Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: The Scourge Of Rampant Transparency Run Amok

Sep 26, 2018

We never thought we'd have to compare Purdue's President to Hedley Lamarr, the villain in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles." And yet, that happens on this month's program.
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Quite a number of journalists took issue recently when Purdue President Mitch Daniels attempted to argue in his regular column for the Washington Post that there was too much scrutiny of government allowed by public records laws and attempts at transparency.

On this month's conversation with him, he says he’s in favor of those types of laws in principle, but do his actions – including using processes that restrict transparency in the State Street and Purdue Global deals – match up with his rhetoric?

Also on this month’s show, President Daniels tells Bloomberg News that President Trump deserves, in his words, “great credit” for the U.S. economy – despite the fact that even Daniels notes economists are worried about the long-term debt and lingering costs that President Trump’s decisions seem likely to leave behind.

And if not the former Broad Ripple High School, where will Purdue Polytech locate in Indianapolis?