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Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. His reply to the crowd: “A republic, if you can keep it.”
In his new book, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels explains just how close we've come to losing the republic, and how we can restore it to greatness. During his tenure, Indiana has turned a $700 million deficit into a billion dollar surplus, balanced its budget even during the recession, and converted its once unattractive business climate into one of the strongest for private sector job growth. Its public sector payroll is now the smallest per capita in the nation – yet services have improved across the board. To achieve this turnaround, Governor Daniels focused on government's core responsibilities, cutting taxes, empowering citizens, and performing what he calls an “old tribal ritual” – spending less money than his state takes in, while distinguishing between skepticism towards big government and hostility towards all government. Indiana’s track record provides lessons for all policymakers as we face the great fiscal challenges threatening our republic today.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Mitch Daniels
Governor of Indiana
Phillip N. Truluck
Chairman, Society of Emeritus Trustees