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Tuesday, April 16
The Indiana Daily Student

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Letter to the editor: Seeing red in a blue country

Once again, Americans will go to the polls on Nov. 4 to decide their fearless leaders for the next two years. While the current drama is whether our party will be able to pick up six Senate seats, we would like to talk about issues that are far more pertinent to the students on this campus. And that would be the goings-on in Monroe County.

It is no secret that both Bloomington and Monroe County have been the near exclusive province of the opposition for a number of decades.

However, the Democrats’ leading man, President Barack Obama, has seen a number of his signature policies backfire, and has borne witness to the resurgence of regional bullies such as Vladimir Putin in Russia, terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and a biological threat that has reemerged with a vengeance.

While the Administration’s policy has been increasingly feckless, it cannot be forgotten that this is not a unique phenomenon.

At the top of the ballot is Todd Young, who we seek to return to Washington to continue to fight against destructive policies such as Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank financial “reform” laws, and the incompetent foreign policy coming out of Washington. Even Hillary Clinton, who herself contributed to the mess that is the White House, admitted “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an ?organizing principle.”

But on a local scale, the systematic one-party control of the power structure here has left almost all those involved complacent. Monroe County’s Democrats have systematically abused their power and conducted Nixonian-style cover-ups. For example, the incumbent assessor Judy Sharp lost a state appeal over the valuation of The Fields apartment complex, which ended up costing the county $705,000. Where is the outrage over the county losing this kind of money? Nowhere.

Our slate of candidates, Judge Ken Todd running for reelection, Officer Steve Hale running for Sheriff and Mr. William Ellis running for assessor are all sterling candidates with long histories of integrity and will introduce a semblance of checks and balances into a municipal government run amok. This may be a difficult place to be a Republican, but checks and balances are necessary for good governance.

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