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October 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 12, 2012

Mourdock criticism based on bad info

In a recent letter to the editor, a writer scolds state Treasurer and Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for purchasing Chrysler bonds with state funds in an effort “to make a quick killing.” The letter writer goes on to reprimand Mourdock for “playing ‘Bond Market Speculator’” before chiding, “Isn’t the expected standard for government treasurers that they make only safe investments protecting our tax dollars?” What nonsense.

The letter writer’s main problem is that his entire argument hinges upon the interpretation of Mourdock’s actions offered by the Kokomo Tribune’s perilously liberal “Public Eye” column – a weekly feature that allows space for Scott Smith and Ken de la Bastide to regularly shill for Democratic candidates and causes. It was Smith and de la Bastide who used the phrase “make a quick killing,” not Mourdock. In other words, the credibility of the entire rant is contingent upon the accuracy of the Public Eye. Talk about thin ice.

If the letter writer is really wanting to offer a meaningful critique and explain to the people of Howard County why he thinks investing in Chrysler and its workers was such a foolish and ignorant proposition, he should set aside left-wing political columns and consider that Indiana’s portfolio managers all felt at the time the Chrysler investment was a safe one. In fact, as it turned out, the only thing that imperiled the investment was the Obama administration’s decision to abandon 200 years of debtor law, illegally repaying unsecured creditors (like his union buddies in the UAW) before secured creditors (like the Indiana investments). And the letter writer might note such cronyism had the full-throated endorsement from Mourdock’s Senate opponent, Joe Donnelly.

Though the letter writer impugns Mr. Mourdock’s decision making, the real scrutiny should be focused on Mr. Donnelly’s shameful opportunism. Do we really want a senator who so willingly subverts the rule of law when he sees a political benefit in doing so?

Peter Heck, Kokomo

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