Tuesday, September 05, 2006

No Wonder They're Praying

After having spent $67,000 of public funds on his personal crusade to make the General Assembly pray his way, Speaker Bosma is now asking for private donations. Setting aside the idea that maybe he shouldn't have spent any public funds, let us focus on the thing the Speaker isn't focusing on himself:

Indiana leads the nation in foreclosures.

In 2005 Indiana's unemployment rate exceeded the national average

The number of Hoosier living below the poverty line grew 13% last year

More then three quarter of a million people now live below the poverty line

The poverty line is a poor reflector of how much income it takes to subsist, a better indicator is the Self Sufficency rate
A lot more people live below that line

Indiana has lost 100,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000

Indiana ranks 27th in Median Household Income

600,0000 Hoosiers have no health insurance

The fastest growing segment of the uninsured is the middle class ($50,000 to $74,999)

Though they still trail those making less then $25,000, 1 in 4 lacks insurance

But its not being able to say specific prayers that has Speaker Bosma spending public funds. He can offer prayer, just not the prayer he wants. All the Hoosiers who need good jobs, safer communities, and better education, and this is what the GOP has chosen to focus on. Praying may be the only thing that improves the above stats, the GOP sure isn't interested.

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