What I found to be the best part of Welsh's article, was the last few sentences which sum up the frustration I and many Republicans have with Republican Mayor Greg Ballard.
When Mayor Greg Ballard took office, he had two choices for governing this city. He could change the city's direction by reordering its priorities. Or, he could maintain the status quo and spend his entire term in office trying to balance the City's books to pay for all of the excesses of the eight years of Bart Peterson's administration. By choosing the latter, he has sealed his fate as a one-term mayor.While I'm not sure Ballard's defending these corporate welfare schemes is anything different what the Republican Mayors before him did, Welsh's comment highlights the fact that this Mayor had a choice - stand up for taxpayers or the wealthy insiders who have dominated Indianapolis' politics over the past few decades. The former would have given Ballard a chance for re-election. Instead he chose the latter which will doom him to be a one-term mayor, and an unpopular one at that.