RICH JAMES: New Year's resolutions for political world

2014-01-01T00:00:00Z RICH JAMES: New Year's resolutions for political worldBy Rich James nwitimes.com
January 01, 2014 12:00 am  • 

New Year’s resolutions are meant to improve an individual’s life and the lives of those around him or her.

While most of us make resolutions, I have it on good authority that politicians are the least likely to do so because they have trouble keeping promises.

Individuals and groups might want to make the following resolutions.

Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub: To treat others as he would like to be treated.

Lake County Republican precinct organization: To announce a game plan as to how it intends to cut into Democratic domination.

Hoosier Republicans: To stop the attacks against Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

Porter County obstructionists: To tear down the wall they built between Lake and Porter counties.

To south Lake County residents: To tear down the wall they built between north and south county.

Mother Nature: To call off the dogs of winter.

Indiana Republican leaders: To do the humane thing and halt the attacks on gay marriage.

Speros Batistatos: To find a way to get the South Shore Air Show back on a Lake Michigan beach.

Lake County Democratic Chairman and Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.: To grow thicker skin.

Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh: To come clean with the Hoosiers who have elected him over the years.

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock: To promise to never seek office again.

Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority: To be relentless in completion of the runway extension project.

Indiana labor unions: To continue to climb back to their rightful place in society.

Lake County Council: To do the right thing and join the Northwest Indiana Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

National Rifle Association: To admit there is no place in civilian America for assault weapons.

Recently retired Merrillville school Superintendent Tony Lux: To stay active in the quest to preserve the public school system in Indiana.

Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission: To become more of a facilitator.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky: To keep the pressure on local officials to act — not just talk.

National Right to Life: To stay out of other people’s lives.

Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation: To release their agenda for the upcoming legislative session — if they have one.

President Barack Obama: To continue the push for immigration reform and a hike in the minimum wage — among others.

Republican National Committee: To search out a 2016 presidential candidate who is in touch with America.

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City: To continue to be a voice of reason in a chamber of horrors.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: To own up to his plans for the state's $2 billion surplus.

Those who opposed the Illiana Expressway: To embrace the bigger picture.

The people of Northwest Indiana: To continue the good fight.

Rich James has been writing about state and local government and politics for more than 30 years. Email him at rjames@219.com. The opinions are the writer’s.

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