Where's the Beef?
what they would do, but there should also be an attempt to break some
new ground in an effort to give the citizens more than just the
standard, pap sound bites we've heard for the last nine months.
GOP candidate for governor Rick Snyder was about one minute into his
opening remarks during the Sunday night debate when we heard, "I've got
a ten-point plan to reinvent Michigan?"
Yeah, so tell the audience something new or better yet flesh out
some of the specifics of that plan. You didn't get much of that from
Mr. Bernero we learned for the umpteenth time is not from Wall
Street but resides, with the rest of the slugs in the world, on Main
To be sure in every debate there is a tug of war between those
asking the questions and those answering the questions. Generally
reporters do try to plow some new ground and generally the debaters are
more comfortable on the old ground and in the event Sunday night, the
It's not that the reporters didn't try. There were good questions on
how to fund the schools by cutting elsewhere. The audience is still
waiting for specifics on that.
Mr. Snyder again promoted his 6% flat rate tax as a replacement for
the Michigan Business tax, but is that enough to fill the hole in the
budget that eliminating the MBT would create? Never got an answer to
Mr. Bernero doesn't even have a business tax to replace the MBT, but
you never found that out in the debate. His answer is, "I'll consult
with the business community on that." Wow. And the consulting will
come after the election, if he is elected.
In other words its another, "Vote me and trust me on what I might
Part of the problem was the debate format itself. It strongly
discouraged any kind of dialogue between the two and more importantly
didn't give reporters enough leg room to do follow up questions.
That was a gift to Snyder who is not that strong on the back and
forth of debating although he did O.K. in this one. Bernero found
himself in a straight jacket, but managed to get in some digs, but the
audience must have come away wondering, "Where's the beef?
That's the one question nobody asked or answered.