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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



Mitch Daniels Was Right

By  The Editors



Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
The Wall Street Journal

  • FEBRUARY 11, 2012

The States Are Leading a Pro-Growth


The message from Indiana and elsewhere is that aligning yourself too closely to unions is a losing strategy.


After the 2008 election, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and, of course, the presidency. They used that victory to push through an agenda as radical as any seen in this country since FDR—unprecedented deficit-financed stimulus spending, more regulations, a new health-care entitlement, etc.

In 2010, the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives and seven Senate seats in a startling reversal of fortune. But instead of rethinking their agenda, Democrats in Washington have doubled down, marching in lock-step toward ever bigger government.

Well, the states are now starting to change the playing field. The latest shock to the Democratic agenda is Indiana’s adoption of a right-to-work law that bans contracts that require private-sector employees to pay union dues. And there are many more such changes on the state level to follow.

Most high-school civics students would agree that no American worker should either be prohibited from joining a union or required to join one as a condition of employment. And no union member—or anyone else for that matter—should be required to contribute to political causes they oppose. Yet in 27 states, if more than 50% of workers agree to create a union shop, workers are still required to join the union and pay dues even if those dues are used for political causes they disapprove of. (more…)



Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Printed from the News & Observer –
Published Fri, Jan 27, 2012
‘Fairness’ falls flat for Obama

Washington Post Writers Group – Charles Krauthammer

Under penalty of what? Jail? The self-proclaimed transformer of America is now playing truant officer?

It sounded like the Clinton years with their presidentially proclaimed initiatives on midnight basketball and school uniforms. These are the marks of a shrunken presidency, thoroughly flummoxed by high unemployment, economic stagnation, crushing debt – and a glaring absence of ideas.

Of course, this being Obama, there was a reach for grandeur. Hope and change are long gone. It’s now equality and fairness. (more…)



Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Published on The Weekly Standard (

Daniel Halper

January 24, 2012 10:29 PM

Here’s the full text of Mitch Daniels’s response to the State of the Union, 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. (more…)



Saturday, October 15th, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • OCTOBER 14, 2011, 9:17 A.M. ET

Republicans have their own green baggage.


  • On Friday Rick Perry delivers his first major policy address, unveiling an aggressive energy and jobs plan. It will no doubt be good. It will no doubt address serious problems. It will no doubt be ignored.

That’s because, unfortunately for Mr. Perry, drilling isn’t the energy topic du jour. The buzz is the bankrupt Solyndra, which is why the only energy question that came to Mr. Perry at Tuesday’s New Hampshire debate was this: How, exactly, is his state’s vaunted “Emerging Technology Fund”—which has dumped some 200 million taxpayer dollars into private companies—any different from Obama programs that subsidized the likes of Solyndra?

It isn’t, of course, and that’s a problem for Mr. Perry. The political merit of Solyndra is that it perfectly illustrates the failed Obama economic mentality—that politicians should allocate capital, that government creates industries. Nothing should be further from a free-market mentality, and Solyndra ought to be providing Republicans a potent contrast with the president. Instead, candidates like Mr. Perry and Mitt Romney are dragging green baggage.

Congressional Republicans are now investigating the solar panels out of Solyndra, and rightly so. But no one should forget it was Republicans who in 2005 created the loan program that Mr. Obama would later expropriate to funnel stimulus dollars to his green boondoggles. This was the height of the Bush-era spending craze, when the GOP had come to see green energy as a slick way to funnel yet more pork (ethanol, nuclear, wood chips) to their states. As a side benefit, it offered cover against charges that Republicans were stooges of Big Oil.

Where the handouts really got rolling was at the state level. It used to be that Republican governors competed for business by lowering taxes and regulations. Then some genius worked out that it was easier to flat-out bribe companies to relocate by offering cold, hard taxpayer cash. And with green energy all the rage, a lot of state tax dollars Enlarge Image


Associated PressTexas Gov. Rick Perry




Saturday, October 15th, 2011
  • 26 sep 2011
  • The Washington Times Weekly

Restoring an overtaxed state

Mitch Daniels, elected governor of Indiana in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 after previously serving as President George W. Bush’s director of the Office of Management and Budget and as a senior aide to President Ronald Reagan, has been called “America’s best governor” and “the most presidential man in America.”

And until he took himself out the current lineup in May for family reasons, he was the preferred presidential choice of many Republicans. But the presidential question is now moot (although just down the line there’ll be a vice presidential choice). This book, perhaps originally intended to buttress a presidential campaign, will be read primarily as an account of how one governor, through the application of basic conservative principles, restored an overregulated and overtaxed state running in the red to economic good health — and did so while surrounding states were sinking into recession. (more…)



Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/17/2011

Interview: Margaret Hoover, the

GOP’s and the millennials

Margaret Hoover, a great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover, is a regular figure on cable news and a veteran of the George W. Bush campaign. Her new book, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party, hits the bookshelves on Tuesday. It’s likely to make some waves.

Far from being a defender of the status quo, she’s sending up a warning to the GOP. In a far-ranging interview she told me, “I wrote the book because I care about the state of the party.” That might seem odd, given the Republicans’ recent success in 2010, but she has her eye on the horizon or, more precisely, on the generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1990 (the “millennials”). If you vote for the same party in three successive presidential elections, she says, your political loyalties are pretty much set for life. The GOP lost the youth vote in 2004 and 2008, and may do so again in 2012 if it doesn’t break through with these voters.

At first blush she sounds like one of the batch of pundits (most exemplified by David Frum) who’d like the GOP to dump social conservatives, adopt new socially liberal views and trade a loyal, influential segment of the party for newer, hipper and less reliable voters. But her book is more nuanced and positive than that.

Her message is simple and not unlike that of the Tea Party movement, for which she has effusive praise. (“Personally I think it’s an incredible contribution to the Republican Party.”) To capture the most racially diverse, politically independent generation we have ever seen, Hoover says,”We need to shift the focus to fiscal issues.We have to talk specifically about their future.” Republicans have a convincing case to make against President Obama, she argues. “He’s taken a pass on their issues.” (more…)



Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • MAY 24, 2011


  • The T-Paw moment has arrived.
For the uninitiated, T-Paw is Tim Pawlenty, recently departed governor of Minnesota and one Republican who is neither coy nor reticent about running for president. He formally launched his candidacy in Iowa Monday.

Tim Pawlenty, recently departed governor of Minnesota, formally launched his candidacy for president today. Jerry Seib looks at why few candidates have had as many things break right for them as has Mr. Pawlenty in the last three months.

Some cynics—citing his relative anonymity and his, well, nonelectric personal style—will scoff. They shouldn’t.

Few candidates have had as many things break right for them as has Mr. Pawlenty in the past three months. The shape of the Republican field, the departure of some potential rivals, the pace of the campaign and the emerging issue mix all have broken about as well for the 50-year-old Minnesotan as he could have hoped. (more…)



Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Corrections & Amplifications
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels favors a dramatic reworking of Social Security benefits, but not for those who would enter the system in the next 10 or 15 years. This story doesn’t make clear that the changes wouldn’t apply to those receiving or about to receive benefits.

[DANIELS_A1] Associated PressIndiana’s Mitch Daniels espouses radical cuts to Social Security; would Americans go along for the ride?

CULVER, Indiana—Pundits say he’s too short, at 5-foot-7, and lacks the requisite pizzazz to be elected president.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels believes he faces a taller challenge as he ponders a White House run: Could voters warm to his message that the country is doomed unless it slashes its debt and radically revamps the popular Social Security and Medicare programs?

In any other year, a campaign platform that gloomy would render a politician toxic. Today, with concerns over the nation’s fiscal health on the rise, the Indiana Republican’s wonkish bravado is making some think he is a good fit for the moment.

Gov. Mitch Daniels is tireless on the stump. But like many of his potential opponents, he’s keeping coy on whether he’ll make a run for the White House in 2012. WSJ’s Neil King reports. (more…)



Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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