The Herald Bulletin

January 16, 2013

Donnelly says Hoosier wisdom needed in Washington

Both parties want solutions

By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Sen. Joe Donnelly said Wednesday that his colleagues in Washington could use a healthy dose of Hoosier common sense he’s found in meetings with business owners, academics and farmers across Indiana over the past several days.

Donnelly’s comments came after touring MoFab Inc., an Anderson welding and metal fabrication company. The family-owned business, which employs about 35 people, is poised for additional growth this year, said company President Max Hains.

He said 2010 was a rough year for MoFab “but things are coming back around for us.”

Late last year, the company invested in new equipment streamlined its operations, efforts which should translate into additional sales this year, Hains said.

“It is pretty much the heart and soul of America,” Donnelly said of MoFab. “A family business that has gone from generation to generation, they’ve built it by working together, taking care of their customer needs and being a good community citizen.”

“I came by to thank them for their contributions to Indiana,” the senator said. “I think there’s a whole lot more wisdom in places like MoFab and in Anderson than there is in Washington.”

The most important lesson he’d like to bring back to his colleagues, Donnelly said, is the importance of putting aside partisan bickering and bitterness and simply dealing with issues.

“People have been saying the same things from one end of the state to the other, which is enough with the nonsense,” Donnelly said. “I don’t worry about Republican or Democrat, I just worry about working together to make our country stronger. That’s all anybody wants, is to know that their children and grandchildren are going to inherit a stronger, better America.”

Donnelly, who is considered a centrist, said extremists on both ends of the political spectrum are the peo;le who create so much turmoil.

The final deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff is a case in point.

“Once you saw the fiscal cliff negotiations finally be put to the floor of the house, there was an overwhelming majority who voted for it,” Donnelly said, adding that “there is a strong majority of both Democrats and Republicans who simply want to get things done, who put being an American before everything else.”

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