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Posted October 23, 2011
Ignore the partisan jabs, let's talk about these proposals
Because Gov. Daniels declined to run for President, I had hoped his book would be the work of a statesman and technocrat. I was disappointed that it seemed so much a campaign book, perhaps half partisan, one-fourth statesman, one-fourth technocrat. The book's major theme is the urgency of dealing responsibly with our growing national debt, and that limited government is key to keeping our republic (a reference to a Benjamin Franklin quotation). Citizens need to be empowered and trusted to take personal responsibility. Those parts of the book are somewhat enlightening and encouraging. But the satirical jabs about a supposedly paternalistic, elitist left grow wearisome. (I read somewhere that Daniels stated since publication that he didn't intend to come across that way.) A more serious weakness is that his selectivity with facts in presenting his case compromises its credibility. For example, there was little or no explanation of how his role in the latter Bush Administration's fiscal policies--including gimmicks like keeping war spending off-budget through annual emergency appropriations requests--contributed to the fiscal crisis we face today. Nevertheless, unlike most politicians these days, Daniels proposes serious and realistic policies to deal with our urgent fiscal crisis, and he's not rigid about the details. His book is worth reading and taking seriously. Let citizens awake, and statesmen unite.
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Posted October 20, 2011