Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Democratic Blogger Takes Unfair Shot At Mayor Ballard

Democratic Blogger Terry Burns of Indianapolis Times has a "Ballard Buck" posted on his website which contains the motto "Zero Ideas." That's a wholly unfair shot at Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard who has never been short of ideas. Let's talk about a few of them:
  • He had the idea to raise taxes to cover the CIB shortfall while demanding no accountability from the CIB.

  • He had the idea to give the Pacers $33.5 million of our tax dollars even though not obligated by any contract.

  • He had the idea to fund payments to the Pacers out of property tax revenue by playing a shell game with ICVA and MDC.

  • He had the idea to hand out a 50 year no bid, monopoly parking contract to a politically-connected private company which had already been involved in one major privatization screw up in the State.

  • He had the idea that handing out millions of dollars for corporate welfare should take priority over the City's libraries, bus system and parks.

  • He had the idea to float a $98 million dollars bond to loan money to a developer (who is a client of the Marion County Republican Chairman) who couldn't get a loan from any lender as the company's project was deemed too risky.

  • He has had the idea to propose raising taxes and fees not once, but more than 100 times.

  • He had the idea of "selling" the city's water and sewer utilities to another public entity so the public can fund paving of roads with a 30 year bond.

  • He had the idea to hire outsider Frank "Call Me Doctor" Straub for a position he is clearly not suited for which has lead to a demoralization of police morale.

Those are just a few of the Mayor's "ideas" that I can think of just off the top of my head. Mr. Burns, you owe Mayor Ballard an apology. He has plenty of ideas. They're just all BAD ideas.

5 comments:

Cato said...

This is like a double-team in WWF. Terry shoved him across the ring, and you clotheslined him, dropping him on the mat.

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM TRULY SORRY YOU HAD TO WITNESS SUCH A DEPRAVED ACT OF SAVAGERY! A DOUBLE-TEAM OF SUCH VICIOUSNESS IS NOT WHAT WE WANT TO SEE IN THIS SPORT! WE MIGHT HAVE TO CALL THE MEDICS FOR BALLARD, BUT OGDEN'S POSSE IS BLOCKING THEM FROM ENTERING THE RING! OH, NO. GARY WELSH IS GRABBING A CHAIR AND ENTERING THE RING. YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AWAY. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THIS MANNER OF UNRESTRAINED BRUTALITY SIMPLY HAS NO PLACE IN WRESTLING!"

Cato said...

In economic news, Terry's fiat currency has the same intrinsic worth as a Fed Dollar and is circulated in exactly the same manner.

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varangianguard said...

Paul, you're assuming that the Mayor himself came up with those clever little items.

It is my theory that he didn't, so I tend to agree with Terry Burns here.

The only one I remember the Mayor floating on his own was an "Indy Chinatown".

Had Enough Indy? said...

You can add the huge give-away to Tadd Miller Enterprises at 450 E. Market Street -- evidently that bad idea still has some legs.

And there was the $5 million clawback from Navistar, that should have been $35 million - but went to IEDI (who funds the Mayors jaunts abroad) and the ICVA, instead of takeing care of business for the residents of Indy (like fully funding parks and libraries for one year)or being returned to all of the taxing units to help ease the sting of the tax caps.