Personalities matter, but so do issues. This year in particular, amidst a hyper-divisive political environment with an angrier-than-ever-before 24 hour news cycle, it’s the big issues and how candidates up and down the ballot respond to them that will drive voter sentiment and, eventually, behavior.
No wonder Michigan unemployment hit 14.9 percent by 2009, as families fled the state just to make a living. But the economic carnage really was unnecessary.
Michigan’s turnaround has been one for the books. Let’s keep it going.
Eliminate the personal income tax. Let’s try this again. The state House this year tried and failed to roll back “temporary” income tax hikes instituted by the state’s most notorious job killer, former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. They should try again – and again – until they find a way to keep their promise of income tax relief for Michigan workers. Granholm’s tax hikes need to be permanently blown-away.
Pro-freedom policy changes in recent years have made Michigan better. But it’s renewal requires a lot more relentless positive action. The operative word being action.
Even without active obstruction, limitations on speech rights or fear of bullying and intimidation because of one’s political persuasion can chill expressive activity and result in censorship.
To be clear, free speech is not an absolute defense of all speech. But it does cover speech that might make us uncomfortable, that challenges, that provokes us to consider another view and it certainly covers that which is different.
The problem hasn’t been her staff (Whitmer) — it’s been her own terrible judgment. Why embrace felons and alleged sex predators? Because if she’s going to rescue her failing candidacy, Whitmer personally feels she has to. Of all the indictments of her campaign, that may be the most damning.
Here. Hefty! Unless your a 1-percenter union boss…
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Maybe they’ve never followed the machinations, maybe they have a partisan and rigidly idealogical wedge they want to drive… who knows…but it hardly qualifies as serious commentary, here.
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