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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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To: InvisibleChurch

Green jobs?

That should sound alarm bells right there!


21 posted on 01/05/2011 5:35:29 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: InvisibleChurch

Green jobs?

That should sound alarm bells right there!


22 posted on 01/05/2011 5:35:29 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: Reaganite Republican

I hope Texas has room for 75 million people!


23 posted on 01/05/2011 5:36:28 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Reaganite Republican

Clearly, this record of Granholm’s will gain her a special place in the marxist Democrat Hall Of Fame.

You see, she was successful, extremely so, in their estimation.


24 posted on 01/05/2011 5:36:38 AM PST by dforest
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To: Dr. Ursus
I hope Texas has room for 75 million people!

As long as they're all God-fearing, gun-toting conservatives, then yes we do.
25 posted on 01/05/2011 5:40:53 AM PST by TexasAg
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To: wally_bert

“Campaigned as the Terminator and governed as Pee Wee Herman.”

Good witticism BUMP.


26 posted on 01/05/2011 5:42:38 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

In Graham’s defense, she was a democrat. Democrat policies fail. She was doomed from the start. And Michigan was doomed from the start. Just like U.S. was doomed at the start of 2009.


27 posted on 01/05/2011 5:43:55 AM PST by paman12
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To: TexasAg

I think we may have to start over with the U.S. with Texas
leading the way!


28 posted on 01/05/2011 5:48:21 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Reaganite Republican
In her 2006 State of the State address, Jennifer Granholm declared, “You are going to be blown away!”

So, which legislator got the lewinsky?

29 posted on 01/05/2011 5:49:25 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

To the left, a PhD degree from an ivy league institution is a guarantor of illumination and genius unless your name happens to be Dr. Jerome Corsi or Dr. Katherine Albrecht.


30 posted on 01/05/2011 5:53:46 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The Peoples Republic of Michiganders weren’t convinced she was the worst attorney general in the history of Michigan...so they elected her as governor and she became the worst governor in the history of Michigan...so they elected her again and she broke her own record as the worst governor in the history of Michigan.

The definition of insanity or unteachable useful idiots?


31 posted on 01/05/2011 5:53:55 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Reaganite Republican

I never thought of her as a rising star. She’s more like the liberal woman who helped ruin Detroit.


32 posted on 01/05/2011 5:54:55 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Reaganite Republican

Blown away...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PdHC9kAJK4

It’s good that she’s gone but she’s still taking in clean air and exhaling collective dioxide.


33 posted on 01/05/2011 5:58:47 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Reaganite Republican
In her 2006 State of the State address, Jennifer Granholm declared, “You are going to be blown away!”...

Code for "Stay out of Detroit!"
34 posted on 01/05/2011 6:08:51 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Reaganite Republican

“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.”

Let’s not forget Michigan’s liberal allowances for Gross Vehicle Weight in commercial trucking, which is the highest in the nation. Michigan roads are at the mercy of trucks weighing 50% more than the national average, as the trucking industry has long strangled any attempts to change the laws.


35 posted on 01/05/2011 6:26:12 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: wally_bert; Cincinatus

I voted for him when I lived out there, but Arnold lacks the political skills for dealing with the overwhelming Leftist establishment, is a RINO at heart, and is married to a Kennedy, which has further rotted his brain

I fear that joint in his early movie career might have had some lasting effect as well lol


36 posted on 01/05/2011 6:43:57 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Dr. Ursus
I hope Texas has room for 75 million people!

My next door neighbors are from Michigan. We are in Central Texas and they are constantly complaining about the weather. It is either too hot or too cold. The neighbors before them were from Maine. Same thing. They moved to North Carolina. There are so many of those we call them half backs. They move to Texas and then leave and go half way back home, stopping in the middle some where.

Remember, people. Texas is very hot and very cold. There are gigantic, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, hidden recluse spiders, scorpions, coyotes (both canine and human), and we are all uncouth red necks. Think long and hard before moving down here. California would probably be your best bet.

37 posted on 01/05/2011 6:51:35 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: taildragger

She certainly “blew away” a lot of jobs.


38 posted on 01/05/2011 6:54:58 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Dr. Ursus
I think we may have to start over with the U.S. with Texas leading the way!

As long as we kick out Austin.

39 posted on 01/05/2011 6:57:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Yes,Austin should be surrounded and neutralized.


40 posted on 01/05/2011 7:01:29 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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