December 15, 2013
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I just can’t fathom how Republican politicians can say things that they know are demonstrably lies. The Michigan GOP seems to have a special knack for ignoring reality. The Michigan governor’s office just keeps spewing out speeches and press releases touting the state’s near miraculous “comeback.” Problem is, there is no comeback, not even a nudge in the right direction.
- The GOP’s war on labor has resulted in an unemployment rate stuck at 9% while the national average is down to 7.3%, in spite of the rebound in the automobile industry.
- Nearly one in five municipalities or public school districts is in danger of bankruptcy up from around 7% under Dem. Jennifer Granholm.
- Big corporation supporters of the MI GOP keep talking about the improved fiscal management of the state, especially the newly balanced state budget. LIE. Michigan has never had an unbalanced budget; the state constitution forbids deficit spending.
- The “improved business environment” is costing Michigan tax payers north of $38,000 for each new job created via massive corporate tax breaks.
The TRUTH is that in spite of Republican fabrications, Michigan is stagnating with a declining tax base, thanks to anti working class policies.
January 4, 2012
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Michigan May See $1B Surplus This Year
How about that for a headline. Who would have imagined that just a few years ago? And guess what? The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency “credited the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry for aiding the state’s recovery.” This is the same industry the Republicans insisted should be allowed to collapse. It was just about 36 months ago that GOP Senator Jon Kyle proclaimed that the federal government loans to Detroit’s car makers “just puts off for six months or so the day of reckoning.”
Well, the “inevitable” Republican doom has failed to happen and hundreds of thousands of working Michiganders are thankful that those loans went through. Jobs saved and created, businesses saved, a state emerging from economic disaster at the cost of….. about two months of war in Afghanistan.
Even President wannabe, Mitt Romney, at one point opposed aid to the auto industry in not so prescient terms: “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”
January 10, 2012 update: Since June of 2009, the American auto industry has added back over 170,000 jobs.