In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
No Experience Required
If you want to be an accountant, you better know something about numbers. If you want to be a governor, you better know something about running a government. Rick Snyder would agree with the first assertion but not the second. And since he will likely run for governor, you should reflect on his thinking that his lack of experience in Lansing is actually an asset as he ponders his bid for the GOP nomination. Snyder is of course the whiz kid business guru who made his first million in the computer biz and now he's got the bug to transfer what he learned there and apply it to Lansing. Some would say it is presumptuous for an outsider to even consider becoming governor without any elective office background. Not Mr. Snyder. "I think that's a good thing. We need a breath of fresh air." But don't you have to have some political experience to run a government? Isn't that sorta like saying you can drive a car, but you don't know how to pump the gas into the tank? "I've successfully organized a multi-billion dollar company," he recounts. But in Lansing you have a board of directors of 148 lawmakers. "I've run a company with thousands of shareholders," he retorts. But how about a reality check: That is not the same as having 148 ego driven lawmakers telling you what to do. Snyder is unflappable. "Lawmakers don't tell you what to do. As governor you're suppose to be partnering with them. I have confidence I have those skills." So here we go again with the business model of running government. Dick DeVos tried it and lost. But businessman Dave Bing tried it and became Mayor of Detroit. As for Mr. Snyder, don't count him out. Like he says, his lack of government experience is a good thing.