Skip to comments.Daniels Won’t Fight for Right-to-Work Legislation
Posted on 02/22/2011 1:58:55 PM PST by ejdrapes
February 22, 2011 4:39 P.M. By Katrina Trinko For reasons Ive explained more than once, I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised, said Daniels. In a December interview, Daniels said that he was against the issue being raised this legislative session since it had not been a focus on the campaign trail. I think if youre going to try to do something that fundamental, you owe it to the public to have that kind of an airing first, and that has not happened here, he remarked. Daniels also emphasized he didnt want to escalate the issue any further. Im not sending the state police after anybody, he said. I trust that peoples consciences will bring them back to work, Daniels added. I choose to believe that our friends in the minority, having made their point, will come back and do their duty and the jobs that theyre paid to do.
Daniels Wont Fight for Right-to-Work Legislation
Gov. Mitch Daniels made it clear in a press conference today that he was not prepared to fight for the passage of right-to-work legislation, which is being pushed by GOP state lawmakers. Today most Indiana Democrat assembly members left the state in order to ensure there would not be a quorum.
February 22, 2011 4:39 P.M. By Katrina Trinko
For reasons Ive explained more than once, I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised, said Daniels.
In a December interview, Daniels said that he was against the issue being raised this legislative session since it had not been a focus on the campaign trail. I think if youre going to try to do something that fundamental, you owe it to the public to have that kind of an airing first, and that has not happened here, he remarked.
Daniels also emphasized he didnt want to escalate the issue any further.
Im not sending the state police after anybody, he said.
I trust that peoples consciences will bring them back to work, Daniels added. I choose to believe that our friends in the minority, having made their point, will come back and do their duty and the jobs that theyre paid to do.
I like Mitch and I'll vote for him if he runs for President. As another poster has already pointed out, Mitch has gotten rid of collective bargaining for state workers in his first term, and his position on collective bargaining in the private sector is clear.
When this came bubbling up last week, Mitch asked that the House GOP not bring the issue to the floor until the rest of his agenda for the session--which ends in a few days--was passed. They didn't do that, so Mitch returned the favor.
Isn’t this the same guy who said social conservatives should lay low?
Seems he is more of a McCain we-all-need-to-get-along rather than a conservative.
Here's one of them. This is going to check Daniels off my donation/support list. I will still vote for him in November in the (increasingly unlikely) circumstance that he runs and is nominated.
To be honest, I can’t figure out any meaning to the idea of the governor “fighting for” the bill. Either it’s going to arrive at his desk or it won’t and that’s up to the legiscritters. It’s rather unseemly, actually, for a governor (or president) to be hounding a legislature like it was a balky dog he was trying to get to do a trick. If it arrives, everyone knows he’ll give it the nod.
>> his position on collective bargaining in the private sector is clear
Oh, it’s plenty clear to ME what it is. For Mitch, it’s A-OK if the citizens of Indiana are slaved to a union.
>> Mitch returned the favor.
Tit for tat is childish. Not what I want to see in a POTUS.
Especially when the course of action he chooses undermines an ally at the worst possible time, and is a “cut off your party’s nose to spite its face” sort of move.
No Mitch Daniels for me, thank you. Not after this BS.
ditto - buh bye, mitchie....
I take him as saying “well, this really isn’t the way I preferred to see this put through. I preferred the other, non controversial items not to get held up by this entirely foreseeable fleeibuster (or fleebagging or boltibuster). I’m not going to get bent out of shape if this union bill dies. Ball in your court now, dear legislators.”
It's actually one of the most successful strategies in game theory. Definitely not childish.
Look, Mitch warned the House about this issue and they went ahead with things. Mitch is letting the House GOP know who is in charge. I don't mind that.
Maybe in turn, the GOP legislators were hoping that putting the other items under the gun would heighten the public outrage at the boltibuster. After all they’re supposed to be there to represent the Indianan public.
Just because he says he would not “fight” for it, does not mean he would refuse to sign it if it gets passed.
Wouldn’t surprise me, because everyone knew that this would happen. Either yesterday or two days ago, when the GOP said that it was bringing the bill to the floor, the Ds announced, then and there, that they weren’t going to attend. No one made any effort to stop it.
I think the GOP expected some more support from the Gov and to score some outrage points with the people of the state of Indiana.
The governor was reticent about it, but it seems it’s too soon to get a public weigh-in. It took, what, a week or so before the WI Republicans knew they were not gambling with public fire. I don’t think Indianans are going to be any more sympathetic to the boltibuster than Wisconsinites were. But it’s going to have to show up in the published polls before the Rats will consider leaving their make believe world.
Don’t forget to add his consideratioin of a VAT to your list. Also, He’s for death panels to.
Mitch is a governor so if he thinks he's moving up, after this spineless move, he is full of demonRAT gingivitis.
I understand and respect your view, but I disagree in two respects.
1. The days of the dignified, above-it-all chief executive who blithely waits for bills to be sent to him, ended shortly after George Washington’s presidency. Today, I not only expect but WANT the chief executive to lead, to set the agenda.
2. Even if Daniels were determined not to “fight for” this or that bit of legislation, there is NO reason for him to ANNOUNCE THAT FACT. Unilateral disarmament is not wise.
My GOD he talks like John McCain!!!!!!
Dear Gov. Daniels,
Thank you for handing control of the Legislative agenda to the Democrat Party. I have supported you since you announced your run for office. I have defended your actions--Daylight Savings Time, the Tollroad lease, etc--to my fellow Republicans and to others. I was all set to support a bid from you for president.
Today, you took all that away from me.
By asking the GOP to back off of the Right to Work bill, you have essentially handed control to the Democrats. All the work I did, the hundreds of hours I spent putting together signs for you and for other GOP candidates so the GOP could take back the house and Senate in Indiana are now wasted. Rest assured that any time the Democrats want to stop a bill, they will simply walk out. I guarantee they will.
This was a golden moment for you. You had the chance to show real leadership, like Gov. Walker in Wisconsin. Instead, you caved.
I have never been so disappointed in someone I have respected in my life. Please do the country a favor; do not pursue the GOP nomination for president. Just retire and go away. If this is how you show leadership, then we don't need your services any further.
I guess I’d ask at what point the governor’s (or president’s) tap dance for the legislature should stop. By energetically doing the limbo and tango and anything else you care to name, Obama got Obamacare foisted on a public that overwhelmingly didn’t want it. Somehow that marks a point of unseemliness to me.
This clown wants to be PRESIDENT???