Skip to comments.Mich. Lawmakers Point Fingers For Gov. Shutdown
Posted on 10/01/2013 8:29:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan is losing $18 million a day as a result of the federal government shutdown. The politicians at the state capitol are weighing in on who's to blame in Washington.
The blame game is in full bloom in the nation's capitol and the democrats and republicans in this town are joining in the finger pointing.
"I think its devastating and the height of irresponsibility," said State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer.
"I don't think that the Tea Party is anything that I'm going to criticize," said State Sen. Randy Richardville.
State lawmakers are being told by the state budget director, state government will lose $18 million as a result of the federal shutdown. But Senate GOP Leader Richardville is not sure the state budget director, who works for the governor, is right. "He's not my spokesperson, so I don't know whether to believe him or not," said Sen. Richardville.
Senate Democratic Leader Whitmer believes the budget director and blames the Tea Party. "The Tea Party is willing to hurt anybody it takes in order to get their way. It's a destructive force."
"It means the difference between our folks having bread on the table or not," said State Sen. Rebekah Warren.
But this staunch Tea Party Supporter believes the shutdown is justified because the Tea Party is standing up for a principle. "I don't think the Tea Party is responsible for shutting government down," said State Sen. Patrick Colbeck. "Some times you have to stand up for a principle and defunding Obamacare is a matter of principle."
"There's nothing wrong with standing up for a principle, but this is not the time to do it. You don't hold the country hostage, the nation hostage, especially when the people are hurting," said State Sen. Coleman Young.
The Snyder Administration is hoping the federal shutdown is short lived and therefore the impact on Michigan will be minimal.
They need to break their (golden) chains.
Skubick is our local libtard version of Ed Schultz, a lefist TV/radio/writer bomb-thrower who poses as a centrist.
What has REALLY happened here in Michigan, which has turned profoundly red since the departure of Moleface has caved to ObamaBucks.
Both our state legislature and state senate, both very red chambers rewrote piles of garbage into RINOville to pass KenyanKare, a complete reversal.
This is going to have serious consequences at the local level, gonna be a large purge of flip-floppers.
Gov. Snyder had done a pretty good job overall in a purple state until now.
Locally Feds paid for the city government. Right down to paying police to set up roadblocks for ‘safety checks’. Class can you spell ‘Intimadation’. Spellcheck says I can’t either but still looks like a duck.
During the past three years, I have worked with my fellow lawmakers to ensure our state government remains accountable and efficient. In those efforts, we have dedicated much consideration to reforming spending, balancing the state budget, and constructing an environment that attracts new jobs and raises the standard of living for Michigan families.
As I'm sure you are now aware, the federal government has not used the Michigan model for efficiency. Our elected officials in Washington D.C. have failed to work together to produce a workable budget, and the federal government is now effectively shut down. On the contrary, I want to assure you that all state offices and departments remain open, as we passed our state budget four months early, without going into debt or entertaining partisan gridlock.
During the last few years, we have remained committed to working through tough decisions and coming up with solutions that are most beneficial to Michigan taxpayers. The result is that we have paid down more than $21 billion in debt and put $580 million in the state's rainy day fund.
There is no excuse for the mess in Washington, as this did not happen overnight. The federal government shutdown is a result of a pattern of inaction by people who were elected to represent us and have failed to do so. Please know that I will continue to work on the issues that remain before us and ensure Michigan is a place where our children and grandchildren can enjoy an improved quality of life, with a state government that works for them.
Representative Mike Callton