I saw a quote on Twitter yesterday in reference to Indiana’s 5 percent jobless rate by Governor Mike Pence that caught my eye. He said: “There is no denying the momentum of our strong Hoosier economy.” I know that is not very eye-catching for most people. Luckily, I am excited about explaining why it should be. President Bill Clinton coined the phrase: “it's the economy, stupid,” in reference to one of the most vital parts of his successful 1992 presidential campaign. Ironically, it is Governor Pence who is touting Indiana’s economic standing as the reason for his reelection in 2016. Technically, it ...

Two weeks ago I wrote my first column ever on the topic of abortion. I don't plan to write about the topic often, since I fundamentally believe men should follow the lead of women on this one. I probably have already written enough. After I publish this edition, many of you will think I have written far too much. On Thursday, Governor Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1337. It is arguably the most restrictive bill on the topic in the nation. Those of us who pay attention to Indiana politics at all knew he was going to sign it. The news ...

Last March, storm clouds moved into the area and dumped a strange and frightening thing on us.  It was so unfamiliar, and so scary that it paralyzed our common senses and separated us from our normal and trademark pragmatism.  Those clouds ruined an otherwise lovely day. And that day became two, and then three. It was March 29, 2015 when Governor Pence did his infamous interview with George Stephanopolous on ABC's "This Week."  This week, the Indianapolis Star reported another unbelievable chapter in the saga.  This chapter bothers me more than it might bother others. On March 2, the Star reported that after ...

Henry Chadwick, an English born historian and creator of baseball's box score, used the letter "K" to denote a strikeout in the scorebook because it was the last letter in "struck" as in "struck out."  He often used the last letter in a word because it was often more memorable, and more than 100 years later, a "K" means strikeout in America's past time. For hitters, there is only one thing worse than a swing and a miss at strike three and that is when strike three is called by the umpire without swinging at all. This disaster is known as ...

Headline writing is an art not a science.  I want people to read my column every week, but who wants to read about the economy?  Yawn.  Really big yawn.  Take today's headline as an example.  It is subject matter that will turn off many of my readers, except maybe the two or three who consider themselves actual economists. These guys love a good debate. I hope the rest of you will too. Today I want to point out how difficult it will be for politicians to attack President Obama's economic performance, and then tout Governor Pence's.  For those who try, listen ...

There is a battle going on in the Indiana Statehouse.  And it isn't the one you might think I mean. It reminds me of a cage match.  It is very much like that barbaric cross between wrestling, boxing and street fighting where there is no escape from the conflict contained within the cage.  Some might think I am making the analogy between supporters of civil rights for the LGBT community and the evangelical conservatives who oppose them.  But I am not. The conflict to which I refer is the one within the heart and soul of each individual decision maker in the ...