Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?
State of Dismay
By JGillman, Section News
Someone's been drinking the 'Donkey Dew..'
I wanted to get this out earlier, but have been slammed with other responsibilities.
Last night left me a little disappointed. Perhaps if Republicans do not understand now, they may never. Though there might be time for redemption, (success)it will not come as the result of what was said in the Governor's state of the state speech.
Regulars will note my early opinions on Mr. Snyder prior to his becoming our nominee. It was not at all flattering, and raised points questioning the involvement of Snyder's business interests with those 'government' incentives created by the entity HE in fact had a hand in creating. As a businessman he did what was necessary to make his business survive, thrive, etc.. And had little problem disassociating any negative effect on those other businesses that pay taxes, from the government corporate welfare system known as the MEDC.
Snyder carried forward into the 2010 cycle a message that "Lansing has to stop picking winners and losers", yet as recently as 2007, his own business enterprises were still milking our cow... Using the only teat that wasn't spouting dust.
How is it that one does that? In a strange Jedi Mind trick application, citizens of Michigan are made to believe he will be stopping the choosing of business success, yet it is actually expanding the process in which it is done.
"Pay no attention to that sucking sound, there is no cash vacuum, there is nothing to be concerned with."
Sadly, he probably thinks that government has a place being your partner in business. Its all he has ever known. I can imagine that for a person growing up in the mob, extortion and encouraged 'partnerships' are seemingly normal as well. "Whadda you mean you ain't gonna buy our insurance!? Everybody buys our insurance! In fact ol Saul over there across the street buys it, and he'll prolly be around longer than you!"
Which should ring the alarm bells for anyone who wants an open and honest government.
Then there is "Seed Money.."
Where specific players have the ability to dole out large amounts of (cash) encouragement, comes the high probability that certain players have the ability to profit from it. As the trials for the self enriching former Mayor of Detroit have begun, and the way in which he profited is being explained, we miss the true cause. We fail to connect the dots to the very same opportunities Kilpatrick had, and those that come with government plans such as the MEDC or 21st Century Jobs fund. The power of distributing taxpayer dollars is enticing.
This is NOT to say the operators of the fund are automatically corrupt, but rather they should be automatically suspect.
Indeed, that part of the corporate welfare system has not been cut, but is apparently going to be expanded to other areas 'forgotten' by our previous administrations. Agriculture looking for its slice of the pie will have winners chosen by such processes, and have losers made by default. Folks in my neck of the woods might rejoice in such possibilities as state funded expansions of their farming operations, while folks elsewhere pay the bills, in higher taxes, and a hardened competitive environment. And even those who receive the upfront gratuity might find they will have a business partner with garlic breath, and who also does not remain silent for very long on HOW their business is run.
And this is being set up all while declaring OTHER regulatory practices obsolete.. Classic. A bone thrown, that looks 'Republican' With.. ..tags. What an odd place to start. There had to be a good thing in the speech however, right? Perhaps it was to eliminate the MBT? Great! In that the citizenry decided the SBT was supposed to go away and NOT be replaced by a more complex business tax, its about time. Even with the 6% corporate tax, we will be better off. Thanks for doing your JOB.
In the meantime..
Expansion of government under whatever guise, is expansion of government. The Mackinac Center's Michael LaFave has broken down and pulled out the expansions and limitations directly.
Gov. Rick Snyder, 2011
The only disagreement I might have with LaFaive on this, is listing the replacement tax as an expansion. Though it would be interesting to see how a 6% net tax is calculated on a corporation that pays out its proceeds as income to the owners. Lack of surprise from this seat.
However, the remaining expansions REEK of progressivism. Build a system to encourage Physicals? Urban initiatives? Destroy an established Michigan business to create 'new' jobs? Hello Johnson, Carter, and a new era of great societies! These aren't "business" solutions. They are progressive era government partnering solutions that have been tried and have failed miserably already. It appears there is little new and innovative brought to the table, and short of some hard core cuts in other areas we will be facing higher taxes under this governor.
All while the cheers of his following sycophants on facebook encourage even more.
Snyder, on his facebook page says:
"Rick Snyder For Michigan What did you think of the State of the State? Be brutally honest."
ok.. I was... I had to give him credit. In fact, it seems genuine enough, and in all likelihood he would really like to see legitimate feedback. And then looking over the responses, I realized it would be impossible for the Governor to get an accurate response. Given the nature of the forum, a facebook FAN page how could 'brutal' be a part of it. Especially when seeing comments like:
" Love the dashboard, concrete ideas and plans!"
Really? The only Concrete I could see was the boots filling for each taxpayer.. And on point? Vague at best.
But hey, seeing all of those former 'liberals' giving him an attaboy just tells me he is a bridge builder. Oh yeah.. Apparently for real.
Somehow in the midst of this speech he was apparently 'winging' he found the most head turning object liberals love. The DRIC project. The boondoggle of boondoggles guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on the future taxpayers of Michigan. While telling us it isn't going to cost Michigan taxpayers, he fails to recall where the money the Feds have comes from too. Destroy a private company to make a publicly promoted one work. Awesome idea.
And his new supporters from the other side think so. Including Mark Brewer who said
"Eighty percent could have been written by Democrat," he said. "Health care, education, P-20 education, the DRIC, his urban agenda. They're all things he'll find support for among Democrats. His problem will be with his own party."
Imagine that.. I agree with Brewer.
But its worse. Its that 'making the Republicans look bad' problem all over. As we will see, there will be a number of normally hard case conservative Republicans who will doubt their own convictions when faced with the governor's agenda. Because he is currently the standard bearer, he must be doing it right, and anyhow it is logical to assume they will get their conservative platforms enacted in turn... right? Hopefully the courage to stick to principles will carry our new state legislators beyond the same sad story being presented by what appears to be Jenny-II.
I leave you with a cautionary note to those Republicans so afraid of losing that glowy wonderful feeling of having all the branches run by Republicans. You may not have what you think you have anyway.
Unless Jase Bolger can get that 'right to work' legislation placed on the Governor's desk, and he signs it, we will face an uncertainty whether there has been an administration change at all in Lansing.
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