Another week, another piece in the Wall Street Journal.
Gov. Mitch Daniels might like to claim hes not doing the traditional things youd expect from a presidential contender, but he sure likes getting his name out there.
Last week, Daniels had another op-ed in the Wall Street Journal – this time on emergency economic reform for the nation.
It is at least the fourth piece written by Daniels to appear in the Wall Street Journal in recent months. Heck, he might even qualify for a paycheck.
His latest article on the economy quotes a story that Ronald Reagan used to tell of an elderly victim of the Blitz in World War II rescued from her demolished London flat.
A fireman found a bottle of brandy under the ruins of her staircase and offered her a nip for her pain but the matron said the brandy was only for emergencies.
A look around the American economy suggests that its time to break out the brandy, Daniels said.
He took a few shots at the failed policies of the Obama administration and then proposed a payroll tax holiday in which the government would suspend or reduce the Social Security payroll tax for possibly a year to promote growth in the economy.
Daniels also identified offsets for the revenue loss, including a federal pay cut and hiring freeze, recalling unspent federal stimulus dollars and giving the president the power to hold back on spending approved by Congress.
With or without Democratic help, Republicans should step forward with these or superior ideas, he said. A stagnant, impoverished America will not be a greener or safer or fairer place. Grown-ups make trade-offs. Pass the brandy, then lets get busy.
Ethics on hold
The Fort Wayne City Council will put money before ethics.
Councilwoman Karen Goldner, D-2nd, has written an ethics bill being discussed by the council, but last week she said the debate will be conducted after the 2011 budget process is complete.
Goldner said this delay will give the city time to present its ethics bill proposal, which would cover all city employees. Goldners bill covers only council members.
She said the delay is appropriate so both proposals can be discussed at once and given the necessary discussion time, which is difficult to find during budget season.
Democratic state treasurer nominee Pete Buttigiegs name doesnt exactly roll off the tongue.
Thats why a helpful pronunciation guide is included in all his press releases – its pronounced Boota-judge.
The interesting thing, however, is thats not the correct way to say the candidates name.
Its actually more like Boota-jidge, and that pronunciation was used at this years state convention by several speakers who have known the candidate over his lifetime.
But it seems campaign staffers think Boota-judge is easier so thats what they suggest, for now.
The Allen County AARP will conduct an event at noon Friday about the upcoming congressional special election.
Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, will discuss why the election is needed and how it will determine the next representative of Congress.
He also will discuss how the recent census will change congressional districts. Democrat Tom Hayhurst and Republican Marlin Stutzman are running for the 3rd District seat.
The public event will be at Halls Factory restaurant, 5811 Coldwater Road. For more information, call 341-0815.