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Radical Economic Agenda Comes to Indiana

January 26, 2012, 1:00 pm | Posted by Beau Underwood

Indiana CapitolSince 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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3 Responses to “Radical Economic Agenda Comes to Indiana”

  1. Pastor Alan Downing says:

    As with all media that I have read pertaining to this issue, you have missed a couple of major points.

    The first point is that this bill in Indiana as well as any other states, should have been voted on by the registered voter. If anyone thinks that politicans have their constiuets best interest in mind they are mistaken. All you have to do is look at their voting to see how often they tow the party line instead of doing what they are “asked” to do to understand that.

    The second, and greater problem is simply this: We have allowed all of this to happen because we refuse to take trips to our capitol and have conversations with these so called officials. We have stood by and let them make decisions that drastically alter our lives and just complained to our friends and done nothing else.

    They have forgotten that they work for us. What they haven’t forgotten is:
    1. How to spend money they don’t have,
    2. How to accept PAC money and other material things, and
    3. How to sit down like big boys and girls and work thru something.

    Just as we need to loose the concept of “classes”, we also should loose the concept of Republicans and Democrats and in exchange renew our relationship with God by reminding our neighbors and ourselves that we are “…One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all”.

  2. Veronica Ketchum says:

    Please continue to do your part in securing the future of Indiana workers. I personally want to thank you for all you do!

  3. Nancy says:

    Many Indiana faith leaders were personally strongly against this bill, but were afraid they would appear to be partisan. Many held public discussions in their facilities, inviting speakers to give both sides of the issue and allowed citizens to ask questions or give their comments, as two polls showed the people wanted more information (48% & 69%). Some attended an interfaith service at the statehouse chapel and met with legislators. It is a shame when people of faith have to fear publicly supporting working people, while secret groups of rich supporters of anti-worker legislation buy as much time as needed to fill the airwaves with divisive misinformation.