Radical Economic Agenda Comes to Indiana
Since the 2010 elections, conservative governors and state legislators have pushed extreme economic agendas hurting middle class families and benefitting the wealthy and large corporations, despite large public outcries from the citizens whose interests they are supposed to represent. Unsurprisingly, the response has been strong and overwhelming.
Two state senators have already been recalled in Wisconsin for taking away the rights of workers to bargain collectively, and a similar fate may await Gov. Scott Walker. In Ohio, conservatives saw similar anti-worker legislation overturned by significant margins. In both Wisconsin and Ohio, people of faith were heavily involved in fighting these extreme agendas.
Now Indiana has followed suit, with House conservatives passing so called “right-to-work” legislation, which will result in lower wages for workers without helping boost job growth. Again, the voices of faith leaders and the protests of Indiana’s own citizens were ignored. Governor Mitch Daniels has announced his intention to sign the law, despite previously stating his opposition to the legislation.
In a time of economic challenge, these conservatives are prioritizing helping the few at the expense of the many. Elected officials are actively pursuing a radical agenda that fosters economic insecurity. The American Dream of a strong middle class is no longer a shared societal ideal. These fights inflict economic harm on families without addressing the real fiscal problems facing states. The faith leaders who have spoken out in defense of workers deserve applause and those advocating for these immoral policies deserve the public condemnation they’ve received.
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