I recently read an article in Mother Jones Magazine about the way this country’s highways are being sold to foreign investors at an alarming rate. In 1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act; this was to aid in the growth and economic development of this nation, but far more importantly it was to insure national security by allowing the movement of equipment and troops if the need ever arose to defend this nation from foreign invaders.
I find it sad that our insurgent governor saw it fit to sign his Major Moves plot 50 years to the day of Eisenhower’s signing of his highway plan. I personally feel that old Ike is rolling over in his grave at what our state is doing. The selling of the northern Indiana toll road undermines the very intent of what Eisenhower had in mind for this nation.
Please don’t get me wrong. I am in no way comparing the two men. Ike saw the need to protect this nation from foreign invaders while Mitch saw it fit to protect the interest of foreign investors over those of his own people. Ike wanted economic growth for this county. Mitch wants economic growth for foreign companies.
I was also shocked to read that this state is subsidizing MIG-Cintra Company for revenue lost by its not being able to raise the toll on passenger cars until 2010 with taxpayer money.
I have not seen were the state is reinvesting the proceeds from the sale of the toll roads but we are using this money for operating cost and attempting to buy back votes lost by Mitch’s actions. One way is through all-day kindergarten and by promising counties money from the Major Moves fund.
It would appear that Mad Mitch has once again struck fear in the hearts of the people of Indiana and again is having a statewide yard sale of our assets and state jobs. I only hope that the people of Indiana will still have a state left before Mitch leaves his throne in the city of Domes. I am just glad that Morgan County was not foolish enough to pay the food and beverage tax to build the grossly over-budgeted Great Dome in the sky. I can only hope that Mitch’s plan to outsource the now-state programs will make them run as well as the BMV does now since Mitch’s intervention.
Now I see he plans to sell off the only money-making asset left in the state, the Hoosier Lottery, to pay for educating the best and the brightest so they will stay here in Indiana. What a crock that is. I can understand why the schools are for this; it means more green in their pockets. Maybe if the schools would stop spending millions on new sports complexes they could lower the tuition rate throughout the state. At the present time proceeds from the lottery are used to reduce the cost of auto licenses; are these going to go back up once the state sells the lottery? Yet another knife in the backs of the people of Indiana from our governor.
Joseph A McCartney