Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Thank you, George Will

A few of my blogging colleagues are awfully focused on their personal dislike of Gov. Daniels and have had a hard time seeing the benefit in the George Will column. Frankly, I'm glad to see someone's finally noticed that Indiana seems to be on the road to recovery. It's been a little hard to hear the whole symphony lately with all the cacophony coming from the DST and time zone sections and the Delphi issue.

Dems argue buying floormats for the BMV instead of leasing doesn't draw much of a picture, but the overall culture of change along with some of the governor's larger economic successes paint a bigger picture. Frankly, Will makes Indiana look pretty good and as a state, we could use some of that. (Take note, Sen Miller the next time you decide to introduce some completely ridiculous piece of legislation.) Does Indiana lose college graduates at a high rate? Yes. But the numbers the Dems never trot out are those showing Indianapolis' under-40 population growing at a higher rate than 90% of other American cities -- and also the numbers highlighting "boomerangers" or those college grads who leave the state and later move back to take higher paying jobs, start families, and buy homes. Leaders like Daniels who want to keep the state on track economically are crucial to keeping these numbers up. (Ultra conservative, Old White Guy GOPers who introduce nutty social legislation? Not so much.)

One thing I've learned about Hoosiers -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- while I've been here is how they hate change. Folks from Indiana don't like progress and they don't like new ways of doing anything. Right or wrong, it's a perception that many in this state are going to have to change if the economy and business environment are going to be anything but home grown. Change can be painful. But Indiana can have a terrific future if we keep electing strong, brave leaders who aren't afraid to step on a few toes to get the job done. With the progress Daniels is making, Indiana is looking better already.


At Tue Nov 29, 10:23:00 AM, Blogger Doug said...

How is having a lot more pigs and confined feeding operations going to lead to a brighter future for Indiana?

But, more seriously and less snidely, what changes, specifically, has Governor Daniels made that will lead to higher paying jobs for more Hoosiers? Or is there a different criteria for bright future I should be looking at?

At Tue Nov 29, 07:41:00 PM, Blogger Brian D. said...


Whether you like or dislike Gov. Daniels you have to admit that he's at least willing to try things. That's more than previous admisistrations and legislatures have done. The attitude of "It's good enough" or "Not my problem" has got to go!

If things are going well I can understand not wanting to change, but why are we so afraid of change, especially when we know things aren't going well? Do those people think things are fine or are they so afraid of change they would rather face bad, but known, conditions? When you actively embrace the unknown you have shape the direction of change. Have some balls people and actively figure out ways to make Indiana better.

I don't like all of Gov. Daniels' ideas, but at least he's trying to make things better.

BTW: what is so friggin' hard about changing clocks twice a year? I'm betting most of the people complaining about DST have 12:00 blinking on their VCRs.

At Thu Dec 01, 07:04:00 AM, Blogger Marie said...

I'm not happy with Daniels overall but am looking forward to Daylight Savings Time.


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