Oct 26, 2012 • News
Dr. Larry Bucshon receives Evansville Courier & Press endorsement
Bucshon merits return to Congress in 8th District race
With his leadership in protecting highway funds for Indiana, 8th District Rep. Larry Bucshon, in only his second year, managed to elevate his stature among other new members of Congress. It is rare for a first-term congressman to have an impact on legislation; more often, newcomers are advised to watch and learn. But Bucshon, a Newburgh heart surgeon, found himself taking leadership on transportation issues.
As a member of a House-Senate conference committee working on a federal highway bill, Bucshon, a Republican, found himself facing an unacceptable proposal from two Democrats who wanted to deny states credit for leased highways. It would have penalized states such as Indiana, which leased the Indiana Toll Road as a part of the $3.5 billion Major Moves highway initiative. Major Moves was the project that gave Indiana funding for construction of Interstate 69 between Evansville and Crane. Also, to note, Bucshon's opponent, Dave Crooks, a former Indiana lawmakers, voted against Major Moves.
As for Bucshon's effort to head-off penalization of leased miles, the result was that Indiana did not lose $42 million.
We recall one other highway issue in Bucshon's favor. He inserted an amendment in the bill to give state transportation officials the freedom to ignore objections of local planning officials for statewide projects, such as I-69. It would prevent local officials in one county from single-handedly blocking statewide projects, such as officials in Bloomington and Monroe County attempted.
We consider Bucshon a practical conservative, one who adheres to conservative principles, but who is willing to work with Democrats, while Crooks, like many Democrats in Southern Indiana, tends to lean to the right on such issues as abortion and gun rights. Crooks owns and operates radio station's in Knox and Daviess counties.
One issues where the two differ is on foreign trade. Crooks has called for tariffs on Chinese products, as well as taxes on the profits of American-based businesses operating in other countries. While those proposals play well on the political stump, they aren't really practical in a global economy. They invite retaliation against U.S.-made products that are exported. Bucshon said such moves would discourage American exports and prompt companies to leave the United States. As Bucshon said, the only way for us to keep jobs in the United States is to outcompete other countries.
We agree with that position, and we give our endorsement for re-election to Larry Bucshon.
This article was published on the Indianapolis Star website on 10/26/2012 and can be accessed here.