(With a hat tip to Ace) Indiana’s Republican legislature and Republican governor has passed/signed a right-to-work bill into law. Oh wait, I was supposed to put right-to-work in quotes according to my Reuters style-book. Or as the Indianapolis Star requires, put the old semantic warhorse “so-called” just before “right-to-work” to make sure people don’t get the idea that the words mean what they say.
To clear up this confusion, here’s the story filed by the Oblique Popinjay Press (Ya down with OPP?):
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a “right to work without having to pay off union thugs and fund the Democrat Party” bill this afternoon without ceremony making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with the law, Daniels and other Republican supporters characterized the measure as needed for Indiana to attract jobs.
The aptly-named “right to work” law was approved by the Indiana Senate 28 to 22 today, as thousands of union thugs packed Statehouse hallways shouting their disapproval, with thousands more lined-up outside waiting to get in and demand more government and less freedom.
Now I need just one more thing from you folks in Indiana. Please retire Dick Lugar from the Senate so he can live out his remaining years in his home state of Virginia.
MORE: Been thinking about this some more. I am so burned out reading screed after screed of how the GOP field for President has been terrible; how each candidate is going to mean the end of the Republican Party and on and on and on and on. As I’ve said before, the crying towels are in the closet down the hall. It’s time to buck-up buttercup.
Anyway, the larger point I want to make is look at Indiana. Despite three years of Obama and a economic downturn, recession, whatever you want to call it lasting close to four years, Indiana found a way to thrive with low unemployment and groundbreaking political action like that described above. Just because we have a socialist in the White House and may end up with socialist-lite after the next election doesn’t mean changes can’t be made on the state level. There’s more on the line here than the brass-ring in D.C.