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Three of the top ten in the country.  Top ten in poverty.  One (Muncie) is at the heart of the 6th district.  Here are the best and the worst from the US Census and the AP.

Three of the top ten here in Indiana.
That statement alone is bleak – staring at the number of poverty stricken cities that make up the top 10 in the country and 3 of them are in Indiana.
It is depressing, it’s humiliating, it’s like a hard stinging slap on the side of one’s face.
What is worse, is that there would be so many more towns in this district but they are not big enough population wise.  

I am Sherri Welsh, my husband is Barry Welsh, Indiana’s 6th Congressional Candidate and I write using my other name – Congressional Candidates Wife.

To hear that one’s congressional district has 1 of the top 10 poverty stricken cities in the Country is very discouraging.  This is a direct reflection of our current representation in Congress today.  The incumbent Mike Pence has squandered the future of our children by insisting against ALL good judgment and common sense by keeping lock step with George W. Bush.  Indiana has paid dearly for such a lack of discernment, irrational basic "pig headedness" and blatant disregard for the interests of others.  This is exactly one of the reasons Barry needs to win this seat!  Barry was born and raised in this district and has continued living here because he loves it here, I love it here and our kids love it here.  We live here because it’s our home.  It is heart breaking to see so many people in a situation of having lost their jobs, losing their homes and not being able to afford to put their kids through college.  The future looks bleak from the kind of perspective these people face.  I don’t like to talk about it, but I have to drive 75 miles each way  myself to Covington KY for a living wage and benefits, and I am thankful we have them.

The economy has been taking a nosedive since 2000, and Congressman Pence threw us an anchor.  The number of jobs available in this state have shrunk, there have been little to no lasting or renewing economic development and the current representation appears oblivious.  Oblivious would seem an understatement after his assessment of Iraqi markets, comparing them "like any Indiana market in the summer time". Oh, there is more – this is just a very sobering example of his many oblivious responses to Indiana’s 6th District pleas for help.

The response is very definitely shifting in Barry’s favor.  Barry Welsh has the strategy to help Indiana be more competitive, innovative and economically lifted and we need to make sure he get’s there.  ALL of us need Barry in Congress, his honest and honorable representation is needed in Washington and your support is needed.  

This is my diary and it’s unvetted by the Campaign.  This is my perspective of a Congressional Campaign from the inside out.

Thank you for taking the time to read my diary and your comments are always welcome.


Sherri Welsh
Congressional Candidates Wife

Originally posted to Congressional Candidates Wife on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 06:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Thank you (23+ / 0-)

    for taking the time to read this diary and I especially appreciate your comments and your opinions.



    •  I feel your pain (2+ / 0-)
      living in the city that has bounced back and forth in the last few years between being the #1 poorest city in America and being ranked a little lower. Currently we're #4. Indiana has always been known as one of the most Republican states in the country. Is that changing as a result of the economy? Hey, I thought selling the turnpike was going to solve all the problems! Unfortunately, it's going to make the turnpike a tad too expensive to use to get home to Chicago so I'll be taking the backroads in the future. (Gonna miss that turnpike food -- NOT!) Ohioans flipped out when the Republican gubernatorial candidate suggested selling our turnpike as an economic panacea, and likely that contributed to his 22-point loss.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:25:01 PM PDT

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  •  I'll be watching (6+ / 0-)

    for your husband's swearing in ceremony in '09.  I hope he shouts the part about upholding our Constitution.

    You write well, and I'll be happy to keep reading whenever you choose to again.

    Conservatism is a function of age - Rousseau
    I've been 19 longer'n you've been alive - me

    by watercarrier4diogenes on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 06:48:47 PM PDT

  •  Concentrated among industrial cities (5+ / 0-)

    Most of those cities listed as the poorest have had debilitating rates of abandonent, joblessness, crime, and hopelessness. Most of those least poor "cities" aren't even cities, but suburbs, which figures since cities have been treated so horribly and unjustly, after all they gave to build this country. It's a cycle that has gone on for decades and still people just go on with their lives. I know Indiana has several satellite industrial towns along Lake Michigan, which seems to reflect the poverty rates there. This is pretty upsetting, especially considering that job losses have lasted so long in the midwest. And I fear the jobs that are being created, not enough to offset losses in manufacturing, simply don't pay enough to lift people up, especially since the laid off have no where else to turn to make up for lost wages. America's standard living has steadily declined and it pinches this country until we notice its effects. And I don't think globalization via NAFTA and the like help, which many Congressional Republicans tend to support so strongly.

    "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois [-6.63, -5.44]

    by rovertheoctopus on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 06:52:48 PM PDT

  •  Hi Sherri (6+ / 0-)

    I think its the worst economy I've ever witnessed in my 40 plus years.  In years past, a person could take an low wage job and kind of doesn't seem like that anymore.  
    Reagan shifted the federal spending in mass quantities into the military-industrial complex and bush II pushed it further and added a war to the equation.  Couple all that with massive offshoring of jobs and manufacturing and very serious inflation of basic needs: housing, transportation, food and healthcare....its a recipe for economic disaster.   I hope this country can survive what they have done but I believe the free trade agreements and job offshoring will do us in.  Maybe I'm wrong...but that would be nice for a change.
    Best wishes to you and Barry.  My friends in Lafayette have told me the same thing is going on there.

    Peace is a good thing. War is the ultimate political failure.

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:00:33 PM PDT

    •  FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph (2+ / 0-)
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      Dallasdoc, BobOak

      I appreciate your comments above, I prefer to look at our current situation of knowing that the closer we get to Novermber 2008 - we will win time.




    •  It makes you want to cry (2+ / 0-)
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      or scream or go slap a Republican and try to bmake them see reality. I went to a vigil earlier this evening with a group of nursing home workers -- nurses' aides, janitors, food prep workers -- who just found out that the big corporation that owns them had decided to arbitrarily slash their wages from $11 an hour to $7, which of course they can't survive on. They're crying poor but no management wages were cut and the company continues to buy up other facilities. The union (SEIU) is doing what it can but of course, the Republicans have spent so many years demonizing and weakening unions that they have so little power compared to the corporations. How can any of the executives that made this decision live with themselves? I think they should all be forced to live on $7 an hour for, say, six months (no dipping into savings) to see if they can do it.

      Ultimately though, no one benefits. Businesses shrivel and close because no one can afford to patronize them. I'm seeing that all over Cleveland. No one can afford to eat out or go to the theater or the movies or buy anything that isn't essential.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:30:50 PM PDT

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  •  excellent campaign theme (2+ / 0-)
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    There is no doubt Pence uses the "Jesus principle" to rob the district blind, send their jobs offshore, insource cheap labor and God knows what else....all the while pretending to be this "Christian Conservative".  

    I hope Barry can pull the wool off of their eyes to see the raw truth on what is really going on.  What is Christian about enabling that entire industries, good jobs, are shipped off overseas?

    by BobOak on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:18:58 PM PDT

  •  Pence & Bush Sent Your District's jobs to China (2+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, BobOak

    It's past time to send Pence packing.

    Barry is a positive and enthusiastic campaigner who has a real chance to win with our support.

    Sherri, I enjoyed meeting you in Chicago.

    "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:24:23 PM PDT

    •  so did Rob Portman (1+ / 0-)
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      Former congressman from Oh-2 (whose resignation left them with Jean "Scrunchie" Schmidt) who resigned as Bush's trade rep to move back to Ohio. Many are suggesting he wants to run against Ted Strickland for governor in 2010. I have our campaign slogan ready, Ted:

      Rob Portman: he sent Ohio jobs to China.

      He's toast.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:34:03 PM PDT

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  •  Would it be different (0+ / 0-)

    if Barry had been the incumbent? I am all for a Dem in that district but what exactly would Barry have done to make Muncie not one of the poorest places in this country?

    •  For a start (1+ / 0-)
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      I expect he would not have voted for job-sapping "free" trade deals. In fact, I'll bet he'd have an excellent voting record on labor-friendly issues. Now, one person cannot turn a district around but congresspeople have to start voting more and more for legislation that will help build up working people not through obstacles in their paths. And we won't get a critical mass of them if we keep electing Mike Pences instead of Barry Walshes.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:36:11 PM PDT

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  •  What are you finding in IN-06, Sherri? (3+ / 0-)
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    devtob, BobOak, Cronesense

    I'm keenly interested in signs of economic populist arguments making inroads in Republican districts.  This, I've long thought, is how the Republican hold on lower- and middle-income voters will be cracked.  Unforrtunately, it will take hard enough times that people realize they have to vote their interests rather than their prejudices.

    If Indiana is an epicenter of poverty (I notice Kalamazoo is on there too, and it ain't far away) we may see evidence of whether this hypothesis is right there early on.  So tell me, are you and Barry finding receptive ears to an appeal to voters based on economic issues?  If you are, you can show the Democratic party the way to lasting majorities.

    Don't expect to live in a democracy if you're not prepared to be an active citizen.

    by Dallasdoc on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:33:37 PM PDT

  •  Barry has at three things going for him (3+ / 0-)
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    JuliaAnn, BobOak, drmah

    that have nothing to do with the issues, where he has dozens more, or Bush's record unpopularity.

    1. He is passionate and articulate, at least from what I saw ay YKos.
    1. His opponent is a way-too-proud leader of the wingnut House Republicans.
    1. He has a wife who works with the netroots.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:34:15 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the diary . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    JuliaAnn, BobOak

    I visited your husband's site and like his positions on the issues -- especially on privatization: "We do not live in a RePRIVATE. We live in a RePUBLIC." is a great line that all real Democrats should be using.

    I grew up in Indiana but don't live there anymore. But I sure know who Mike Spence is and sent your husband's campaign a small donation to help give Mike the bump.

    Best of luck.

    Don't ask me nothin' 'bout nothin'; I just might tell you the truth -- Bob Dylan

    by ponderer on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 08:10:34 PM PDT

  •  Barry is releasing a statement (2+ / 0-)
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    BobOak, HoosierDeb

    to the Traditional Media in the morning about this report. We are not gonna let this news go unnoticed by the media in the district. For too long they have carried water for Mike Pence (R-Iraqi Markets) and let him and his Republican cohorts run roughshod over the workers of Indiana and across the nation.

    Public Government, Private Lives - Support Barry Welsh against Mike Pence in the IN06 District

    by fini finito on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 08:14:33 PM PDT

  •  Excellent, touching diary -- thank you! (0+ / 0-)

    And all best wishes in the campaign.  

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