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Love letters to the Legislature on this Valentine's Day:
Just a note here to consider. The punditry who say this can't be done in an election year are simply giving lawmakers a free pass to not do their jobs. Next year, the excuse will be, "We're too new and don't know what we're doing yet!". The year after that, it's another election year. And on it goes. Sorry, but the excuses aren't going over with the public anymore. This current batch of lawmakers is as seasoned as they come, and if they can't get anything done - we should throw the whole damn lot of them out and start over anyway. So not joking about that.
But Dillon, you see, isn't a serious guy. He can't even get rid of the ridiculous perks for state legislators. While Dillon poses for the cameras, it's Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop - and the disciplined Senate Republican caucus behind him - who really runs the Michigan House.
And he takes a shot at the House Democrats for good measure:
Read Dillon's quote and asked which approach she preferred, Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing, said, "The way to deal with this budget deficit is a combination of reductions, reforms and revenue. I feel that we have to look at all of those together." Score one for the governor - though it doesn't seem to matter.
The House Democratic Caucus seems content with Dillon's little act, while the opportunity for real reform slips away.
Granholm smacked a home run with this budget proposal - and Merlot noticed that it's the House doesn't measure up to the challenge. Not exactly an invitation to continue to elect Democrats this fall, is it? House members that think all the blame will fall on Granholm as they skate by got another think a comin'.
Public trust is regained by reaching complex political agreements that make a difference in the lives of the public.
Amen. The public doesn't really expect a pony on their doorstep in an instant, but what they do expect is a good faith effort from the people that they have employed to run the government.
Of course, we got many irritated comments from residents of Illinois, most of whom were offended by the suggestion that New York was even in their league. (“Are you kidding? It’s Illinois in a walk.”) They demanded, rather haughtily, to know how many ex-governors of New York had passed through the penal system in recent years. “We have almost four,” one reader bragged, counting the Blagojeviches before they’re hatched.
When you go read that article for some real entertaining state shenanigans, you realize: Heck, Michigan lawmakers can't even do that right.
Hugs and kisses to our lawmakers today. I'm hoping that you prove all the nay-sayers (including myself) wrong this year, but as you can probably tell, I have severe doubts about that. Show some effort, for the good of this state, please. Or the beatings will continue.