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Another Dem Rising Star Implodes: Michigan's Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Reaganite Republican ^ | January 5, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 01/05/2011 4:21:07 AM PST by Reaganite Republican

Touted as an Ivy-League-educated 'genius', 
the results simply aren't there... sound familiar?


A guest-post by Hannah McKale:

The After Effects of Jennifer Granholm's 
Failed Governance

In her 2006 State of the State address, Jennifer Granholm declared, “You are going to be blown away!” in regards to the hopeful future Michigan had. She claimed her attempts to attract jobs using foreign investments would both diversify the job climate as well as allow the economy of Michigan to move away from the auto-making industry. She must really regret making those statements, despite being oddly keen on the events of years to come.

Now it is 2011. Governor Jennifer Granholm is soon to be moving into the darker pages of Michigan's history as she prepares to leave office, but unfortunately many of her decisions made while in office will have effects on this beleaguered state well into the future.

Arriving at the end of her term, we can now compare her predecessor’s unemployment average versus the unemployment rate today. Despite what you have thought of former Governor Engler's approach at politics, his 4.8% unemployment rating is less than half of the current 13.1%. It's difficult to believe Granholm's continuous claims that she saved the automobile industry, when nearly half of the auto industry is unemployed, and a third of Michigan's industrial workers are unemployed as well.

To respond to this unemployment problem which Michigan has been battling with for nearly the past decade, Granholm has proposed and initiated several cuts in government spending, but in all of the areas which will only serve to hurt Michigan's already failing economy. Cutting nearly a fifty million dollars from the transportation budget has left many Michigan roads in perilous condition. Roads in Michigan are infamous for their enormous potholes thanks to brutal winters, and funding for plowing the roads has been cut from Michigan's budget as well.
  
It seems as if Jennifer Granholm has spent the second half of her time as governor fighting battles other than the economic troubles this state is experiencing. Fights such as bringing the internet to the entirety of Michigan. Approximately five percent of the state is unable to receive broadband internet because the providers have declared it would not be profitable to extend their services into these regions. Note, most of these regions are incredibly rural, with few inhabitants. The internet is a grand tool, but should over one hundred million dollars of funding be poured into a project such as this when there are dozens of much more important issues at hand? Is the availability of high-speed internet more important than the job security of over a tenth of the state? The plan to lay down over 2,000 miles of fiber optic cable will be completed by Merit Network, and several other private firms sometime in 2011.
  
Many pundits made a show of Jennifer Granholm when she first took office, and even just two years ago, Chris Matthews went so far as to call her a genius. While she must have been an intelligent speaker in order to successfully make her way into office, it is a far flung statement to even insinuate Granholm's term as governor has been anything approaching the levels of 'genius'. Anyone with a degree from one of the top online schools for public administration could do an equal job in office, and Granholm is an Ivy Leaguer.
  
It is certainly not genius to tax and spend just as the majority of the United States government has done, but Jennifer Granholm has not shown any problem with appealing for government aid, while still ignoring the true problems this state is facing. A teetering unemployment level, coupled with little hope of any local economic recovery to come has left many with a bitter taste in their mouths when the name Jennifer Granholm comes to mind. The fall out of this particular administration may be felt for several years to come.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2010/05/proposed_plan_to_cut_spending.html 

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2010/12/post-mortems_on_the_tenure_of.html 

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2008/09/30/matthews-biden-sparring-partner-genius-can-she-play-palin
Hannah McKale recently received her Masters in Political Science, and is currently seeking a Ph.d program. McKale focuses much of her writing on the international political economy. When she is not working she is often traveling the world, or advocating for online universities.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: democrats; granholm; jennifergranholm; jobs; michigan; unemployment
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1 posted on 01/05/2011 4:21:15 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Chris Matthews went so far as to call her a genius.

Being called a genius by a moron isn't exactly a feather in your hat.


2 posted on 01/05/2011 4:33:31 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Tralala boom-dee-aye!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Democrats when they were in charge of states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia were trying to turn these states into failed states just like Michigan.

In fact, democrats in charge of aby state now are trying to do that with the states they currently run.

Look to California now as just a precise example of that.

California used to be the fifth largest economy in the world.

Under Brown, look for California to be close to dead last as far as US states are concerned, right along with Michigan, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts.


3 posted on 01/05/2011 4:36:07 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: reagan_fanatic

But NO tingle! What does that tell you lol


4 posted on 01/05/2011 4:39:04 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Ev Reeman

Exactly- imho Ohio is one to watch as an experiment, they’ve shifted towards the GOP to get them out of this mess


5 posted on 01/05/2011 4:40:18 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

But thank God Gov. Granmole cannot be President. She was born in Canada eh.


6 posted on 01/05/2011 4:47:42 AM PST by Eric Roelfsema
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To: Eric Roelfsema

Do you have the BC?


7 posted on 01/05/2011 4:50:12 AM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Reaganite Republican

the olny thing Grandmole blew away was the Michigan economy.


8 posted on 01/05/2011 4:50:41 AM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Eric Roelfsema
Ditto for The Guvernator, another major disappointment.


9 posted on 01/05/2011 4:51:59 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus

Campaigned as the Terminator and governed as Pee Wee Herman.


10 posted on 01/05/2011 5:00:45 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The democrat left wing communists always confuse education with wisdom and wind up being the fools the truly are and always will be because they refuse the wisdom given by God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ and condemn themselves and those fools who follow them to a life of hard condemnation and eventually to hell, a place they say does not exist.
Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour and judge of the unjust and cruel.


11 posted on 01/05/2011 5:03:53 AM PST by kindred (Come Lord Jesus, rule and reign over all thine enemies.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
She claimed her attempts to attract jobs using foreign investments would both diversify the job climate as well as allow the economy of Michigan to move away from the auto-making industry.

her only attempts to attract any "foreign" investments were the auto industry. she made multiple trips to europe and japan to try to "attract" car companies to invest in MI. every attempt failed.
12 posted on 01/05/2011 5:05:13 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Now if we could only get rid of the other Marxist idiots, starting with Stabenow and Levin. These two may as well speak russian and goose-step.


13 posted on 01/05/2011 5:07:09 AM PST by Mich Patriot (...politics is the second oldest profession...it bears a striking resemblance to the first." RReagan)
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To: Reaganite Republican
What a mess the state of MI is, some her doing, some from previous Admins, etc...

But let's look what happened on her watch...

· Comerica moved to Texas, that one to me was the warning shot that the state was dead man walking.
· Pfizer left Ann Arbor
· GM and Chrysler, Belly Up....
· Kawame was left to long in the Job when she could have acted....
· Largest outflow of people in the nation, loose a district.
· The State is so broke, and it hits Now as "Porkulus" dries up. Ask a CPA that has been briefed on it, it is not good..
· or · The New Governor, Rick Snyder warns up to 350 Municipalities may have to go chapter 11....

Yes Jenny, we are blown away....

14 posted on 01/05/2011 5:08:02 AM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Reaganite Republican

Didn’t she declare she’d bring in 20,000 green jobs over the next 20 years or some somesuch?


15 posted on 01/05/2011 5:10:16 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Being awake is dangerous and silly.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

She’s a failure.

That’s required line item #1 for any democrat’s resume if they are to be regarded within the party, or offered a job in the future.

(line item #2 is some combination of sexual deviance/marital infidelity)


16 posted on 01/05/2011 5:23:06 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Reaganite Republican
Yea she's a real genius....NOT

I would love to know where all that money for the internet has been spent. I'm rural Michigan, in the UP. We have Hughes net and before that Pasty.net wireless, for the past 6 years or so. It's either that our dial up, which is hardly worth having. But, if she's spent all that money on the internet, what was the point? I can get internet anyway, no thanks to the millions and time she's spent trying to get it to me. I guess she thought we could all stay home and do our work, grocery shopping ect. from home. Meanwhile our roads are a mess. The UP especially where I live, receives around 250+/- inches of snow a year. And she has cut back on plowing the roads? What a genius(sarcasm)

17 posted on 01/05/2011 5:27:20 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

If this woman is a genius, then my IQ is off the charts.


18 posted on 01/05/2011 5:27:58 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Reaganite Republican
<-sarcasm->Political leaders from Ivy League Schools always lead to productive and fiscally sound government, as well as being illuminative beacons towards the promotion of the idea that free individuals should govern themselves. The United States needs more elites to rule we, the sheep of the ordinary populous. Repubs and Dems, it does not matter, only that our overlords are Ivy League “educated”. <-/sarcasm->
19 posted on 01/05/2011 5:30:05 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: rollo tomasi

yes but she sure is Hot!


20 posted on 01/05/2011 5:34:20 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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