"We have been slammed," (Granholm) said, noting that the state is on track to lose 760,000 jobs by the end of next year compared with the number of jobs it had in 2001, with most of the losses related to the auto industry and manufacturing.
That is over three times the amount of jobs that were lost in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and I'm not sure if we want to bring up that particular "federal response" in the context as to making it "similar" - we need it to be a lot better than the Bush administration's fumbling of that unfortunate situation. Get the point, just a bad quote. You can watch the news conference video at the LSJ. This guy is going to be very busy, and you can guarantee that the state will be right in his face about the help the Obama administration will be expected to deliver, especially if Chrysler and GM are forced to bankruptcy.
"He may not be aware of the assets we have that can further the nation's goal of getting us independent of foreign oil or reducing our reliance on fossil fuels," she said. "I want to set forth that whole plan so he can see how our agenda dovetails with the Obama agenda and get those jobs here and get training for people to be able to take those jobs."
You bet. Along those lines, Governor Granholm has a web exclusive op-ed for Newsweek about electric cars and the obvious future that the automobile industry must face. The question now becomes: Do we trade dependence on foreign oil for dependence on foreign battery technology? Not if we are wise.
Michigan Republicans, on the other hand, refuse to lift a finger to help. Not one Republican in Michigan's congressional delegation voted for President Barack Obama's stimulus plan -- a plan that will help create 100,000 jobs in Michigan.
Republican policies created this economic mess, and Republican obstructionism since the election demonstrates they are unwilling to work in a bipartisan way to clean it up.
I want to weep with joy when I see things like this. Seriously. More please.