Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Man Mitch

Never felt so good to be a Hoosier. Twenty years ago we made the smart choice in leaving Illinois to move back to the free world of Indiana, where the U.S. Constitution still means something.

A photo I took of Mitch as he waved to me at the Indy500 parade three years ago.

For the first time in the last three years I am proud of my country because it feels like common sense is finally making a comeback.”

In case you missed the Mitch response last night here are my favorite quotes.

“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.”

“He seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars. In fact, it works the other way: a government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class, and those who hope to join it.”

“As Republicans our first concern is for those waiting tonight to begin or resume the climb up life’s ladder. We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have not’s; we must always be a nation of haves and soon to haves.”

“Contrary to the President's constant disparagement of people in business, it's one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs - what a fitting name he had - created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew.”

Out here in Indiana, when a businessperson asks me what he can do for our state, I say ‘First, make money. Be successful. If you make a profit, you'll have something left to hire someone else, and some to donate to the good causes we love.”

“The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy, or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature, is a pro-poverty policy. It must be replaced by a passionate pro-growth approach that breaks all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private sector jobs that restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills.”

“It's not fair and it's not true for the President to attack Republicans in Congress as obstacles on these questions. They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing, reform entitlements, and encourage new job creation, only to be shot down time and time again by the President and his Democratic Senate allies.”

“No feature of the Obama Presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others. As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat.”

We will fall for the con job that says we can just plow ahead and someone else will pick up the tab. We will allow ourselves to be pitted one against the other, blaming our neighbor for troubles worldwide trends or our own government has caused.”

And here’s my favorite:

“In word and deed, the President and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school for our kids; why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb!”

The entire content is here.

Mitch is about to win one last battle in my state. the Indiana Right To Work law. It will be the last courageous act of a conservative governor restricted to a limit of two terms.

While Mitch will be moving back to the private sector next January we should be in good shape for another eight years. This guy will win easily.


Sk8 said...

The most important thing (like you said) is the right to work law passing.

Chris from milwaukee said...

I remember his initial campaign. I was a senior at indiana. This guy had the hottest women on campus parading around in 'my man mitch' t-shirts.

Carl from Chicago said...

His leadership is in marked contrast to the dolts that "lead" Illinois.

All we are good for is when the legislatures of nearby states (Illinois, Wisconsin) want to flee to avoid a quorum... they come here.