Group organizes to fight against tolling on the Ohio River Bridges ProjectTalk about weird: Roger the Atheist Commie was there, and so was a representative of the Clark County Tea Party. My guess is that most attendees were Republican, as many spoke of newly elected congressman Todd Young on a first-name basis.
“I don’t care if the toll is 50 cents, it’s a reason for them to stay on the Louisville side of the river,” said Mike Kapfhammer, owner of Buckhead Mountain Grill and Rocky’s Sub Pub.
Kapfhammer’s co-owner of Buckhead Mountain Grill, Wes Johnson, agreed.
“The bottom line is tolls are bad for Indiana business,” he said.
The group cited support for anti-toll sentiment through 10,000 signatures on a petition and eight elected bodies in the region that have passed some sort of resolution opposing tolls.
“Eighty percent, in my opinion are with us,” Kapfhammer said. “We’ve just got to figure a way to carry that flag.”
And yet, in Southern Indiana, it is the Republican Party that is promoting tolls, and semantics aside, tolls plainly are a tax increase for Hoosier working commuters and Hoosier small businesses.
Obviously, there is raging cognitive dissonance afoot. Our State Representative Ed Clere clearly is the poster child for this strange malady, even as other local ranking Republicans confide privately that they're against tolls.
Why is that?
The GOP won mid-terms on a platform of fiscal rectitude and "no tax hikes," and both the bridges project and tolls necessary to animate it absolutely contradict both platform points, and yet Clere's only recorded thoughts on the matter were lashings of any taxpayer, ranging from the suthor to little old ladies, with the temerity to ask questions.
Who'd have imagined that One Southern Indiana's endorsements were worth that much hypocrisy ... although we can't rule out the psychotropic qualities of St. Daniels' patented Kool-Aid elixir.
Fallicians, heal thyselves. How do you square this circle?