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  •  Yes Michigan! (6+ / 0-)

    It did my heart good to see Governor Granholm sworn in again today.  I contributed, worked and voted.  I am so glad that she prevailed.

    I am also expecting - demanding - much more out of Governor Granholm in this second term than I did in the first.  Michigan is in dire straights.  Bromides and excuses will get us exactly no where.

    NAFTA has destroyed Michigan's economy.  Let me repeat that, especially for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and the rest of the DLC: NAFTA has destroyed Michigan's economy.  Manufacturing is NOT coming back.

    What to do?  1. We preserve our first world educational system.  It truly is exceptional.  Without that, we are done.  2. We DO NOT ask the least able among us to shoulder more of the burden. We protect Michigan's values, through strengthening state programs that help the elderly, the sick and the poor.  3. We set about a smart enticement program for research and development (see no. 1) and the jobs of the future.

    Most importantly, we all have to remember that every initiative starts with "WE".

    But, this costs money.  How do we do it?  (Yes, the SBT must go.  It's a holdover from when three employers - GM, Ford and Chrysler - employed 40% of Michigan's residents.)  We finally institute a tiered, progressive state income tax, and we tax services as well as goods.

    Won't that mean less money in our pockets?  Yes.  But we were offered a stark choice between people-first economics in Granholm, and "supply-wide" with DeVos.  Wisely, we voted not to become the Mississippi of the north, but to defend our heritage and values, and to invest in our future.

    I wish Governor Granholm every success in the world. But, mostly, I wish her the courage and conviction to make the hard choices that will salvage what's left of our economy, and move us broken but not beaten into the future.  


    •  She's the right woman for the job. (2+ / 0-)
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      wizardkitten, Old Dood

      The sense I got from today's speech was that she's more than aware of the looming task ahead of her.

      It's one thing to be a terrific politician. It's a completely different story to be a terrific public servant up for a momentous task.

      Now, as all of us laud her to do the job at hand, I want to know if we're going to be the first to criticize the minute she starts getting the state back in shape by cutting some things as she looks to fill the $2 billion hole that the Repubs created.

      When times get lean, if we want to get a job done, then we all have to tighten the belt.

      A victory doesn't mean stop working, it means celebrate for a day and then start working all over again.

      by LiberalLucy on Mon Jan 01, 2007 at 06:04:27 PM PST

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      •  I Agree (0+ / 0-)

        Governor Grahnolm is the right person in the right time in the right place.  I have much hope that she will do what is necessary to get Michigan through these precarious waters.  

        But her second term has to be one of monumental changes to our state.  Treading water until help hopefully arrived in DC (her mission in the first term) is a long-gone option.  We have to go it alone.  Right now.

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