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    The retirees who vote Dem by default lived in a time when manufacturing was king.  I've talked with these folks; they still think that unions are massive, possessing all the money and political power in this state.

    In Michigan, the 2004 elections saw 4.8 million voters at the polls.  The state did better for Kerry than Gore, but won for Kerry over Bush by a narrow margin.

    There were 4.3 union members in this state at the time of the election.

    What does that tell you?

    •  union membership (none)
      I think your numbers are a little high.

      There are only 966,000 union members in Michigan right now.

      Are you talking about current and past members?

      Whoops I saw where you got your numbers. You were looking at total number of people employed in Michigan, not the total number of union members.

      Which makes sense because if there were 4.3 million union members in Michigan then there would be 20 million workers in Michigan!

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