The Price of Loyalty

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Bo says:

    Overall, I mostly agree. I do take issue with the whole “a wider swath of the American public will need to become regular taxpayers” line, since that really only works if you limit yourself only to federal income tax. If you include other federal taxes and state and local taxes and various government licensing fees (and of course government mandates), practically everyone is already a regular taxpayer.Report

  2. I worked on a Democratic campaign in Indiana a few years back when Daniels was first running for governor. I ran into Daniels a few times on the trail and – even though I was clearly supporting his opponent (although that wasn’t the candidate I was working for) Daniels was one of the nicest, most pleasant politicians I had come across. I don’t like his politics, but ever since I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for the man himself. That said, his personality completely fits with this anecdote: I don’t think he’s comfortable not being liked. That’s not always a bad thing in a President when the audience you aim to please is the American public (certainly the people’s opinion should at least be a part of decision-making). But trying to gain popularity in a group of ideologues – regardless of the ideology – usually doesn’t turn out well.Report

  3. Avatar timb says:

    I live in Indiana and Mitch’s tenure has been a long term disaster. Selling state assets, turning essential services over to incompetent private companies, slashing funds to schools, and raising taxes on people like me TWICE (for a millionaire’s paradise of a Stadium, financed by the poor and middle class and the school bond my school district demanded so it could stay in business).

    Mitch is a classic conservative….slyly shifting economic “advantages” upwards towards the haves, refusing to update the state’s economy, and cutting state funding to ALL levels of public education.

    It’s enough to easily fool the reporting class, so attuned to their own upper middle class checkbooks and personality politics, but to citizens he’s a disaster. He’s only preferable compared to the other morons who are running for the R nomination.Report

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