Sunday, June 25, 2017

Just plain Curel

Last night the Hamilton County Democratic Party held its annual county wide dinner . Our guest speaker was Senator Joe Donnelly, D- Indiana. A few points from him concerning the Republican Health Care Senate Bill. The Conservative four who have said they will vote against, will vote for in the end. They are just saying they are against it for home town press. Right now he believes the vote will be 50/50 with VP Pence breaking the tie in its favor. 

He did point out that if you are making $30,000 a year and live in Indiana and are between the ages of 40 and 55 your health insurance premiums will jump to $16,000 a year. Effectively ending your coverage. If you have a pre-existing condition you will be allowed to have and continue coverage BUT the insurance companies will be allowed to have a rider to cover that illness in effect forcing you out of insurance. Some of these premiums will go up over $100,000.00 a year. To top this off the proposed Republican tax reform provides mainly cuts to the top 1% of income earners from the savings of Trumpcare. In his words this bill "is just plan cruel".

I want to add one more note to the above: CRUEL- from my buddy Webster--disposed to inflict pain and suffering: delighting in another's suffering without mercy or pity.

So if you make less than $200,000 a year this will effect you. Don't think it won't. If you work for someone who provides medical coverage for its employees this will effect you. I am willing to bet that coverage will be ending soon, they also will not be able to afford buying your insurance. Don't forget any cost increase effects their bottom line.

If your over retirement age and covered by Medicare, they will be coming for you next, oh but wait they already have, if your have supplemental insurance your premiums will be going up 166%.

Also Congresswomen Susan Brooks has a 100% voting record to support the House version of this cruel Bill. 

Lets make sure we remove Ms. Brooks and we re-elect Senator Donnelly in 2018.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fadness and Jennifer Messer -- no Bargain

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I was very surprised to see Mayor Fadness say that the Messer Contract is a bargain. Lets do some math. The City has two full time attorneys on payroll with a total cost of $190,000. Jennifer Messer is being paid $240,000. So for an additional $190,000 the City of Fishers could hire another two full time attorneys and save $50,000. Or since one of the attorneys is paid $80,000 maybe they hire three at this level and now the City has three additional attorneys for the price of one.

So how is the payment to Jenifer Messer a bargain or is it just a way to funnel money to her husband the Congressman.

Added- I just read a comment on another blog asking the question how come we don't have any good attorneys in Indiana that the City of Fishers has to send $240,000 to Washington.

Friday, April 21, 2017

HEA1523 - Kathy Richarson authors Bill to hide Government Abuse

HEA 1523

Author - Kathy Richardson

Search fee for public records requests. Allows a state or local government agency (agency), with certain exceptions, to charge a maximum hourly fee for any records search that exceeds two hours. Prohibits, with certain exceptions, an agency from charging a fee for providing a public record by electronic mail. Provides that if a public record is in an electronic format, an agency (excluding the office of the county recorder) shall provide an electronic copy or a paper copy, at the option of the person making the request for a public record. They can charge $20 an hour if the time to search exceeds two hours.

OK - here is my thoughts - all searches will last more than two hours form now on. 

     - When government wants to hide something that came up the search will last a lot of extra hours.

     - Local governments will exploit this law to make sure that they can stop some one from doing a search. 

    -Government should be open and I have run into too many roadblocks trying to find out what they are hiding. This is just another reason to prevent the public from knowing what is going. All of a sudden all searches will be hours and hours long.

     _ The author is Kathy Richardson, in addition to being a State Representative for District 29, she is the Elections Administrator for Hamilton County so in other words she runs her own election. Maybe she is in fear that open government will find something about how she runs for office and how she holds these two jobs. This is being done to stop people from finding out what is going on. Without a fee the people tasked to look something up will do it fast, with a few they will drag it out to make more money for their agency.

Some comments from others:
As an Indiana tax payer, I would like to see the financial proof that this is necessary.  Rita McBride.

Public records should remain public! Beverly Bush

The records belong to the public and it is unreasonable to impose a viewing charge.  Claudia Szymaszek

Why is it OK to charge a fee for a service I am already paying to much for through my taxes. HMMM I wonder where the extra money would go. Or is it to deter finding information. I wonder why we don't trust our officials. Robert Davis

Public records should NOT cost taxpayers because they already own them! Steve Landis

House Bill 1523 is an obstruction and an affront to the peoples' right to inspect public records of the government's goings on. The supporters of this bill are not being honest about the intentions of this bill which clearly are to keep information of governmental wrongdoing and unethical conduct from the public. Brian Vukadinovich

Keep our government open for to see. Not just those with money.  Dave Simcox

Adding an arbitrary fee to the collection of public records will dramatically limit the public's ability to access records we have already paid for through our taxes. Government and what it does is for the people. Carrie Napoleon

We need more government transparency, not less. Rick Taylor

I fear that agencies will use the search fee as an opportunity to make records inaccessible to the public. The search itself is not transparent to the requester, who will have to rely on the government to be honest about its search efforts. Defining "search" can be problematic. Does it include compiling records, or truly locating them? There is a difference. As a former public access counselor, I can attest to the fact that the fees agencies charge for records is often a barrier to obtaining information about the government. Karen Davis

Because citizens need affordable access to government business to keep our government accountable. Mike Conway

This is obviously designed to discourage access to public records. Under NO circumstances should this ever be signed into law! Gary Atkins

Open transparent government is a prerequisite for Democracy. This under-handed restriction on access to public records is appalling. Robert Pedersen

Governmental transparency is vital to our democracy. Cindy Guy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sean Spicer on Syria: 'Hitler didn't even sink to the level of using chemical weapons'


Sean Spicer "not even Hitler used chemical weapons"

Tell that to my 93 year old Aunt who is living in Carmel in a nursing home that her father and mother and 10 brothers and sisters who were told to get in one line at Auschwitz while she and her sister were put in another line. She never saw them again they were gassed and then went up in smoke that same day in 1944.

She and her one remaining sister were put to work making radio tubes in a camp slave factory.  As the Soviet Army approached Auschwitz in January 1945, most of its population was sent on a death march to Bergen-Belsen and other camps. She and her sister survived the march, wearing just a dress and no shoes in the snow. When the British army liberated the camp she and her sister were near death. She was transported to a hospital in Sweden and as she was lifted into an ambulance her sister next to her died.  She was in Sweden in rehab for a year and then remained their for two more years before she was allowed to leave and come to the United States.

Mr. Spicer Hitler did not drop the gas from an airplane, as the modern day Hitler is doing in Syria, he dropped it from the ceiling in a death camp in an airtight room. Please tell me what’s the difference? 

Or is it just your way of providing another alternative fact. Come to Carmel and stand in front of my Aunt and tell her that her parents, her brothers and sisters were not killed by chemical weapons. You don't have the guts to come. You are as bad as the Nazi's willing to say anything to justify what you and this government is doing. Shame on all of you.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fake Excuse on the Rail line Fishers/Noblesville to Indy


Fishers and Noblesville want to build a 9.3 million dollar trail and rip out the tracks of the Nickel Plate to make this happen. Sounds wonderful and once again the Republicans are using fake positions to get their way.

They don’t care about a Monon style path the real reason is they don’t’ want the tracks in place that could lead to a mass transit rail service. Funny how Mayor Fadness has spoken about how he is now against light rail when he was for it a few years ago.  If you rip out the tracks the cost in the future skyrockets and it might prevent any rail service from coming to town.

Of course the concept of a trail is wonderful and that is the trick they will be using to try and kill any rail service.  Another bit of fake statements is a term called rail banking where the area could in the future be converted back to rail.  Now according to the American Trails only 8 potions of track have ever been returned to active railroad service. One was for a 350-foot section of a 64.5-mile rail track.  Another one where they realized they need a small section to park rail cars or .21 miles of a 6.2 mile section. A few others were much larger. But the odds are this will never come back as very little has of the 4,408 miles set aside.  

While it makes sense to use abandoned rail lines for trails this is not the case. This is a clear attempt to stop light rail from Fishers and Noblesville to downtown Indy.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Repiublican Medical Insuance Sticker Shock


The Wall Street Journal is well known for fake news and its highly liberal outlook in its articles. That is what I expect the Trump conservatives to say very soon. You see the Journal that is extremely accurate and fair in it’s reporting is saying some nasty truthful things about Trumpcare or Ryancare whichever name you want to give to the proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act.

Lets look at some of the items the Journal brought up. Low-income old people will see substantial increases in the cost of insurance, while high income people will see lower costs. People living in rural areas will pay more. So the Trump supporters from the rural area you just got your gift from the Republican Party a reduction in your take home pay.
But wait say the Republicans we have reduce red tape, taxes and mandates, well does that matter if the cost of insurance zoomed up. I don’t think so.

Ok here are some of the facts from the article:

45 year old making $18,000 a year
Rural person increase of $2,291
Urban person increase of $1,588

But if your 62 years old look at what happens
Rural person increase $9,075
Urban person increase $6,954

Since this based on where you live look at what happens to the poor person living in Chase County in Nebraska who earns that magic $18,000 a year, their insurance premiums would be $20,000 a year an increase from $760 under the Affordable Care Act.  All of you can do this math, $2,000 more than they earn and an increase of $19,240. A year.

So if you’re on social security earning about $18,000 a year you need to live on $8,000 a year on average. In some parts of the county you can’t live. So the older and poorer group of people who live in the rural area and voted for Mr. Trump. Are you happy now?

Oh by the way if your 35 and making $54,000 a year your insurance will drop about $3,000 a year or if you’re 62 year old making this amount you would see a drop of $2,856.

What ‘s very wrong with this picture.

Friday, March 10, 2017

How Indiana fakes lower taxes.

It’s a game in Indiana. They move items from the state to local governments and then claim to be the “State that works”.

A few years ago they put caps on property taxes so they could tell everyone how great the lower tax rates were. What actually happened, school districts started to do referendums to raise taxes, which were not limited by the caps. You see the state lowered money to the schools. Local governments started to raise fees, which were outside of the property taxes. Want a building permit, that fee went up. What about a tax on cars, its called a wheel tax so no one under stands what it is. So on and on go the local tax increases because the state that works lowered the money to make the state work.

Then they said you know people who go to jail would do better in the local sheriff jails so they can be close to family and that way they would be better able to merge back into society when they get out. The real reason, make local governments spend more money on jails so the state does not have too. This way the state did not have to spend money on jails and the counties now have overcrowding and need to spend more on jails and watch taxes at the local level go up again.

Ah, Indiana the state that doesn’t work for the real people.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fake News vs Real News


McCain defends a free press: 'That's how dictators get started'

"When you look at history," McCain said, "the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."

I think he is trying to say it but can’t. In any case it appears that is exactly what Trump is doing. Discredit the press to where it has to be shut down.

Dan Rather blasts Trump's attack on the press as 'a deep betrayal'
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather took to Facebook on Saturday and called President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the press a "deep betrayal of our national history."


Trump tweeted out "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"

Our nation was founded on a free press from our free press from attacking the British before 1776 to our present day. The press has been the fourth element of government. It is needed to keep in check dishonest politicians and business that believe they have the right to take what they want without any regard to the public or those they serve. Just think and you don’t have to belong to any one party to understand that abuse is from both sides. What if we didn’t have a press to investigate and to report when such abuse happens.?

Think back on the Soviet Union when their people were told we would be at war with the United States at any minutes you must work harder for the state. Or in 1933 when Hitler took over all the press in Germany and painted the Jews as the enemy of the state. Or Iran of today and any number of nations that call the US satin, etc. Senator McCain hit the nail on the head and he may be looking into what he believes Trump may want to do next get rid of the “fake” news because it is telling the truth or asking questions.

If you’re a citizen no matter what party you should be very concerned.

One more thing – most of the “fake” news of the campaign was against Hillary but then that is OK.  Are you sure?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mike Pence to establish a new RFRA for all the USA.


Ok it was bad the State of Indiana endorsing discrimination by law. The backlash was huuuge and they had to rush a “fix’. It was the prize of Governor Pence and to date is he very upset it was fixed. So now that he is in a position of power with a crazy President guest what is coming, a national RFRA and not by law but by Executive Order so reports ABC News. You know one of those fake news networks. But this is not fake news, its real.


This is a real danger to everyone in the USA it is just another sign of NAZI German thinking at the White House.

Veterans Lottery - Thank you Mike Boland.


Mike Boland a Democrat from Hamilton County and who ran for Treasurer of the State of Indiana a few years ago first proposed a Indiana Veterans lottery game. Looks like the Republicans who never come up with an idea are stealing this one and proposing to made this happen.


Thank you Mike for starting the ball rolling.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Lego Kit takin the USA by Storm

I understand their is a run on these at the toy stores and I need one for my Lego crazy grandson. If anyone finds one of these let me know where or better yet buy it for me right away and I will pay you right back.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Our Next Recession


Are you ready for massive price increases form the hidden Trump tax proposals? Two maybe coming that will result in higher prices and most people will have no clue why the prices are going up, yet they are being told something else.

The first is the “Wall Tax” the people is being told the beautiful great wall will be paid for by Mexico, Well guess again. It will be paid b=for by the American Taxpayers and consumers. President Trump has proposed a 20% tariff on good imported form Mexico to pay for the wall. How to tariffs work. The importer and not the exporter pay tariff payments, called duties. So any goods coming into the USA the person bringing them in pays the tax.  So when the beer disturbers brings contain a truckload of Coronita the US Beer buyers pays the tax and what does he do but passes it on to the supermarket who passes it on to the consumer. Guess what it’s not a direct pass on but an increased pass on. If the tax was a $1.00 a case by the time it gets to the supermarket it may be $1.50 a case. Each hand adds its mark-up. So we the American people will pay for the wall.

Another fall out of this plan. Will be the impact on Mexico as Coronita gets to be to expensive and people switch to an American beer, unemployment will go up in Mexico and more people will figure out a way to come to the USA to work in the American Beer factory. Do you for one minute think a wall will keep them out? They will come on a visit visa and never leave.  This will happen to a lot of industries in Mexico.

Another problem parts and factory items made in Mexico will cost 20% more so we will have new factories built here. Great you say, no I say, as these will be total automated factories with few workers if any.  In fact it will hurt the rail and trucking industry, as the haul from Mexico is now a short haul from the US factories.

Instead of a wall we need to develop more of Mexican industries so people do not want to cross the border but stay home. Wouldn’t you rather stay home?

Now we come to the even more sinister tax the Border Adjustment Tax.  This is where imports would “adjust” our tax bill by no longer allowing deductions on imports. Here is how it works, when a business buy an item to resell the cost of the item is considered an expense, and then they add the cost of doing business and expenses to get a cost of goods sold. When they sell the item the difference between the selling price and cost of good sold is their profit.  Simple business 101. Now the adjustments. Under this plan the cost of the item they import is considered zero so the profit goes up and therefore taxes go up. Let take a simple example. A shirt made overseas costs the importer, store,  $10 and the cost of selling it is $5 so the initial total cost is $15 and the store sells it for $20 thus making a profit of $5 that they report on their income taxes. They then pay income tax on the $5.00. Simple except with the adjustment tax, now the cost they can claim for the shirt drops to zero, still add the cost of selling $$5.00 but now when they sell it the profit on the books jumps to $15 and they have to pay income taxes on the $15. Now do think the business owner is going to pay the extra tax and not charge you. Lets assume the President get his tax cuts and the business tax is 15% so the tax just went from 75 cents to $2.25 or an increase of $1.50. So the storekeeper has to raise the price to $21.50, wait he now has to pay more tax on that extra $1.50 so watch the price will go to $22.00. Yes you will be paying more. Will this increase shirt production in the USA, of course not. Will it cause inflation, of course it will.  Will you buy one less shirt a year or make some last a little longer before they go to Goodwill, you bet it will.  Now think about the price of a car made overseas. Just add some zeros to my examples instead of a $20 shirt how about a $20,000 or $30,000 car or that great new TV you wanted to buy that costs $1000.00. Well maybe next year.

Just watch these tax proposals cost you a lot of money and do nothing to make America Great again in fact put America into another recession.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

President Donald Trump and Draining the Swamp


Today we are meeting with Fred who has lived in the swamp for about 75 years and is rather large at about 750 pounds and is about 19 feet long. While he prefers to being left alone he has consented to this rare interview.

Fred it is very nice of you to stop by for this talk today, I was rather surprised when I heard you wanted to meet a member of the press. Usually your species like to stay hidden from view and people so what brings you out today?

“Well, I am very concerned about the new President after all I have heard that he wants to “drain the swamp” and it’s my home and I don’t want it drained. Look I have been here for 75 years and my family has been in this area for about 37 million years. If he drains the swamp where would I go. The only other place where gators live is in China and don’t if you know this but my Chinese cousins are much smaller and speak a funny language. Very strange bunch. From what I hear the President does not like the Chinese either”.

Fred I think you got the story wrong the President didn’t want to drain your swamp, he was using the concept of a swamp as a figure of speech.
“Then what is he talking about – a swamp is a swamp”.
Fred he was talking about the political people in Washington DC the nation’s capital that run the government.
“Now your confusing me even more, don’t forgot we gators have a very small brain and what a you said makes no sense. I didn’t even know there was a swamp in Washington, my swamp atlas doesn’t show any swamps above Georgia. You mean he wants to get rid of Congress.”
You have an atlas?
“Of course it is the Atlas of Swamps of the World – I have the new 6th edition”.


Fred the DC swamp is not a true swamp it’s a figure of speech meaning like a swamp with people in it not doing their job. No not Congress, the people who run the various federal agencies. The President believed that the former government was not listening to the people and not doing their job. He had a lot of voters convinced of that. What do you think?

“Well, I am very concerned that President Trump is going to drain my actual swamp to drill for oil and not his make believe swamp. Just look at the people he is hiring to be in his government. All very rich people who did not get to be rich by being nice to people or the land. Those kind of people step on people and could care less about rules that get in their way. Did I hear right the other day he stated up two pipelines to move more oil? Do you realize what a pipeline would do to my home? I also understand he has said he is going to remove rules and regulations. That will hurt even more. And that Congress for years now they have done nothing but blame the other side”.

Why do you say that? “Well as I see it a rule or regulation was put in place when someone did something wrong. Just look at the acid levels in my water”.

Ok Fred what does acid levels have to do with regulations?

“OK I said I am not very smart but I do know the acid levels have gone up over the years and it plays havoc on my skin. My dermatologist has confirmed it to me. The reason is very simple as we see an increase in pollution, that is burning fuel, more cars, etc. that pollution sends sulfur into the air, when it rains, and it rains a lot over the swamp, the rain mixes with the sulfur forming sulfuric acid and the level of acid in the swamp goes up. If he removes more regulations I see more pollution and even more acid, not good. Now he has said he is does not believe in global warming. But I do, as you know I like it to be very hot since I am cold blooded. I have noticed the temps getting warmer each year also the water level has been going up. I know in the few years I have had to move my land base three times to higher ground”. “So if he removes regulation, the pollution will increase and that is not good”. “Now about that Congress, instead of getting anything done, they just sit around and blame each other for what the other side is not doing. I don’t understand how people can keep voting in the ones that want to stop everything. I wish I could vote but the voter id laws have ruled me out since I don’t have a real address”.

Fred you have a dermatologist?
“Of course Dr. Croc is great. For years I could not afford him but a few years ago a new insurance came into being and now I see him every six months.”
Insurance?
“Yes it is run by the National Park Service and DNR. But I fear that it may be going away. You see I don’t have steady income and without it I will lose the insurance. I would have to go back to the old barter system. By that I mean I would have to bring the Doc a couple of chickens or a dozen fish for my treatments. It not as easy to catch them at my age”. “Speaking of rangers a few have told me they may be losing their jobs, something about them being moved to the border with Mexico to act as police as the President build a wall to keep Mexicans out. How dumb. So instead of walking across the border they will fly over it or come by boat. They also told me the new President is not going to set aside more land for national parks. I see more and more factories popping up, more pipelines, highways and now we are talking about real draining of my swamp”. “Sad,sad,sad”. “Then without the DNR and Rangers who is going to protect the wildlife, no one, so the hunting will be like in the 1800’s that my grandfather used to talk about, just a war on wildlife so rich women could have nicer purses and shoes”.

“Say I am getting very hungry talking to you, I heard that Big Bird is being thrown off TV, do you know where he is going to be living, he would be a tasty meal, last a few days, I love leftovers. Well talking about this has made me even more hungry so I am going to take off and swim around looking for a wild turkey or some turtles to grab a snack”.

See you later Fred, thank you for the interview, hopefully we can do this again. Next time I will bring some extra chickens.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A few alternative facts!



“At the top of President Donald Trump's agenda for his discussion with congressional leaders Monday night: relitigating the campaign, including saying "illegals" voting deprived him of a victory in the popular vote.”




"That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."
 Sean Spicer on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 in a press conference

Donald Trump had biggest inaugural crowd ever? Metrics don't show it.

TV ratings: Trump inauguration sinks 18 percent from Obama's in 2009


In response to The White House petition, Donald J. Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway tells This Week that Donald Trump "is not going to release his tax returns"



And this is just the first few days, a lot more to come. 


REAL FACT- Only 51% of the voters in Carmel, IN voted for Trump. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Another Failure by the Republicans

In 2005, newly elected Gov. Mitch Daniels needed a couple of billion dollars to help fund “Major Moves,” his 10-year plan for building and fixing roads throughout the state.  He started out by selling the Toll Road for $3.8 billion, which was about $1 billion more than expected. Then rounded this up to about $10 billion for both new roads and $5.8 billion to fix and maintain our existing roads.

I am sure you all remember "Major Moves" a ten year program. Maybe we should now rename this "Major Failures". What ever happened to the part about preservation and maintenance, of current roads. Based on the infrastructure failures it appears this was never accomplished. 

The state and Mitch’s program never lived up to his promises and now the legislators expect the citizens of the state to foot the bill for Mitch’s failed program with an increase in taxes to fix our roads.  

So here we are no longer getting revenue from the Toll Road, bridges that fail and you know when your back home in Indiana by the bumpy ride.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Donald’s massive hidden tax is coming.


Get ready for a massive tax increase that will effect the middle and lower income class and you will never know it is coming. you will never know you are paying it, but it is coming.

Here is how he is doing to do it.

He is going to place tariffs on products made in China, Mexico and who knows where else. A tariff is a tax on imported goods and it is paid by the importer. It is used by government to protect various industries or business from completion by a source outside that country. Lets say you want to make sure you continue your steel capability so you tax cheap steel coming into your country so your steel companies can make money and stay alive. Now Donald is saying he is going to slap tariffs on goods form these countries not to protect business here but to punish them for having low wages and producing goods to be sold in the USA.

End result many of the items China now makes are no longer made in the USA so each of these items with a 35% tax on them means the stores are going to have to pay more and charge more.  Look at Wal-Mart a lot of their products they sell come form China; all of those will jump up in price. You are going to pay more and at the same time the government is going to collect that tariff money or better known as a hidden tax.

The price of a car is going to zoom up even those made in the USA. Why? Car manufacturing is no longer a made in one country but rather of parts made everywhere. So a part made in Mexico or China is going to have a 35% jump in cost and do you think Ford or GM are not going pass it on? They will and up goes the price. The US Government has just increased the cost of a new car and you are going to pay the tax. But your never going to know it, unless Ford or GM tells you what they pay in tariff taxes. They won’t, because if they did a twitter attack would be launch against them.

Get ready to pay this new tax after all he needs the money to build his wall. Mexico is not going to pay for it as he promised you they would, so the money will come from your pocket. Or maybe he will have tourist tours of the wall and charge for the tour just like China does for its Great Wall.  

Oh and by the way do you think China and Mexico are just going to sit back and do nothing. No they will raise tariffs on US products and our farmers and high tech manufacturers will take a big hit. 

Sorry but that is the way it is.