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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels: Run Sarah Run!

By Gary P Jackson

More evidence that even the Republican Establishment™ is sick of the current GOP field. First it was Mitt Romney, now it’s Mitch Daniels.

From The Hill:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who disappointed many of his fellow Republicans when he decided against joining the field for the 2012 presidential nomination, said Friday that he would welcome former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) entering the race.

My attitude all along has been the more the merrier,” Daniels said Friday on the Laura Ingraham Show.

Could Daniels be angling to be on Sarah Palin’s short list for vice presidential picks:

Still, Daniels said “in the end I was not prepared” to mount a presidential run. Yet in an interview Tuesday, he left the door open for joining a ticket as a vice presidential candidate.

You can’t say you wouldn’t answer if someone called,” Daniels said. “It seems so improbable to me and certainly nothing I anticipate and something I hope doesn’t happen.

Interesting times.

Read more here.

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Reminder: Mitch Daniels Compares Conservatives To Suicide Bombers

Would you buy a used car from this man?

By Gary P Jackson

I haven’t written a lot about Mitch Daniels in the past, mainly because the guy is pretty hard to take serious as a candidate. He has a case of “foot-in-mouth-disease” so severe he makes Joe Biden look like an eloquent speaker in comparison. You never hear a speech or announcement from this guy without shaking your head in disbelief, wondering how he was ever elected to any office. And that’s before you look at his record.

Sadly, the left wing media, and Republican establishment, two groups that are getting harder and harder to tell apart, are pushing Daniels hard as the “serious” candidate. Daniels, who was President George W. Bush’s White House Budget Director, is laughingly perceived as a fiscal conservative. We’ll have much more on that to come.

Like most establishment Republicans, Daniels holds the base of the party, Conservatives, in great contempt. He’s called for a “truce” on social issues, stating he wants to concentrate on the money end of things. The problem with that sort of thinking is it’s the social issues, as promoted by democrats, that cost so much money! Rarely are so-called “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” elected officials Conservative at all. Fiscally or other wise.

Credit where credit’s due though: Daniels did sign into law a bill that cuts all state funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion mills, a serious fiscal AND social victory. Indiana is the first state to do this. However, one can’t help but feel this is more about a possible 2012 run, than anything else. The Republican Party is still very much the party of life, and anyone even perceived as pro-abortion is a non-starter.

Maybe I’m just too cynical, but after seeing Daniels get rolled by the democrat fleebaggers, who like those in Wisconsin, left the state and hid, rather than do their jobs, and watching Mitch kill a bill that would have made Indiana a “right to work” state, thus ending the union stranglehold, and making Indiana more competitive. That legislation was a no-brainer, and yet ….

So forgive me if I’m a tad less than impressed.

Which brings me to the point of this post.

I was reading yet another article by a left winger “helpfully” pointing out just how awesome Mitch Daniels would be as the Republican nominee, when this tid-bit reminded me of what Daniels said at CPAC:

Daniels is regarded (and regards himself) as a candidate of considerable gravity, willing to focus on making tough choices about the nation’s financial future even if that conversation is politically unpopular. (At a February speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, he said that purity in martyrdom is for suicide bombers.)

You can read the entire puff piece here.

This sort of thinking is typical of the unprincipled squishes that make up the GOP establishment. The “progressives,” liberals, if you will. These wishy-washy, finger-in-the-wind politicians hate to be held to any standard, or follow any set of core principles, so they attempt to paint Conservatives as ridged ideologues who want some sort of “purity test” to be administered.

Of course, this is nonsense. All Conservatives want is someone with a working knowledge of the Constitution, and First Principles. [and stick to them] That’s a pretty minimal requirement. Oh, and they want someone who is honest, and says what they mean, and means what they say. That is where these establishment hacks get into trouble.

At first I was curious as to why Daniels chose to reference “suicide bombers” when describing Conservatives. That’s plenty extreme, even for an establishment Republican. Then I was reminded of a recent article by Pamela Geller that may explain why that reference rolled so smoothly off Daniels’ tongue. Pamela’s article is a must read.

The left wing media’s love for Daniels, and other establishment Republican squishes, reminds me of the lead up to the 2008 campaign. That was not a strong year for GOP candidates anyway. Nothing but second and third tier wannabes. With that said. John McCain, bless his heart, was the left’s “favorite” Republican. He was the darling of the late night talk show circuit. “If only the Republicans were smart enough to nominate John McCain” the left proclaimed “he’s the ONE Republican we could support!

That lasted right up to the point GOP voters actually nominated the Senator. Then the long knives came out!

For some reason Republican voters are always fooled by the idea that a Republican must be loved by the media in order to be a viable candidate, never mind the last successful Republican presidential candidates, George W Bush and the great Ronald Reagan, weren’t just hated by the media, they were despised.

It’s too early for the left to have chosen the Republican they want to “shower with love” thus setting them up for an easy defeat, but it seems Mitch Daniels is pretty high up on their wish list.

This little nugget is from an article in the New Yorker:

On Tuesday, at the Gilded Age Upper East Side mansion that houses the nascent Bloomberg View, Daniels lunched with a baker’s dozen of journo-pundits ranging politics-wise from rightish (Peggy Noonan, Ramesh Ponnuru) and leftish (Michael Kinsley, Josh Marshall) to neitherish (Mark Halperin), and outlet-wise from mass market (George Stephanopoulos) to niche market (me). Afterward, the informal consensus of the leftish contingent was summed up in this exchange:

If we have to have a Republican…

…this one seems like he’d be better than the others.

Dainiels is “better than the others” …. as in easy for Obama to beat.

My question to readers is why would any Republican support a guy like Daniels who disrespects the entire base of the party by comparing them to suicide bombers?

Now I know Congressman Jack Murtha got re-elected by calling his constituents a bunch of racists, but they were all democrats. Republicans are supposed to be intelligent, aren’t we?

Rush Limbaugh comments on Daniels, and the Republican “elite” below:

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Is Mitch Daniel’s “Fiscal Acumen” All Just Smoke And Mirrors?

By Gary P Jackson

It’s no secret that Mitch Daniels is rapidly becoming the GOP establishment’s new show pony, now that Mitt Romney’s chances for 2012 seem to be going up in flames. Daniels is wrong on most issues, but the one’s singing his praises continually point out that he’s some kind of “financial genius, ” and therefore, our only possible hope.

Of course, they said the same thing of Romney, until people learned better.

Stacy Drake wrote an excellent piece reminding us he was President Bush’s budget guy [something his supporters would rather you forget] and was a massive failure.

One of our readers, keatssycamore, offered up even more devastating evidence that Mitch Daniels is not for real:

So Mitch Daniels has been Indiana’s governor since the beginning ’06 and is positioning himself as the fiscally conservative republican of citizens’ dreams. Yet halfway through his second term, I find that the following information about Indiana’s fiscal house:

The state faces a $1 billion gap between the state’s revenue and expenses in the state’s next budget, which includes the need to build up reserves by $500 million.[6]

The Indiana State Budget Committee held hearings in November and December 2010.[7] Committee Chair State Sen. Luke Kenley estimated that lawmakers will need to reduce current spending approximately $1 billion to avoid a tax increase.[7]

And I find that the Mitch Daniels’ plan to close part of that BILLION dollar gap in Indiana revenue and expenses is the following:

Governor Daniels’ budget to the State Budget Committee on Jan. 13, 2011. The budget proposal calls for spending $13.76 billion in FY2012, and about $13.98 billion in FY2013. At the end of the biennium, the state will have a surplus of about $725 million, bolstered in part by shifting $200 million in unused accrued interest from the state’s Public Deposit Insurance Fund that has languished since the 1930s.[11]

So basically Mitch went to Washington in the early 2000s and learned how to steal money from a government program (Social Security trust fund raids under Bush become Public Deposit Insurance Fund raids in Daniels’ Indiana) that was designed and agreed to and passed into law and practice for one particular reason and, because the program was/is successfully running a surplus, Daniels simply takes that money and spends it on a bunch of other general fund stuff it was never intended to fund when legally created. All while claiming the budget deficits aren’t as “big” or “real” as we all know they would be if not for all the robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Indiana state budget – Sunshine Review

These facts are sadly emblematic of the honesty-level present when listening to today’s crop of Democrat and Republican “fiscal hawks“. Where’s H Ross with some charts when you need him?

Look, I’m not an unbiased writer. I do have a dog in this fight. But I am becoming increasingly troubled by voters who are finding themselves infatuated with Mitch Daniels, or any politician who gives a good speech or talks a good line.

It worries me deeply that people aren’t doing the least bit of research into these “flavor of the week” candidates before touting them as the second coming. There are some deeply flawed candidates being thrown out there. Folks without the most basic understanding of the condition we are in, as a nation, or the ability to do something about it.

It doesn’t matter who you think may be “the one,” you must take a hard look at their career, their record, and who they associate with. If not, we are going to be in big trouble. As stated, I have a horse in this race, but I only came to choose her as the one to support after studying her career for years, and watching her walk the walk, and not just talk the talk.

As a voter, it’s your duty to research these potential candidates and their records. This next election is too important to get fooled again.

There’s a lot more to come on Mitch Daniels, and let’s suffice it to say, none of it’s encouraging.

Thanks to keatssycamore for the additional information

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A Reminder About Mitch Daniels

By Stacy Drake

There was a lot of hype online following Mitch Daniels speech at CPAC Friday. The part of the speech highlighted and praised was when he said:

We face an enemy, lethal to liberty, and even more implacable than those America has defeated before. We cannot deter it; there is no countervailing danger we can pose. We cannot negotiate with it, any more than with an iceberg or a Great White.

I refer, of course, to the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence. It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink.

While I agree with his sentiment, it is curious that he cites the nation’s debt as “an enemy” and the “new Red Menace.” Considering his role in creating a substantial portion of said enemy, that is “lethal to liberty.”

Mitch Daniels served as director of the Office of Management and Budget from January 2001 through June 2003 under George W. Bush. During that time, the federal budget surplus was at $236 billion when he started, then declined to a $400 billion deficit by the end of his tenure.

Way back in 2003, Time Magazine published an insightful article about the Bush administration’s handling of the federal budget, the subsequent national debt, and the politics that accompany such an environment. The Time writer also garnered a statement from then budget director Daniels. He wrote: (emphasis mine):

With the Bush White House projecting a $304 billion federal deficit this year, plus annual flows of red ink as far as the eye can see, it’s fair to say that Ross Perot’s crazy aunt is back. In the 1992 campaign, the folksy, jug-eared Texas zillionaire rode public anxiety over the stagnant economy — specifically the burgeoning national debt he compared to a crazy aunt in the basement no one wanted to mention — to the best third-party showing in a presidential election in 80 years.

Budget deficits became such a potent political issue that Bill Clinton was forced to abandon much of his economic agenda so he could push through a deficit-reduction plan in 1993. A year later, a pledge to cut spending and eliminate the deficit helped sweep Newt Gingrich’s House Republicans into power for the first time in 50 years. The lesson: politicians who didn’t pay homage to balanced budgets paid later, at the polls.

Or so it seemed. After a few golden years of surpluses, deficits are back with a vengeance. Though he ran for office promising to keep the government treasury in the black, Bush’s budget proposal predicts deficits of more than $300 billion through 2004 — and doesn’t envision a new surplus in any year before a second Bush term would end. Bush claims he made it clear in the 2000 campaign that he would accept deficits in times of war, recession or national emergency, though White House staffers have failed to find an instance when he actually said that. In any case, says Mitch Daniels, Bush’s budget director, “a balanced budget is a high priority for this administration; it is not the top or the only priority.”

One would think that an impending “new Red Menace” would rank near the top of the priority list, but it didn’t. Americans eventually grew tired with the fiscal irresponsibility of that administration. So they shunned it’s party and bought a different bill of goods from a charismatic senator who promised “change.” The rest is history…

The bottom-line is that the left exploits hypocrisy like a squirrel exploits nuts. In a hypothetical Daniels campaign, any mention of the debt will bring a litany of fingers pointing back at Daniels for his own part in setting the current spending trend and financial catastrophe we find ourselves in today. And believe me, the Obama people most certainly have Mitch Daniels number. After all, the person who wrote that Time Magazine article I noted above, was James Carney. The same James Carney (aka “Jay” Carney) who replaced Robert Gibbs as Obama’s Press Secretary.

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