Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mike Bishop to Fight Granholm on Use of Stimulus Money

Wow, didn't see this one coming, did you? From MIRS, Mike Bishop issues a vague threat that he is going to obstruct the process of using the stimulus money to create jobs in Michigan.

"It is the Legislature that has the responsibility to step up and resolve where the money is going to go," Bishop said. "If she wants to kick the constitution aside, that's up to her to try to do."

An estimated 109,000 Michigan jobs would be created from the money spent through the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan" that President Barack OBAMA signed into law today according to an analysis conducted today by Christina ROMER, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Jared BERNSTEIN, the Vice President's chief economist.

Bishop, who told the Free Press the other day that the stimulus "makes me sick", wants to put the money in a rainy day fund, and give citizens a "rebate".

Bishop also disagrees with House Speaker Andy DILLON (D-Redford Twp.), who in a public forum the other day explained that none of the federal job creating money could be stuffed into the state's Rainy Day Fund, which is exactly what Bishop wants to do with some of it.

In addition, Bishop talked about sending some of it back to the citizens in the form of a rebate, which he argued would help stimulate the economy.

So.... let's add it up. Republicans, who don't want the stimulus, wouldn't lift a finger to help obtain it, run to the press to cry about what a "disaster" it is, are using it against Democrats in ads already - think that they will be the ones who will tell us how to spend it.

Yeah. Like that. Is any of this surprising? Anyone?

Oh, and by the way, Bishop will announce this week he is forming an exploratory committee to run for Attorney General.