19 March 2005

St. Patrick's Update plus My Bracketology

Hello one and all, hope everyone had a great St. Patty's Day :). My day was pretty fun, did the Shamrock Run in the morning, limped my out of shape butt around five miles in about 52 minutes. It's not a good idea to run five miles and rehydrate with stout. I digress. A fun lunch with my friend Brad, talking politics and relaxing, watching the NCAAs. Stopped by my friend Dan's new house he bought, had more beer, and more politics LOL. Now it's poker time, finished 12th, saw my friend Mike, talked more politics, and had a blast.

It was a great day, even though my legs felt like cinder blocks, and a few upsets were had with March madness. Illinois will win the tournament I think, but if they don't I want Duke.

Talk to you soon.

11 March 2005

Congratulations Are in Order

I usually quibble over stuff most people find disinteresting. I'm going to take time out to congratulate some of the top brass in the LPIN. Don't mistake my kindness for brown-nosing (this means you Mike LOL).

In 2000, a major change was made in the infrastructure. Brad Klopfenstein became Executive Director, and Mark Rutherford was named LPIN Chair. In those five years, the name Libertarian became something more than "fringe". We now hold the Democrats and Republicans accountable for their actions, and give voters a true, legitimate option to the two parties. Most of that credit goes to Brad and Mark.

Brad is the public face for the party. As president of the Indianapolis Press Club, he talks with reporters on a regular basis for the libertarian position on an issue. Five years ago, that would not have been possible. Mark is a quiet man who captains the ship, for lack of a better term. It's with his guidance and rationale that keeps the LPIN on a course that is true.

OK, enough kindness/brown-nosing. I'm still pissed off at the fact that the Republicans spend like Democrats, the Democrats only care about themselves, and that neither one of them offers an ideology that promotes personal freedoms and individual responsibility.

08 March 2005

Two Birds with One Stone

Sunday was a good day at the office on some fronts. Although Duke lost to UNC, and Illinois lost to Ohio State, the message of liberty was spread not once but twice.

As I was waking up Sunday morning, I opened the Focus section as I always do, and read the op-eds. I was published about how the Dems walking out failed the state. I then turned the page and saw my friend and fellow Libertarian, Mike Kole, talking about how the city of Indianapolis shouldn't be spending taxpayers' money to lobby the Statehouse. If even 100 people read both of these letters, it should have a ripple effect I only dream of :)...good dreams LOL.

Anyway, if you like what you're reading go to http://www.helpuswin.org and join the club!!

03 March 2005

Finally, an Update!!

Greetings, one and all!! It's been a little bit since my last post, but that's not from lack of information or frustration. Going to school, working two jobs (again), being a pseudo-politico, plus a personal life is a bit...laundry is almost not an option LOL. But I digress.

This week has certainly been an interesting one. I was named new Chair of the Hancock County LP on Monday. This will be an interesting leadership :). I look forward to working with fellow libertarians and others from both sides of the aisle to move our county in a more libertarian direction.

The big kahuna this week was the walkout of House Democrats on Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday, all bills on the House floor either had to pass into the Senate or die. Frustrated on two bills, one requiring ID at the polling places (good idea), and the other creating a post of inspector general (also a good idea). House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) decided it would be a good idea to pull the ranks and lose quorum in the chamber.

What Bauer did was kill 132 bills, including some his own party was pushing, like the bill that gave public money to the Colts (grr), the DST issue (good idea, FINALLY), and capped caseloads for social workers (a GREAT idea). All of this because he wants to protect "poorer people" who couldn't afford ID cards. Republicans amended the bill to provide free ID cards to those who couldn't afford them. As for the inspector general, I'm afraid to see what he would have turned up after the BMV fiasco.

My point is, is that Democrats put their faith in a man who is a hypocrite. Last year, as Speaker, he refused to bring up the issue of gay marriage at the request of House Republicans, who then walked out. He said that was not the way for legislators to act. My question to Rep. Bauer, is it the way for them to act now?? I say it is not. A Libertarian legislator would work with the GOP and the Dems to find a reasonable middle ground on the issues. In 2006, when you walk into the booth to vote, remember Democrats don't care what you want, it's what Pat Bauer wants. Libertarians care about what you want, because it's your choice.