Excerpts from Evening Forum editorials
Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:01 AM
Pence: Do as I say, not as I do
Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence repeatedly took Hillary Clinton to task for using a private email account for State Department business.
He said her goal was to keep her communications “out of the public reach, out of public accountability” and that she was posing a national security threat because her private server “was subject to being hacked by foreign governments.”
Now we discover that when he was Indiana’s governor, Pence used a personal AOL account to conduct official state business, including discussions of homeland security in Indiana. Furthermore, that account was hacked by a phishing attack.
Get personal, but be proper
Chris Bontrager of Goshen wanted to have a personalized license plate that read “atheist.” The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles denied the request without citing a specific reason, because, you know they’re with the state and they can.
Bontrager thinks the denial might have been “religiously motivated.”
Gee, do ya think?
The BMV may deny a personalized plate if it has a connotation offensive to good taste or decency, would be misleading or if the agency considers it improper. “Atheist” might be misguided, but it’s hardly indecent. And there’s nothing remotely misleading about it.
Is it improper? Ah, but that is a broad category, subject to a variety of subjective interpretation.
Obamacare 2.0 not good enough
It has to be acknowledged that Republicans’ plan for an Obamacare replacement is only the first rough draft, and that it will be subject to many revisions based on much input before a final version is voted on.
But that said, we wish they had taken a little more time to craft something closer to what they actually promised, a conservative, free-market approach that took major health care decisions out of the hands of government and put them into the control of patients and their physicians. Sad to say, this concoction truly does look like Obamacare Lite, or, perhaps, Obamacare 2.0 is a better description.
Supporters of the bill, Philip Klein has noted, could argue that the bill does make big changes to Obamacare.
A stupid Twitter distraction
Not every politician is as adept at using social media as President Donald Trump. In fact, some of them are dangerously incompetent.
Rep. Ed Soliday fell into the common Twitter trap of responding to a negative tweet about legislation with a negative tweet about the tweeter.
“HB 1592 is nothing but an idiotic sop to the dealership association. Move into the 21st century. This stupid bill is bad for IN,” Hoosier businessman Don Brown said in a tweet as Soliday’s committee took up the measure. Soliday responded with: “@DonBrownIndy not nearly as stupid as you are!!!!”
Well, then, it hit the fan. The backlash was so swift and fierce that Soliday shut down his Twitter account.
Sanctuary school issue for feds
So far, no Indiana college or university has declared itself a “sanctuary campus,” but the question is, should the state take some kind of preemptive action?
State Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, thinks so. His Senate Bill 423 would make sanctuary universities illegal in Indiana — a move that would prohibit universities from admitting undocumented immigrants with some exceptions. The legislation as worded now would apply only to the state’s seven public universities, but some legislators have suggested extending the measure to any private universities that receive any federal funds.
Young is right that it just makes sense to require universities to comply with state and federal government.