Mitch Daniels Presidential Campaign Grade: Needs Improvement

Governor Daniels, may I call you Mitch? I want to know if you are familiar with the works of Shan Yu
.

I always am of a mind that character matters and I want to start with the character of Mitch Daniels and why he very
much needs improvement

In Firefly a fictional quote was made regarding the works of Shan Yu

“…live with a man 40 years…share his house, his meals, speak on every subject…then tie him up and hold him over the volcano’s edge.  On that day, you will finally meet the man.”

I am also reminded of an old Rabinic quote from Rabbi Hillel

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14

What do these quotes mean? Well Governor Daniels had become famous for his great “Compromise” plan. The compromise plan has now come to a head

lets quote Governor Daniels

DANIELS: Just a couple of quick comments and that’s really all I’ll make. First of all, just to affirm, the activities of today are perfectly legitimate part of the process. Even the smallest minority – and that’s what we’ve heard from the last couple days – has every right to express the strength of its views and I salute those who do. Just to be equally plain, I’m not sending the state police after anybody. I’m not going to divert a single trooper from their job of protecting the Indiana public. I trust that people’s consciences will bring them back to work and I choose to believe that our friends in the minority will, having made their point, will come back and do their duty and the jobs they are paid to do.

Lets take a moment and put to the side the issue “Is it right to take away collective bargaining powers from public employee unions.” Lets further take away the fact “Does Governor Daniels and the Republicans have more important agenda items to pass?” The issue in this quote by Governor Daniels is a walk out by the Democratic minority shutting down the business of the legislature is a proper legislative tactic. In doing so Governor Daniels is choosing to be immoderately moderate.

Governor Daniels is saying that this tactic is to him just fine and dandy part of the back and forth between parties. This allows the minority to issue a trump that can stop all of his reforms.

And lets also take away the filibuster from this debate. Because the filibuster is part of the deliberative process of the senate. The process is continuing. This process is for lack of a better word a strike by members of the state legislature.

This is not the only time Governor Daniels has stood up for moderation immoderately

As for the policy part of it: The president doesn’t really have the ability to enforce a truce on social issues. The Congress passes bills, and the president may sign them into law or veto them. Would a “truce” mean vetoing all legislation dealing with social issues whether he likes it or not? Daniels hasn’t said. He also hasn’t explained what a truce would mean in the areas where the president has direct power: judicial appointments and executive orders.

When I asked Daniels last June if a truce meant that, if elected, he wouldn’t issue an executive order reinstating Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy banning federal “family planning” funds to overseas groups that perform or promote abortions, he replied, “I don’t know.” About a week later, Daniels decided he’s in favor of reinstating the Mexico City Policy on fiscal grounds. (Nevermind that the Mexico City Policy would not reduce amount of foreign aid by one cent, it would just keep tax dollars from flowing to pro-abortion groups.)

And then there’s this question: Would a single member of Congress decide to vote for turning Medicare into a voucher program for future beneficiaries because President Daniels “set aside” social issues? “No one may take the offer,” Daniels told Michael Gerson in June. “But I’m not prepared to give up on the idea we can address this thing. If we can’t — well, the cynics were right. But somebody has to try.”

So to apply the principle of Shan Yu:

We see Mitch Daniels applying his leadership to say: “You want gay marriage, legal abortion, and all of that sort of stuff? If you walk with me hand in hand on fiscal reforms I will let you or at the very least agree not to fight you.” This shows us that when his back is to the wall politically he has no steel in his spine and will not stand. Ask California how the Cuts and Reforms of Arnold worked out for them? What, they are a fiscal trainwreck?

Character matters and when faced with a challenge Mitch Daniels won’t even call out the other side when they are wrong but he will do everything he can not to confront them.

And we get back to Rabbi Hillel

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

People want leaders. But if you don’t stand up for yourself and what you believed when challenged it projects a lack of Self Respect. And as Rabbi Hillel said if you won’t respect yourself, who else will?

This is why Mitch Daniels either doesn’t want to run for President or is a FOOL and will lose in running for President

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2 Responses to Mitch Daniels Presidential Campaign Grade: Needs Improvement

  1. CDR M says:

    Awesome GGE! Daniels choose poorly. He has a winning hand and he wants to fold. Damn it.

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