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Four Statist Policies Gov. Mike Pence Champions
The Federalist ^ | July 14, 2014 | Joy Pullman

Posted on 07/23/2014 10:37:41 AM PDT by Gipper08

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would like to ride into the presidency as he has his governorship: On the coattails of his predecessor, former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Unlike his years in Congress, Pence’s governorship has been largely marked, not by forging crucial and substantive policies that reign in the administrative state and advance the cause of liberty, but by a refusal to make waves. In our current climate, that means governing as a technocratic Progressive.

So while treating Hoosiers to essentially the stable status quo Daniels earned making tough and politically risky decisions, Pence has been traveling the country, proclaiming his conservative chops and hoping to increase his visibility through marketing rather than liberty-rejuvenating policy. For one, Pence is set to join Texas Gov. Rick Perry in headlining Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit, the nation’s second-largest annual conservative gathering (the other being CPAC). AFP, of course, has long staunchly opposed Obamacare, and typically targets government spending and crony capitalism. As such, it runs to the right of most Republicans, which now apparently includes Pence.

Pence’s record as governor marks a turn from his well-regarded tenure as U.S. Representative. Rather than governing as a conservative, he has governed as a Republican. That’s not because he has to constantly compromise with a strong opposition. In this, Pence’s first year as governor, Republicans even have supermajority control and can do essentially anything they want. Daniels had to negotiate with Democrats. They even walked out on him and precluded state business when they were in the minority, and he stood firm like Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker. But Pence is proving to be no Daniels. Instead of showing how conservatives can cut bureaucracy and expand liberty when given the berth—and certainly Democrats take a mile to do the opposite if given an inch—Pence has instead been indicating he’s been in Washington too long, and absorbed its comfort with a well-padded government fed by an attenuating citizenry.

Here are four prominent policy decisions Pence has made as governor where, in a clear choice between managerial Progressivism and robust self-government, he chose the administrative state. 1. Government-Managed Healthcare

Between them, healthcare and education are the most government-embedded sectors of our already heavily interventionist economy, and the two set to drive our economy for the foreseeable future. As Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz put it in National Affairs a few years ago, “ [I]t will simply not be possible to maintain a genuine free market—or a thriving, innovative, growing economy—if our education and health sectors are controlled by the government.” So how a leader treats these policy areas is a crucial indicator of his governing philosophy. Will he perpetuate and reinforce the socialist tendencies of these sectors, or can he reverse them?

Pence’s answer to that, with his recent Medicaid expansion, seems to be, “No.” Faced with, yes, a Gordian knot of largely federal making, Pence decided to accept and expand government-managed healthcare rather than return to individuals the control over their most personal decisions that we all deserve. In so doing, Pence likely saddled us Hoosiers with millions in cost overruns and increased healthcare welfare, besides expanding substandard care for the poor people shoveled into this government monstrosity. Ben Domenech “asked Pence whether he really thought it was a wise policy, a conservative policy, to expand a welfare entitlement to subsidize able-bodied childless adults by taking money from hardworking taxpayers in other states—he said of course it is, or he wouldn’t have proposed it. So there’s that.”

Since Obamacare and alternatives to it are obviously again going to dominate the 2016 campaign, Pence squandered an opportunity to demonstrate political courage, a preference for personal responsibility, antipathy to bigger government, and regard for the hardworking families who actually do pay taxes (and whose kids will pay off debt incurred today—if we don’t encourage them to migrate somewhere else to avoid it). While this is obviously a tough decision for any governor, both Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, among others, have managed to make better, and actually conservative, policy. Pence had better options. He decided not to take them. But that didn’t stop him from going back to DC to tell everyone (especially 2016 kingmakers) his bad decision was great. Of course.

2. Common Core-Style Education

Republican voters are strongly anti-Common Core, and 2016 contenders have gotten that message loud and clear. Just ask Jindal, who quickly and recently reversed his previous support for the initiative nationalizing U.S. education through federally controlled tests. Common Core is a litmus test for education philosophy, because it divides those who support the centrally-managed (and therefore poor-performing) status quo from those who realize it’s time to return power to the people.

The initiative arose from a bunch of DC-based, federally funded, special-interest groups who (always) think they know what’s best for everyone else’s kids. They created a set of mediocre-quality curriculum and testing regulations that, sight unseen, nearly every state agreed to live under in exchange for a shot at federal cash. George Will calls Common Core “a thin end of an enormous wedge of federal power that will be wielded for the constant progressive purpose of concentrating power in Washington so that it can impose continental solutions to problems nationwide.”

Because Indiana had one of the best sets of curriculum and testing regulations in the nation before trashing them for Common Core, the mothers whose kids started to encounter its inane math raised a ruckus over the degraded curriculum. It took two years, but in 2013 and again in 2014, they got the state legislature to yank Common Core and task the state board of education with replacing it. During the legislative battles, Pence sat on the sidelines and dodged questions about his stance on the repeal bill, when the grassroots coalition against it was desperate for political support. Pence ultimately signed a repeal bill, but did nothing to help it across the finish line. He let his citizens— moms, kids, dads, and grandparents—run themselves ragged generating the political leadership he could have executed much more easily on their behalf.

When the state department of education published a Common Core replacement that essentially paraphrased Common Core but with even more confusing language and lower academic standards, grassroots activists, a lone conservative member of the education board Pence controls, and nationally recognized content experts Pence had requested comments from explained the document’s many shameful failings in face-to-face meetings and personal correspondence with Pence and his education staff. He rebuffed them all, siding with a state education establishment that had discredited itself by releasing education mandates of laughable quality, and which no independent analyst gave a good review.

After stomping all over the earnest desires for freedom and good policy from his state’s most earnest citizens and dedicated parents, Pence then congratulated himself because “we drew on educators, we drew on citizens, we drew on parents and developed standards that meet the needs of our people,” and called it a day. Then Pence had the temerity to go on Fox and boast he had gotten rid of Common Core and talk about a potential 2016 run, when what he had really done was switch the brand names on Hoosier kids’ mental chickenfeed. What a leader.

3. A Managed Economy

Besides a penchant for botching big policies that reach his desk, the policies Pence selected as priorities are also straight from the managerial Progressive playbook. The first, Pence’s big gubernatorial plank, is a managed economy.

He doesn’t call it that, of course—he focuses on jobs and vocational training, both good and necessary in the abstract. But his manner of attempting to improve these was not to get government out of people’s way, but put government front and center of education and the economy, where it already sits and slobbers as it snarfs down children’s futures, freedom, and innovation. Pence’s big solution to the state’s economic doldrums consists of creating several committees of unelected bureaucrats, most of whom he appoints. It’s exciting to centralize power when you’re the guy amassing much of it, eh?

Not content to trust the spontaneous order and lack of coercion within the free market, despite its excellent track record and the rather horrifying track record of all the alternatives, Pence wants to further inject government-directed “order” into the education and workforce non-markets to solve the problems created by previous impositions of government-directed “order” into the education and workforce non-markets. The way to do this, Pence claims, is to “align education and the workforce” using databases that track citizens from at least toddlerhood through their entire careers and steer these citizens in directions that meet “the needs of Indiana’s regional economies” (see the masterplan, courtesy of an eagle-eyed fellow Hoosier). People apparently can’t be trusted to do what is good for them, so they need government to manage them using databases and “strategic” grants that undoubtedly will never go to campaign donors and golf buddies.

As an example of the idiocy inside such plans, consider that this one emphasizes the need to shovel more people into post-high school training and college (apparently the two are now synonymous): ”Over the next decade, estimates suggest that more than 60 percent of jobs in Indiana will require some form of postsecondary education,” yet a few pages later, “Strategic Imperative 5″ is to “Address the shortage of employment opportunities for individuals with a bachelor’s degree or greater educational attainment.” Ok, apparently we need lots more people to have a shortage of employment opportunities. Check.

Pence’s economic planning committee also wants to pay off the college costs of graduates who got “degrees or quality workforce credentials tied to the priority sectors identified by the Career Council.” Another of their main goals is to “Increased job placement and retention in priority industry sectors.” Get that? “Priority sectors.” Whose priority? Not consumers’. Not voters’. Government-chosen “priority sectors.” Out here in taxpayer land, we call that “crony capitalism.” Or “government favoritism.” Or “picking winners and losers.”

These are called “education-workforce alignment initiatives,” and Pence didn’t actually come up with it on his own. He’s just falling in line with the next transformative agenda from the same folks who gave us Common Core. “Education and workforce alignment” is the national priority for National Governors Association Chairwoman Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s governor. Doesn’t anyone get suspicious when Republican governors start touting the same economic ideas as President Obama? Obviously not Republicans.

Mike Pence clearly does not fear government power or mind a little government “nudging” of “its” citizenry, despite our Founders’ clear intentions that government stay out of population management. His actions indicate he believes government’s main problem is that it can be inefficient, and more analysts and taskforces and strategic programs will get to the bottom of that one, pronto. Besides, people are too stupid to do what’s good for them. They could use help with a little “priority-setting.” Next stop, government “prioritizing” my family budget for me. Oh, wait, they already do that.

4. Literal Nanny Statism

Pence’s other big push this legislative session—wait for it—was sending other people’s money to politically favored groups for an utterly useless, family-displacing entitlement called government preschool. This happens to also be the policy priority for the Clinton Foundation, except currently they’re emphasizing private initiative over government initiative. That’s right. Hillary Clinton is the one who wants poor moms to read to their own kids. Mike Pence is the guy who wants to take kids from their moms and force tax dollars from other people’s pockets to hire a non-family-member to read to those same kids. Enough said.

Pence touts himself as the man who voted against No Child Left Behind and against expanding Medicare. Bloomberg says he “won conservatives’ loyalty” at the 2004 CPAC when he “took the GOP to task for ‘veering off course’ into ‘big-government Republicanism.’” Maybe someone should check if Indiana’s governor is that Mike Pence’s evil twin.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: 2016; americans4prosperity; commoncore; indiana; kochbrothers; mikepence; pence
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another sellout socialist
1 posted on 07/23/2014 10:37:41 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

BS; by that reasoning Reagan was a socialist based on the amnesty he gave illegals while president...

how his (Pence) record on gun rights and a host of other conservative issues???

2 posted on 07/23/2014 10:40:23 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Gipper08

Well... that eliminates the last of the possiblities for me, except possibly for Scott Walker.

Not that it’s going to matter in 2016 anyway.

3 posted on 07/23/2014 10:41:51 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: God luvs America

good on guns...he has sold out nearly every other care, housing, taxes, spending,LIFE, traditional moral values, creationism,immigration...etc.etc

everything Pence did “conservative” from 2000-2006, he has since REVERSED

4 posted on 07/23/2014 10:43:22 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: God luvs America

no Reagan was stupid on that issue ,not socialist...Pence is socialist as he is expanding government with programs and central planning that is contra to what he ran on.

5 posted on 07/23/2014 10:45:18 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

I withdraw my earlier comment.

Gov Mike Pence (per

Strongly Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+5 points on Economic scale)

Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5

Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Deauthorize funding for Obamacare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Opposes topic 5
NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on repealing the “Prevention and Public Health” slush fund: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Opposes topic 5
YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
NO on regulating tobacco as a drug: Opposes topic 5

Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale) Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
Constitutionally guarantee parent’s right to educate kids: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on $40B for green public schools: Favors topic 7

Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale) Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declare English as the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12

Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale) Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe’s lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10

6 posted on 07/23/2014 10:46:58 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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Pence inconsistent on abortion position

INDIANAPOLIS – In denouncing U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments on rape and abortion Wednesday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence opened himself up for criticism on his own position.

The Pence campaign claimed he has consistently supported exceptions for abortions in the cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.

But a question on Indiana Right to Life’s 2012 voters’ guide survey asked statewide candidates in which circumstances they believe abortion should be legal.

Pence checked B – or life of the mother only.

His campaign was asked by The Journal Gazette via email and phone Wednesday to address the contradiction contained in the survey, but the campaign declined repeated requests.

Instead, Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault would say only that he authored a bill in Congress that includes exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

“Mike will continue to support these exceptions should he become governor,” she said.

Later in the day, a copy of the 2010 Indiana Right to Life survey was posted on a social media site. That version showed Pence marked A – that abortion should never be legal.

7 posted on 07/23/2014 10:50:06 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: ScottinVA

again Pence has not sold out on guns...just almost every other issue...Pence has taken conservative positions in the past but he has recently reversed them..Amnesty for Pence is nothing new...he has been advocating for it since 2006....

Health care socialism is new as the article covers...

8 posted on 07/23/2014 10:52:57 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

So the Federalist, it launching this against Pence, must have another candidate in mind.

9 posted on 07/23/2014 10:55:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: ScottinVA

no.I doubt it. IT is A BIG deal when the most conservative politician becomes a liberal virtually across the pence and amnesty

10 posted on 07/23/2014 10:57:56 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

What source shows Pence supports amnesty? The date that I posted says otherwise.

11 posted on 07/23/2014 10:58:14 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Gipper08

These guys are likely being recruited to “stage” a campaign by “the party”, to divide and conquer as in the 2008 pattern.

This pattern will then be followed up with the Mississippi treatment aimed squarely at the conservative survivor of said pattern.

12 posted on 07/23/2014 10:59:15 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Gipper08

I just did... Here’s what he said:

“The only way to deal with these twelve million people is to insist that they leave the country and come back legally if they have a job awaiting them.”

How exactly is that “amnesty?”

13 posted on 07/23/2014 11:00:55 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Gipper08

But then again... the Republican side of the 2016 campaign is going to be an afterthought anyway.

14 posted on 07/23/2014 11:03:32 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: ScottinVA

Say it isnt so ,MIKE Steve King NRO

Another “No Amnesty” Amnesty -NRO

The Stealth Amnesty of Mike Pence

Hey Mike Pence! Amnesty Is The Absence Of Punishment—Not The Presence of Reward!

Mike Pence amnesty lite

15 posted on 07/23/2014 11:05:43 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: ScottinVA

confusing? Pence,Paul Ryan, Boehner,Cantor,etc are pro is what they have to stay sharp..

his plan was an unworkable “touchback” where they would briefly go home and pick up there green card and come back permanently. NOT ONLY THAT but all of latin America would be eligible with immigration levels determined by legal status to those here illegally plus millions more on the way...

16 posted on 07/23/2014 11:09:28 AM PDT by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

I’m seeing those, but just about every other candidate has a similar “solution,” save for Ted Cruz.

17 posted on 07/23/2014 11:10:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: God luvs America

Well you would think that Republicans would be smart enough to not go there after the way Reagan was double crossed on amnesty.
Guess not.

18 posted on 07/23/2014 11:33:47 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Gipper08
So, that's it?

You don't like Pence because he's too opposed to abortion?

19 posted on 07/23/2014 12:23:30 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

Pence is now pro choice...he supports exceptions for rape and incest...Pence threw murdoch and the pro life movement over board as soon as things got a little tough

20 posted on 07/23/2014 1:02:08 PM PDT by Gipper08
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