Indiana Super Bowl of Pigskin Politics
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels had the honor of providing the GOP response to the State of the Union address last night. Prior to his May 2011 decision not to seek the GOP nomination, he was viewed as the presumptive favorite of the Republican Party establishment members.
Newt Gingrich’s latest proclamation of being the anti-establishment candidate, have given pause to the establishment GOP. In fact, in light of Newt’s surge of late, the name of Mitch Daniels has been floated, in the form of a trial balloon, as a possible very late entry as the Republican nominee. Last nights Republican State of the Union response can be seen as adding credence to that notion.
It is undeniable; the Governor of the Great State of Indiana is an accomplished man. Prior to his current tenure as Indiana Governor, he served at the pleasure of President George W. Bush as Director of the OMB.
Governor Daniels also was a member of the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council. During his service of 29 months in this capacity, he proposed deep spending cuts to numerous agencies to accommodate tax cuts.
Since taking the reins as Indiana Governor in 2005, he has achieved much of the establishment GOP’s policies vis-à-vis the Red States agenda.
Spending cuts and renegotiated state contracts accounted for a substantial turn around in the states fiscal condition.
In 2007, Daniels signed the Healthy Indiana Plan providing Indiana workers insurance, subsidized by the state. Funding was achieved through a tax increase on cigarettes and reallocation of federal Medicaid funds.
Indiana was the test case for the controversial State Voter Registration Law, requiring government photo identification to be presented, before being permitted to vote. The SCOTUS ruling upheld the states right leading the way for subsequent states to follow suit.
Upon gaining a super majority in the State House and Senate, it can be said Governor Daniels overreached when it came to the Right to Work bill in 2011.
To prevent passage of the bill into law, the democratic legislators decided to make a stand, denying a quorum by fleeing the state. In conjunction with this move, Hoosiers have taken to the streets, as well as the capital, demonstrating in protest of the proposed legislation.
This year the Super Bowl will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event may prove to be a political stage to push back against the Republican agenda.
The National Football League Players Association has weighed in on the situation. NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith stated players are in “Lock step with Organized Labor” adding it’s “a political ploy designed to destroy basic workers’ rights.” The player’s strong opposition to the bill may include upstaging the Super Bowl game itself.
The NFLPA president continued saying…” “We’ve been on picket lines in Indianapolis already with hotel workers who were basically pushed to the point of breaking on the hotel rooms that they had to clean because they were not union workers,” he said. “We’ve been on picket lines in Boston and San Antonio. So, the idea of participating in a legal protest is something that we’ve done before.”
The NFLPA conducted a work stoppage in 2011, which threatened the 2012 football season.
Super Bowl XLVI may be remembered for more than the New York/ New England rivalry. It may come to be known as the year ‘Political Overreaching’ clashed with the People. It may become to be known the Indiana Super Bowl of Pigskin Politics.
On February 5th the kickoff of Super Bowl 46 is set for 6:30 Eastern on NBC. Stay tuned…