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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

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    First time for everything: Granholm speech underwhelms the MSM

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 07:37:55 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm, State of the State, MSM (all tags)

    The Right Michigan community didn't care much for Jennifer Granholm's "State of the State" speech yesterday evening.  Actually, that might be generous.  The speech drove Rose's husband out of the room, Arndt to drinking and Gillman to the nearest vegetable stand... I understand they were out of tomatoes.  

    But that's not really much of a surprise.  Here at RM we'd prefer a dose of reality and a step in the right direction as opposed to two paragraphs of reality and fifty-eight minutes of self-congratulation on minor perceived-victories.  

    This was the same basic speech we've heard for the last half-decade.  There are serious problems in the state, here are two minutes worth of lip service about reforming government now let me tell you how cool I am, drop a bunch of buzz words and start creating a whole new batch of winners and losers.

    In the past the press has fallen under the woman's siren spell and fawned all over her after the speech and in their coverage the next day, and there's still plenty of that going on today.  It was apparent, though, from the immediate post-speech commentary that something may have finally changed this year.  

    Without having to worry about the damage they might do to their ideological compatriot's reelection chances, the press started to tee off right away.  The Off the Record panel, never usually failing to sip the Governor's happy juice, called her out for her disconnect from the broader issues driving Michigan's descent.

    The editorial pages and job maker reaction is even tougher this morning.

    Read on...

    The Associated Press caught up with industry leaders:

    "Quite simply, unless the governor can freeze medical, litigation, motor vehicle crash and other costs, this is simply anti-competitive, anti-business and anti-consumer grandstanding."

    --Jeffrey Junkas, spokesman, Midwest Region American Insurance Association, speaking about Granholm's call to freeze auto insurance rates for a year.

    "We are extremely disappointed in the governor's call to slow the construction of new power plants in Michigan. Last year we worked with the governor and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to implement comprehensive energy reform to help build affordable new generation in our state. This delay in action will cost Michigan much need jobs, investment and slow our economic recovery."

    --Doug Roberts Jr. of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce

    Translation: The Governor's newly announced initiatives will kill jobs, drive up utility rates and send highly-mobile insurance companies (they only need to move a desk chair and unplug a phone from the wall) and their employees scrambling for the state's borders.
    The Detroit News:

    The governor called for what she termed "a comprehensive effort to dramatically change the shape and size of state government" to be headed by Lt. Gov. John Cherry. That's an important exercise, but it would have been more useful had it been done several years ago, not in the penultimate year of her last term in office.

    After all, many of the state's major business groups have already issued reports and analyses of changes that could add up to nearly $1.5 billion in savings. These groups, joined by the nonpartisan Center for Michigan, have formed a coalition to push for these changes.

    Translation: The Governor has been asleep at the wheel.  And not just for the last six years, but, apparently, for the first month of this year, too.

    Even Tom Walsh at the Ivory Tower got in on the act:

    She pointed in her State of the State speech Tuesday to thousands of new jobs coming in the alternative energy and movie industries, and those are worth celebrating.

    But Michigan has suffered a net loss of 426,000 jobs on Granholm's watch.

    Why did she not move more rapidly to bring state spending in line with Michigan's shrinking stature?

    For years, for example, the salaries of our governor and legislators have ranked among the five highest in the 50 states. Why have we waited until now to make these symbolically important cuts?

    Michigan was one of only two states, along with New Jersey, to pay for its own wetlands permitting operation while the federal government did it for the other 48 states. What took so long to take action on that no-brainer, which Granholm announced Tuesday?

    His entire column is like that... we could quote it in its entirety except for that pesky "fair use" thing.  You'll just have to click the link above and give it a gander yourself.

    And forgive Tom for assuming in his opening sentence that the Governor actually cut lawmaker salaries by 10% last night.  He's not used to being this tough on Granholm and it may have thrown off his fact-checking meter for a moment.  (The Governor can ask for but does not actually have the power to do anything with lawmaker salaries.  Out of her purview.)

    Last night's speech may have given us nothing but a morning's worth of temporary intellectual honesty from a handful opinion editors and columnists in this state but that's better than we've gotten from this Governor in the past.  Suppose that means I have to call that performance a success.

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    Failed Governor/Failed State (none / 0) (#1)
    by DMOnline on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 08:38:53 AM EST
    Stick a fork in her.  She's done.

    Governor Granholm is nothing more than a failed governor of a failed state sporting a nice pants suit and fancy hairdoo.

    Rumor has it she was itching to be picked to serve in Obama's cabinet.  He wisely overlooked her for consideration.  Now she's stuck doing a job she hates for the next two years and we're stuck with her and her failed policies.

    It's a crying shame we let this happen to our state.


    Governor's Pay Cut Not Effective 'til 2010 (none / 0) (#2)
    by Victor Laszlo on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 09:05:54 AM EST
    Not surprisingly, the Governor's proposed pay cut of the Governor's salary doesn't take effect until 2010.  Why am I not surprised.

    The one bright spot (none / 0) (#4)
    by LookingforReagan on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 10:02:01 AM EST
    Was the live blog that was on RightMichigan last night. It was the first one that I had taken part in and it was fun. I enjoyed that immensely.
    The speech was about what I expected. We had a saying in the horse business that fits the Governor perfectly. All show and no go. Wish she would go.
    The next outrage is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 7:00 at the Calhoun County Board room in Marshall. The wise members of the Commision have decided to jump on the Obama, Levin, Kennedy bandwagon and pass regulations to violate the 2nd Amendment rights of the citizens of this county. Unfortunatly I don't think that much can be done with the perponderance of Democrats on the board. 5 Dems and 1 lone Republican. One seat vacant.

    Granholm's "State of the State" Address (none / 0) (#5)
    by The Blue Diamond on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 11:49:23 AM EST
    I was not impressed.

    What really got me (none / 0) (#6)
    by thejmfc on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 01:50:10 PM EST
    What really got me about this speech was the part where she started rambling on like, "I've been making the big cuts and hard decisions for years!"

    But no, she hasn't.  Not really.  If she had been willing to make some tough choices back a year or so ago, we wouldn't be saddled with the SBT surcharge.  It's hard to put a number on individual factors, but you have to imagine that the surcharge has been responsible for at least a part of our downfall.

    Too little, too late.  And too convenient for throwing Cherry in the spotlight as a "Government Reformer" before he goes on the campaign trail.

    Some technical problems with Granholm's speech (none / 0) (#7)
    by Theblogprof on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 06:13:28 PM EST
    I've got a LOT more to say on this topic, but some of the scientific inaccuracies she laid out there are just embarrassing:
    Doesn't she have a science advisor or advisors that tell her the truth about physics?

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