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Pence: More career training needed

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence
GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence said Tuesday he wants more Indiana students to graduate from high school ready to work and proposed creating regional groups to design alternative curriculums that train high school students for technical and vocational jobs.

But Pence's plan drew a sharp rebuke from a spokesman for Indiana's largest organized labor group, who accused him of trying to reinvent the wheel and add another layer of bureaucracy to workforce development. Indiana AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Harris said state's workforce investment boards already coordinate with local leaders, organized labor and Ivy Tech Community College to train workers and place them in jobs.

"There is a system in place controlled by local leadership that Mike Pence is ignoring," said Harris, who used to work at the state's Department of Workforce Development.

The proposal is the first detailed idea from Pence in the governor's race. The congressman is running against Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham to succeed Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is term-limited from seeking re-election in November.

If elected, Pence said he would have regional groups of educators and businesses craft curriculums for students starting in January 2014.

"You bring educators together, you bring business together with local stakeholders and you say, 'Let's figure out what a curriculum would look like if we want to give kids a pathway out of high school and be job ready or be nearly job ready,'" Pence said during at event at Central Nine Career Center in Greenwood.

Gregg called the proposal a good idea but criticized Pence for waiting on "Washington-style committees" rather than acting immediately.

It's unclear exactly how much the proposal would cost or how many jobs are available. However, Pence offered Harrison Steel as an example of an Indiana company in need of workers.

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He's an Obstructionist who helped take the nation hostage in regards to the debt ceiling last year, resulting in the first ever downgrade of our country's credit. He prides himself on NOT governing.

Truly, he is a champion of the 1% of Hoosiers who are rich rich rich. As for the rest of us: Mr. Pence clearly believes we simply aren't as VALUABLE as rich people.

EVERY Democracy fails without compromise. Mr. Pence SHOULD realize that he has a RESPONSIBILITY to represent ALL Hoosiers in his district. But he doesn't give a crap about anyone who doesn't believe exactly as he does. As Governor, he won't make any effort to respect those who have different viewpoints (if he follows the pattern of his loathsome Congressional ways.) He believes 'compromise' is a dirty word. It's His Way or the Highway.

Submit or else. If you DON'T give in to him, he's certainly not opposed to causing Real Measurable Harm to everyone: exactly what happened with the downgrade of America's credit rating.

There WAS a time-- not all that long ago-- when politicians realized they had an OBLIGATION to COMPROMISE. Mr. Pence represents a new terrible breed of American politician: one who believes that ANY means are acceptable for victory: including political blackmail, voter suppression, and other gangster tactics.

All that matters is victory to this man. And IF he wins, all that will THEN matter to him is pushing his rampant ideology down the throats of everyone who disagrees.

Cooperation, compromise, understanding that both the left and the right are striving for the same goal: to better the lives of citizens

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Jun 13, 2012, at 1:20 PM

Worst congressman in Indiana's history.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Jun 13, 2012, at 1:21 PM

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