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Aiming Higher, Or At Least At Some Point Slightly Above The Interest Level Of The Public

Wanna have some good, cheap fun?  Check out the listings of contributions and expenditures to Aiming Higher, Inc., the Governor's non-profit campaign fundraising arm.

Among the interesting things you'll learn:

Mark Lubbers, he of the $126,000 contract where none previously existed, received $16,000 for consulting services from Aiming Higher on January 14.  Does that bring his annual total up to $142,000?  That's some nice dough.

Then there's the ironically named "Indianapolis Rubber Stamp Co.", which received the paltry sum of $17.90 for inaugural expenses.  (Mitch needed a rubber stamp for the agenda he was about to force through the legislature?)

And there are several reimbursements to gubernatorial chief of staff Harry Gonso long after Daniels took office.  Wonder what those were for.  We may never know.


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For a candidate who couldn't say enough (and still can't seem to help himself) about the supposed ethical lapses of his predecessors, this guy cannot keep a dividing line between politics and government. Are your advisors doing campaign work or conducting state business? Is your RV state property or a campaign tool? You CANNOT have it both ways.

It seems pretty apparent that Daniels and his inner circle are exempt from the very standards to which they hold others. Despite their continued slander against Kernan, O'Bannon, and Bayh, all of those administrations kept a concrete wall between political activity and official business.

Here's a reality check, Mitch. If Joe Kernan was corrupt, you and yours are downright nefarious. I can smell the stench from here.

One of the most important differences between government and business is that you can't just do whatever the heck you feel like in government. (As executives at IMI, Enron and other companies are discovering, you can't play fast and loose in business, either, but the rules are different.)

If you say something is owned by the taxpayers, then by God, don't use it for political purposes. And if you're going to make such a huge issue out of ethics, you'd best make sure that every time you make a move, you think about how it will be perceived.

News flash: This isn't fun. In fact, it can be downright irritating to have to consider everything you do through the lens of public and media scrutiny. But you didn't run for office because it was going to be easy, did you? You supposedly ran because you wanted to do right by the people.

The people -- channeled for our purposes as vox populi -- don't live in $800,000 houses. They've never flown on a private corporate jet. They're lucky to make a million bucks in a lifetime, let alone $27 million in one year.

These are all things you've done, and that's great. You convinced the state that your experiences would make you a good leader. No, wait. You convinced the state you were an average Hoosier, only to turn around and behave like a corporate executive.

If that's how you want to behave, fine. Too bad you had to fake it to get where you are, Governor, but you don't get to bring the private sector rules into the world of government. No more back slapping. No more skirting the edges of law. No more blaming other people for your decisions. Govern us. Be one of us. Or move on.

I am mad that there is an expense for Arby's. Harry, look what Subway did for me! Now who looks like the QB!

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