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MORRIS: From politics to hoops, my 2012 wish list

Greg Morris
December 17, 2011
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MorrisAs another year comes to a close, I’m going through my customary reflection of accomplishments for the past 12 months and prioritizing goals for the upcoming year. I’m also assembling a wish list for things I would like to see change. So, I thought I would share some of the items included on my wish list for 2012.

• I wish all of the “Occupy ____________”(fill in the blank—Wall Street, Indianapolis, name the city) folks would join together in an attempt to make a bigger splash by occupying the Grand Canyon. I vote for the “Occupy the Grand Canyon” movement. I think it’s large enough to hold all of them. They can camp out, go to the bathroom just about anywhere they want without causing a fuss, and discuss what the world owes them in a beautiful setting.

Also, the location is remote enough to make it tougher for the media to get to the protesters and constantly cover the story. The media loves this story, don’t they? The media loves this story so much that I predict we’ll be down to five people protesting in front of a building someday and the headline will be—“Occupy movement continues to show signs of resiliency.” Don’t get me started.

• I wish a competent candidate would surface who can give President Obama a serious challenge in next year’s critical election. I don’t even want to think about the ramifications of another four-year term. Too alarmist you say? I really don’t think so. We need change we can believe in.

What do you think about the current Republican field? I believe many voters are underwhelmed with what they’ve seen so far.

I wonder how Donald Trump would do as a third-party candidate. He knows how to sell his point of view and is a master at manipulating television and the news. He knows how to fire people who aren’t doing their job well and he has survived many financial downturns. I don’t think he would take any guff from a foreign adversary. Forget the hair. We’ll get that fixed. He might be the guy. And to show that I’m not just touting Republicans, I’ll take Bill Clinton back. I’ll take Hillary Clinton. I’m just trying to find someone—anyone—who can beat the incumbent.

• I wish the stock market would stabilize and show some steady growth. My 401(k) has been on life support for a decade now. Stuffing money in the mattress would have been a much smarter strategy. All the conventional wisdom of looking at the long term and buying stocks at a lower price as you continue to invest is not working. At this point, I’ll consider myself lucky if I can get back to even by 2020. Is that a long-enough look?

It just occurred to me that I could go to Vegas every month and most likely retain more of my gambling stakes over the long run than investing in my 401(k). It would be a lot more fun, and I’d get some free dinners and cocktails along the way. Hey, I like that idea. I’m going to occupy Las Vegas! And, it’s not that far from the Grand Canyon.

• I wish IU would have a strong showing in the NCAA basketball tournament. Are the Hoosiers back?

• I wish the Pacers would have a good NBA season—that way we’d know the Pacers are back for sure.

• I wish the Colts … would improve. Space does not allow me to cover this topic fully.

• I wish certain Indiana legislators would never vacation in the state of Illinois again, ever, for any reason. After all, it’s not only their right to work, it’s their duty.

• I wish I could break out of my shell and write what I really think. I’m pretty reserved. Being politically correct all the time is for the birds. I’m going to work on doing a much better job of expressing myself in 2012.

Finally, I wish you and yours health and prosperity in 2012. I humbly thank you for reading IBJ. See you next year.•

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Morris is publisher of IBJ. His column appears every other week. To comment on this column, send e-mail to gmorris@ibj.com.

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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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