Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"You All Know, Politics Isn't My Thing" Becomes Quick Joke Line for Indy Residents

Editor's Note: Due to a snafu, this posted an hour early and is Wednesday's post. Enjoy your extra time of preview!


Mayor Greg Ballard's second TV ad is supposed to be all about how the bumbling Lt. Col. became the most powerful executive officeholder in Marion County and the City of Indianapolis and just wants to keep on keeping on. It starts out with a line that has become a clear joke to the citizens of Indianapolis.

"You all know, politics isn't my thing."

What a jokester. Mayor Ballard has continued to portray himself as this nice guy that somehow finished first in 2007. He should be credited for riding the wave of property tax angst that took him, grassroots and all, into the Mayor's Office. Once there, it took him a while to come up with someone else's vision before he became Steve Goldsmith on steroids.

While Goldsmith's idea was to privatize city services, Ballard's been busy selling off our assets for short term political gains. Out popped all those "Rebuild Indy" signs with the promise of all the work...or the bulk of it done by the November. Hmm...what happens in November?

Then there's this business about the satellite voting centers. In 2008 and 2009, the Mayor was FOR the satellites. Now, he's against them. Of course, his political career is on the line now in 2011. Why would he want to ENCOURAGE people to get out and vote?

Oh, that non-political mayor!!

Everyone thought that Ballard wouldn't be a prisoner to the GOP's whims. After all, they didn't really help him the last time around. Immediately, the GOP surrounded this political neophyte and some of the power brokers started setting up another Republican administration like the eight years of Bart Peterson never happened. We were treated to the Scott Newmans and the Bob Grands of the world again as the Mayor's advisers.

Nope, this guy isn't political; he's more than political. From his flip-flop on the smoking ordinance to the water utility deal, this guy is tried and true Republican. Don't let him fool you.

4 comments:

Indy Student said...

Ballard was against the guns-in-parks proposal and even publicly said he'd veto it before it even was heard in committee. That is not a Republican or even a conservative position. In fact, it's almost a direct opposition to what Daniels did early in his first term, which was to repeal the ban on guns in state parks.

The vote for that was kind of interesting, but hard to read into since it was a vote to "table" rather than to vote for or against it. Vernon Brown spoke in favor of repealing the ban, joking a bit that he's probably accidentally violated the law a couple of times. Monroe Gray voted not to table the proposal, but kind of sounded like he was in favor of the ban? Several of the Republicans on the committee expressed some vague concerns over the repeal...probably because Coleman beat them to the punch.

In fact, Ballard's gun-rights record is worse than Obama's! Obama signed a repeal of the ban on guns in national parks back in...2010 I think. Yeah, it was attached to the credit card reform bill, but still, a repeal is a repeal.

Jon E. Easter said...

Fixed. Thanks Matt.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Didn't know what the blog said earlier, but IS is correct. In fact, Ballard's positions on guns (at least for people like me) is even worse than what IS said. Ballard opposed the Second Amendment applying to Indianapolis and came out for NYC style gun registration as well as backed the most restrictive gun return policy of any Midwestern City, including Chicago. Ballard is actually to the LEFT of Kennedy when it comes to guns.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Jon,

Let me edit your post to make it read correctly. Changes in caps.

"Everyone thought that Ballard wouldn't be a prisoner to the GOP ESTABLISHMENT'S whims. After all, they didn't really help him the last time around. Immediately, the GOP Establishment surrounded this political neophyte and some of the power brokers started setting up another Republican administration like the eight years of Bart Peterson never happened."

Please don't assume that establishment GOP types like Bob Grand, Joe Loftus and their ilk in any way represent mainstream Marion County Republicans who bust their rear to help the party.

The establishment GOP types only care about politics as an avenue for making themselves and their friends wealthy. They couldn't care less about political ideology and the conservative issues that motivate the rest of us Republicans.

While I know you don't believe in that conservative philosophy, I'm sure you have more respect for those people who are active in the GOP because of their political beliefs rather than the fact they're trying to make a buck off the party.