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In State of the Union response, Ind. gov.: U.S. is country of 'haves and soon to haves'


Anticipating President Obama’s populist tone tonight, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will say the U.S. is not a nation of “haves and have nots” but one of “haves and soon to haves.”

"As Republicans our first concern is for those waiting tonight to begin or resume the climb up life's ladder,” Daniels will say, according to excerpts released by House Speaker John Boehner’s office. “We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have nots; we must always be a nation of haves and soon to haves."

He will says President Obama has tried to divide not unite: "No feature of the Obama Presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others.”

He will also defend House Republicans from the expected volley by President Obama, who will vow to fight “obstruction.”

"It's not fair and it's not true for the President to attack Republicans in Congress as obstacles on these questions,” Daniels will say. “They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing, reform entitlements, and encourage new job creation, only to be shot down nearly time and again by the President and his Democrat Senate allies."

He will try to present a positive vision with a classic Daniels-esque analogy.

“As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat,” Daniels will say. “If we drift, quarreling and paralyzed, over a Niagara of debt, we will all suffer, regardless of income, race, gender, or other category.  If we fail to shift to a pro-jobs, pro-growth economic policy, there will never be enough public revenue to pay for our safety net, national security, or whatever size government we decide to have. …

"2012 must be the year we prove the doubters wrong.  The year we strike out boldly not merely to avert national bankruptcy but to say to a new generation that America is still the world's premier land of opportunity. Republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity and capacity of the individual citizen; who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them; who trust Americans enough to tell them the plain truth about the fix we are in, and to lay before them a specific, credible program of change big enough to meet the emergency we are facing."

He will also label the cancelation of the Keystone Pipeline “extremism,” calling it a “perfectly safe pipeline.”

"The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy, or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature, is a pro-poverty policy,” Daniels will say. “It must be replaced by a passionate pro-growth approach that breaks all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private sector jobs that restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills.”

He will also call for a “dramatically simpler tax system of fewer loopholes and lower rates.”

He will call new regulations “mindless piling on” that “devour dollars that otherwise could be used to hire somebody.”