Friday, November 4, 2005

Mitch Daniels--We could do worse

I am not a fan of Mitch Daniels, but at least he's not of the Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum or locally, Patricia Miller ilk.

Yeah, one of his first moves was to decertify the state employee's unions, which is unforgiveable in my book. On the other hand, he suggested that we make the state income tax progressive. He relaxed heating bills. He changed the guidelines so that more Hoosier families will be able to qualify for energy assistance this winter. He stood up to the bigot Micah Clark and a lot of his party base by including sexual orientation and gender identity within his state employment policies. And now, it appears he is not going to make intelligent design part of his legislative agenda.

Really. In a way he is not much more conservative than Evan Bayh while he was Governor.

Daniels hesitant to back intelligent-design bill

Governor says legislature shouldn't impose curriculum rules

The state should be removing mandates from schools -- not adding to them, Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday, maintaining he'd be reluctant to sign a bill requiring teachers to incorporate intelligent design into their lesson plans.
His comments come as House Republicans are trying to gauge public opinion for the concept, which maintains that the development of life on Earth required a supernatural designer. At least one Republican has said he will sponsor a bill in the upcoming 2006 session if no other lawmaker steps forward.

Indianapolis Star

Also, I should mention that the Indianapolis Star's website search engine is absolutely worthless.


Blogger indygirl said...

It's true that Daniels is a lesser degree of evil.

The Indystar search engine doesn't suck if you pay for it OR if you have access to it through university electronic databases, ie: IU accounts, which is the paid version.

November 04, 2005  
Blogger indygirl said...

That sounds confusing - Meaning, if you were(or are) a student at IU or any of its campuses you have access to the paid version through the electronic databases for students.

November 04, 2005  
Blogger Doug said...

I would have preferred Daniels simply come out and said something to the effect of, "non-science does not belong in our science classes." But, I guess I'll take his less committal, "I don't like micromanaging" stance.

November 04, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

I have a difficult enough time coughing up 1.75 for that rag on Sundays.

They probably didn't have a fancy shmancy database at IU when I was last in school, oh shit, 7 years ago. God, I am old.

November 04, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Doug, yeah, I figure he said that not to rankle his base.

November 04, 2005  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

well, he did party with the anti-abortion lobby after he signed that horrible ultrasound bill - the one that says a woman who is seeking an abortion is obviously too stupid to know what she's doing, so a doctor has to tell her she can see an ultrasound of the fetus she is about to murder. I'll never forgive him for that. It was unconscionable.

November 04, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Good point, LGG.

I'll never forgive him for the union thing either.

I am just trying to be optimistic for a change.

November 04, 2005  
Blogger lemming said...

Topor - I'm with lawgeekgurl. That bill is truly horrible.

That having been said, I loved his "ask folks who make above $100, 00o a year to pay 1% more just this once and save the budget bill." I make far less, but still would happily have paid. This state needs a tiem zone, much as I hate having to watch The Daily Show at 10 PM.

We could do worse - we could do better. This being Indiana, I am pessimistic. Most Hoosiers don't want "better" and accept the brain drain. That's why John H keeps getting reelected.

November 04, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, yesterday's post showed signs of a defeatist mindset.

November 05, 2005  
Blogger Marti said...

Not much has been mentioned about it but Mitch Daniels has been linked to the Katrina disaster. He was the person that cut all the funding for the levee system in NO. One thing I can give him is that he's not using the GLBT community or intelligent design to get his agenda moved forward.

November 09, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, there were some good articles about that, Marti, right after the hurricane. I'll see if I can dig them up

November 11, 2005  

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