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Financially this decision might have been one of the easiest. But props, this morning, go out to the Senate Republican Majority for taking yesterday what many members likely considered one of the toughest stands politically they've taken all session year.
With Michigan's budget deficit ballooning to cartoonish proportions and tax revenue plummeting every time analysts dare peek, there's still a move afoot, championed in the liberal media, created by Congressional Democrats and carried out locally by Lansing Lefties (whoa! Alliteration!) to dramatically increase spending in the now and over the long term.
Yesterday in the Michigan Senate the Democrat Minority acted like children, stamped their feet and threw a proverbial hissy fit in an attempt to convince the Republican Majority to buy them something they knew the taxpayers couldn't afford. Thank goodness the Republicans acted like the adults in the room and rejected the Faustian exchange.
At issue was $140 million in new federal "stimulus" cash targeted at increasing unemployment payments for everyone who has lost his or her job during six-plus years of the Granholm-Cherry economy. And free money is always a good thing, except of course when it isn't free.
According to the Associated Press there's one whopping string attached to that cash. Had the legislature accepted it we'd get that nice fat check to cover this year's rate spike but we'd specifically and intentionally be on the hook for the increased payments into perpetuity.
That's the genius (and the sickness) of Congressional Democrats "stimulus" plan. They are attempting to bribe state legislatures into making radical long term policy and spending changes with giant sums of short term cash. It's a familiar scheme... I think it's what folks refer to as "selling your soul to the devil."
Amazing benefits now in exchange for an eternity of service to the dark lord.
And just like Satan, if you turn down Democrats they're going to try to make your life a living hell.
By blocking the Dems' attempt at woefully irresponsible spending Mike Bishop and the Senate Republicans expose themselves to the inevitable fiery slings and arrows of the campaign trail. 'They turned down free money,' the Dems will proclaim. 'They don't care about the unemployed,' they'll continue. 'Cruel and heartless,' the FREEP will inevitably opine.
Listen, it always stinks to say "no" and to admit we as a state can no longer afford to do every nice thing we might like but that's part of that whole "leadership" and "responsibility" thing. And believe me... a little more pain now is better than a whole lot of perdition later.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've suddenly got Stryper on the brain...
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I've started to notice a painful new trend. Not in the news or in Lansing or Washington, DC but right here, in my own life.
My morning routine is pretty well established at this point. About 5:30 I roll out of bed, or off the couch (its comfy and I'm a bachelor, sue me), do the whole wake-up song and dance, brush my teeth, the shower, shave... if I feel like it... spend some time praying and in the Word and then I'll sit down with a bowl of cereal and a glass of OJ and I'll browse the morning's headlines.
By eight or nine I usually have a splitting headache. I could never figure it out but I finally caught it. Lately, when I read the news, I grind my teeth. I'm not talking a little bit but a full bore, gnashing sort of a grind.
I suppose that means that it is officially painful to read the headlines here in Michigan. Don't know why I didn't notice it before. Take this morning for example...
The Detroit News tells us: State jobless rate hits 11.6%
Only gets worse when you read the article and realize that's the worst its been in twenty-five years and is about 150% higher than even the national average.
The Lansing State Journal: GM's future in doubt, auditors say
They're talking bankruptcy here, people. And yeah, mathematically that might make a lot of sense... heck, that kind of tough medicine might even save ten or twenty-thousand jobs by the time its all said and done but at what price... We're talking surgery without anesthesia type painful. Yeah, you can do it but boy is it going to hurt.
Then there's the Macomb Daily which opines: New director hopes to give State Fair a great send-off
Yes, the State Fair has been eliminated, scratched from the budget. And yes, apparently it just received a brand spanking new "director" to the tune of $97,000 a year.
OK, so that one might be more open-hand-slap-to-forehead than grind-your-teeth but either one will send you screaming for the ibuprofen.
None of those are nearly as cringe inducing as the latest act by the Democrats on the Detroit City Council, though.
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