In Michigan we have had a Governor for the majority of the past decade that has promised many things. In her January 25, 2006 State of the State Address, she informed us all that: "In five years, you're going to be blown away by the strength and diversity of Michigan's transformed economy."
Since then she has taken the position with President Barrack Obama, claiming that the future of Michigan lies in alternative energy, an industry currently propped up by federal stimulus dollars, and has not in itself been able to sustain itself as an industry.
Further in her new five year plan, she introduced many State funded programs to ‘create jobs' but in the end, the State of Michigan has more than double the unemployment than before she took office. When she made the infamous ‘Blown Away' speech in 2006, unemployment in Michigan was 6.8 percent. As of November 2009, it was 15.3 percent.
According to Realty Trac, Michigan currently ranks as #3 on the national level for foreclosures, behind California and Florida. Adding further insult to injury, the 2010 Census results released on December 21st figures showing Michigan as the only State to have experienced a drop in population in the last decade, a period where she served eight years as Governor.
You can see the interactive map here at the bottom of this article from the U.S. Census official website. The U.S. Census 2010 results reveal Michigan as the only U.S. State to see a reduction in population since the last census.
In fact, in 2000, the only area of population decline was the District of Columbia. If you check out the interactive map below, you will find that the last time a U.S. State had a population decrease at the counting time of the Census was 1990, where four States saw a decrease, and only one was more than the percentage of decrease Michigan (6%) saw this year, and that was West Virginia (8%).
On December 16th, Governor Granholm came out publically on a local radio station in Lansing and stated that she regretted making the ‘blown Away' reference in her 2006 Address, and that she now feels that she ‘laid the foundation' for a new economy.
Really? In her eight years as Governor, it would appear from her State's statistics that she not only blew the State of Michigan away with higher taxes, higher unemployment and reduced population she left a foundation of useless and unproven ‘renewable energy' and ‘State unemployment prop-up' programs as rubble for the incoming Governor.
She also can make no excuses, as she has had a Democratic majority in the State House and Senate for most of her tenure, so she has been free to direct the orchestra.
I only make mention of this because we as American people too often forget to look at the production record and statistics of those we elect as our leaders. Granholm is a politician that will resurface, and be appointed or elected to some higher office, and the population will gain amnesia of her past at the ballot box, or fail to rally up in arms when some future President appoints her in a position to ‘create jobs' or ‘oversee the economy' in a cabinet position or even serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She will appear on the campaign trail endorsing some future candidate, and people will cheer.
All of these ideas have been tossed around for Granholm in the last two years under the Obama Administration. In January, it is doubtful she will retire from public life, despite having what appears to be the one of the worst production records of any Governor in Michigan, and perhaps even U.S. history.
Granholm will resurface, and not because she was a success, but because she is a well spoken, attractive woman and too often in our history the mass population elects the prettier candidate, instead of the most qualified. This may be considered by some to be a harsh statement, but I consider it fortunate that because of her Canadian origin she cannot run for President. It is time that we learn from our mistakes of the past, and never forget them.
This has nothing to do with party affiliation, but more so an indictment of ourselves as American Citizens. It is far too easy to be uninformed, and choose your candidate because you like the way they look or sound a few days before you go to the ballot box, rather than examine their experience and track record. With an internet based information culture, I can only hope that this change will occur for the benefit of our nation.
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