Daniels at Purdue is like lipstick on a pig
The group opposed to the selection of Mitch Daniels (as Purdue president) should also be demanding the removal of the 10 trustees who hired him. This was not about getting the best qualified person; this was simply a case of outright cronyism at its worst.
The recent photo of Daniels that appeared in the paper reminded me of the saying about putting lipstick on a pig. I don’t care how many Purdue baseball caps and Purdue shirts they put on this guy, it is still going to be Mitch Daniels.
There are serious issues here regarding the honesty and integrity of Daniels. When he came into office he wasted no time in declaring war on our schoolteachers. What Daniels called “budget cuts” looked to me like withholding money to hamper the public schools to improving the education system in our state.
Daniels claims teachers should be rewarded for performing well. He never says just what or how much “performance pay” is involved here. I don’t know, maybe his idea of rewarding a teacher for a job well done would be to get his autograph and your picture taken with him. And if you really do a good job he will throw in a Purdue hat and sweatshirt.
We are all fully aware of just how honest Daniels was in getting the right-to-work law passed in this state. A short time after signing the right-to-work law Daniels, in another one of his fake and phony humble acts claimed this law won’t be a magic answer but we will be better off for it.
A recent report claims one in five children are living in poverty here in Indiana. Another report claims Hoosier wages are declining. And the jobs that were coming? Where are they? Apparently they were in Daniels’ dreams.
And now Daniels is claiming we have a $2 billion surplus here in Indiana. He claims it is a result of “fiscal prudence.” It is a result of financial irresponsibility. Daniels claimed all these budget cuts were necessary because we didn’t have the money coming in. Well, if we didn’t have the money coming then how did we wind up with a $2 billion surplus?
It’s one thing to make budget cuts because of lack of money. To withhold all this money at the expense of our state and the quality of life for the residents of Indiana was nothing but pure foolishness. The whole purpose of this excessive amount of money is to buy off the people in this state by Daniels. He wants to buy off the people by giving them a $100 tax refund check.
Purdue University needs to rethink the hiring of Daniels.
Curtis J. Ransom
Check on charity
Obama decries Romney’s paying only 13 percent income tax and wants Romney’s tax returns publicized. Scrutiny should also be given to the amount contributed to charity. It has been reported that Romney gave 19 percent of his income to charity. Obama gave 1 percent and Biden gave .0013 percent. Obama and Biden’s concern for general welfare seems to involve using your money rather than theirs.