Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Leading or Following?


Minority House Leader Pat Bauer was one of the many guests joining Abdul’s Morning Show as he broadcasted live from the State House. Obviously whenever Rep. Bauer opens his mouth there is plenty to mock but we’re feeling an inclination toward high minded debate rather than the easy punch line this afternoon.

Bauer commented that polling data indicates that Hoosiers are against the Governor’s toll road plan, Major Moves, and that the Governor and legislators should just listen to the polls. That doesn’t strike us as what we’ve sent legislators to do.

If we wanted to rely on polling data for all decisions at the State House, we wouldn’t have actual people who we have elected and placed our trust in being paid to vote. We’d just run a poll on each issue and dust our hands off from a hard days work.

The point is that while we want legislators to take their constituents views into consideration, they are there for a purpose. We trust them to learn all the details that most of us never hear and do what they think is best for our area and the State of Indiana as a whole. We should expect nothing less. If we end up thinking they haven’t evaluated things well, then it is our right to vote them out.

3 Comments:

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Agreed. This toll road lease is going to be great for Indiana. Much of the uneasiness showing up in the polls is due to growing pains.

Governor Daniels is making a lot of changes very quickly and we aren’t used to it. We’ll see the benefits soon enough.

 
At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Agreed. This toll road lease is going to be great for Indiana. Much of the uneasiness showing up in the polls is due to growing pains.

Governor Daniels is making a lot of changes very quickly and we aren’t used to it. We’ll see the benefits soon enough.

 
At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we are asking too much of them. This would explain why they are always so slow if they have to poll the audience before every decision.

"Yes you can go to the bathroom without asking everyone in the room."

 

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