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By JGillman, Section News
This site has served the conservative community for a long time.
Recognizing that many 'moderate' elements now lurk for fear of being drawn into arguments they cannot win, there ARE ways to get a pulse on what is being considered. Even the soft conservatives out here are getting the fire-to-the-hand test of loyalty by the governor who doesn't really seem to have ANY center of gravity. When the first answer is always to go back with hands out for more taxes, its an insult to the 'conservative' voter who actually feels some bizarre obligation to support it. When we see this:
"The MIRS subscription newsletter reported Monday that the quadrant leaders "are moving toward a package" that would devote all revenue collected at the gas pump -- including fuel excise and sales taxes -- to roads while boosting the state sales tax by one percent to replace lost revenue currently earmarked for schools and cities."I am all for making sure the taxes collected on Gasoline goes to roads.
However, the increasing cost on gasoline and subsequent sales tax windfall provided cover for the fungible nature in which the schools are supported. It allowed other areas of state government to grow, and covered the years of neglect and lack of schools oversight by the legislature. The schools have enough to operate on, but do not have some of the tools in which to better manage what they get. Snyder's additional sales tax is NOT the way to solve this.
There really has to be a question forming in the minds of even the most ardent Republicans.
We are NOT ATM machines. How the hell did we get here?
We need to know where you are at. Is Rick Snyder at all trustworthy to see through another 4 years? Would readers of this site vote for a Democrat to prove a point? Would a third party bid be a better way of giving Snyder's unpredictable 'antics'?
Take the poll.
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By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws
SNL? Forget it. Family Guy? Boring.
If you really want to laugh, tune into the hilarious world of John Cherry.
That Cherry is running for governor is a given, but his pre-announcement committee is called "A Whole Lot of People Supporting John Cherry." It's like a supermarket generic name -- a white box with black lettering -- and shows there is no limit to the dumbing down of the political process.
The Detroit News has an article today titled, "Cherry has image problem in bid to be next Michigan governor." No kidding! The article's thesis is that Cherry is "widely recognized by experts as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for governor. But among voters, Lt. Gov. John Cherry is barely recognized at all." Again, no kidding! He's 35 points behind that noted statesperson, Debbie Stabenow, in polling among Democrats and, when voters are not read a list of names, they manage to dredge up Cherry a whopping 9 percent of the time.
This is a frontrunner?
But the fun doesn't stop there! In the same article, the author says Cherry is "respected by leaders of both parties and is known around the state capital as a smart behind-the-scenes public policy wonk who has learned during 20 years in the Legislature and six years as lieutenant governor how to broker deals."
A public policy wonk! The Random House Dictionary gives three definitions for "wonk":
Of course, all Democrats are considered geniuses by the media, so here is Cherry being described as the quiet genius, laboring behind the scenes to accomplish . . . uh, what, exactly?
Here's how a couple of admirers describe Cherry. The Port Huron Times Herald opined on January 2, 2009:
[Cherry] served in the Legislature for 20 years and understands how things get done.
On February 24, 2008, the Associated Press fawned:
Cherry has led efforts to bring about many of the changes Granholm wants and has helped decide what those goals should be. He headed a task force that led to the creation of a plan to double the number of college graduates and was a key negotiator during last year's epic struggle to raise taxes and balance the state budget. As the Senate's presiding officer, he cast rare tie-breaking votes for tax increases.
Wow. He was in the legislature for 20 years, and he voted for tax increases and helped to implement the Granholm agenda. Amazingly, he puts this stuff on his website! What a sense of humor!
Can't you picture Cherry and his pals sitting around, laughing about his candidacy:
Minion: "Tell us again, LG, what you put on your website."
Oh, man, I can't take it anymore. These guys are killing me! Only an expert comedian would run on an economic record that has us heading toward 15 percent unemployment and perhaps higher, with ballooning budget deficits, higher taxes, and the systematic destruction of our entrepreneurial spirit.
On his website, under "His Vision for Michigan," Cherry has a picture of a windmill.
Stop it, already!
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