Mitch Daniels Did Not Do His Job

Oh dear. Only 52 hours in working for *National Review,* and the brainrot has gotten to Reihan Salam:>The Agenda on National Review Online: **Daniels for Rushmore:** Like NR’s Mark Hemingway, I’m a slightly fanatical admirer of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels…One of the threads of Ron Suskind’s *The Price of Loyalty* is that Mitch Daniels simply did not do his job as Bush’s OMB Director. The OMB Director is the principal–indeed, the only–voice inside the White House for fiscal prudence, for trying to ensure that the money the government spends is spent well and that the resources the government raises are adequate for the spending plans the White House evolves. While he was Bush OMB Director, Daniels simply did not do his job.Page 219:>Mitch Daniels became agitated. He blurted out, “Well, yes, but if you can’t do the right thing when you’re at 85 percent approval, then when can you do the right thing? I think it’s time to say no.” Everyone looked with surprise at Daniels–he has a way of expressing what others are thinking but don’t say. Often, he’d find himself doubling back when he got an arched brow from Cheney or Rove…And page 296:>The Commerce Secretary echoed much of what had been said…. As usual, not a real discussion, O’Neill thought as he looked over at [Mitch] Daniels…. He knew Daniels was focused on the perils of rising deficits, but it would take gumption to air those concerns in a room full of tax cut ideologues. “I think we need to balance concerns,” Daniels said…. “You need to be out front on the economy, but I am concerned that this package may not do it. The budget hole is getting deeper… we are projecting deficits all the way to the end of your second term.” From across the table came glares from the entire Bush political team. Daniels paused…. “Ummmm. On balance, then, I think we need to do a [tax cut] package… accelerate the rate cuts and the double taxsation of dividends…” O’Neill looked with astonishment at Daniels… turn 180 degrees in midsentence…Surely we can do better? Surely we can find a Republican who has (a) held high federal office and (b) actually done his job?

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