Mark Souder has decided the best way to deal with the issues of the Third District is, well, to just ignore them for what he mistakenly believes are better pickins. Souder, with his little pea-pickin’ right-wing conservative heart, is dodging and weaving like a boxer trying to avoid punches and would rather attack President Obama than deal with the high unemployment rate in the Third District.
Indiana’s Third District is suffering – and suffering greatly. The eight counties that comprise the district include most of Allen, most of Elkhart, and all of DeKalb, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley. The Third District is heavily over-represented in the infamous Top Ten of unemployment statistics in the September report prepared October 14, 2009.
The following unemployment statistics show a discouraging and disturbing picture – a picture that Souder seems content to ignore in favor of attacking President Obama:
IDWD Research and Analysis
Labor Area Unemployment Statistics
September 2009 Statistics
Top Ten Stressed Counties
Elkhart County 15.0
Noble County 14.5
Lagrange County 14.0
Adams County 13.4
Fayette County 13.4
Blackford County 13.3
Steuben County 12.9
Starke County 12.6
DeKalb County 12.4
An astounding 50% of the Top Ten are in the Third District. Add to that Whitley County – 11.6% – in the second tier of ten counties and Kosciusko County – 11.0% – in the third tier, and the only county in the Third District that has not broken the infamous 10.0% unemployment figure is Allen County, holding at 9.0%.
Tom Hayhurst has been out in the counties listening to the people and communicating with them. Since he announced in August that he would again challenge Souder, Hayhurst has traveled from one end of the Third District to the other. His main concern? The people of the Third District.
Souder’s main concern? Holding onto that congressional seat which he said in 1994 that he would vacate in 6 terms. He has become adept at holding town hall meetings and call-ins slanted to his view point of the present government, thereby feeding his attacks on Obama.
Rather than take a cold, hard look at the high unemployment rate that exists in his own district which he is supposed to be representing, Souder focuses on attacking President Obama. Souder would rather join a battle over gun rights in someone else’s state than address the needs of his own constituency.
Fine with me – Souder can sputter and fume about Obama, but Hayhurst is doing the work that needs to be done for our Third District – focusing on those who will be his constituency.