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BOHANON: Tax burdens are significantly worse outside Indiana

May 17, 2014
Two years into the Pence administration, claims and counterclaims abound about its tax policy. Critics claim the policies shower unwarranted benefits on those who need it least at the expense of the middle class, while supporters claim the policies promote economic growth and prosperity.

BOHANON: Hooray for Indiana’s do-nothing Legislature!

March 15, 2014
I have always thought legislators should be obliged to take the equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. Most of the major and minor evils of history have been a byproduct of overambitious political leaders intent on “doing something.”

BOHANON: Cautious concerning government initiatives

January 18, 2014
Free-market economists are skeptical of government programs designed to promote economic development.

BOHANON: Businesses tend to reflect social values

November 2, 2013
The Indy Chamber is opposing the proposed state constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriages and civil unions. Fifty years ago—even 10 years ago—such a position would have been unthinkable. This is a remarkable change.

BOHANON: I wish I’d said that, but not in an email

August 31, 2013
When I read what then-Gov. Mitch Daniels said in an email to then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett about Marxist historian Howard Zinn’s work, my immediate reaction was, “My thoughts exactly!” I take great exception to Zinn’s characterization of American history.

BOHANON: Contrasting Indiana and Afghanistan

June 29, 2013
I weep for my Afghan friends and thank God for the relative civility that characterizes Indiana political conflict.

BOHANON: Who's afraid of a super-majority?

May 4, 2013
With the Governor’s Mansion in tow and a super-majority in both houses of the Legislature, Republicans seemed poised to impose radical change on the state.

BOHANON: What to do with the homeless campers?

March 2, 2013
A word I like to introduce my students to is “intractable.” This is a fancy, 75-cent college word that means can’t be solved, can only be dealt with—as in, the problems of homelessness are intractable.

BOHANON: Well, how 'bout them Libertarians!

December 1, 2012
After an election, it is just good manners to congratulate the winners and offer condolences to the losers. We wish the winners well and hope they succeed in the tough business of crafting and implementing good public policy. We thank those who did not win for giving their time and energy offering an alternative.

BOHANON: Mourdock's uncompromising 'extremism'

November 3, 2012
Politics is about compromise. But compromise is always around an agenda and elections are about agendas.

BOHANON: Rating the candidates for governor

September 29, 2012
The outgoing Daniels administration takes great pride in its fiscal probity and not without justification—the state’s budget is in surplus, its credit rating is better than the U.S. governments’, and business taxes have been reduced.
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