Land, a Byron Center Republican, had defended presidential candidate Mitt Romney's anti-bailout position two years ago and noted that GM had become known as "Government Motors." She declined to revisit the topic Wednesday during a brief exchange with reporters, which she cut short following the forum."It's great that the autos are doing well" ... which they are because of the bailout you were trashing two years ago. Land should maybe put some time into doing something other than dodging, ducking, and evading. This is a kind of big issue for the state! Voters are likely to be paying attention to her answers, if she ever gives a real answer. (Though maybe that attention is exactly why she's trying not to answer.) Land also had a non-answer on the Paycheck Fairness Act:
"I've always supported auto workers," Land said. "Detroit put Michigan on wheels. They're the backbone of our economy here in Michigan. It's great that the autos are doing well. I support the autos, and what I want to do is go down to Washington D.C. and make sure we have a competitive environment here in Michigan and that you don't over-regulate, you don't overtax and you don't over-burden Michigan families."
Land also responded to criticism over her opposition on the Paycheck Fairness Act, noting that the secretary of state's office had more female managers when she left than when she started.See, the Paycheck Fairness Act is about making sure that women don't have to have a good boss to have a chance at moving ahead. About giving them the tools to respond to discrimination when it happens. And it doesn't mean a whole lot, as a politician, to say you support equal pay for equal work if you would vote against a bill meant to ensure it. If you oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act, you support the status quo.
"I support equal pay for equal work, I always have," she said. "I've always encouraged women to move ahead and be successful."
The fate of the auto companies and equal pay are big issues, and Terri Lynn Land doesn't have real answers. She says she supports them, but what's important to Michigan voters is not how she feels about equal pay or auto industry success, it's what she'd do about it. And her answers on that question don't measure up.