The IBJ reported that the Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's response to this news was that he would "defer to the judgment of the Capital Improvement Board on whether salaries are appropriate." And why not? The CIB has exercised such stellar judgment in the past.
Sarcasm aside, what news has to come out before Mayor Ballard will finally put his foot down on the antics of the CIB? Gary Welsh at Advance Indiana reports on the latest IBJ stories on the CIB and opines:
"I've become convinced that it could be reported that the CIB has been secretly killing babies for the past ten years and it wouldn't make a dime's bit of difference in this bailout debate. Our elected officials received their marching orders from their true masters long ago that they would finance this bailout by hook or crook. What the taxpaying public thinks or what the facts show mean little to our out-of-touch elected officials."I absolutely agree. I'm not sure any news could convince Mayor Ballard to maybe think twice about a taxpayer-funded bailout of the CIB. Mayor Ballard is like a robot who has been programmed by Bob Grand and Joe Loftus to fight to raise taxes to continue handing out corporate welfare, doing whatever it takes even if it costs the Republicans any chance of winning a Marion County election for the next 30 years. When the dust settles on Election Night 2011, my Marion County Republican Party need to give Grand and Loftus the boot so that they never have a role in local Marion County Republican politics again.