Trust Me on the Job Thing
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.
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.