ROSE-COLORED GLASSES BLIND DANIELS TO INCREASING ECONOMIC WOES FOR HOOSIERS

Watching Governor Daniels commercials, one would think that Indiana is “doing better” than other Midwestern states – how does the soothing voice say it? An island in the Midwest, or something to that effect. Yet, the just-released Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that, at least in the area of unemployment, Indiana workers are suffering.

In July 2008, the largest employment decreases occurred in Florida (-21,400), Georgia (-18,900), Indiana (-16,500) California (-14,900), and Arizona (-14,100). Indiana was third behind Florida and Georgia – not the picture of employment health that Daniels has been touting.

Indiana also shows up in the list of states with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from July 2007 (4.4%) to July 2008 (6.3%). Indiana is now above the 5.7% national unemployment rate. Daniels can stand on his podium all he wants and announce new jobs coming to Indiana, but the reality is that those jobs are far in the future, often times three and four years down the road.

Reality for Hoosiers right now is an increasing unemployment rate and job losses. That reality dictates that Daniels remove his rose-colored glasses and take a good, unadulterated look at what is really happening to Hoosiers.

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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11 Responses to ROSE-COLORED GLASSES BLIND DANIELS TO INCREASING ECONOMIC WOES FOR HOOSIERS

  1. Kenny says:

    Perhaps your blue colored glasses prevent you from seeing that Indiana’s RV industry is suffering because of Gas prices and FEMA rejection of trailers; also, our automotive support industries are heavily vested in GM and Ford which foolishly banked their futures on trucks and SUV’s. The report you cite is clear in it’s assessment as to why there is a temporary, earlier than normal seasonal increase in unemployment. Indiana is still ahead of Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

    Because of the foresight of the Democratic state legislature and the Governor’s office, we’ve secured the funds by leasing the toll road to be able to support jobs through building infrastructure.

    Indiana will be fine as our neighbors come here to find work.

  2. Kenny:

    I did not refer to any one particular industry. The statistics I cited are those of the Bureau of Labor stats nationwide and by region. Those stats do not focus on any one industry but provide numbers in general. Of course, the RV industry is suffering because of gas prices, as are so many other industries.

    Your statement:

    “Because of the foresight of the Democratic state legislature and the Governor’s office, we’ve secured the funds by leasing the toll road to be able to support jobs through building infrastructure.”

    The Democrats were not in power when the toll road lease went through. They secured a majority in November 2006 and, even then, only in the House. The Senate remained under Republican control.

    And I don’t recall the reason for leasing the toll road was to prop up future unemployment.

    As far as focusing on a temporary employment issue, I guess we will have to wait and see on that one. I doubt the downturn is temporary since gas prices will probably never go down to where they were at $2.00 or $3.00 a gallon.

    And, as to my blue-colored glasses, of course, I make no bones about the fact that I think Daniels has not been good for Indiana. His philosophy is to run the state like a business and to privatize anything he can get his hands on. He was a failure as OMB director – remember he said the war in Iraq would cost about $40 or $50 billion?

    He lasted 2 1/2 years under Bush and figured out he was failing, so he cut his losses and came back to Indiana to run for governor.

  3. clint jenkins says:

    I guess its time for Indiana workers to “pay the Piper”.

    As for Kent. GM and Ford “FOOLISHLY” banking on suvs and trucks. You have to be kidding. The highest profit margin is the F150. The second is The suvs that gm and ford make. The problem isnt gm and ford. The problem is the stupid media telling everyone were all broke! Tell me, when did toyota get into trucks? Oh thats right over the last 5 years. Are they foolish, or are they laughing all the way to the bank with their profits?

  4. kent strock says:

    Gas prices and FEMA problems…ok…so what. It reminds me of the inflation and unemployment rates that are reported that exclude food and energy prices. no kidding. Selling property for short-term gain does nothing and is not fiscally responsible. The sale of the toll road was to fund the “major moves” program, which became a shameless political tool for Daniels. The problem is that according to the Federal Dept. of Transportation we have the 3rd worse bridges and roads in the country.

    I was in Hamilton County this weekend and found it interesting that a state road connecting I-69 and Noblesville is a boulvard with streetlights thru fields for 5 miles. Everyone knows the jackpot that Hamilton County is for the Republicans. Since it is a state road I doubt that Hamilton County paid for it…unless you count campaign contributions.

    The same goes for Daniels’ claims about being green…that is pure PR BS and anyone not brainwashed by the news realizes that. Check out the IDEM record. Again Indiana was ranked 49th in terms of being “green”.

    Clint,
    The biggest profit margins??? oh ok-that is only one measure to guide economic growth which has proven deadly. OK, Americans were stupid enough to buy big trucks that had no economic value. Toyota etc, without stock market pressure to increase stock value, decided to invest in the Prius and other valuable technologies that has paid off. Now we blame them for our political-economic fuck-ups?

  5. kent strock says:

    Clint,

    You said, “#

    As for Kent. GM and Ford “FOOLISHLY” banking on suvs and trucks. You have to be kidding. The highest profit margin is the F150. The second is The suvs that gm and ford make. The problem isnt gm and ford. The problem is the stupid media telling everyone were all broke! Tell me, when did toyota get into trucks? Oh thats right over the last 5 years. Are they foolish, or are they laughing all the way to the bank with their profits?”

    What profits are you talking about? Profits mean what? seriously tell me. As most auto analysts are saying one of the big three is gonna go under and they are part of the mythical liberal media? Media telling them are broke? You might want to check out how Wall Street economists are downgrading their rating to almost worthless.

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  7. clint jenkins says:

    Kent you say

    The biggest profit margins??? oh ok-that is only one measure to guide economic growth which has proven deadly. OK, Americans were stupid enough to buy big trucks that had no economic value. Toyota etc, without stock market pressure to increase stock value, decided to invest in the Prius and other valuable technologies that has paid off. Now we blame them for our political-economic fuck-ups?

    I blame only Politicians for our economic mess, not Toyota. My example of Toyota entering the truck market is the fact that trucks and Suvs make any company ALOT of money. I get tired of people bashing GM and American companies. Do you think GM and all would be better of finacialy if they were not paying greedy union members so much, and the retirement packages catching up with them. By the way, GM has had more cars getting over 30 mpg than Toyota. But they dont make as much money on them. They even had an electric car but it flopped because demand wasnt there. I like how you call Americans stupid for buying pickup trucks that they need for their lifestyles and families. I guess I would have to then say Americans are stupid for using gas to heat their homes, electricity to cool their homes, buying any car to get from here to there. My point is where do you as a lib draw the line on calling Americans stupid. You know calling GM or others hurting now foolish is like calling begal and bread companies(panera etc) foolish for making good money on their products. The problem is this little diet came along called The Adkins diet and put many of them in hardship. But it was just a fad and has recessed now. Just as high fuel prices (if we pull our heads out of our butts) will be a fad. Markets change, the problem is when govt stands in the way of success.

  8. Kenny Speakman says:

    Governor Daniels has been pro-active in economic hard times. A lesson GM and Ford et.al. can learn from Toyota. Mid-range SUV’s are still vehicles of choice for young families vs. the minivans of the 90’s. Entrenched execs. at GM & Ford have short sighted profit goals with their current structure. “Just show me a profit and pad my bonus this quarter.” They function on “cash grab” economics.

    Toyota shipped ALL truck mfg. to Texas and retooled Princeton, IN plant for SUV’s…and not the gas guzzlers…without laying off even one of their 4000+ employees! There will always be a profitable market for pickups lest the construction and service industries totally collapse…Lord help us all then.

    My contention is that the “Rose Colored Glasses” blog is misinformed, poorly deciphers data, and is subjective with an ideology that everything about Bush is EVIL!!! Gore lovers have never gotten over Florida 2000. My advice: Get Over It! Does the Democrat party have to be embarrassed again with another Republican president getting the largest popular vote in the history of this nation like Bush in 2004?

    JLT expects to win with the “I’m not as bad as Daniels/Bush” approach. It is a great platform to raise $$$ from the Gore Lovers around the world, but seems a foolish strategy for votes in a state like Indiana.

    Sorry so long, Kenny

  9. Kenny:

    Sorry you think the data is not accurate or isn’t “deciphered” like you want it. It comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so I suggest you let them know how unhappy our increase in unemployment makes you, as a supporter of the Guv.

    I really fail to see how you question the data. I took it straight from the BLS website and that is why I linked to the website.

    As far as ideology, do I not state in my header from which direction I am coming? Come on. You simply repeat what my header already says. A blog is usually written from a certain perspective. If you look around you will see thousands of blogs -all with points of view.

    Your allegations certainly don’t make me feel bad. I bet you have a perspective which is pretty evident by your comments.

    As to the popular vote by Bush in 2004, why don’t you mention that Gore won the popular vote in 2000. Oh wait, that doesn’t fit into your scheme, does it?

    Here’s the actual vote figures for the 2004 election:

    Popular vote:
    Bush – 62,040,610
    Kerry – 59,028,444

    Percentage:
    Bush:
    50.7%
    Kerry: 48.3%

    I hardly call a 2.4% edge a mandate or anything else.

    I also don’t use the word “evil” for anything. I use the words incompetent, uninformed, egotistical, maniacal, disconnected, incoherent, etc. to describe our illustrous president – but not evil.

  10. Kenny Speakman says:

    Charlotte,
    I’m sorry. My previous comment was more critical than I intended it to be. I appreciate this blog and read it often, finding information I can’t elsewhere, and I know that takes some work.

    Popular vote 2000
    Gore – 50,999,897 48.38%
    Bush – 50,456,002 47.87%

    I agree on the mandate thing.

    Your word list also can be definitively applied to many politicians.

    IMHO because people refuse to allow themselves to heal, by constantly digging at the wound of 2000, they are unable to be forward thinking. Because of this, an excellent candidate for president, Evan Bayh*, was locked out early from funding and support.

    When is it ok to move past rhetoric about “stolen elections,” “appointed president” … and speaking superciliously about Bush, his cabinet, and anyone who would vote for him? And returning the favor by vilifying Pelosi, Reid, Clinton and Obama?

    I think Indiana should rise above such politics.

    *not withstanding the wife controversy

    -Kenny

  11. kent strock says:

    kenny,
    Not sure how to reply to you because you haven’t said anything other than rightwing bromides from Rush et. al. . Unfortunately all of your posts say the same thing regardless of empirical facts.

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