Monday, September 29, 2008

$700 Billion Fails due to Republicans - Depression Coming

House Republicans have said no to their own leadership and have told the rest of us they would rather have a worldwide depression than interfere with government regulation. They are the same Republicans who caused this mess with a lack of regulations. The Republicans believe everything will be taken care in a market that is free of government interference; it was the same concepts that in 1929 lead us into a worldwide depression. So now that these people can’t read a simple history book will lead us back into a worldwide depression once again.

Back in the 1920’s it was the lack of regulation of the stock market and deals built upon deals without a foundation. It was greed. Today it’s not the stock market but the home market with greed built upon homes that were lacking a foundation, not a cement foundation but an economic one this time. Once again it was greed, greed to mortgage lenders and banks willing to write a mortgage based on a hope and prayer. As I am walking neighborhoods I spoke to a homeowner who told me about the vacant new home next to his. The loan company wrote a $170,000 loan to two kids working part time at a Subway and didn’t tell them about all the expense with a new home. Didn’t tell them about the taxes on a home, that they would have real utility bills, he said they lasted three months and moved out. The house has been empty for a year. Thee bank is paying for that house and therefore losing money every month.

Lets look down the near term road at some of the other problems that are coming our way. Local government runs on property tax, as home values drop, I have seen one estimate so far this year of a 12% drop, so will tax revenues drop. Now will local governments lower spending or raise taxes as revenue drop. They will ignore the problem and try and raise taxes. The result less money in people’s pockets and less spending further moving our nation into a depression.

Banks will not have any money to make loans, housing starts have already slowed down, thus construction workers will not have money in their pockets and another slow down in another area.

Banks will fail and be bought up by other banks and soon we will have a few very large banks and nothing else. I guess that is what the rich Republicans want.

Next is the greed by the CEO’s and the lack of oversight by the Boards of these companies. The CEO’s get friends to be on the boards no one questions the CEO anymore until the FBI shows up at the door. Do CEO’s even care who they work for anymore? I doubt it. It’s a game and they have no clue about the company they manage, it's more of a management style and not the company’s product line. Combine these along with the lack of caring by the government and guess what it’s 1929 all over again.

Friday, September 26, 2008

In Memory of Kevin Peterson

Please read the messages below-- I have been working towards putting on the ballot the question of should Fishers remain a Town or become a City with a few other individuals. After what has happened I think it became even more important to get this question on the ballot and put some responsibly into local government which a city would bring. In a few weeks we will be putting a group together to move forward and if you want to help please let me know. I would like to have people at Fishers polling places to obtain petition signatures on voting day. By doing this we could in one day obtain signatures to get this question on the ballot.

I met Kevin a few times and here was someone willing to fight for his own rights. This was a 3 1/2 year battle for him. As you read what is below you will get the feeling a town that does not care. It's time we the people take action to stop this form of government in our area. PLEASE sign up to help work this worthwhile project - send me an e-mail if you can help to We will have a meeting very soon.

Joe Weingarten

----- Original Message -----
From: Art Levine
To: Doug Allman
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: Peterson's

Dear Doug,
I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and my prayers are most certainly with family at this time.
Art Levine

--- On Thu, 9/25/08, Doug Allman wrote:

From: Doug Allman
Subject: Peterson's
To: "Charlie White" , "David George" , "Art Levine"
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008, 10:02 PM

So this is what it has to come too. A guy takes his life because a group of individuals running a town is hell bent with running over longtime rural Hamilton county residents with building a town to their liking. All the Peterson's and neighbors wanted was a fence to block out noise and car lights and a commitment to not light the complex till we move from the area. What kind of values do men have that show no respect and compassion for their fellow man to which they adversely impact their lives. Kevin Peterson was a good man. He would do anything for you. All he wanted was a few reasonable commitments that anyone living next to such a facility would expect. Fishers has not been a respectful new neighbor.

So what does the town do now? Sue the widow Peterson for the court cost to show other residents what happens to those who try and stand up for themselves? I will not waste time sending this to the other 4 as they would not even pause to reflect on what has happened and I am sure Church and Bucher are already working on a positive spin for the town.

When is one or all of you going to do the right thing for the people ?

Judge dismisses Fishers residents' due process lawsuit

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit four Fishers residents filed against the town in federal court earlier this year.

Kevin Peterson, one of the plaintiffs, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the chest this morning in his garage, said Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Vicky Dunbar. She said foul play was not suspected.

Kevin Peterson and his wife, Caroline Peterson, along with another couple, filed the lawsuit over the town's construction of Cyntheanne Park near 126th Street and Cyntheanne Road, which bordered their property. They alleged in the lawsuit that the town violated zoning laws, as well as the residents' right to due process.

Kevin Peterson had complained about the noise and crowd the park would bring.

"What they are building here is a sports complex, not a park, with a public address system, lights and a huge parking lot," Kevin Peterson said in August. "When we tried to talk to the town about how this was (intruding) on our privacy, they wouldn't listen, so we were forced to go to court."

Judge Richard Young threw out the case because the plaintiffs didn't "state a claim upon which relief can be granted," Young wrote in his order to dismiss the case.

The trial was a waste of the town's time and money, Fishers attorney Doug Church said Wednesday afternoon. He couldn't estimate how much it cost the town.

"Any dollar we spent was a dollar more than we should've had to," Church said.

Though the case failed in court, it played a role in the fall voter referendum that could strip Fishers of its zoning authority over areas in Fall Creek Township that are outside the town's boundaries. The Geist residents who collected signatures for the referendum to appear on the ballot used the case as an example of why Fishers should no longer be in charge of zoning outside its boundaries.
Call Star reporter Carrie Ritchie at (317) 444-5506.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Republican Socialism

What everyone has forgotten is that the Republicans under the Bush leadership has started one of the biggest socialist programs ever the take over of the banking / finanical system by the government.

They started deregulation and the greed of the party fairful has backfired. So now to hide the faliure of their prograns they want a bailout with no controls.

This is the same problem we have anywhere you have a single party in power. No checks and balances on the system.

This is the problem here in Hamilton County where the Republican Party seems to run everything. It's time to change this one party takes it all and elected people based on peole and not the party. Actually if you look at this way a few Republicans act more like Democrats and the other way around. Its the policy of the person, not the party.

My name is Joe Weingarten and I am running for Indiana House seat in the 29th Distirict and I approve this message.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Today everything is about Wall Street and the Bush economy and the urgent need to give them $700 billion to bail out the people who got us into this mess. From what I read it means I as well as every one of you has to hand over $2000 of our money to bail out these rich folks.

First George tried to give us money to make the economy move and now he is taking it back and giving it to his buddies on Wall Street. The same people he worked so hard to give a free hand so they could build the economy. Well they build homes for themselves and not the economy. Now I have nothing against Wall Street what I do have is an anger against CEO’s that make millions just to see which CEO can make the most, not what’s good for their company, but who has the largest jet and of course the biggest house and of course how many houses. We have turned the world upside down. Working families are on the bottom of the pile and a few executives and sports stars on top. It’s time to stop this nonsense.

We need to change the tax structure and lower taxes for those who make less than million and raise it for those who make more than a million. Actually I am not sure where the cut should be, but making 5, 10 or 20 million a year is not right. No one is worth that much, but our culture makes us think that way. What if we took away a zero from all the superstars? Got a 10 million contract, opps lets make that one million. I see nothing wrong with a 90% tax if you make over 10 million. Make less than $100,000 I want to reduce your tax. Oh no can’t do that, that is socialism, wait isn’t what George wants to do on Wall Street real socialism. Or is it reverse Robin Hood, steal from the poor and give to the rich. With a 90% tax The Donald would cry and cry but would he even notice it, I doubt he even knows what he has. What if for every million over one million the income tax goes up 5% until it hits some high number? Or make it 3%, I don’t care, let congress figure out a number, but lets do something instead of this crazy idea to lower taxes on the rich. The concept is if you lower their taxes they will spend the money and it goes down into jobs. Sorry, they don’t spend that much, they save it to make even more. While a middle income family spends too much of their money.

Next it is time for shareholders to revolt and demand the CEO’s take a pay cut. In fact a big pay cut or throw them out and hire someone who cares about the company and not only about their pay. It used to be you worked your way up to the top. Now you work way up to then work for an outsider who knows nothing about your company, but knows money tricks. It’s time to stop all this nonsense.

Then it is time to stop our love of sports and the pay of the players. No, love the sport, but stop paying the players to the point of where you can’t afford to go to a game. What has gotten into people willing to spend hundreds to see a bunch of overgrown people play a game? It’s only a game; start to realize it’s only a game. Why are you wasting your hard earned money on a game? I think some people would rather go to a football game than save the money to sent their children to college. What would happen if no one went to any football game for a weekend and demanded lower cost tickets? Then do it again another weekend, then a week of baseball games. If every player quit, want to bet a bunch of new ones would fill the ranks overnight.

It’s time to stop and think, please think. Greed by a few has gotten us into this mess, let’s stop the greed, and let’s demand that it stop.

My name is Joe Weingarten and I approve this message.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My new book club.

I want to thank Sara Palin for a list of books that I have to read. You see this is the list of books she tried to remove from Wasilla library
This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.
When the librarian refused to ban the books, Palin tried to get her fired.

Also I have to wonder if she is elected will she try and ban Halloween? After looking over this lis t I think she would.

People wake-up. She could be one heart beat from the red button and therefore the end of the world.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It's Okay if You Don't Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil's Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Goose and Gander Act

If elected I will propose the Goose and Gander Act. First I am not sure who is the Goose or who is the Gander, nor do I believe the Legislators in the Indiana House and Senate have the guts to pass this Act nor the guts to even let it get to the floor for a vote. They would hate to see this become law; it would sort of level the playing field between them and state employees. Why submit the Act? To show the people of the State of Indiana how bad things have become, how the legislators take care of themselves and don’t care anymore. How their special interests seem to be more important than the people.

So what is this act that will be so embarrassing to the lawmakers? Here is simple version of the bill:

Whatever is law for state employees must also be law for legislators in the areas of ethics and benefits. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. A prime example would be the pension fund, just compare the two. Then look at the requirement of ethics between the two. One has extensive requirements the other almost none. Can you figure out which one? I would write this bill to include any government agency at any level in the state. So a schools board could not have two levels of benefits for administers and then another for teachers.

My name is Joe Weingarten and I am running for the Indiana 29th District House seat and I approve this message.