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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Told Ya So


    Chalk up another one for the Nerd.
    For a guy who knew very little about politics, Gov. Rick Snyder has cobbled together a very impressive record in his five short months in office capped off this week by passage of his budget centerpiece.
    It was not easy but when the dust settled, the new gov had a new flat rate business tax and a modified pension tax on some retirees and his reinvention Michigan train is rollin' right along.
    Last week the doubters in town figured there were too many Republicans who adhered to the old notion that they would oppose anything that even looked like a tax hike. Seven did.  But 19 of them somehow set that aside and gave Mr. Snyder a yes vote.  His Lt. Governor Brian Calley then delivered the 20th vote for passage.
    Then within a couple of hours, 56 house Republicans followed suit and presto change-o the deed is done.
    While the governor deserves credit for pulling this off, it should be noted that he did it with GOP control of both houses.  Had he produced a goose egg, the boo-birds would have been all over him for being a lack-luster leader.  Instead it looks like he really does know what he is doing.
     Go back to last winter when the governor first proposed the politically incorrect pension scheme. His own team of more seasoned vets lectured the new guy in town that it would never pass.
     "It's the right thing to do," he repeated every time he was told to forget it.
      Mr. Snyder has shown he was right although every Democrat in town disagrees.  Doesn't matter.
      Are you getting ready to say, "I told ya so?" one wag asked the governor.
      "I would never say that," he smiled but in his head, he's certainly justified in thinking it.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governor Nerd has no right to break legal contracts or overthrow duly elected officals of city's and townships and replace them with Emergency Finical Manager's who have the right to break contracts, fire the mayor and others.This isn't a governor this is a Dictator.

May 19, 2011 at 6:13 AM 
Anonymous heard it before said...

Governor Nerd and the Republican House and Senate just passed new taxes on the poor and working man. Where was the Republican Party's mantra"No New Taxes." It must have slipped there mind.What they forgot to say was,No New Taxes on the wealthy.Republicans care only about the Rich.By the way do you remember When Governor Nerd called for,Equeal Sacrifice by all.The Governor,House and Senate haven't sacrificed one thing.Poor Governor Nerd Sacrificed his pay for a year except one dollar.How's he going to surive? The House and Senate never mentioned their lifetime pay and benefits and the automatice pay increases by not voting against a raise.Where's the equal sacrifice? Your word Governor Nerd is worthless.

May 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governor Nerd and the Republican House and Senate just passed new taxes on the poor and working man. Where was the Republican Party's mantra"No New Taxes." It must have slipped there mind.What they forgot to say was,No New Taxes on the wealthy.Republicans care only about the Rich.By the way do you remember When Governor Nerd called for,Equeal Sacrifice by all.The Governor,House and Senate haven't sacrificed one thing.Poor Governor Nerd Sacrificed his pay for a year except one dollar.How's he going to surive? The House and Senate never mentioned their lifetime pay and benefits and the automatice pay increases by not voting against a raise.Where's the equal sacrifice? Your word Governor Nerd is worthless.

May 20, 2011 at 11:20 AM 

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