Saturday, May 30, 2009

Daniels Delivers National Republican Response To Obama's Weekly Address

President Barack Obama used his national weekly radio address to bolster the credentials of his first Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. "Nobody brings the depth of experience she brings to the job," Obama says. "She has more experience on the federal bench than any other Supreme Court nominee." Obama's plea and expectataion of bipartisan support for his nominee strikes me as a little hypocritical. After all, this is the guy who voted against both of Bush's nominees, Samuel Alito and John Roberts, despite their imminent qualifications, and backed unsuccessful efforts to filibuster their nominations. It seems to me that Sotomayor no doubt possesses the qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice. The question is whether she has the judicial temperament to serve in that role. And the only reason we know about that issue is because activists on the Left dumped negative stories in the media questioning her intellectual capacity and temperament as a way of torpedoing her nomination before Obama nominated her.
Gov. Mitch Daniels had the task of delivering the Republican response to President Barack Obama's weekly national radio address. He chose to tackle Obama's "cap and trade" energy policy and its potentially negative economic impact. Here's the full text of his response:

"This is Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana.

"The role of the loyal opposition is important in our democracy. It imposes a duty to wish for the nation's success, to express not just disagreements, but agreements where they exist, and to leave partisanship at the water's edge.

"I do wish President Obama well. I support his education reform ideas, anti-fraud
initiative in social programs, and the great example he and his family are setting for families across America. And I endorse wholeheartedly his stated commitment to 'government that works.'

"One policy being pushed by the President and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is, I regret to say, a poster child for government that cannot work. The scheme to radically change the sources and the cost of American energy through a system known as 'cap and trade' may be well intentioned, but it will cost us dearly in jobs and income, and it stands no chance of achieving its objective of a cooler earth.

"The national energy tax imposed by Speaker Pelosi's climate change bill would double electric bills here in Indiana, working a severe hardship on low-income families, but that's only where the damage starts. In a state where we like to make things, like steel and autos and RVs, it would cost us countless jobs, many of them heading off-shore to China and India. Our farmers and livestock producers would see their costs skyrocket. And our coal miners would be looking for new work, while we leave affordable, homegrown energy idle in the ground.

"And all for what? Even if one believes the Administration's own computer models, which they claim can predict temperatures fifty years away, the CO2 reductions from their bill will not budge the world thermometer by a tenth of a degree.

"It's become clear that the Pelosi bill has little to do with a cooler planet and everything to do with raising money for the out-of-control federal spending now underway in Washington. Please excuse us Midwesterners for feeling a bit like the targets of an imperialistic policy, devised in places like California, New York, and Massachusetts for their benefit, at our expense.

"We have here a classic example of unwise government: The costs for all Americans will be certain, huge, and immediate. Any benefits are extremely uncertain, miniscule, and decades distant. Surely there is a better way.

"Here in Indiana, we are active in pursuing a better energy future and proving that we can protect the environment, lower energy costs, and create jobs at the same time - all without raising taxes. We have rocketed to national leadership in biofuels. We are the nation's leader in the new technology that can use coal more cleanly. We are serious about major advances in conservation; the best way to reduce both pollution and CO2 is to use less energy in the first place. And last year, we were the fastest growing state in wind power.

"There is tremendous risk in being pushed into an unfair and ultimately counterproductive national energy tax that will cost us dollars today and jobs tomorrow. Let's take a breath, slow down, and work together on conservation, the infrastructure to bring on more wind and alternative energy, and the new technology that will let us use our abundant homegrown coal in ways we can all support. That, Mr. President, would be 'government that works.'

"Thank you for listening."

3 comments:

Dana said...

Daniels is a liar, and always has been. But, what can you expect from a former BushCo employee?

""The national energy tax imposed by Speaker Pelosi's climate change bill would double electric bills here in Indiana, working a severe hardship on low-income families, but that's only where the damage starts."

Untrue. Indiana gets power from plants all over the place, not just in Indiana. If Indiana-based coal plants cannot compete then so be it. We'll get energy from elsewhere and/or the coal plants will be replaced.

"And all for what? Even if one believes the Administration's own computer models, which they claim can predict temperatures fifty years away, the CO2 reductions from their bill will not budge the world thermometer by a tenth of a degree."

Gotta start somewhere. Forgive me if I doubt a Republican FOB (friend of Bush) in anything he or she says about the environment.

"It's become clear that the Pelosi bill has little to do with a cooler planet and everything to do with raising money for the out-of-control federal spending now underway in Washington. Please excuse us Midwesterners for feeling a bit like the targets of an imperialistic policy, devised in places like California, New York, and Massachusetts for their benefit, at our expense."

Oh my goddess, My Man Bitch wants us to feel sorry for him and his lousy policies.

""Here in Indiana, we are active in pursuing a better energy future and proving that we can protect the environment, lower energy costs, and create jobs at the same time - all without raising taxes."

Ummm... Taxes ARE going up, MM Bitch, but for the wrong things, like that gods-damned stadium. Taxes, in case you missed it in high school, are NECESSARY. Your problem, MMB, is that you think taxes are for football barns and moronic road expansions like I-69. Taxes are going to HAVE to go up, because your pet moron, the Shrub, got us into two wars, land wars, in Asia. Hell, we might be getting into another one in Korea as I write this. Football barns and I-69 extensions might just have to get dropped, MMB.

Insofar as protecting the environment, I don't see you doing a damn thing, MMB.


- Dana Curtis Kincaid

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

While I don't fully agree with Dana, I sure to respect the fact that she signs her name to her opinion and calls out the Bush crap.

AND she's right about the stadium too.

-foxy- said...

How disgustingly disrespectful of you to call our Governor obscene names like that. How is it that you claim he is a "liar?" You should be ashamed of yourself and your ridiculous comments. More progress has been made in this state during the Daniels administration than the previous 16 years combined. Have you noticed we are the only state around that isn't completely bankrupt and actually has a surplus? That's called good management. That's called good governing. Perhaps you'd prefer a liberal governor who spends money we don't have on worthless programs that mean something to YOU while more jobs disappear and we have to borrow money from the federal government?

Amy Foxworthy