Thursday, February 27, 2014

Indiana Politicians Called for Military Service

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend)
Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City)

People rarely understand how difficult it is for a teacher to plan to miss a day of work.

You have to make sure the plans are just right. They can’t be too complex or you risk the chance that the substitute teacher will not execute them. They can’t be too easy or you risk the chance that the students won’t take them seriously. You have to find exactly the right balance to move your classroom forward one day without you.

I can’t imagine what it would be like for a Mayor to have to plan to be gone for seven months on deployment to Afghanistan or a State Senator to be gone for a couple weeks for mandatory training. Here in Indiana, both are realities.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a South Bend Democrat, heads off to Afghanistan on Friday as part of his job with the United State Naval Reserve. Republican Senator Jim Banks will also be leaving soon for two weeks of mandatory naval training. He will miss the final week of the General Assembly session.

These kinds of things certainly are not unprecedented. A few years ago, Republican U.S. Rep. and champion lettuce smoker, Steve Buyer, was called up as a reservist, but he never was sent back overseas due to his position as the 4th District U.S. Congressman. 

 It just seems odd to have two politicians called up at the same time from the same state.

Indy Democrat wishes Senator Banks and Mayor Buttigieg the best as they head to service of their country. I know your constituents are proud of you and your service to keep them free.  Both of you come home to Indiana safely.

For their parts, Senator Banks and Mayor Buttigieg exchanged these extremely classy tweets on Twitter:


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