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aka "Miss Victory"

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our unprincipled, City Council puts party before The People at last night's CIB bailout vote

As if we didn't know already, last night confirmed to Marion County residents that the majority of our civic leaders at City Hall are not philosophically principled and serve the city's elites, not you.

The democrats, who in 2007 rammed a 65% income tax hike down our throats on the coattails of massive property tax increases, found religion last night. In block, except for Jackie Nytes (D) whose council seat is considered safe, they voted against the bailout. A deal was likely struck in advance with the tax-and-spend-Republicans for her "yay" vote to continue to feed the CIB monster.

The democrats did not find principle last night. They voted against the Republican tax increase, so that they can use their voting record in an onslaught of campaign fliers which will litter your mailboxes and front porches during the next election cycle.

The Marion County Democrat machine thinks they can trick you into believing they are looking out for you. The reality is that they are not and will not. They made sure their own Jackie Nytes voted "yay" so that the tax increase would pass.

We even heard the ethically challenged Monroe Gray (D) give a rousing speech beginning with the words, "It's a dark day in Indianapolis". What a damned hypocrite. You might remember Monroe Gray cares so little about the CIB bailout that he did not show for the recent committee hearing on the proposal. While the democrat party wrote to HFFT to give explanation for Joanne Sanders absence from the hearing, they offered no explanation for Monroe Gray's failure to show up to do his job. A job, you should always remember, we pay him several thousand dollars each year to do for us.

It was leaked that Republican Mike Speedy (R) intended to vote "nay" before the council meeting. Our sources inform us that he was instructed to wait to cast his vote until all other votes could be seen. Sure enough the entire council's vote appeared on the board except for Speedy. After about 30 seconds, when it was clear his "yay" vote was needed by his Republican party masters, he voted to increase taxes too.

Ryan Vaughn (R) should have recused himself from voting. Ryan, who recently lost his bid to replace Senator Lubbers, works for Barnes and Thornburg. Ryan's boss is Bob Grand of the CIB and the firm's clients include the Pacers.

Of the councilors, two showed they are philosophically principled by their vote. Those two lone councilors are Libertarian Ed Coleman and Republican Christine Scales. They cast their "nay" vote for you, and not their party bosses. Please be sure to thank them.

There is a silver lining, however, brought about by local attorney bloggers, Gary Welsh and Paul Ogden by their constant drum beating to expose the CIB's ponzi scheme. But for their persistence and diligence reporting on the workings of the CIB, it is doubtful the CIB would have backed off their original request for $47 million per year and whittled it down to $4 million a year. None of the CIB officials explained exactly how the CIB got to that lower number. That goes to show you just what a secretive disservice we are being done by the CIB.

Voted FOR the CIB Bailout
Virginia Cain (R)
Jeff Cardwell (R)
Bob Cockrum (R)
N. Susie Day (R)
Ben Hunter (R)
Robert Lutz
Barb Malone (R)
Janice McHenry (R)
Mike McQuillen (R)
Jackie Nytes (D)
Marilyn Pfisterer (R)
Lincoln Plowman(R)
Kent Smith (R)
Mike Speedy (R)
RyanVaughn (should have recused himself - his BOSS is CIB President)

Voted AGAINST CIB Bailout
Paul Bateman (D)
Vernon Brown (D)
Ed Coleman (Libertarian)
Jose Evans (D)
Monroe Gray (D)
Maggie Lewis (D)
Brian Mahern (D)
Dane Mahern (D)
Angela Mansfield (D)
Doris Minton-McNeill (D)
Mary Moriarty Adams (D)
William Oliver (D)
Joanne Sanders (D)
Christine Scales (lone Republican "nay" vote)

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