Aiming Higher, Inc., is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized (1) to promote the orderly change of administration of the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Indiana by assisting Governor-elect Mitch Daniels… (2) to support the office of Governor by various activities and financial assistance tending to lessen the burdens of government, and (3) to promote the Governor’s policy agenda through grassroots and legislative lobbying and issue advocacy, and for other purposes and activities as authorized by law.

That was straight from the Aiming Higher web site. There’s something to be said for truth in advertising. Sure, this is more of my generally uninformed political ranting, so let me get this straight: highway construction companies give generously to Aiming Higher. Governor “My Man Mitch” Daniels is pushing his Major Moves road-building agenda. Now, some folks are up in arms over this happy confluence of circumstances. People are funneling money to serve their interests. Shocker! Accept that the game’s rigged. They have played the game and worked the system. I ain’t mad at them.

I hate to break it to you, but I don’t care. Really, I don’t. You know what? Give money where you want, to whomever you want, in any amount that you want. Just open up the books so that we know (well, not me, cause I don’t care til someone gives me a reason to) who’s doing the giving. Love them sunshine laws. (By the way, that’s pretty much how my campaign finance reform plan would look, too.)

Yes, I’ve become more disinterested in the Machiavellian machinations of local Indiana politics. Unfortunately, I’ve watched politics getting done up close and personal (don’t think I’ve forgotten the “Sheriff Cottey insulting folks trying to make the Republican Party more inclusive” incident). It’s like watching sausage get made and getting turned off from eating pigs (well, that’s not entirely true. Pork tastes good. If God didn’t want us eating animals, He wouldn’t have made them out of meat. I’m just saying).

Look, my vote is officially up for grabs. Democrat or Republican, make me an offer. Find a way to connect with me, find a way to make me care, and it’s yours. However, what will probably happen is that my/our (the millions of folks like me) disenchantment will be factored into the political equation and the system will be worked. I’d “fight the power”, but I’m tired. And comfortable. So I accept that the game’s rigged. Not that there was any guaranteeing that I’d care then either. Now pass me another sausage.

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