perhaps the one that resonates with a lot of us, cutting public education funding significantly.

While Daniels is quick to announce that Hoosier employment is increasing, there are little to no facts to prove it. When asked to back up his claims, he stated that these records are private and cannot be disclosed to the public. So what exactly can we do, as Democrats, to ensure that we are progressing as a state and not adopting a practice of government secrecy with our money?

Enter State Auditor candidate Sam Locke. Sam Locke, alum of Indiana University (woot woot!), is a young candidate with incredibly noble intentions. The primary platform of his State Auditor campaign is transparency: something that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. With a background in nonprofit organizations, Locke is committed to keeping accessible and accurate public records.

Sam Locke’s energy makes him a champion for innovation in the office of State Auditor. Locke has two goals in mind: to have accessible records of how state agencies are using their funds and looking for ways to conserve tax dollars.

In the case of Mitch Daniels, having public records on how Daniels is not spending money may be even more crucial than how he is. When we see the disparities in our public programs, how can we not question the budget cutting and money hoarding of the Governor’s office?

So what can you do? Be a Locke Star. You have an opportunity to make a difference in 2010, and now, 2012 by ensuring that Sam Locke is elected to the Office of State Auditor. He’s loyal to Hoosiers and dedicated to transparency. Locke will ensure that we’re progressing forward as a state, not falling behind because of inappropriate spending or hoarding.

While you’re at it, campaign for Pete and Vop. This trio has the potential to revolutionize the state of Indiana, making it more accessible in many arenas of life.

One last thought: do you really want Daniels running your country, taking away your programs, and creating greater gaps in public education? Think about it and then go out and campaign for our state candidates.


ShamRockNRoll said...

God bless you, Kellybean. You are a great American!

Kelly Smith said...

Brendan, "Kellybean" makes me happy every time.

notmyman said...

Fantastic post! Mitch Daniels has a long history of hiding the truth, then lying about what he can't hide. As Vi Simpson said, "We're the island of secrets."

Kelly Smith said...

i love vi :)

Bill said...

Thanks for the info. I think it's time for me to register to vote in Indiana (Sorry, Texas).

Every time I see the phrase "My Man Mitch" I keep thinking it says Manwich as in, "I want a Man-Mitch, please."

DUH! said...

yes in answer to your last question of your post

Henry James Vasquez said...

DUH!: what an incredibly dickish thing to say.

Troll Patrol: engage

Anonymous said...

Sam Got out of the Air Force Early