Solar Ball. Dow Diamond in Midland is believed to be the first minor league stadium in the country to utilize solar power. Connected to the stadium's main grid, through the course of a year these panels produce 28.56kw hours of power - the amount of energy equal to the electricity consumed by seven homes.
Summer breeze... makes me feel fine...
The sharpest Republican-on-Republican attack came from George, who said his opponents promise to enact tax cuts without legitimate proposals to cut spending at the same time.
"Those tax cut promises are fiscal fantasies," George said of Cox's promise to cut business taxation by $2 billion.
And then they went back to reminding me why I never used to pay attention to state politics in the first place... Oh, and by the way? Every Republican candidate except Snyder opposes the extension of federal unemployment benefits because they don't want to burden "business". And for the unemployed folks? Well, that's just too bad for you. In a state with 13.6% unemployment. Damn, that's cold. Just remember, you were warned...
Playing on voter dissatisfaction with Lansing probably makes political sense however much it conveniently ignores history, the facts and basic arithmetic.
Fiscal fantasies. And as far as getting anything solved this year, you know, to help give Michigan a leg up on any national economic recovery that is taking place? Fuggetaboutit.
Everything done this decade by Granholm and legislative leaders in both parties didn't create the mess, it averted an even bigger one. They don't get any credit because a mess remains. Now, the options for cleaning it up exist outside the realm of the possible given the pressures of election-year politics.
The options for cleaning it up have been placed on the table before, another good one was offered earlier this year, but the answer with this legislature has always been "no". And it's not just the election that is holding us back - it is obstructionist politics in general. They didn't create the mess, but the stalemate of the past few years between our House and Senate certainly didn't help matters much.
Prediction: They kick the budget beyond the primary. With the fastball Congress just threw at our heads, coupled with the usual lack of urgency out of this body of lawmakers, it's a fairly easy prediction to make. Is it vacation time yet?
Have a great remainder of the weekend...