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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.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trust Me on the Job Thing

A huge thank you to State Senator Mark Jansen. He had the guts to
address the elephant in the room the other day when the tag team of
Snyder, Calley and Nixon laid out its bold, and slightly explosive new
budget to reinvent Michigan.
The governor took 30 minutes of lawmaker's precious time to piece
together his blueprint for creating new jobs and my oh my it sounded
grand but then the West Michigan Republican asked this question:
How many jobs will this program create?
The audience must have braced itself for the consummate business guy
turned governor to knock this one into the upper deck. After all he had
access to the University Michigan economic models being from Ann Arbor
and all. And if their computer was on the fritz, given all of his
business connections, he could have found somebody to run the numbers
so he could answer the straight forward question.
But alas. Gov. Snyder was not even there. He wanted to hang around
but split leaving his poor Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and budget director
John Nixon to deliver the bad news answer.
Turns out the Snyder whiz kids did not have the foggiest notion of
how many jobs would be created if the budget was implemented.
Say what?
Nope not a round number, not a ball-park number not a made-up
number. There was no number at all.
So, how do we know the Snyder blueprint will create one lousy job?
Well there is the theory that if your pass a new-fangled business
tax, they will be knocking down the doors to get into the Wolverine
state. That's what candidate Snyder hinted on the campaign trail with
apparently no proof to back it up.
Reporters picked up where the nosy senator left off and asked the
same question later the same day.
This time it was the governor's turn to sheepishly concede that
there were too many variables in the business tax equation for anyone
to figure this job thing out.
So the non-career politician was relegated to acting like a career
politician. On this one you will simply have to trust him.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skoop, Please ask the Governor how cutting public employee wages will rev up the sputtering Michigan economy. Last time I checked, subtracting dollars from workers' wages will further deflate the economic balloon we call the Wolverine State. We need net revenue INCREASES in this state, like higher recreational/tourist fees (=pillow tax, etc.) to ADD dollars to the state coffers.

February 27, 2011 at 6:13 AM 
Anonymous Bill said...

I personally don't care if they charge me 20 percent for my health care. Whatever. But most public workers aren't rich, folks. And in many rural areas the only thing standing between mom-and-pop businesses and bankruptcy are public workers. How is gutting the only group providing consistent spending in this state going to solve anything?

Oh, I forgot: if we cut out all citizens' ability to buy things and give the money directly to corporate via tax breaks...those volcano gods will reward us all with high-paying jobs.

Jesus.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry that there are people who sincerely believe this. The liars and the cheats who say it and don't mean it? I get that. I understand that game. But the dupes who fall for it? No sympathy.

February 27, 2011 at 4:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's simple, folks. Either you force the suffering people of this state to fund your lavish pay and benefits, or you don't.

We'd prefer you didn't.

February 27, 2011 at 8:26 PM 
Anonymous BR said...

Tax and spend! Tax and spend! There is no other answer!

February 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM 
Blogger marv rein said...

on facebook,TR$Y's,. T.R.U.S.T. me only crowd, proves a point

March 1, 2011 at 5:52 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let's do nothing, Tim? You'd prefer smoke and mirror predictions? That's what you have existed on for so long--political pablum from career politicians and their incestuous lobbysits and bureaucrats.

March 1, 2011 at 6:32 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that the first thing to go is jobs.Knowing that most who are elected to office don't do a lot. Why doesn't Governor Synder assign public emplyees work to our elite who we elected to office? At least it would give them something to do and they might be earning their money for once.If you cut public employees wages then politicans can
do the work that won't get done.

March 4, 2011 at 7:43 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Trust Me on the Job Thing" sounds
like "Contract with America" by Newt Gringch who might run for President.How lucky can we get? When you already failed the first time.If anyone is dumb enough to vote you into office You deserve what you get, which is nothing. I think President's are bought and paid for. What do you think?

March 4, 2011 at 8:26 AM 

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