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New elected Governor or newly hired CEO Rick Snyder State of the State Speech is tonight, where Rick Snyder will outline the Snyder Administration policies and Snyder Team tasks and objectives. He will be referring to a Michigan Report Card and Michigan Benchmark his team has developed.

To assist the corporate media, and what is left of Lansing political reporters and analysts, and Michigan Policy WONKS, we have made a "Governor Rick Snyder: State of the State and Policy BINGO CARD" for your use and enjoyment.

Instructions BELOW...

UPDATE PART 1: Michigan Gov Rick Snyder's Nerd-Centric Politics 101 - An Introduction (SERIES)
UPDATE PART 3: Applications of the Milliken Model of Leadership LDR 203

RELATED: Michigan's CEO Rick Snyder: Transition Hits Snag and Will Snyder Toe-the-Line?

So far, Snyder has not announced his administration's policies or approach to government. Is Rick Snyder a 'Milliken Moderate' of decades past, or will the Snyder Team comprised of a number of John Engler staffers take Michigan "back to the future" and the same old Michigan Republican agenda?

Governor Rick Snyder will outline his new policies for the State of Michigan in the Michigan State of the State speech, transcripts of which will be posted HERE, but will not be released ahead of time.

We do know something of the format of the speech and policies to be announced by Snyder from the Detroit Free Press:

He said he plans to present a report card that he’ll use every year when he gives State of the State speeches. It will have about 21 different measures in five different areas including the economy, health of people in the state, public safety issues and education. "Here’s a benchmark of where we are, and here’s where we’re going," Snyder said.

We can assume Area 1 will be economic development and JOBS.

How to play:

  1. Played like normal BINGO, if you hear the terms or policies list on a square, you put you chit on that square.
  1. If you are a Michigander, geographically or just at heart, you get the "Michigander" free space or squire in the center of the card.
  1. First line to be filled in is the winning policy tone or philosophy of the new Snyder Administration.
  1. Winning horizontal lines or strings are generally shades of 'progressive' vs 'regressive' policies tendencies, horizontal winning lines indicate mixed policy positions, and a diagonal line might show policy as incoherent (not perfect, hey it's a swag - low budget here).
  1. Winners/Losers will be the Citizens of Michigan or just Big Business and Special Interests.

What you need:

All Players

  1. Print out the card
  1. Pencil or "chit" (your kids' Cheerios, Michigan Micro-brew beer cap, Michigan State quarters, etc.)
  1. Access to TV or Radio (Michigan Public Radio)

Other items are bit tricky because this depends on where you stand and your current opinion going into the speech.

Alarmed Progressives

  1. TV Bricks
  1. Earplugs for the Kids so they don't hear you swear
  1. Remote, in case you get heart palpitations or panic attack symptoms
  1. Scotch or similar mind-numbing substance

Willing to Try Anything New Michiganders

  1. Open Mind
  1. Hope
  1. Ability to sort good from the bad
  1. __________ (Snyder will fill this blank)

Michigan Unemployed

  1. Good neighbor or friend with TV or Radio ('cause your cable is shut-off)
  1. Blankets ('cause your heat is down or shut-off)
  1. MARVIN Phone and Pin Numbers
  1. Window open to Resume to send to ANY companies Snyder might mention tonight that are hiring

Corporate Fat-Cat

  1. Big screen HD 50-channel TV
  1. Checkbook (but you probably used that already)
  1. Snyder's home or cell number to text "Great Job Buddy"

Engler or Mackinac Center Republican

  1. Dick Posthumus' cell on speed dial
  1. Window open on computer to right UP or DOWN Op-Ed
  1. Detroit News comments log-on and password
  1. Copy of Weekly Standard or Mackinac/Heritage Newsletter (to read during the boring parts)

FULL ANALYSIS and the winning BINGO policies will be UPDATED to this Posting.

Cross-Posted from Blogging for Michigan.

Originally posted to Hector Solon on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •   What is your favorite SOS Moment... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jennifree2bme, ChemBob

    ... from Michigan or your State?

    Former Republican John Engler once branished a sawed-off shotgun at a State of the State speech, calling troubled urban Michigan youth "Punks".

  •  I'll be going into (5+ / 0-)

    Gubernatorial Indiffernce Mode for the next 2 years.

    I'm not afraid of guns! I'm afraid of the people that obsess over owning them.

    by Detroit Mark on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:06:43 AM PST

  •  Oy. Poor Michigan. (3+ / 0-)

    I love Michigan.  Still consider it my home state, although I haven't lived there in nearly 20 years.  I sure hope this guy has it in him to do some good.

    Halitosigone® can lead to rare, but serious, side effects such as spontaneous combustion and moderate to severe pit stains.

    by bherner on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:29:01 AM PST

  •  The handwriting is already there... (6+ / 0-)

    he's appointed a token Dem here and there, but for the most part it is back to Engler's plan.  He's gonna put more burdens on state workers to accept furlows and pay freezes plus increase the amount they have to pay for their benefits.  He'll be coming after teachers and education with more cuts plus encouraging public money toward more charters and alternatives rather than public schools.  He really doesn't care that much about environmental concerns - he'll allow businesses to exploit our resources.  I hope I'm wrong but.....

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." A. Einstein

    by moose67 on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:33:06 AM PST

    •  I'm no fan of Snyder (1+ / 0-)
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      Hector Solon

      And yes, I do think he's Engler 2.0. But I'm thinking, given the radicalization of some parts of the MI GOP, that we can do a hell of a lot worse.  

      "Merry Merry, Happy Happy, Ho Ho Ho" - Lewis Black

      by Rustbelt Dem on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:46:57 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hope you and everybody else... (3+ / 0-)
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      Sylv, jennifree2bme, Egalitare

      ... are wrong too.

      The Skoop, Tim Skubick thinks it's just that same Engler folks and just an Engler administration re-tread from his piece "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" or under the title "Engler is Back":

      If you were watching closely the other day, there, three seats down from the new governor at his swearing-in ceremony was an old governor. John Engler, sitting quietly in the background.

      Mr. Engler quiet? Mr. Engler in the background? Wrong on both counts.

      Despite his declarations that he is no longer involved in Michigan politics, the facts betray his fainting of non-interest. Look this guy loves this stuff; it's in his DNA and his [Engler's] finger prints are everywhere these days.

      No boys and girls, John Engler is not on the daily news but his influence is still being felt. There is even a low murmuring about how the new Snyder administration is beginning to look like an Engler re-tred [SIC].

      The big question: Can Snyder be his own man or not?

      What is interesting is that even some of the more conservative people I have talked to lately have changed their tune a bit, and don't like Engler anymore, and don't want him back.

      Engler was elected Michigan State Senate Majority Leader in 1985, and the Michigan GOP has been in charge to the party of "NO" holding the State Senate ever since.

  •  Snyder is looking like Engler 2.0 (2+ / 0-)
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    jennifree2bme, Rustbelt Dem

    He's a corporate whore looking out for corporate interests. I said it at the beginning when he was the worst of all the Republicans. I can't believe how many democrats fell for this schmuck because of his avoiding the culture war issues. Engler avoided them too with his mouth.

    If Michigan recovers, it will be despite Snyder. Even Mike Cox would be better. At least he's against outsourcing.

    Don't blame me, I voted for Virg.

    Support Fair Trade. Buy American! Keep jobs at home. Political Compass Economy -6.62, Social -4.82

    by John Lane on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:39:06 AM PST

  •  At least (1+ / 0-)
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    jennifree2bme

    if we are to have austerity, we won't have endless road construction...

    "Merry Merry, Happy Happy, Ho Ho Ho" - Lewis Black

    by Rustbelt Dem on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:48:15 AM PST

  •  Drinking game (2+ / 0-)
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    jennifree2bme, Hector Solon

      Anyone going to take a drink every time the "nerd" says he wants to "reinvent Michigan"?

  •  There's no place like home (4+ / 0-)

    But, frankly, these days it's like watching someone on life support. Unless someone comes up with a million or so jobs, real soon now, there isn't much any governor can do. No jobs, no people. No people, well not much of anything.

    I thought things were bad when I left, and that was 30 years ago. Now that's the good old days. The problems are systemic and endemic, and have been for 40 years. We sold our soul to the car business, and rode the gravy train for a few decades. We were the top of the world. Even our Republicans were good.

    We were the Arsenal of Democracy in WWII. Tanks, planes, trucks..... Thousands of them. Most in plants that didn't even exist when the war started.

    Now, you drive down the Lodge, or Woodward, or Grand River, and it's block after block after block of nothing: vacant buildings, vacant houses, vacant lots. I remember some of those neighborhoods, I knew people who lived there.

    I worked at Wixom Assembly, they were running three shifts 6 days a week. Ford closed it a while back. Heard it was going to start making windmills or batteries or something. Drove by there last month, the parking lots were full of unsold F150's.

    Some smaller, more efficient, greener Detroit (Flint, Pontiac, Lansing, Saginaw, Bay City) will emerge, some day. Turn it back into farms and forests. Bank the land. At least we could feed the people, in a city without a real grocery store.

    Several world class universities, some within a short drive of each other, gotta be some brain cells there that can get something going (or did we all graduate and leave?).

    Biotech? Software? Windmills? Batteries? Solar (I remember Michigan winters, let's skip this one)? Robots? Higher value added manufacturing?

    There is a future coming..

    But it will take a lot more creative thinking than Snyder's showing. We gave the Big Three everything. Government's been downsized, outsourced, and cut. What more is there? What more could he give corporations? How more business friendly does it need to be?

    The Republican catch-22 is that it's never enough. Giving to corporations never pays off. Someone somewhere will always be more desperate and underbid you; then they're back with their hand out asking for more. The giving keeps happening, but the jobs keep leaving.

    Sorry to rant. I miss home.

    Shit happens. So when you flush thank a liberal.

    by BobBlueMass on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 01:14:36 PM PST

    •  No problem Brother... (1+ / 0-)
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      jennifree2bme

      ... people in Michigan understand, and many of us have family and friends we miss that have left the State or we are like you somewhere else, thinking about our great State and all that has happened.

      We'll be back, made it through 1981-1983, just takes longer now.

      •  This isn't your father's economy (0+ / 0-)

        When he came blowing into town to save the Celtics, Rick Pitino said, "Parrish, Bird, and McHale aren't walking through that door." Two years later the Big Three hadn't walked through the door, so Pitino walked out the door. One day Garrnet, Allen, and Pierce did walk through the door - with some others - and they hung another banner in the rafters.

        This isn't 1983. GM, Ford, and Chrysler aren't walking through the door, turning on the lights, and starting up the line again. The plants are gone. The jobs are gone. There's no lines to start up.

        Someday, some other companies are gonna walk through the door. They'll have jobs, just not the jobs we had. Giving them money and more, though, isn't going to do it. Massachusetts just lost $54 million when Evergreen Solar decided to close up and send those new green manufacturing jobs to China.

        Shit happens. So when you flush thank a liberal.

        by BobBlueMass on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 01:54:08 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Right... (0+ / 0-)

          ... the plants and assets are gone, very good point. This is not an extended cycle impact perhaps. People still drive cars though don't they?

          Was at a conference with a lot of very informed people concerned a whole lot about China. A SME on biotech got up and told us they have that too now. It's across the board and its moving so fast you wonder how they can even absorb it all so fast.

          This has to stop, but people at the top getting their bonuses and running.

          Hope you are right, we must have a kid at one of our schools that has the idea of this century.

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