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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tear Down That Wall

   Michigan pollsters have been losing money for years because one of the time honored questions that was also asked was what is the voter's top priority?  For the last eight years, no one has had to purchase that question because everyone knew the answer:  The economy stupid.
   Now comes the governor who may have, unknowingly, produced a sea change of note.  The economy has been replaced by education.
   Remember this is the governor, hat in hand, who has gone to what seems like every little dinky school district in the state urging the locals to get in the game.  She's pleaded with them to call their local legislator and demand new revenue so that school kids don't get hit on the head with a $292 per child loss in state aid.
    Apparently somebody is listening as the latest EPIC-MRA survey conducted for TV-7 news and the Detroit News shows schools are now number one.
    So what?
    That's the right question, because that does not mean senate republicans are listening even though their emails and phones are suggesting they should.
     There's been no crack in the anti-revenue wall that GOP leader Mike Bishop and friends have errected despite the pleading from the governor and the school community to tear down that wall.
     For weeks there have been a handful of GOP senators sympathetic to the new revenue pitch with the governor being careful to point out she is not asking for a general tax hike. 
     But the "sympathy" has not produced any yes votes and now it is crunch time.  The holidays are calling and lawmakers, never bashful about submitting to the siren sound of time off, show no signs of cracking the anti-revenue wall over the next two weeks. In fact schools are likely to take the $292 hit now and hope for new revenue next February.
     Happy New Year.


Blogger Dave Lambert said...

Of course those poll results need further examination. Check out this posting from the Mackinac Center:

December 4, 2009 at 7:01 AM 
Anonymous Bill said...

The Mackinac Center? Yeah, let me rush right over there to read a story from a hack who couldn't hack it in the classroom himself--and now has a day job bashing teacher pay.

If teacher pay is so damn good, why do so many neo cons flee it to go work at the Mack Attack Center. Serious question.

I'm sure the sharpies at neo con think tanks can slant a question in order to get the response they want. People in Michigan want schools supported--not this retarded horseshit that passes for whatevre it is Bishop thinks he's doing.

December 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM 
Anonymous Bill said...

And how is that opinion piece even related to this one, Dave? Is that YOUR final answer--that the "answer" is to gut teacher pay and benefits? That really is all you've got?

Jesus help us all. Here's a Christmas wish: that Bishop and you and those that think like that stop using my kids as a human shield while you lob grenades at the teachers' unions and teachers. How's that?

Then when you stop using my 7-year-old as your own political shield, here's some suggestions:

1) Get off your stubborn assses and modify the tax code for what Michigan is today and not what it was 50 years ago. Why should a mom buying her kids shoes at Kmart pay tax and someone buying a concert ticket to the Palace not? Why? Answer that please.

2) After you do #1, lower the overall sales tax. Everyone gets a break but yet more money is brought into the state.

These aren't new ideas. They seem like that somedays when nothing gets through the inpenentrable cement walls that pass as noggins in the Republican party here in Michigan.

You think a majority of our citizens think like Bishop and the Mack Center? You really, truly think that? Guess again. Enough!

The. End.

December 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM 
Blogger carraig said...

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December 8, 2009 at 11:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gimme a break!!! A $ 127.00 cut (less than 2%), or a $ 292.00 cut when others are taking 10 and 15% cuts or losing their jobs all together? How effite! How inconsiderate of anyone else's situation! How self righteous. Most teachers if they take no leave or sick days, when they are there, work less than 900 hours a year in the classroom. Administrators are hangers-on are way too many for the need. It's time these pigs had a little less thrown in their trough!

December 11, 2009 at 8:16 AM 
Anonymous Bill said...

Nice rant, anonymous. I love how the free market advocates bitterly rant about how their free market policies have turned and given it to them up the ying yang and the solution is for everyone to suffer just like they're bitterly suffering.


December 14, 2009 at 5:25 AM 

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