Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse
Late, late edition. Spent the past week roaming the highways of the Upper Peninsula, basking in the perfect weather and absorbing with awe and amazement the natural wonders that exist in the northern reaches of our state. I buried myself with the camera, shooting just over 4000 pictures (I kid you not) and I got some great ones - but to tell you the truth, pictures cannot do the incredible beauty of upper Michigan in the summer justice. You really need to see it for yourself. Go. You will not be sorry. More to come on that, as I sort through the experience...
Did my best to avoid politics (couldn't escape it completely) and stayed off the internet for four whole days (!), so I'm busy playing catch-up. Just a few stories that caught my eye right off the bat:
Has any candidate made a convincing argument that voters have heard? Has any made the case that their opponents aren’t qualified for the November ballot? That’s what campaigns are about. That voters don’t appear to be particularly enthusiastic isn’t the voters’ fault.
Bingo. These guys are simply spewing platitudes and fiscal nonsense. The voters aren't buying it.
Mostly bland pronouncements about how cutting business taxes will cure Michigan’s economic ills, even though Michigan’s business taxpayers will pay $100 million less in fiscal 2010 than they did in fiscal 1997. Because none of them bother with the arithmetic of how they’ll accomplish it, pledges that Michigan will again create jobs — by far the top issue — lack force or conviction.
Tax cuts for business will not create consumer demand, and consumer demand is what creates jobs. No one will run out and hire more staff if the consumer demand isn't there. We have tried the "more tax cuts" economic theory, it hasn't helped the average voter - and they know it. Can't blame them for not being thrilled at the prospect of a future of more trickle-down policy that somehow never seems to reach their own household.
He says it’s absurd to think Michigan can eliminate tax incentives and survive in the economic-development war among the states.
“There’s not a state in the union that doesn’t have some kind of incentive program,” he said.
Main and others note Michigan’s MEGA incentives are structured so companies don’t receive a dime until they create the promised jobs.
“If companies don’t do what they say, it costs us zero,” Kitchens said. “It’s a great deal for the taxpayers.”
Engler tried to dismantle our economic development program, as all the Republican candidates this year are promising to do - and he very quickly put it back "after Michigan quickly gained a reputation around the country as having unilaterally disarmed in the war among the states for business investment"... are we going to have to learn this lesson all over again?
Starting to think it might be better to kick the budget down the road and let the obstructionists be responsible for the cuts that are coming. Problem is, they will just blame it all on the Dems, who, of course, will refuse to stand up for themselves. Dillon release the House budget plan yet? No? Didn't think so. Pretty much explains this voter's lack of enthusiasm right there.