Once upon a time, I had a friend named Dom. Dom was an interesting fellow. He played in a death metal band that advertised its show by saying, “Come for the music, stay for the violence.” At the show, they were known to throw fecal matter on the audience. Dom once told me a rollicking tale that ended with Dom being so drunk he had no idea that the guys he was drinking with had put a bag of crack in his pocket until they were pulling it out and giving it to the prostitute.
So, you can imagine my surprise that the Governor of Indiana is taking a page from the philosophy of Dom. When confronted with unpleasant truths, Dom advised, “deny, deny, deny. I don’t care if they catch you on video tape; you say, ‘I don’t know what this is; I didn’t do it.'” Deny, deny, deny.
Presuming he’s not simply delusional, that’s what the governor continues to do, today
he disputed claims that he had openly favored Central time during his campaign for governor. “It’s a fiction,” he said. “I was a first-time candidate and I committed the sin of straight answers.” What he meant back then, he said, was that he could “see an argument” for Central time.
That’s what he said today. Let’s see what he’s said in the past:
WRTV6: Daniels Wants Most Of Indiana On Central Time Move Would Benefit Businesses INDIANAPOLIS — Mitch Daniels said Monday he wants to move most of Indiana to the Central time zone and have it observe daylight-saving time statewide. Daniels’ statement was part of a series of economic development initiatives he announced. He said the time change would put Indiana within two hours of everyone in the continental United States and make it easier for companies inside and outside the state to do business.
WTHR13: Daniels wants to move most of state to central time zone Kevin Rader/Political Reporter. Indianapolis- Mitch Daniels introduced his plan to help Indiana reach its economic potential. . . . Daniels favors adopting Daylight Saving Time and putting most of the state in the Central Time Zone. “With Central Time you are only one hour off your customer in Boston and two hours off your customer in L.A. It’s a way to take advantage of our central location.”
WISH-TV 8: Daniels Wants to Move Most of State to Central Time Zone
Daniels sees DST as an economic development issue. It was just one of several planks in an economic development plan released by Daniels Monday. Mitch Daniels is trying to address just those kinds of problems with his proposal that Indiana adopt central time and central daylight time. Daniels says it makes more sense to be aligned with Chicago than New York City and thinks jobs would come here as a result.
Daniels: Central time zone By Deanna Wrenn, The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Moving most of Indiana to daylight-saving time in the Central time zone and providing more tax breaks for growing businesses will jump-start Indiana’s economy, Mitch Daniels said. Indiana’s current economic development policy is allowing jobs to disappear and has not helped new companies flourish, he said. Moving as much of the state as possible to Central time and daylight-saving time would reduce confusion both within Indiana and for out-of-state companies wanting to do business here, Daniels argues. Switching to Central time would mean the least amount of change for the most residents, he said.
The Tribune Star: Terre Haute: Daniels restores Indiana to daylight-saving time By Stephanie Salter Tribune-Star During the campaign season, both he and his opponent, Joe Kernan, preferred the Central time zone, with Daniels mentioning a two-hour difference between both coasts as a positive.
That was before Daniels began taking the deny, deny, deny approach. That approach seems to have started at the beginning of November when he came out with the following:
Daniels said moving Indiana to daylight-saving time “was the only (position) I advocated in the campaign and in the legislature. Choice of time zones, I think, is the definitively local issue.”
Asked if he hadn’t advocated Central time in his campaign, Daniels said: “Pardon me, but I did not.”
And, of course, today he says it’s a fiction.