Mitch Daniels is the forty-ninth governor of Indiana. He served as political liaison to President Ronald Reagan and as director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.
Since 2004 the other forty-nine states in the nation have increased their debt levels by an average of 40 percent. Indiana has paid down its debt by 40 percent. How did Governor Daniels do it? Explaining how he got Indiana's finances under control, Governor Daniels discusses the greatest threat America faces today – the "new red menace" of U.S. debt – calling on Americans to unite to face this menace and defending his call for a "truce" on divisive social issues. He also stakes out his positions on taxes, school choice, and national defense and responds to a question being asked with increasing frequency, "Will he run for president in 2012?"
Mitch Daniels is the 49th governor of the state of Indiana (R) and the author of the current best-selling book, Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans. As governor, he led Indiana to its first balanced budget in eight years and transformed a $700 million deficit into an annual surplus of $370 million. He also presided over record-breaking investment and job growth and earned Indiana, which now ranks near the top of every national ranking of business attractiveness, its first ever AAA credit rating. Daniels’s other accomplishments include the lease of the Indiana Toll Road, the largest privatization of public infrastructure in the United States to date; the creation of the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide health care coverage for uninsured Hoosier adults; a sweeping property tax reform in 2008 that resulted in the biggest tax cut in Indiana history; and the most expansive education reforms in the country in 2011.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels expands on his cautionary statement regarding the United States' national debt to the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2011. "This is not a philosophical argument," he explains. "It's an arithmetic one."