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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    A Decision Must Be Made

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 01:36:10 PM EST
    Tags: Mike Cox, Rick Snyder, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Bouchard, Governors race, Conservative, Republican, Election, Primary, RINO (all tags)

    Many of you have been regulars for years on RightMichigan.com.  There are reasons you come here.  For some, it might be to catch up on what is happening in the state politically, and perhaps even to get a conservative's view on the daily events affecting us in Michigan politics and social realm.  Nick De leeuw built a pretty good sounding board for conservatives across the state, and real policy and decisions have been made as a result of news and opinion made here.  And his writing up until a few months back was sought out by most who visited.  His reasoning pretty well considered, and he has generally demonstrated sound conservative principles.

    Nick's opinion is a trusted one.  And I hope my own carries some weight as well.

    We had both agreed early on, that three Republican candidates, Bouchard, Cox, and Hoekstra would be worthy candidates and would likely make great governors.  The primary had promise to produce at least one great result, and that result being a truly Republican governor for the state of Michigan.  To be sure, each candidate has weaknesses, either in policy or perhaps a personal area, but nothing that has not been overcome with either explanation, a recant, or apology.  "To err is human, to forgive, divine," and we move on.

    As this is a primary, and only one of these fine gentlemen who represent Republican principles can be Governor at a time, RightMichigan.com writers and readers alike have done due diligence, and decided whom they will back.  Nick and I both looked at many different points of strength the candidates have.  Conservative values, commitment of service, ability to rally support, and overall electability in the general election.  On balance, we both came to the same conclusion, and have been supporters of Mike Cox in his bid to be Michigan's top executive.  Nick was serious enough to work for the Cox campaign directly.

    It comes at a cost.

    I am estimating that it was important enough to him to literally change his daily operation, yet he also considered that many of you might have a different preference, so he suspended his blogging here.  Having talked with him a few times, I know he misses it.  But working for a major campaign, and also writing daily on one of the premier conservative blog sites provides a bit of a conflict.  Particularly when three candidates are worthy enough.   It should be noted, he has refrained from using this blog as a tool to diminish Hoekstra or Bouchard, and has been conspicuously silent even when his current boss has been attacked in some minor ways on these pages.  

    Its gotta drive the guy crazy.

    And somehow, I have been one to help fill the pages over the last several months. And some might assume rightly, that partial editorial discretion is in my hands. Up til now, I have refrained from full blown endorsements of Mike cox, even as he is my choice as well, and tried to limit harsh criticisms of his conservative competition as well.  Its been known whom I support however, so fence straddling ought not be something of which I could be accused.  As the race winds down however, it has become clear there is a possible alternate ending to this primary that should send shivers up the backs of people who dislike high taxes, dead babies, and crony capitalism.

    A three way statistical tie exists that could possibly gain the Nerd King his bucket list item number 9.  Rick Snyder has been able to pull into a potential win situation along side Mike Cox and Pete Hoekstra, while Bouchard cannot get above 10-12% in any polling.  This is a bad thing.  

    Its a bad thing, because Snyder is NOT who people think he might be.

    - Rick Snyder has NOT signed the Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform "no new tax pledge." Three have signed it.  Mike Cox, Pete Hoekstra, and Mike Bouchard.  As Norquist has opined, "Michigan has the same problem other states have -- it's an overspending problem.  Tax increases don't solve that problem. . . . It enables [lawmakers] to spend too much."    Some have argued signing such a pledge means that they could not support initiatives like the MI Fair tax, because it's shifting of the burden means an increase on "someone."  However the overall tax burden lowered keeps it within the promise.  Rick Snyder has no interest in signing such pledges.  It takes certain actions off the table, and limits his options.  Michigan is open to new taxes under Snyder.  Likely as a result of expansions of MEDC-like programs that rewards political business associations at a cost to taxpayers.  Its called "crony-capitalism," and has served the nerd well for years.

    - The King Nerd actively pursues government (THE TAXPAYER'S) dollars to fund his business operations. This is different from selling a widget to a governmental body.  If you sell pencils, or pens, or paper, or some particular staple to the state, it is decidedly different than when you ask for money to sell a product to other people.  What Snyder enjoys is the equivalent of paving your neighbor's driveway and asking you to pay for it.  Whether companies are wrong in accepting or seeking such money is open to debate, but given his active engagement of expanding and personal gain from it, it is likely we would never see picking winners by government end, or be reduced under Snyder.

    - Rick Snyder sees the legislature as a board room. Some folks say Lansing needs to be run like a business.  I might have one time agreed.. before I was in business.  Rick Snyder has run board rooms.  He knows how to make them work.  As a tough nerd, he has beat down, intimidated and embarrassed those who opposed him, and was able to get things done to run his companies properly.   But is this the manner in which government of the people, by the people and for the people is run?  Are we looking to elect a tyrant, or a leader?  In business, committees suck.  Things happen slowly in a committee, and a deliberative process can delay progress that may result in bringing product to market late.  In business a "beat em down fast if they don't agree with you" approach  is necessary for efficient operations in today's markets.  But its wrong for Michigan government.  Tough is good in both, but deliberation is critical and creative leadership is better than a person thinking  he would be king.

    - Snyder's core principles are NOT Republican OR Conservative. In fact he had to decide which party banner to run under.  I must admit, there are many folks who are not very conservative in the Republican party, but given the shameless manner in which he would suggest an active recruitment of Democrats to vote in the Republican primary for HIS SAKE, it should be clear that principles are not a part of his make up.  Republicanism is operating under rule of law that recognizes ultimate authority is vested in the voting public through representation.   Conservatism as a part of it recognizes the authority of individuals to be more free  as a result of the rule of law that is resistive to change on a whim of the day.  Democrats represent the "will of the people" in a very liberal manner, and are least resistive to impulse or reactionary "mob-rule" considerations.  By Rick Snyder and his friend Joe Shwarz inviting folks who otherwise have no interest in the Republican form of government to decide whom the Republican candidates will be, he is actively seeking to destroy the Republican party from within our primary process.  It is unacceptable.

    - Rick Snyder has personally lied to my friends. He has told them to their face, that he is "pro-life".  He has told many folks the very same thing, yet the fact remains he has companies that  profit from the destruction of human embryos.  And you pay him for that service.  As pointed out in the bullet point above, he milked the cow that is Michigan for the cream to fund his investment company Ardesta to the tune of $7.5 Million dollars.  Ardesta funds research which uses embryos.  He donated to the cure michigan's embryonic stem cell initiative in 2008.  Some may support that initiative, but to claim one is "pro-life" and then call for the destruction of life is a bald faced lie.

    - And the guy creeps me out. Seriously, have you seen his ads?   The guy is strangely presented like a snidely whiplash type of character in the cartoons.  Just plain weird. But maybe knowing what he is about, makes it easy to think that way too.. Sometimes I just want to freeze the DVR on the TV and run up and draw horns with magic marker.

    Snyder is poison to the Conservative Republican resurgence.   This is a problem we need to fix in two days.

    There are a couple of ways of handling it.

    • Some have suggested one of the top candidates step aside and quickly endorse one of the top two conservatives.  Then that candidate begins to posture for the upcoming US senate bid against Debbie Stabenow in 2012.  It would be a heroic move to be sure but one that is unlikely.
    • Given the statistical impossibility of Mike Bouchard winning now, if he was to step aside and endorse either Cox or Hoekstra, it would lessen the chance of a Snyder victory.
    • Even if Mike Bouchard did not endorse, but rather withdrew and told supporters to support Anyone-but-Snyder, it would make all the difference in the world.
    • Tell every friend you have who thinks Rick Snyder is a friend to business in this state, that he is NOT.  Get them to understand how he has made his living is on the back of taxpayers.  Have them read up on the guy who would be the executive pocket protectorer.

    It was an easy task to start writing opinion, but the decision I made years ago to make sure my name is attached firmly to that opinion was a more conscious one.  Anything posted to the web is permanent as they say.  My opinions have been as the result of knowledge at hand, a set of principles that guide my own personal life, and consideration of consequence.  As I have written, I have had supporters and detractors both.  And even as I have met resistance to my sometimes unique suggestions, I have at least re-examined my premises.  I want the truth, and want nothing more than to be able to present it.    Can I get emotional and lash out from time to time?  Yes.  And I can be wrong as well, but can be trusted to stand for the principles I hold as my guide.

    I hope I have earned some trust, and I have presented as fairly my arguments for ideas of conservatism and support of the right individuals as is possible.  I am willing to spend a little of that trust to make sure Michigan is not screwed again by the likes of a liberal bouquet of tyranny which we have endured in the last 8 years.  The above list leaves out one other possible way of ensuring we don't allow ourselves to be fooled by the fake Republican who would willfully destroy the entire republican slate across the state to be nominated as our candidate.

    - Vote Mike Cox  ..just to be sure.

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    Vote (none / 0) (#1)
    by Brady on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 02:54:54 PM EST
    From my viewpoint as an advocate for the Second Amendment and as part of the pro-Life minority in the Democratic Party, I second (or third) your support for Cox.  His record on both issues outweighs his past indiscretions.  And as a northern Michigan resident, for what it's worth, I'd also like to add my Democratic support in your primary for both Jason Allen for the 1st Congressional District and Dennis Lennox in the 105th House District.

    • Thanks Brady by JGillman, 08/01/2010 10:56:18 PM EST (none / 0)
    Anybody but Snyder (none / 0) (#2)
    by Republican Michigander on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 03:12:09 PM EST
    I voted for Mike Cox and Joe Hune.

    Anybody but Snyder is right (none / 0) (#3)
    by WadeHM on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 04:14:42 PM EST
    An excellent article, very thoughtful. Appreciate the full honesty and candor. I am still undecided at this moment on who to vote for, with the exception of RINO Snyder. I'm sure I'll be at the fire station Tuesday, still undecided, as I begin to mark my ballot. Your endorsement is very persuasive though, I must admit. As you know I follow both of you closely on your sites. Your opinions carry much weight with me and may ultimately be what helps me decide who to vote for.

    Keep up the good work gentlemen, and may God be with us on Tuesday and in November.

    • thanks Wade.. by JGillman, 08/01/2010 10:58:37 PM EST (none / 0)
    Hoekstra has a better chance to win (none / 0) (#4)
    by dnlchisholm on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 07:37:42 PM EST
    I agree that we need to unite and that Bouchard doesn't have a chance, but Hoekstra has a better chance to beat Snyder than Cox does.  It's a mistake to try to get Hoekstra voters to switch to Cox and it's not going to happen anyway after all of the negative attacks Cox has made against Pete.

    The Cox problem... (none / 0) (#5)
    by rdww on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 09:09:49 PM EST
    ... is the same as the one given for Snyder.

    "- And the guy creeps me out."

    It's time for Bouchard (none / 0) (#6)
    by maidintheus on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 09:10:02 PM EST
    to advise his 10% to vote for...Hoekstra or Cox. He should make the announcement first thing in the morning. That 10% and accompanying endorsement would be a game changer.

    Prayerfully yours...

    Don't get fooled again (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Reason on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 02:33:20 AM EST
    Don't you see what Cox is doing?  His whole campaign has been back handedness and lies.  When someone uses the majority of the publicity he can muster slander his opponents, when he has cronies issue attacks on his behalf, what does that tell you about a person?  It's the same routine dishonest politicians have put us through for years!  Please don't listen to this man.  

    I'm voting for Snyder not because of his party affiliation but because I think him being in office is the best thing that could happen to Michigan.  But even if you don't agree with me, please don't fall for sleazy Cox and his lies.  Vote for anyone else.  Pick Cox and it will be Kilpatrick all over again, but this time on a statewide level.  

    For gods sake, chose pragmatism over partisanship for once in your lives.  

    Results (none / 0) (#11)
    by bronaldreagan on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 01:23:06 PM EST
    What's wrong with a candidate that can convince demoncrats and independents to go along w/ lowering our tax burden and lessening the size of government? What I've seen from Snyder so far is that he is a real conservative who expresses our principles in a way that makes others see the light.

    Conservatism is about smaller government, and that is what Rick is preaching. Is seeking to actually build consensus and get things done now an evil in the Republican Party? I thought delivering results was a Republican thing.

    If we don't reach out to convince other people to join us, we're not going to survive and succeed in shrinking government.

    Knowing tax $$$ built Snyder's business (none / 0) (#13)
    by maidintheus on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 02:07:47 PM EST
    and his selfish, unethical usury of our money...why anyone who respects our liberty would vote for him is beyond me.  

    Hope you're right (none / 0) (#16)
    by Hershblogger on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 08:54:39 PM EST
    ...that you can be sure.  

    I like both Cox and Hoekstra, but have decided in favor of Hoekstra because of the Cox campaign's long series of attacks on Hoekstra.  

    If Cox had any clear poll lead in stopping Snyder, I'd vote Cox.  But he does not.  

    Snyder should have been the Cox target, early and often.  Attacks there were fully justified, and might have made the biggest difference.

    Three for one? The autopsy (none / 0) (#19)
    by geek49203 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 09:47:43 PM EST
    AS this piece points out, Cox, Hoekstra and Bouchard would all be good.  At least, they are all peas in a pod, and had difficulty in distinguishing themselves from each other, even to GOP people.

    The problem is that the remaining candidate is the alternative for people who don't like peas.  It is entirely possible that Cox-Hoekstra-Bouchard split 70% of the vote and lose to Snyder's 30%.  


    The problem with Cox-Hoekstra-Bouchard is that they have common flaws.

    • None really excite anyone.  None have charisma that lights up a room.  

    • None seem to have any real ideas on how to keep downsizing State government.  One might have some ideas on where to make a few extra million or so, but we have a $billion deficit this year, and the prospects of it being worse in the next 2-3 years.

    • A couple of pet peeves here.  First, all have used robocalls.  I'm sorry, but that's kinda like phone spam to me.  This has continued after I called up campaign headquarters demanding that I not be called.  Second, none have any idea what the Driver's Responsibility Tax (the worse GOP idea ever) is, or have any ideas on how to kill it.  

    I'm sorry that "none of the above" isn't on the ballot, and I think that Snyder is "none of the above" for many people.

    A couple of essays . . . (none / 0) (#28)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 12:04:12 AM EST
    . . . that make a point for a different top-of-the-ticket candidate:

    "The Cox File":  In this essay I expose the smoke screen of the smear campaign against Pete Hoekstra and make clear his positions on the issues.

    "Neither A RINO Nor A Weasel Be":  In this essay I present my reasoning behind which gubernatorial candidates I reject, and which one I'm voting for.

    Holy crap! I voted for Pete? (none / 0) (#29)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 07:52:05 AM EST
    Well, been to the polls and back and my civic duties are done for the day.  And yes, I porked a chad for a "Pete".

    Governor: Mike Cox

    Representative for D-1: Dan Benishek

    State Senator D-36: John Moolenaar

    State Rep. D-106: Peter Pettalia

    All four millage renewals, two County and two Township: I voted a big 'ol fat NO.  Get by on less like everyone else does.

    Now, all that is left is the waiting for this evening results...

    Well then... (none / 0) (#33)
    by rdww on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 04:25:23 PM EST
    ... may all your libels go unchallenged, and all your issues be extremely simple ones.

    Just Voted (none / 0) (#34)
    by grannynanny on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 06:31:12 PM EST
    Was very disappointed that Chris Christie was not on the ballot!  Perhaps one of these days Michigan will have someone like him to right what is wrong with Michigan.  I see his new crusade is to take on the pensions in NJ.  A real man with a real "pair"!

    • Yep by Corinthian Scales, 08/03/2010 06:53:29 PM EST (none / 0)
    Congratulations Rick! (none / 0) (#36)
    by DougDante on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 09:58:44 PM EST
    Congratulations to Rick Snyder, Michigan's Republican nominee for Michigan governor, and also to our Democratic nominee Verg Bernero!

    Well, Michigan has spoke... (none / 0) (#38)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 11:49:53 PM EST
    We now have the NerdPrince destine to become King.

    I hope that this Blue State is satisfied with the two kleptocratic choices for November...

    • Perhaps by maidintheus, 08/04/2010 12:07:01 AM EST (none / 0)
      • Perhaps? Indeed by Corinthian Scales, 08/04/2010 12:57:39 AM EST (none / 0)
    Oh Gawd (none / 0) (#41)
    by grannynanny on Wed Aug 04, 2010 at 08:27:21 AM EST
    We are so screwed!  Michigan is going to be the laughing stock of the nation when "The Used Car Salesman" Bernero takes the wheel and runs what is left of this state right down the big toilet!

    Shame on the Michigan GOP.... (none / 0) (#42)
    by archiespeck on Wed Aug 04, 2010 at 08:41:12 AM EST
    ...for not getting their arms around this mess early on and working out a deal. It was clear that the 3 "real" Republicans were going to savage each other and divide the conservative vote. Why didn't Saul Anuzis cut a deal with Bouchard or any of the other 3? He could have said "resign now, and you're our guy against Stabenow." The GOP has no one to blame but themselves on this one. A real opportunity to finally change the democrat/union stranglehold on Michigan has been completely squandered.

    4 conservatives, 1 liberal - split votes. (none / 0) (#44)
    by Republican Michigander on Wed Aug 04, 2010 at 09:53:44 AM EST
    The story of the day. 63.54% did not vote for Rick Michigan. The conservative votes went to someone besides the nerd. The liberal and more importantly "screw em all" vote went to self proclaimed "I'm not a politician" Snyder.

    As for me, this November, I'm voting for Justice Young, Mike Rogers, Joe Hune, and Bill Rogers. As for Rick, he's going to have to earn my support or hope Virg pisses me off to the level that John Kerry or Barack Obama did.

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