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Monday, July 17, 2006

Ditch Mitch? Vote Democrat? I Don't Think So!

First, a little background for those who do not live here in Indiana. Indiana's governor, republican Mitch Daniels, was sworn into office in January 2005. President Bush had earlier referred to Daniels as "my man Mitch," and during Daniels' gubernatorial campaign, "My Man Mitch" became a popular campaign slogan.

However, during Daniels' first year and a half in office, I have noticed on some bumper stickers two anti-Daniels slogans that have caught my interest. One says "Not My Man"; the other reads "Ditch Mitch." I even saw one of these on the window of the local Democrat headquarters.

In addition to these anti-Daniels slogans, I have recently noticed some local democrats, including one who is running for state office, wearing a sticker that reads "Had enough? Vote Democrat."

I find these anti-Mitch Daniels and anti-Republican slogans interesting in light of recent state economic news.

Daniels' predecessor as governor was democrat Joe Kernan, who took office in September 2003 when democrat Frank O'Bannon died in office. O'Bannon began his first term as governor in January 1997.

Under the democratic leadership of O'Bannon and Kernan, Indiana ended fiscal year 2004, with a structural deficit of $824.2 million. Additionally, the state owed $717 million to K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and local governments.

Now, just 1 ½ years into the Daniels administration, with the help of a republican controlled state legislature and without any tax increase, Indiana has ended fiscal year 2006 with a $371 million structural surplus, the first annual surplus since 1998. Daniels has already ordered the state to fully repay the $160 million owed to K-12 schools.

It should be noted that the surplus does not include any proceeds from Governor Daniels "Major Moves" program, a $3.8 billion lease of the Indiana Toll Road which will fully fund over 200 highway construction projects during the next ten years. In addition to fully funding these construction projects with money paid up front, the program, which passed the Republican-controlled state legislature in spite of fierce opposition from Democratic leadership, has already earned the state over $6 million in interest from July 5th through July 16th and is continuing to earn over $500,000 per day.

"Ditch Mitch"…"Had Enough? Vote Democrat" What are they asking? Had enough of what? Enough prosperity? Go ahead. If you like $800 million deficits, under funded schools, and unfunded road projects, then go ahead. Ditch Mitch and vote Democrat.


Blogger SkyePuppy said...

For some Democrats, it's horrifying just knowing that control of the state (city, county, country) is in the hands of people whose last name ends in "(R)". Those people had enough the day the elections results were in.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Tee Freak said...

Ditch Mitch Bumper Stickers

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a die hard (R) who cannot stand Mitch Daniels. Since he has come to power I now have to change my clocks (don't think I should have to) he sold (yes sold) the toll road, closed my favorite bmv branch (not to metion the mess he helped make with the new bmv computer upgrade). He is out of touch with what the people of the state want. I for one would be glad to display a Ditch Mitch bumber sticker on my car.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Mitch inst the whole problem. The whole country is now ran by republicans. I seen something where you said kernan and obannon had a huge deficit. I am here to remind you that Bush has the biggest deficit in the history of the United States. After it was balanced from the clinton Admin. Since all of these republicans have controlled Congress. Jobs are moving over seas. Our Good paying jobs and Unions are being threatened. Are Health care has skyrocketed, (Well the atleast the heath care we have left). And our pensions are being threatened. All i hear about anymore are buyouts from large corporations. Heres one for you. Instead of bringing in lower paying Toyota Jobs, And supporting companies that only sell crap from china, (wallmart for example). How about trying to save our good paying jobs that have good pensions> Remeber the slogan Be american and buy american. Wake up people. Vote for our future and not Chinas future.

5:12 PM  
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5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a die-hard Republican for the past twenty years. However, the Republican party has lost touch with the middle class. This latest "property tax cut" is the latest fiasco here in Indiana. Transferring the taxes from the few rich people around Indy to the rest of us living in Indiana is not fair. My taxes aren't going down, in fact I'm now paying more with the sales tax increase. I might as well vote Democrat - if I'm going to get taxed anyway - at least I might see some benefits. It's sad.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mitch has done so well with creating a surplus by leasing the toll road, then why is the state of Indiana making payments back to them? We were told they would be self containing and they certainly should be since they doubled their rates, but they are not making their own way without our money!

1:50 PM  
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11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I currently have a "DITCH MITCH" sticker on my car, well, only half of it remains after a mitch daniels supporter tried to remove it from my car. I guess they don't support first amendment rights! Also, this property tax cut for the wealthiest people is pandering to the people that contribute the most amount of money to his campaign. It has done nothing but put a major burden on the middle class by shifting more taxes to the middle class by raising the state sales tax. The tax cap has also threatened many government jobs and other organizations that have relied on state property taxes. My fiance's job is now in jeopardy since the county library in my area will now receive 1.5 million dollar budget cut. Thanks Mitch!

11:13 PM  
Anonymous State Employee said...

Liberals amuse me. No politician will ever, ever do everything that any one single person will agree with. That being said, I did vote for Mitch Daniels and I will again. I think the man ultimately wants to make this state better and he has had an uphill climb from the O'Bannon/Kernan mess. Mrs. (Long) Thompson also has quite the uphill battle if she has any hope of beating Governor Daniels.

3:50 PM  
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