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    So Tell Me About Mitch Daniels

    So Tell Me About Mitch Daniels

    I previously asked you to tell me about Tim Pawlenty, and I learned a lot.

    Mitch Daniels also is presented as a conservative with the credentials to unite the base with the establishment without a lot of negatives (other than being conservative, of course).

    So tell me about Mitch Daniels.

    Update 1-5-2011:  I am surprised to have received so few responses.  For the Pawlenty post, people were much more opinionated.  Anyway, The New York Times ran an interview with Daniels yesterday:

    “Congressional Republicans have spent much of the last decade voting for tax cuts and spending increases, all the while giving speeches decrying the deficit. Mr. Daniels, who took office in 2005, has reduced the number of state workers by 18 percent and held spending growth below inflation. He has raised the sales tax to help make up for a property tax cut. Largely as a result, Indiana finds itself in better fiscal shape than many other states.”

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    Daniels once again is open to a VAT. That door needs to be closed. If he is open to it, in my mind he is able to support it.

    We do not need a VAT in the United States. We either need to go to a flat tax a la Steve Forbes or the Fair Tax. If it's the latter, the corporate and personal income taxes must be abolished.

    I don't care what Greg Mankiw says. He can be wrong as well as the next person. If he supports a VAT, then he is wrong. If you want Europe, please move there.

    "Do not confuse 'would support under the right conditions" with "supports.' They're not the same."

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other. It's a matter of semantics. I'm sick of the parsing of words, "depends on what the meaning of the word 'is" is" approach to public policy.

    Either you're for it, or you're against it.


    Arab American Institute: Mitch Daniels and 2012

    Newsweek lurves them some Mitch:

    Big buddy of liberal Lugar

    He even spends 10 minutes telling me how he “never use[s] the word ‘conservative’ ” to describe himself. [See ya at "C"PAC, buddy!]

    So where does he stand?

    Domestic drilling – FOR IT

    ObamaCare – Against it and understands why

    illegal immigration – FOR IT by enabling those already here to stay.

    NO to Mitch Daniels, he doesn't pass the big three and why should we settle for 2 out of 3 when we can get all 3? As much as I respected W, he is basically on the same page as W regarding illegals and that's not acceptable.

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