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Dems slam Bush/Daniels


'Red Meat' served up


April 29, 2009 | 08:23 AM

Despite being a non-election year, about 150 Democrats turned out either for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner or State Rep. Paul Robertson's 63rd birthday Saturday evening at Corydon Central High School.

Robertson's birthday joke set the tone for the evening as he, along with former State Rep. Dennie Oxley II, who also was the party's candidate for lieutenant governor last fall, and State Sen. Richard Young sang the praises of the Democratic Party, which is still riding high after regaining control of the White House with the election of Barack Obama.

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Former State Rep. Dennie Oxley II speaks to Democrats gathered at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Saturday. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)
Adam Dickey, a representative for Indiana Ninth District Congressman Baron Hill, spoke on Hill's behalf. After discussing Hill's support of the COPS Improvements Act, a bill that has moved to the Senate and would add 50,000 police officers nationwide, including 674 in Indiana and 68 in the Ninth District, Dickey also explained how the congressman was successful in attaching an amendment to H.R. 1388.

"The bill expands and allows for the sending of care packages to our troops fighting overseas," Dickey said.

Before closing, Dickey said rumors had been circulating about Hill possibly seeking another office.

"I'm here to tell you today, that Baron Hill is running for Congress in 2010," Dickey said, pounding the podium and repeating himself for effect.

After McKenzie Taylor, 12, was given the Young Democrat Award, the featured speaker, Oxley, took to the mic.

He briefly discussed his and Jill Long Thompson's unsuccessful bid last year for the top two public offices in Indiana.

"It was truly a humbling experience and one that I feel like I was privileged to make," Oxley said. "We met veterans who couldn't get medical care, but they still believed in our state. We met a businessman who offered health care to his employees instead of increasing his profit. For all those people and the countless others who are struggling to make ends meet, we have to keep fighting.

"The (George) Bush-(Mitch) Daniels economy has crippled Indiana. Indiana ranks in the top 10 in foreclosures, job loss and bankruptcy. That's unacceptable."

Oxley said if Democrats could endure eight years of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, they could get through another four years of Mitch Daniels.

"We can do it by standing together. We must continue to fight for our working families in Indiana, for our communities, for growing good jobs. Together we can get Indiana where it once was and what it can be again," he said. "Indiana was a blue state in 2008 and we need to make sure it stays blue and becomes a darker and darker shade of blue every day."

Robertson, who predicted Hill would be re-elected no matter who he was running against in 2010, spoke briefly and said he's found the state's budget and Indiana jobs are the most important issues in Indiana, yet Gov. Mitch Daniels wants to focus on reorganization of county government and property tax caps.

"The reorganization effort presently has no legs, and that's even with his own (Senate-controlling caucus), and at the very earliest property tax caps couldn't even be put on the ballot until 2010," Robertson said. "The governor has lost his focus."

Young agreed with comments Oxley also made about the consolidation of county government.

"I have yet to go out somewhere and have someone tell me it's a good idea. You would think it would happen at some point, but it hasn't, nor do I think it will," he said.

Sharon Franks and Charles Allen were honored with the 2009 Outstanding Democrat awards, while Ed Sieg, Carole Gaither and Barb Mathes received the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Young Democrats prepared the meal, Jill Moss Robertson sang the national anthem, the Rev. Doug Finney gave the invocation and Carole Gaither led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Joan Schickel honored several Democrats who passed away in recent years. Among them were: Annis Barrow (a retired, long-time employee of the Harrison County Court House); Chris Hauswald (nephew of Carol Hauswald, current Harrison County treasurer); Arthur Barks Jr. (precinct chairman for West Heth Township); Irma Finn (treasurer of the Democrat Women's and Men's Club and precinct chairman for Northeast Jackson Township); Ray Hickman (former Harrison County assessor); Iona Miller, (mother of Terry Miller, who is currently the District 3 Harrison County commissioner, and wife of the late Lewis Miller, who served as a Harrison County councilman and commissioner); Esther Byerley (an active volunteer in Democratic functions); and Donald G. Troncin (chairman for North Spencer Township).

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    April 29, 2009 | 12:15 PM

    Mr. Bush has left the building. You are going to have to blame some else now ...

    Carl
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    radical1a
    April 29, 2009 | 01:47 PM

    Hey I have a great Idea , why don't you great Democrat Leaders explain just how Obama's great tax break for the working poor ... are going to be able to pay a $3000 a year increase on their electric bill . Then we can discuss this new demwit plan for a mileage tax to go with that new tax on tobacco and alcohol . Its nice that the Democrats are for the working poor and intend to do everything in their power to keep them that way .
    Oh while I'm at it Carl is correct this whole political / financial ball of wax is Obama's baby now leave Bush out of it .

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    April 29, 2009 | 01:58 PM

    and what a mess he left behind.

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    April 29, 2009 | 06:40 PM

    The mess that was left behind was not all Bush's , try to remember that the House and Senate has been in the Democrats corner for two years ,
    in the last one hundred days Obama has spent around 2-4 trillion dollars and we still have 1360 days left to go , now do you still want to talk about Bush's mess ?

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    April 29, 2009 | 06:56 PM

    Democrats always looking to blame someone other than themselves. I don't see any thing happening in Washinton to even begin to make this county work again, other than give away money and a lot of talk. Bush is gone and we are still blaming him!

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    April 29, 2009 | 06:57 PM

    The only mess he left behind is the now defunct politicans that we now have in office!

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    dear rad
    April 29, 2009 | 10:23 PM

    learn how to spell

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    radical 1whatever
    April 29, 2009 | 10:28 PM

    You are out of touch with mainstream America. Check the last two election results. If you can afford to pay more taxes, then do so. Is that really so much to ask? Middle class has been getting hammered for long enough.

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    April 29, 2009 | 11:41 PM

    Just to show that I do back up what I say , I submit the below proof

    FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape
    It actually was him - and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years - who shaped a budget so out of balance.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090429/D97SCPI00.html

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    April 30, 2009 | 10:54 AM

    The mess left behind are all those still in office, Senate and House

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    young dem award
    April 30, 2009 | 11:41 AM

    congrats mckenzie on a job well done keep up the hard work

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    hmmmmmm
    April 30, 2009 | 08:46 PM

    Cutting taxes and increasing spending on war had nothing to do with it I'm sure. The brilliance of Bush/Rove.

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    The record
    April 30, 2009 | 08:49 PM

    9/11 happened on Bush watch. Stock drop of 9/2008 that swayed the election happened on Bush watch. Sounds like a mess to me.

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    April 30, 2009 | 10:01 PM

    I am in touch with the mainstream America that is tired of Democrats spending money to the tune of trillions of dollars and then want to whine bbbush spent money too. I do understand that the Democrats won the last two elections and they held the purse strings and spent every dime.Try to understand Taxes are Levied weather you can afford them or not .

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    May 01, 2009 | 01:43 PM

    No Name you are correct 911 happened on Bus's watch , after the 7 attacks on America happened on Clinton's watch , he did nothing . The stock drop happened due to Democrats meddling with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and giving loans to the " working Poor ' knowing full well they could not pay the money back .


    1993
    Feb. 26, New York City: bomb exploded in basement garage of World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring at least 1,040 others. In 1995, militant Islamist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 9 others were convicted of conspiracy charges, and in 1998, Ramzi Yousef, believed to have been the mastermind, was convicted of the bombing. Al-Qaeda involvement is suspected.

    Nov. 13, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: car bomb exploded at U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. military servicemen.

    1996
    June 25, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds of others. 13 Saudis and a Lebanese, all alleged members of Islamic militant group Hezbollah, were indicted on charges relating to the attack in June 2001.

    1998
    Aug. 7, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near 2 U.S. embassies, killing 224 (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and injuring about 4,500. 4 men connected with al-Qaeda 2 of whom had received training at al-Qaeda camps inside Afghanistan, were convicted of the killings in May 2001 and later sentenced to life in prison. A federal grand jury had indicted 22 men in connection with the attacks, including Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, who remained at large.

    2000
    Oct. 12, Aden, Yemen: U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it. 17 sailors killed. Linked to Osama bin Laden, or members of al-Qaeda terrorist network.

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    May 01, 2009 | 02:58 PM

    Let's go back to an AP article I found on September 13, 2002 in the Courier-Journal (I cut it out and kept it knowing it would be helpful someday). "Indiana has the highest rate of home foreclosures of any state during the second quarter of 2002. If I recall correctly, that was during the O'Bannon years was it not? And wasn't it also after gambling had been voted in in Harrison County? Could it be that the lost of home revenue due to frequent visits to our "boat" along with high gasoline prices last summer and the spending spree of the 2007-2009 Congress could actually be the reason for this new onslaught of foreclosures rather than Gov. Daniels? Do our friends on the Democrat side of the isle really believe that they "help" those who are just barely making it when they up cigarette taxes, encourage gambling as a way of balancing budgets and taxing the "rich"? The "rich" are those entrepeneurs that pay their business taxes out of their personal tax liability. And maybe they aren't as "rich" as those who push class envy would like to think? Let's stop taking swipes at each other and try to really solve the problem. This state has more politicians in it than any other state. That is the problem. No one wants to lose their "government" job and benefits. As John Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country (state) can do for you but what you can do for your country (state, county). We will all sink if we can't stop playing the old school boy trick of blaming the other for the stink someone is producing! Forget being a Democrat or Republican and think about finding solutions (know matter who's idea it is) and fix our economy so ALL of us are winners!!!

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    Fix? HOW!!
    May 04, 2009 | 04:53 PM

    You all are screaming for this easy fix, here's my stance. Leave me out of the "stimulus pacakges" And anything that has to go along with "spreading the wealth" thats their way of taxing us harder everywhere else, we just notice it less because its not on your weekly paycheck. I am NOT all for spreading the wealth. Thats socialism/Communism . Worked for Russia didnt it?? ummmmm NO. Let me keep the money I make, take your appropriate taxes, and social security, even though a working person of 24 years old, knows that its not going to be there for me someday when I'm old. But a Doctor works harder and has more education than me, should have more money and be taxed the SAME as I am. What's wrong with that? And the family that has 8 kids and 1 income. Um, thats your choice. Not mine. I shouldnt have to pay for your mistakes; All 8 of them. I have a friend that works 5 days a week with 2 children and a dead beat ex husband, and she cant get her kids on any kind of health insurance help and she cant afford it coming out of her checks, she would bring home 120$ a week after its all said and done with daycare and food and gas, let alone put a roof over their heads and get them clothes and diapers when they need it, and all because she makes 11$ an hour, she makes too much to get help. Arent these the people we need to help??? She would be better off money wise to sit on her BUTT and do nothing and live off the government because she CAN. People do it all the time, those are the people we are helping. Not the ones who desperately just want a normal life. Give me a break ...

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