Daniels v. Blagojevich: The People We Elect Really Do Matter

Part of the headline of this story is borrowed from the final words of an analysis written by Steve Stanek of The Heartland Institute.

He uses the Wabash River as the divide — the separation between the achievements of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and the tribulations (capped by Tuesday’s arrest) of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Daniels’ story is well-known. His actions have been big and bold over the last four years. In his re-election campaign this year, he admitted that not everyone was likely to agree with all his actions. That has certainly been the case. But it is also undeniable that the state is in far better shape than its Midwest neighbors and most others around the country. We look forward to full steam ahead in the next four years.

To the west, the themes have been government ineptitude, out-of-control spending, corruption and now extortion. Blagojevich is not the first (there may need to be an Illinois governers’ wing opened in federal prison) to apparently take short cuts to increased political and personal power, but his alleged actions come after a series of questionable (if not illegal) moves during his time in office.

Just another reason that it’s good to live, work and play in Indiana. Don’t take it for granted.

Stanek summarizes it this way.

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