Blame Daniels for the economy?

January 23, 2008
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At this point four years ago, now-Gov. Mitch Daniels had started outlining a platform based on revitalizing the economy.

The economy had been headed south since the â??70s and had taken another beating early in the decade. Voters were only too familiar with manufacturersâ?? closing plants and laying off workers by the bus load in order to catch up with foreign competitors.

Under his administration, the ship would begin to turn, promised Daniels, a Republican.

Now, Democratic challengers Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson are testing messages for the primary election in May, and a recent job report might have handed them more ammunition.

The government report shows the state is still 27,000 positions short of the peak employment of 3 million nearly eight years ago. In other words, by one common measure, Indianaâ??s economy has gone nowhere.

Danielsâ?? supporters have long said the state was so tattered that a single term wouldnâ??t be enough to reach such an ambitious goal.

Still, four years is four years. Would Schellinger or Thompson have a legitimate case against Daniels if they played the economy card?
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  • Wake up buddy-the two dems would be walking into a trap if they brought up the economy-when every midwest state is losing jobs left and right Indiana has managed to attract large employers with better paying, more advanced jobs. Michigan is in recession with 7+% of unemployed-and Indiana now has a solid balance sheet. I could go on, but that's not my job to do research-go find some more facts and put things into perspective. no wonder you're a blog reporter.
  • Simple answer. No, they don't have a case against Daniels. I seem to remember a recent story quoting that we had the most favorable unemployment rate in the Midwest Region.

    Is this blog just meant to stir up anti-Daniels support, or is it just an honest question? Just would like to know.
  • JoBu, it's just an honest question. No politicking or partisanship. I'm raising the point because it would seem counterintuitive if the Democrats didn't make an issue of the economy.
  • Fair enough. I don't think they have a case, but yes, I think a case will be spun. After all, you can't run on a platform that says This is the best governor we've ever had. He just can't seem to get anything wrong. :)
  • They don't have a case? C'mon! Daniels said he would turn around our economy.
    Supposedly with all his worldly business knowledge. This was his #1 issue.

    He has failed. Indiana is at the back of the pack nationwide. It is not good enough to just say we're better than Michigan. By the way, the unemployment rate really isn't a good measure of an economy's strength. Look at overall job creation and growth in personal income. All bad under Daniels.
  • There is very little any governor from either party can do to improve this economy.

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