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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: "You'd be amazed at how much government you'd never miss."

Original post made by Dave, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2010

Simply a great line from a great governor who has steered his State to a budget surplus.

Who would have thought other states like Calif may have to beg a "flyover" State like Indiana for help. (It is not a flyover state to me, tho. I once lived there and enjoyed it.)

Daniels >>> Web Link

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Posted by ralph
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

Hey Dave,

Go move to Indiana if you like it so much...and take your Tea Party bigot friends with you!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Ralph you are a typical lefist . You demonize the messenger and ignore the message. Hopefully, Obigga's economic policies cost you your job if you have one.

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

OK, you really want to get down to it, let's compare Indiana and California.

Population: As of July 1, 2009, according to the 2009 estimates of the United States Census Bureau, Indiana ranks 16th with a population of 6,423,113; California ranks first in the US with a population of 36,961,664. Indiana has 17% of California's population.

Land Area: Indiana is 38th in the US with 36,418 square miles; California is 3rd largest in the US with 160,000 square miles. Indiana is less than 1/4th the size of California, or 23%.

City Size: Indianapolis is Indiana’s largest town with a population of 807,584; the next largest town is Ft. Wayne with 255,890. Indiana has a total of 12 towns larger than 60K, including Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne.

California has 3 cities with over 1M residents: LA with 4,094,764, San Diego with 1,376,173 and San Jose with 1,023,083. San Francisco, California’s 4th largest city at 856,095 is the closest in size to Indiana’s largest city. California’s top 100 towns all have more than 78K.

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Gross State Product (GSP) 2010: This is the state’s version of the national GDP. Indiana ranked 17th with a GSP of $258.1B; California ranked 1st with a GSP of $1.870.1B. California is responsible for 13 percent of the US GDP. If California were a country, it would rank among the ten largest economies in the world, with a GDP similar to that of Italy. It would be the 35th most populous country. Web Link

Current Unemployment: Indiana has 10.1%; California has 12.3%.

On 8/11/2010 the Treasury Dept announced that it is sending more than $2B to states with unemployment rates higher than the national average for a year, for programs to aid unemployed homeowners. Indiana will receive $83 million and California will receive $476 million. Web Link

That works out to $12.92 for every person in Indiana and $12.88 for every person in California. Considering that the cost of housing in Indiana is 84% of the national average as compared to California’s 194%, it sure looks like Indiana is going to receive a lot more aid for their buck than California.

So while Indiana’s governor may be making the rounds touting how much government he can do without in his small, mid-western state, it sure looks like he’s more than willing to accept financial help from that big old bad Federal government!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Your typical moral relativism is on overdrive.
You'll go to any length to justify your big government, high taxes, more and more government dependency, less and less private sector business...essentially sliding into to the realm of socialism/marxism/communism.

As long as you are picking and choosing your categories to compare against, my guess is that Indiana is attracting more jobs (even in this pathetic Obama-economy) than Calif. The outmigration from Calif is breathtaking.

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I'm not sure what "moral relativism" has to do with either state since both Indiana and California are in the USA, and there's really nothing about population, square miles, city size, GDP/GSP, unemployment rates and government aid facts that bring to my mind moral or ethical judgments about different people and cultures . . . but hey, don't let that stop you from squeezing in the popular cut/paste/repeat right-wing buzz words in your posting! Even if they don't fit!! LOL!!

Maybe in your next post you can use even more of your favorite phrases . . . I know, you can say how I must not be a "true American patriot" because I root for the Raiders and the Colts had a better record last year! That'll put me in my place!! LOL!!

BTW, according to the "Hoosiers by the Numbers" website, employment in Indiana was down .3% from May to June 2010, and down 2.2% from June 2009 to June 2010. Web Link

I guess that set of facts must mean I hate America and the Constitution . . . did I miss any of your favorite rhetoric? I'm sure you'll include it in any response! LOL!!

You have a nice weekend!

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