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Similar public union problems now in Indiana: Is Mitch Daniels getting it right on the union fight?

February 23, 2011

Updated: Byron York – Daniels clarifies, blasts Dems who fled state to stop labor vote

Meeting the press today, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he needed to clarify what he called confusion over remarks he made Tuesday about budget protests at the state capitol and the decision of Democratic lawmakers to flee the state rather than allow a vote on controversial labor legislation. Read More

Flight of the Democrats

Feb 23, 2011 11:25 pm | Arnold Ahlert  – The Left takes its disappearing act from Wisconsin to Indiana. 

and next up Rhode Island: Providence plans to pink slip all teachers

PROVIDENCE The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.

Read more at GOPUSA…

Mitch Daniels not getting it right on the union fight?

In case you missed it, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels backed down in the face of the Right-to-Work fight happening in the Indiana legislature.

There is a deep debate happening now about what this all means for Mitch Daniels. Most believe he came down on the wrong side of the issue and it will badly damage his chances of a Presidential bid.

Many, however, don’t subscribe to that line of thinking and are adamantly defending him.

Mike O’brien of Capitol & Washington (an Indiana based blog) makes his argument here.

Gov. Walker is fighting the good fight against the SEIU, AFSCME and the public sector union crowd. We’re glad he’s doing it. More states should. But in this fight, Wisconsin is six years behind Indiana. On his first day in office, Gov. Mitch Daniels didn’t propose marginal collective bargaining reforms to take care of AFSCME. He kicked them to the curb and didn’t look back.

Now that the SEIU and AFSCME are long-buried in the graveyard of Indiana politics, Gov. Daniels is taking on the state’s largest teachers union. Legislation passed the Indiana Senate last night 30-19 that would severely weaken and restrict the union’s ability to negotiate absurd contract provisions and protect terrible teachers regardless of their performance in the classroom.

O’Brien is dead on in his assessment of what the battle Mitch Daniels has fought to date. The following part is where I disagree.

Did Gov. Daniels stop short on right to work? Yep. He said he would all along. But it’s not because he doesn’t understand how to pander to conservatives or that he’s a puppet of organized labor. He understands how to build a sustainable Republican majority that gets everything it wants over time, not anything it wants in the first six weeks in office.

Our political foes view this as a war, not a game of patience. Mitch Daniels claims this isn’t the time for this particular fight, but I think most of the movement is saying this IS the time and we have to take the fight straight into enemy territory.

We’ve had Republican majorities before and they gained us very little. In fact, at the Federal level Republicans had the House, Senate, Presidency and SCOTUS in recent History and STILL managed to expand government.

I personally care much less about majorities as I do about the ability of our nation to survive. If that means our leaders make politically unpopular choices then so be it.

Those on the other side of the aisle get this, and they’re taking every inch we give them.

I’ve always liked Mitch Daniels. But I have an agenda and it doesn’t include making choices based on future elections.

Just sayin…

Eric Odom

(Odom refers to his agenda, and that would be his deep involvement in the Tea Party movement not party politics. Keep up the good work Eric)

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