By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:47 PM EST
"There's a paperweight that I've had on my desk for about 10 years," Pence said. "I'm told the saying on the paperweight was on Ronald Reagan's desk. When I move in Saturday afternoon bringing in a few boxes, I'll put it right there. It says, 'There's no limit what a man can accomplish as long as he doesn't care who gets the credit.'"
Pence continued, "The attitude that I hold is reflected throughout our administration on the very first day. Let's bring everybody together and let's look for areas where we can agree on goals; where we can find common ground. Where there are differences, let's work on those differences that reflect civility and the courtesy that Hoosiers always afford their neighbors."
Pence also grasps the differences between being a legislator and an executive.
"As a legislator, you are an advocate," the Columbus Republican said. "You represent your constituents and your ideals. You carry those into the debate to the best of your ability. An executive ought to be someone who demonstrates the capacity to listen to all sides, to reflect, to cast a vision, and then create a proposal to advance that vision on a consistent basis."
Despite the transformative successes of Daniels, we live in a state with a persistent 8 percent jobless rate. There are jobs available, but the "skills gap" finds many employers unable to find trained employees to do the job.
There is much work to do.
Godspeed, Mike Pence and the 150 legislators. Hoosiers need you to work in concert.
- Brian Howey publishes online at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.
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