Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night from the Indiana War Memorial building in Indianapolis. "Greetings from the home of Super Bowl 46", the hugely popular governor opened with for his remarks.
Daniels delivered a strong rebuttal to the Obama speech. He congratulated the President on killing those who perpetrated the attacks of 9/11/01, for reforming public education, and for strong family values by example with his own family. Governor Daniels is a class act.
He said, however, that the president cannot claim that the last three years have been anything but a failure, that he made things worse. Mostly he blamed an explosion of sending with borrowed money. Remember, Daniels is an expert in economics and the former Budget Director under the George W. Bush administration who resigned when he felt that that administration was not serious about financial restraint.
He criticized Obama for his "grand experiment in trickle down government" and a big, bossy government balanced on the backs of the middle class.
He said the young generation is the first in memory to face a future with less success than that of their parents. He said, however, that he doesn't accept the idea that we are a nation of haves and have nots, as promoted by Obama. He said we are a nation of haves and soon to haves.
Daniels said that 2012 is the year for true opposition to restore hope and greater equality with a message of that will earn the way back to a majority and leadership in Washington. He said the loyal GOP opposition accepts the duty gratefully and will continue to offer solutions. He said the President disparages people in business, yet acknowledges the success of Steve Jobs. Jobs, however, was a critic of the president and his expansion of regulations harmful to small business and innovation development.
Daniels said the president's energy failings are a pro-poverty policy. He said a dramatically simpler tax code would maximize new energy technology.
He challenged politicians to unite and save Medicare and Medicaid and reform Social Security to fashion new and affordable safety nets for those in need.
He said it is unfair for the president to paint Republicans as obstructionists when the House Republicans have passed legislation only to have it sit on the desk of Harry Reid, the Democrat leader in the Democratically controlled Senate. He said it is up to the GOP to inform the country of this problem.
Daniels said there is nothing sadder than the president's constant efforts to divide us.
He said the loyal opposition, the Republicans, will speak the language of unity and encourage anyone who will join us as an ally and friend.
He pointed to the fallacy of benevolent protection - it is not up to the government to pick our mortgages, our health care, our schools. It is up to the individual. He spoke of allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other with these policies. The GOP will tell America of "dignity and the capacity of the individual citizen". We are still a people born to liberty. We will renew the American dream.
The speech was calmly delivered with a common sense approach to government. Conservative writer and pundit Charles Krauthammer said, "I could hear sighs all across the country over what might have been" had Daniels entered the presidential race. His strong and decisive leadership - with the ability to compromise - is sorely needed to get our country back on track.