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Transcript: GOP Response From Gov. Mitch Daniels
NPR ^ | January 24, 2012 | Mitch Daniels

Posted on 01/24/2012 7:58:22 PM PST by Brown Deer

Following is the full text of Gov. Mitch Daniels' Republican Address to the Nation, as prepared for delivery:

"The status of 'loyal opposition' imposes on those out of power some serious responsibilities: to show respect for the Presidency and its occupant, to express agreement where it exists. Republicans tonight salute our President, for instance, for his aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11, and for bravely backing long overdue changes in public education. I personally would add to that list admiration for the strong family commitment that he and the First Lady have displayed to a nation sorely needing such examples.

"On these evenings, Presidents naturally seek to find the sunny side of our national condition. But when President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true.

"The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse: the percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. One in five men of prime working age, and nearly half of all persons under 30, did not go to work today.

"In three short years, an unprecedented explosion of spending, with borrowed money, has added trillions to an already unaffordable national debt. And yet, the President has put us on a course to make it radically worse in the years ahead. The federal government now spends one of every four dollars in the entire economy; it borrows one of every three dollars it spends. No nation, no entity, large or small, public or private, can thrive, or survive intact, with debts as huge as ours.

"The President's grand experiment in trickle-down government has held back rather than sped economic recovery. He seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars. In fact, it works the other way: a government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class, and those who hope to join it.

"Those punished most by the wrong turns of the last three years are those unemployed or underemployed tonight, and those so discouraged that they have abandoned the search for work altogether. And no one has been more tragically harmed than the young people of this country, the first generation in memory to face a future less promising than their parents did.

"As Republicans our first concern is for those waiting tonight to begin or resume the climb up life's ladder. We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have nots; we must always be a nation of haves and soon to haves.

"In our economic stagnation and indebtedness, we are only a short distance behind Greece, Spain, and other European countries now facing economic catastrophe. But ours is a fortunate land. Because the world uses our dollar for trade, we have a short grace period to deal with our dangers. But time is running out, if we are to avoid the fate of Europe, and those once-great nations of history that fell from the position of world leadership.

"So 2012 is a year of true opportunity, maybe our last, to restore an America of hope and upward mobility, and greater equality. The challenges aren't matters of ideology, or party preference; the problems are simply mathematical, and the answers are purely practical.

"An opposition that would earn its way back to leadership must offer not just criticism of failures that anyone can see, but a positive and credible plan to make life better, particularly for those aspiring to make a better life for themselves. Republicans accept this duty, gratefully.

"The routes back to an America of promise, and to a solvent America that can pay its bills and protect its vulnerable, start in the same place. The only way up for those suffering tonight, and the only way out of the dead end of debt into which we have driven, is a private economy that begins to grow and create jobs, real jobs, at a much faster rate than today.

"Contrary to the President's constant disparagement of people in business, it's one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs - what a fitting name he had - created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew. Out here in Indiana, when a businessperson asks me what he can do for our state, I say 'First, make money. Be successful. If you make a profit, you'll have something left to hire someone else, and some to donate to the good causes we love.'

"The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy, or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature, is a pro-poverty policy. It must be replaced by a passionate pro-growth approach that breaks all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private sector jobs that restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills.

"That means a dramatically simpler tax system of fewer loopholes and lower rates. A pause in the mindless piling on of expensive new regulations that devour dollars that otherwise could be used to hire somebody. It means maximizing on the new domestic energy technologies that are the best break our economy has gotten in years.

"There is a second item on our national must-do list: we must unite to save the safety net. Medicare and Social Security have served us well, and that must continue. But after half and three quarters of a century respectively, it's not surprising that they need some repairs. We can preserve them unchanged and untouched for those now in or near retirement, but we must fashion a new, affordable safety net so future Americans are protected, too.

"Decades ago, for instance, we could afford to send millionaires pension checks and pay medical bills for even the wealthiest among us. Now, we can't, so the dollars we have should be devoted to those who need them most.

"The mortal enemies of Social Security and Medicare are those who, in contempt of the plain arithmetic, continue to mislead Americans that we should change nothing. Listening to them much longer will mean that these proud programs implode, and take the American economy with them. It will mean that coming generations are denied the jobs they need in their youth and the protection they deserve in their later years.

"It's absolutely so that everyone should contribute to our national recovery, including of course the most affluent among us. There are smart ways and dumb ways to do this: the dumb way is to raise rates in a broken, grossly complex tax system, choking off growth without bringing in the revenues we need to meet our debts. The better course is to stop sending the wealthy benefits they do not need, and stop providing them so many tax preferences that distort our economy and do little or nothing to foster growth.

"It's not fair and it's not true for the President to attack Republicans in Congress as obstacles on these questions. They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing, reform entitlements, and encourage new job creation, only to be shot down time and time again by the President and his Democratic Senate allies.

"This year, it falls to Republicans to level with our fellow citizens about this reality: if we fail to act to grow the private sector and save the safety net, nothing else will matter much. But to make such action happen, we also must work, in ways we Republicans have not always practiced, to bring Americans together.

"No feature of the Obama Presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others. As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat. If we drift, quarreling and paralyzed, over a Niagara of debt, we will all suffer, regardless of income, race, gender, or other category. If we fail to shift to a pro-jobs, pro-growth economic policy, there will never be enough public revenue to pay for our safety net, national security, or whatever size government we decide to have.

"As a loyal opposition, who put patriotism and national success ahead of party or ideology or any self-interest, we say that anyone who will join us in the cause of growth and solvency is our ally, and our friend. We will speak the language of unity. Let us rebuild our finances, and the safety net, and reopen the door to the stairway upward; any other disagreements we may have can wait.

"You know, the most troubling contention in our national life these days isn't about economics, or policy at all. It's about us, as a free people. In two alarming ways, that contention is that we Americans just can't cut it anymore.

"In word and deed, the President and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school for our kids; why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb!

"A second view, which I admit some Republicans also seem to hold, is that we Americans are no longer up to the job of self-government. We can't do the simple math that proves the unaffordability of today's safety net programs, or all the government we now have. We will fall for the con job that says we can just plow ahead and someone else will pick up the tab. We will allow ourselves to be pitted one against the other, blaming our neighbor for troubles worldwide trends or our own government has caused.

"2012 must be the year we prove the doubters wrong. The year we strike out boldly not merely to avert national bankruptcy but to say to a new generation that America is still the world's premier land of opportunity. Republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity and capacity of the individual citizen; who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them; who trust Americans enough to tell them the plain truth about the fix we are in, and to lay before them a specific, credible program of change big enough to meet the emergency we are facing.

"We will advance our positive suggestions with confidence, because we know that Americans are still a people born to liberty. There is nothing wrong with the state of our Union that the American people, addressed as free-born, mature citizens, cannot set right. Republicans in 2012 welcome all our countrymen to a program of renewal that rebuilds the dream for all, and makes our 'city on a hill' shine once again."


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To: jpsb

It’s my belief that Obama and the Democrats exploded our national debt to deliberately harm this country.


51 posted on 01/24/2012 8:40:29 PM PST by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: Brown Deer

Not sure what others will say here, but I just watched a Republican advocate for turning Medicare and Social Security into PROGRESSIVE TAXES.

That was a step too far for even the Socialists in the Labour Party of the UK under Blair/Brown.

this is a disgrace,


52 posted on 01/24/2012 8:41:04 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: yup2394871293

Since no one actually believes the fudged GDP number put out by gov, the debt is almost certainly way higher than GDP.


53 posted on 01/24/2012 8:42:04 PM PST by jpsb
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To: TitansAFC

No one but a fool got past the first paragraph, where he neatly summed up everything that is wrong with the establishment republicans.


54 posted on 01/24/2012 8:43:39 PM PST by itsahoot (You are no longer a person, you are now a Unit when you need health care.)
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To: oldplayer
Yuck. I'm sorry, but where's the fire? It reads better than it was delivered. Nothing really wrong with Mitch's response intellectually, but it had all the insipid inspiration of a high school valedictorian’s address. Please GOP, we need warriors for this battle. Oldplayer

It was flaccid.

55 posted on 01/24/2012 8:48:02 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: jpsb

Pssst...the GOP “establishment” isn’t just RINOs. It’s “conservatives” who like making every cultural problem into an unwinnable national crusade that is often in turn lost to Democrats and the judges they appoint, not to mention the “compassionate” conservatives who want to make religious charities wards of the state as well. It’s “conservatives” who squeal every time someone suggests some defense cuts, particularly money for white elephants and stationing troops overseas in countries that could be defending themselves. It’s conservatives who propose reforming entitlements right after they add to them. It’s conservatives who only propose getting rid of cabinet-level agencies during campaign years....and it’s the phonies who vote for them in spite of the facts.


56 posted on 01/24/2012 8:48:21 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: nutmeg

Whats going on is a loyalty oath to Newt and any praise of anybody else or pointing out flaws in Newt is verboten. Very sad.


57 posted on 01/24/2012 8:49:42 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: kristinn

Maybe. But what is the GOP’s excuse for helping them?


58 posted on 01/24/2012 8:50:00 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: nutmeg

I’m miffed, too.

I have said “track record” until I’m out of breath and not of these kneejerk armchair critics has addressed Daniels’ track record. Newt and Romney eat your heart out because under Mitch Daniels Indiana:

—de-certified state employee unions the first day in office.
—privatized the toll road and built up state highway infrastructure with the funds.
—most generous school choice in America.
—founded a Christ-centered school steeped in the classics for inner-city youth.
—AAA bond rating
—only budget surplus in the Midwest.
—government size rolled back to 2008. Real cuts, not just cuts in spending increases.
—ended state funding for Planned Parenthood.
—passed legislation makin abortion after 20 weeks a crime.
—sought to prosecute Planned Parenthood for failing to report abortions stemming from sex with minors.
—smallest per capita state government in the US
—lowest property taxes in the US.
—created Hoosier Healthwise as an low cost totally voluntary health plan for low income people.
—put state employees into health savings accounts in which they could accumulate unused health funds and roll them over year to year to reduce premiums.
—enacted state legislation to require photo I.D. to vote, causing the ACLU to go ballistic
—will sign the only Right to Work legislation ever passed in the Rust Belt.

That’s just the stuff that comes to mind.

What part of “track record” do Daniels’ critics not understand? What the hell part of that is not conservative?


59 posted on 01/24/2012 8:51:02 PM PST by CatholicEagle
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To: kristinn

Could be but it all started with Bush. Bush threw away all the hard work the GOP Congress did in the late 90s. Obama is a Marxist and he wants to collapse the system so he can remake it to this liking. And it appears the GOP House will go along since the House holds the purse strings. I am not to happy with anyone in DC.


60 posted on 01/24/2012 8:51:24 PM PST by jpsb
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To: nutmeg

I’m miffed, too.

I have said “track record” until I’m out of breath and not of these kneejerk armchair critics has addressed Daniels’ track record. Newt and Romney eat your heart out because under Mitch Daniels Indiana:

—de-certified state employee unions the first day in office.
—privatized the toll road and built up state highway infrastructure with the funds.
—most generous school choice in America.
—founded a Christ-centered school steeped in the classics for inner-city youth.
—AAA bond rating
—only budget surplus in the Midwest.
—government size rolled back to 2008. Real cuts, not just cuts in spending increases.
—ended state funding for Planned Parenthood.
—passed legislation makin abortion after 20 weeks a crime.
—sought to prosecute Planned Parenthood for failing to report abortions stemming from sex with minors.
—smallest per capita state government in the US
—lowest property taxes in the US.
—created Hoosier Healthwise as an low cost totally voluntary health plan for low income people.
—put state employees into health savings accounts in which they could accumulate unused health funds and roll them over year to year to reduce premiums.
—enacted state legislation to require photo I.D. to vote, causing the ACLU to go ballistic
—will sign the only Right to Work legislation ever passed in the Rust Belt.

That’s just the stuff that comes to mind.

What part of “track record” do Daniels’ critics not understand? What the hell part of that is not conservative?


61 posted on 01/24/2012 8:53:32 PM PST by CatholicEagle
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To: yup2394871293

That’s why the Tea Party rose up.


62 posted on 01/24/2012 8:55:16 PM PST by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: CatholicEagle

You are right. Many of the people who slam Daniels fail to look at his results in Indiana. He has better fiscal record then Newt. He just isn’t flamboyant enough for there liking. He has made some regrettable statements but the over-the-top Newt supporters refuse to acknowledge his many foul ups.


64 posted on 01/24/2012 8:56:24 PM PST by shoedog
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To: yup2394871293

You have been here less than a week and are decrying conservatives and their negative impact on the political process? Have you read the mission statement of this site and of the founder?

May God grant us the strength, wisdom and courage we will need.
Tatt


65 posted on 01/24/2012 8:56:24 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: CatholicEagle

Wow, I’m sold, he sounds like a great governor.


66 posted on 01/24/2012 8:57:23 PM PST by jpsb
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To: kristinn

Obama exploded the debt because his core is marxist and he has looked at the chicom “statist capitalism” model and found his fourth way. There is no doubt in my mind about that. It perverts the American way from the bottom to the top.


67 posted on 01/24/2012 8:57:23 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: yup2394871293

—”Our government debt has exceeded the GDP and the entitlements are going to explode in size. That is a fact.”—

Which is why Social/Cultural/Moral issues are more important than ever.

Or do you dream of the mythical day when single moms will, en mass, stop relying on Government for everything from Food Stamps to Day Care, Free Medical Care to living subsidies, and a Public Education System the raises their kids rather than just educate them?

Let me tell you, balance the budget and pay off the debt - but if you ignore these issues, we’ll be as close to a Socialist Republic as possible much sooner than you think. Another generation of limitless Abortion, Divorce, Single Parenthood, and attacks on religion, and you’ll be wishing you would have had the foresight to demand the GOP walk and chew gum at the same time, instead of demanding we only focus on walking alone.

There are three legs in Reagan’s stool. To every candidate who continues to try and kick one leg of the stool out, I say: “No thank you, I’d prefer someone with better vision and foresight.” And to the GOP establishment I say: “There is more to the GOP than The Chamber.”


68 posted on 01/24/2012 8:57:37 PM PST by TitansAFC (Next time, GOP Establishment, back someone who isn't totally despised by the grassroots!)
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To: yup2394871293

—”Our government debt has exceeded the GDP and the entitlements are going to explode in size. That is a fact.”—

Which is why Social/Cultural/Moral issues are more important than ever.

Or do you dream of the mythical day when single moms will, en mass, stop relying on Government for everything from Food Stamps to Day Care, Free Medical Care to living subsidies, and a Public Education System the raises their kids rather than just educate them?

Let me tell you, balance the budget and pay off the debt - but if you ignore these issues, we’ll be as close to a Socialist Republic as possible much sooner than you think. Another generation of limitless Abortion, Divorce, Single Parenthood, and attacks on religion, and you’ll be wishing you would have had the foresight to demand the GOP walk and chew gum at the same time, instead of demanding we only focus on walking alone.

There are three legs in Reagan’s stool. To every candidate who continues to try and kick one leg of the stool out, I say: “No thank you, I’d prefer someone with better vision and foresight.” And to the GOP establishment I say: “There is more to the GOP than The Chamber.”


69 posted on 01/24/2012 8:58:01 PM PST by TitansAFC (Next time, GOP Establishment, back someone who isn't totally despised by the grassroots!)
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To: jpsb

The deficits under Bush were manageable. And he tried to face the entitlement problem, but got no help from the GOP Congress. He should have done better on the deficit, but it was not the problem it is has become since 2009.


70 posted on 01/24/2012 8:58:42 PM PST by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: yup2394871293
"Decades ago, for instance, we could afford to send millionaires pension checks and pay medical bills for even the wealthiest among us. Now, we can't, so the dollars we have should be devoted to those who need them most.

I think a lot of people will be surprised to find out what "millionaire" means. They will also be surprised how much medical bills are when you don't have the Medicare you paid into your whole working life. I am betting the definition of millionaire will drift lower and lower to the point where anybody that was responsible enough to save for retirement will get a 45 year retroactive tax increase.

71 posted on 01/24/2012 9:00:58 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: comebacknewt

“Sorry for being a downer, but I am beyond disgusted with our party. “

Really? I think that the debates have helped form opinions about all the candidates. Would you rather have had the GOP Party “Leaders” run the “It’s My Turn” bit again and just anoint Romney? I agree that the Party stinks, but it stinks from the top and not the bottom. We cluck about how corrupt the RATs are, but just look at how shamelessly the GOP “leaders” do some of the very same crooked things. Just like the RATs, they think that they know better so they treat Conservatives like the RATs treat their “minorities.” Which is to say like “slaves.”
As far as Daniels is concerned, there was no fire, and yet the “Party Leaders” are now talking about how they can plug this guy in if Romney continues to disintegrate. Romney, Daniels, alleee sameee! Northeast Liberals.


72 posted on 01/24/2012 9:03:36 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: jpsb

Thanks. We Hoosiers think so. His speech on setting aside social issues was, well, a very bad idea, and wrong, but a lot of respondents parrot the same thing over and over to do with his speech an little else.

I am sorry Mitch dropped out but I do wish people would investigate the facts before emoting. I would tell people don’t take my word for it. Google Mitch. I think many people would like being in a place like Indiana about now.


73 posted on 01/24/2012 9:04:35 PM PST by CatholicEagle
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To: shoedog

Okay, maybe he has done good work in IN, but that has nothing to do with who the GOP picks for tonight’s extremely important rebuttal. They needs a string speaker with a strong message. They had the script Zero gave, they needed to tear him a new one. Point out the deceptions, his true records.

I’m still so freaking mad.


74 posted on 01/24/2012 9:05:16 PM PST by Beatthedrum
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To: Beatthedrum; Jim Robinson
I personally would add to that list admiration for the strong family commitment that he and the First Lady have displayed to a nation sorely needing such examples.

Anyone think this wasn't a GOP-E direct broadside on Newt?

75 posted on 01/24/2012 9:07:58 PM PST by glock rocks (I didn't leave the Republican party, they left me.)
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To: Brown Deer

I wonder who chose Daniels to give the response. It had to be Rinos and the establishment republicans....who might just as well have been democrats. It is a setup for a brokered convention....if romney does not take it in the primaries.....we will go to the point of spilling the blood of conservatives on the convention floor. We shall see.


76 posted on 01/24/2012 9:08:58 PM PST by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: kristinn

Debt exploded under Bush and now under Obama it is just about uncontrollable. I don’t now how much longer the world will allow us to export trillions of dollars a year but when that stops, we collapse just as hard as the USSR did. Already India, China, Russia and others are stopping their use of dollars for international purchases. The clock is ticking and the red light is flashing. Were Germany to leave the Euro and issue D. Marks the dollar would be toast.


77 posted on 01/24/2012 9:09:22 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Brown Deer

Nice speech but its still Mitchie the Stiff giving it. This is the guy the GOP establishment wants to trot out if Mitt falls down. I’m getting a migraine trying to imagine Mitch Daniels debating Obama on TV.

I’ll stick with Newt thanks.


78 posted on 01/24/2012 9:11:17 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: yup2394871293

I don’t suppose you would like to specify who your “fiscally conservative” (whatever that may mean), anti-religious, anti-military, non-compassionate and social issue indifferent (at best) candidate might be and why you regard that candidate as a conservative in spite of it all. I did not think so.


79 posted on 01/24/2012 9:12:11 PM PST by BlackElk ( Dean of Discipline ,Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Burn 'em Bright!)
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To: glock rocks

I have to agree. This moderate response gave the impression, that the solution to the current situation we are in was one of calm, getting along with the other side. Not the combative style we have seen from Gingrich. If he or someone else came on and was aggressive, people might think, that’s the right approach, that’s what Gingrich is doing.


80 posted on 01/24/2012 9:13:45 PM PST by Beatthedrum
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To: rcrngroup

great speech
dull delivery
is he the best the gop has to offer?


81 posted on 01/24/2012 9:14:27 PM PST by Optimist
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To: CatholicEagle

Do you see Daniels running for national office in the future? He sounds great, and that is a record to stand on.


82 posted on 01/24/2012 9:15:35 PM PST by mockingbyrd
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To: RefudiateObama2012

I was thinking that the speech ought to have been handed to Palin so she could edit it to procvide more memorable lines and the deliver it herself.


83 posted on 01/24/2012 9:17:00 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: jpsb
Could be but it all started with Bush. Bush threw away all the hard work the GOP Congress did in the late 90s. Obama is a Marxist and he wants to collapse the system so he can remake it to this liking. And it appears the GOP House will go along since the House holds the purse strings. I am not to happy with anyone in DC.

Daniels was the Bush budget director.

84 posted on 01/24/2012 9:17:53 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: fortheDeclaration
Yea, you are the guy who thinks the game is over at half-time.

FWIW, I have been saying this for a couple of months already. Maybe I gave up before the first half was even over. ;)

Actually, I haven't completely given up, but my confidence level is currently in the toilet. I feel like I am watching a train wreck unfold in slow motion and there is nothing I can do to stop it.

85 posted on 01/24/2012 9:18:22 PM PST by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: Texas Songwriter
The announcer on the channel I was watching introduced Mitch by reminding viewers that politicians chosen to give responses to SOTU have often gone on to become presidents. Even the LSM is trying to help put forth Mitch as Presidential Material.
86 posted on 01/24/2012 9:19:05 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: jpsb
The clock is ticking and the red light is flashing...

Hence the warning from Gov. Daniels.

87 posted on 01/24/2012 9:20:02 PM PST by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: mockingbyrd

I hope he does. I have to agree some time with a good speech coach might help Daniels but in reality, I tend to doubt it. Some see boring. I guess I see Mr. Smith goes to Washington. I’m not convinced that charisma is all that matters I guess.

Your thoughts?


88 posted on 01/24/2012 9:20:32 PM PST by CatholicEagle
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To: CatholicEagle; shoedog; kristinn; jwalsh07; NautiNurse; MinuteGal; FreeAtlanta; plain talk; ...
I have said “track record” until I’m out of breath and not of these kneejerk armchair critics has addressed Daniels’ track record. Newt and Romney eat your heart out because under Mitch Daniels Indiana:

—de-certified state employee unions the first day in office.
—privatized the toll road and built up state highway infrastructure with the funds.
—most generous school choice in America.
—founded a Christ-centered school steeped in the classics for inner-city youth.
—AAA bond rating
—only budget surplus in the Midwest.
—government size rolled back to 2008. Real cuts, not just cuts in spending increases.
—ended state funding for Planned Parenthood.
—passed legislation making abortion after 20 weeks a crime.
—sought to prosecute Planned Parenthood for failing to report abortions stemming from sex with minors.
—smallest per capita state government in the US
—lowest property taxes in the US.
—created Hoosier Healthwise as an low cost totally voluntary health plan for low income people.
—put state employees into health savings accounts in which they could accumulate unused health funds and roll them over year to year to reduce premiums.
—enacted state legislation to require photo I.D. to vote, causing the ACLU to go ballistic
—will sign the only Right to Work legislation ever passed in the Rust Belt.

That’s just the stuff that comes to mind.

What part of “track record” do Daniels’ critics not understand? What the hell part of that is not conservative?

***

You are right. Many of the people who slam Daniels fail to look at his results in Indiana. He has better fiscal record then Newt. He just isn’t flamboyant enough for there liking.

Great posts in #59 and #64, CatholicEagle and shoedog.

Wow, I wish we in CT had a conservative governor like Mitch Daniels! Nothing but pure socialism and union thuggery here in the Peoples' Republik of Connecticut. Our governor here walks in complete lockstep with Uncle Sham Wow Obama.

89 posted on 01/24/2012 9:20:32 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: RefudiateObama2012

And...Sarah Palin is prettier!


90 posted on 01/24/2012 9:20:55 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Brown Deer; All
"Means testing" is just another, less obvious form of relegating citizens into a "classes," through redistributing the money confiscated from some through compulsory taxation, passing it through the Washington shrinking machine, and then "distributing" it to others who have been designated as "deserving."

Say it isn't so that Republicans are going Obama-Lite.

Gov. Daniels and the other Republicans might begin by reading the following summary of principles, which constitutes a level of discourse that could help Americans to evaluate the grave matters before us in terms of:

"1. Does this legislation or idea increase, or decrease, individual freedom and creativity?

"2. Does this legislation or idea increase, or decrease, the power of some citizens over other citizens?

"3. Does this legislation or idea recognize that the persons who will exercise the power are themselves imperfect human beings?

"4. Does this legislation or idea recognize that government is incapable of creating wealth?

"5. Does this legislation or idea authorize taking from some what belongs to them, and giving it to others to whom it does not belong?
If 'thou shalt not steal' is a valid commandment, can we assume that it is meant to apply only to individuals and not to government (which is made up of individuals), even if those persons in power pass laws which sanction such redistribution of the wealth of others?'

"6. Does this legislation or idea encourage, or discourage, the very highest level of morality and responsibility from the individual?
. . .when government makes actions 'legal' by some citizens at the expense of other citizens, the result may be behavior which would not be considered possible by individuals acting alone.

"7. Does this legislation or idea propose that the 'government' do something which the individual cannot do without committing a crime?"**

**7 principles drawn from James R. Evans book, "America's Choice: Twilight's Last Gleaming or Dawn's Early Light," and reprinted in a Stedman Corporation (Asheboro, NC) booklet entitled "I'm Only One, What Can I Do?"

91 posted on 01/24/2012 9:21:09 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the kind words.

It took a long time to get Mitch. Your time may come, too. Keep running the good race!


92 posted on 01/24/2012 9:23:15 PM PST by CatholicEagle
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To: nutmeg; jwalsh07

walsh & nutmeg,
There is a campaign going on here. Only piss & vinegar are allowed. I am sure some appreciate the Daniels message, but in the middle of campaign, no praise will come from the right.

I was at the CT straw poll for NEWT in Bristol on FRI. Lost to Mitt 29% to 28%. Mitt ended up getting some press out of it.


93 posted on 01/24/2012 9:23:20 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (and I will go to southern Maine to campaign.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

See my Post #91.


94 posted on 01/24/2012 9:25:52 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: jpsb

Of course, the socialists aren’t even being subtle - it’s Cloward-Piven letter by letter. Increase the government obligation(debt) to the point it’s unsustainable and the economy collapses.

If they are not stopped, probably in the middle of the next 4 years, or earlier, the credit ratings on US debt will fall very quickly and the US currency will no longer be the currency of international trade.

When that happens the wheels literally fall off and our economy implodes. The solution, in the face of the panic after the US dollar has been derailed, will be a new world currency. A world currency is already being discussed by the international financial community and in places like the IMF.

Just one of many articles about what is being discussed
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/shocking-new-imf-report-the-u-s-dollar-needs-to-be-replaced-as-the-world-reserve-currency-and-that-sdrs-could-constitute-an-embryo-of-global-currency


95 posted on 01/24/2012 9:27:08 PM PST by Beatthedrum
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To: CatholicEagle
It took a long time to get Mitch. Your time may come, too. Keep running the good race!

Thanks, although that time will most likely NEVER come in my lifetime in Connecticut. One of these days, hubby and I are outta here! ;-)

Congratulations on choosing such a brilliant governor. It must be nice to live among smart, common-sense people...

96 posted on 01/24/2012 9:27:08 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: HoosierDammit

Mitch is not even Coolidge, someone he calls to mind. Coolidge was very sharp, knew his limitations as a platform speaker. He was, however, the first President to address the nation by radio, and was very effective in that medium—and knew it. I sometimes wonder what Coolidge would would have done if he had not lost his son Calvin. He was devastated, and all the jokes about his naps come back to me. Obviously he was deeply depressed, and he had the taste of ashes in his mouth. Probably killed him before his time, because his father had such a long time. If he had really sought the election in 1928 he could have had it. If he had been president, the crash would have come, but at least he would not have made Hoover’s mistakes.


97 posted on 01/24/2012 9:27:53 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Sorry, I really don’t understand your post #93 at all.


98 posted on 01/24/2012 9:28:18 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: Beatthedrum

The Gold-oil deal between Iran and India has made them sit up. If we are not csareful, it will be 1931 all over again and we will be the British Empire, all over again.


99 posted on 01/24/2012 9:32:11 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: yup2394871293
Just a bunch of Gingrich-bots doing what they do best: the circular firing squad tactics.

So, what GOP campaign or organization are you from?
100 posted on 01/24/2012 9:36:09 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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