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Obama Channels Granholm on Green Stimulus
nationalreview.com ^ | November 24, 2008 | Henry Payne

Posted on 11/24/2008 7:06:39 PM PST by neverdem

Detroit, Mich. — Now we know why Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is on President-elect Barack Obama’s economic policy team. Judging by Obama’s Saturday economic address, he plans to address the nation’s ills with the same inept policies Granholm has championed for the last six years here in Michigan.

Granholm and Obama have much in common: They are both young Democratic party protégés, both are charismatic personalities, and both are left-wing, Harvard-educated lawyers with little experience running anything prior to assuming office. Like Granholm, Obama appears to have little grasp of market economics, but prefers showy public-works programs and utopian visions of bridging a carbon-addicted America to a new green economy that will employ millions.

The similarities between Obamanomics (as outlined in Saturday’s radio address) and Granholmnomics (as outlined in her January State of the State address) are striking.

Obama:

“(My stimulus plan) will be a two-year, nationwide effort to jumpstart job creation in America and lay the foundation for a strong and growing economy. We’ll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels, fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead.”

Granholm:

“I’m proposing a Michigan economic stimulus package — nearly a billion dollars for needed infrastructure and building improvements, creating upwards of 28,000 construction and other jobs over the next two years. A billion dollars in economic stimulus from new construction. But let me talk for a moment about one sector that has blockbuster potential for Michigan: alternative energy . . . . Because of the need to reduce global warming and end our dependence on expensive foreign oil, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries will create millions of good paying jobs. I say we will win these jobs for Michigan and replace the lost manufacturing jobs with a whole new, growing sector.”

The echo is eerie (if Obama were Joe Biden, one might be suspicious of plagiarism).

And likely to get eerier still. How has Granholm gone about creating this new green economy? With mandates and targeted tax breaks — just as Obama will likely propose. Granholm spearheaded a state Renewable Power Standard that mandates 20 percent of Michigan's energy come from wind power by 2020, and she has showered tax breaks on alternative energy companies. Watch for Obama to do both on the national level.

The result has been a Michigan economy that has drowned under Granholm’s watch, with unemployment tripling to a nation-leading 9.3 percent at the same time that Michigan’s debilitating economic fundamentals — high taxes and overgenerous concessions to organized labor — have gone unaddressed. Granholm, however, has missed few opportunities for photo ops touting the companies that have benefiited from her tax handouts or her road-construction spending.

And she has landed a key position in Obama’s transition team, where she and the president-elect apparently agree that Granholmnomics is America’s future.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; agw; bho2008; climatechange; energy; globalwarming; granholm; greens; obama; obamatransitionfile; renewableenergy

1 posted on 11/24/2008 7:06:40 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Personally I think she’s being groomed for the day when foreign born people can become president openly.


2 posted on 11/24/2008 7:13:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: neverdem; All
From the article:

"Granholm, however, has missed few opportunities for photo ops touting the companies that have benefiited from her tax handouts or her road-construction spending."


3 posted on 11/24/2008 7:13:23 PM PST by musicman
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To: neverdem
Granholm spearheaded a state Renewable Power Standard that mandates 20 percent of Michigan's energy come from wind power by 2020
The net effect of this will be to force the energy companies to raise the $/KWhr rate charged to customers in order to pay for wind turbine CAPACITY amounting to 20% of their total generating capacity. The actual % generated will likely be nowhere near even 10%.
4 posted on 11/24/2008 7:18:26 PM PST by BMiles2112
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To: neverdem

BAD IDEA! BAD IDEA! NO! You DO NOT want this woman anywhere near anybody who may influence economic policy!
If you want to see the results of her policies, just look at Detroit! She is as socialist as the day is long. You cannot begin to understand the pain and suffering that has befallen us because of her poor decisions. You DO NOT want the SBT to be imposed nationwide.


5 posted on 11/24/2008 7:19:47 PM PST by factoryrat (Better living through American Industrial Might.)
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To: factoryrat

I miss John Engler. I remember when he was the most popular governor in the country. He cut welfare rolls and people went to work.

I know a girl who had lived her entire life on welfare till Engler showed up. She was mad to get tossed off welfare but these days she says it’s the best thing to ever happen to her.


6 posted on 11/24/2008 7:25:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: neverdem

Put the lunatics in charge of the asylum while the asylum is burning to the ground.

That’s change.......


7 posted on 11/24/2008 7:32:56 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: factoryrat

Granholm will become a figure for the national one finger salute...

because that’s what this sociopthic liberal has done to
Michigan.


8 posted on 11/24/2008 7:34:06 PM PST by ChiMark
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To: cripplecreek

Michigan is still paying for Engler. His first 4 years brought change, the last 8 not so good.


9 posted on 11/24/2008 7:40:50 PM PST by Oystir
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To: neverdem

Seems like the one-state recession known as Michigan is going nationwide.


10 posted on 11/24/2008 7:42:07 PM PST by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!.)
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To: factoryrat
You DO NOT want the SBT to be imposed nationwide.

What's SBT?

11 posted on 11/24/2008 8:07:45 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

And all along I though Granholm was Obama’s token blonde.


12 posted on 11/24/2008 8:11:54 PM PST by boxer21
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13 posted on 11/24/2008 8:23:29 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvxiG56M-eU)
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To: neverdem

Single Business Tax. The best way to describe it is that it’s a VAT (value added tax) imposed on businesses that have more than 350K in gross receipts. Think U.K. VAT and you get the idea. As far as I know, Michigan is the only State to impose this kind of tax.


14 posted on 11/24/2008 8:23:29 PM PST by factoryrat (Better living through American Industrial Might.)
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To: cripplecreek

He did do a good job of dragging welfare recipients into the realm of personal responsibility. It’s to bad he didn’t have a chance to repeal the SBT. That was one thing he tried to end. Then look what we got, stuck with a Canadian socialist as our Governer. It’s pretty bad when the Canucks don’t even want her.


15 posted on 11/24/2008 8:48:14 PM PST by factoryrat (Better living through American Industrial Might.)
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To: musicman

There’s four seasons in Michigan:

Early Winter,
Mid Winter,
Late Winter,
Construction season.


16 posted on 11/24/2008 8:52:14 PM PST by factoryrat (Better living through American Industrial Might.)
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17 posted on 11/25/2008 3:43:21 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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18 posted on 11/25/2008 3:09:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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19 posted on 11/25/2008 6:17:51 PM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis

Actually, having our Illustrious Canadian Overlord as an economic adviser is not a bad idea if you what to do with her advice: Listen carefully to every point and then do the exact opposite.


20 posted on 11/26/2008 5:44:16 AM PST by magslinger (What is the fastest growing oppressed minority in America? Hoplophiles.)
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To: musicman

MDOT is one of the few state agencies that actually create JOBS! Something that Michigan sorely needs. And we still have good roads here.


21 posted on 11/26/2008 6:18:59 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Oystir

Engler cut a lot of taxes and the size of state government. There is nothing that you are paying for from Engler. The budget was in balance during his adminestration but heading into a recession there was not enough revinue.

When you get a Democrat in who grows the size of government instead of cutting it in the middle of a recession you just have a huge problem. You just don’t spend more when you are taking in less.


22 posted on 11/26/2008 6:24:16 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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"And we still have good roads here."

I grew up in Berrien County. It borders Indiana and is right on "The Lake" acress from Chicago.

I moved to Florida in 1977.

I have been back to visit a few times. If you want to count the TWO repaved lanes of I-94 from New Buffalo to Sawyer exit (the ones they WEREN'T in the middle of repaving that July), and the rest of the stretch of I-94 to the last Benton Harbor exit, then maybe your statement about the good roads in Michigan has SOME validity.

For your "good roads in Michigan" statement to become more credible than that, I'd have to have some pics and links!!!

23 posted on 11/26/2008 7:44:15 AM PST by musicman
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To: musicman
I travel every day from Lansing to Southfield. I travel the state for MDOT. For the most part our roads are good. The I-94 corridor is ALWAYS under construction. If I was the governor I would rename it “Our Lady of Perpetual Construction” We have a lot of construction going on and a tight budget as you are well aware. I have been from Monroe to Ontonagon from Edwardsburg to Caseville. I have 177K on my car and have never lost a tire to potholes.
24 posted on 11/26/2008 11:02:07 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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