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Gasp! Is The Governor A Socialist!??
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Dee Bonner

Governor Mitch Daniels gave a commencement address to Butler University's 2009 graduating class on Saturday, May 9. The following Indianapolis Star news article by Bill McCleery was published in Sunday's edition of the newspaper.

After reading the article, I wondered if Governor Daniels was going through some type of political transformation. You know... like United States Senator Arlen Specter. The Star news article was short, but the excerpts sounded as if the governor was abandoning his core political values and beliefs. Maybe even becoming a SOCIALIST! If so, that would be big news!

Now I realize most people could care less about commencement addresses (graduates and speakers included). But I was anxious to learn more about Governor Daniels' remarks to the Butler grads. So I found the full text of his address and reproduced it in a separate article, titled, "Daniels' Butler Commencement Address." Please understand, I'm not suggesting that you read an entire commencement address, I'm just saying, if you want to read it, it's available.

In the meantime, here's the Indianapolis Star article:

Daniels to Butler grads: Don't be selfish like boomers

If you're one of those baby boomers who thinks yours actually might be the greatest generation, the governor has some news for you.

Gov. Mitch Daniels, himself a boomer, told Butler University's 2009 graduates Saturday they should work hard to avoid his generation's mistakes.

"As a group, we have been self-centered, self-absorbed, self-indulgent and all too often just plain selfish," Daniels said.

Daniels said he hoped the graduates would be part of a generation that would "live for others, not just yourselves. For fulfillment, not just pleasure and material gain. For tomorrow, and the Americans who will reside there, not just for today."

Butler's Class of 2009 includes about 780 receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees. The morning ceremony at Hinkle Fieldhouse was among the first in a wave of commencements that included Ivy Tech's Central Indiana campus and Indiana University-Bloomington on Saturday. It continues today with IUPUI's commencement at the Indiana Convention Center.

Baby boomers, the governor told the Butler grads, are made of softer stuff than other generations.

"We were pampered in ways no children in human history would recognize," Daniels said. "All our lives, it's been all about us. We were the 'Me Generation.' "

Born in 1949, Daniels is among the older boomers, generally defined as those born between 1946 and 1964. They account for an estimated 79 million U.S. residents, according to the Population Reference Bureau.

A few other members of Daniels' generation attending the speech said the governor should speak for himself.

"As far as the baby boom generation, I don't think it's any more of a 'me generation' than the subsequent generations," said Tom Conover, 63, Cincinnati. "We've wanted an even better life for our kids, same as our parents wanted an even better life for us."

Views varied among the fresh Butler graduates.

"It definitely was a really nice speech," said Ryan Moog, 22, Evansville. "It was interesting how he compared our generation with the last one.

"Despite the economic struggle we're going through, he gave a lot of hope to the students just graduating."

A few other graduates gave the speech lower marks -- objecting to such generalizations as the idea that baby boomers too often got divorced instead of committing to their marriages.

"Talking about the baby boomers and how his generation was more selfish than ours -- people can very easily disagree with that," said Nic Belmonte, 22, Schaumburg, Ill.

"I was thinking about baby boomers and I was like, 'Well, my parents are still together, and they've raised me together and put a lot of effort into doing their part for society.' "

Kelly Fritz, 22, agreed with Belmonte.

"It's just not the right kind of venue for that kind of rhetoric," Fritz said. "It was just a put-off. We're all thinking of our parents."

Another boomer at the ceremony liked Daniels' speech, however.

"He was telling them to be fiscally responsible," said Jeff Heiskell, 49, Cincinnati. "They need to hear that."

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009
Article comment by: Leon Tolstoy

"As a group, we have been self-centered, self-absorbed, self-indulgent and all too often just plain selfish."

This is a very good description of the current governor of Indiana - Mitch something.

I also think it would apply to most of the elected and non-elected Republican power elite in Shelbykentucky.

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