Thursday, July 13, 2006

Liscombe Politics by Akindele Akinyemi


The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy has produced fine leadership in the areana of politics for years. Most of these people are African American.

State Representative Bill McConico
State Representative Tupac Hunter
Former State Representative Candidate James Heath
Current State Representative Candidate Bert Johnson
Republican Precinct Delegate-elect Akindele Akinyemi

There is one candidate that is running for State Representative in District 4 this year in Detroit and that is Ron Liscombe. I went to U-D High with Ron.

Liscombe is White but might as well be African American because he was raised over at 7 Mile and Southfield.

He is running against Kimberly Hill (who is going to win this race hands down).

Liscombe, by profession, is an attorney. This is his first try running for state office.

If Kimberly Hill was not in this race I would be pulling support for Liscombe. He would make an excellent representative.

However, I am always concerned about people from Detroit working with Republicans in Lansing.

His recent comments from his blog states the following on winner of this year's governor's race Dick DeVos:

DeVos' platform, thus far, consists of: (1) vote for me because I am not Granholm, (2) vote for me because I am a "jobs creator," and (3) vote for me because I have "the only plan to repeal the SBT," that nefarious "jobs killer." Never mind the fact that (1) so far, DeVos has not given us any reason to vote FOR him, as opposed to voting AGAINST Granholm, (2) he has never articulated how he has created ANY jobs, including his own, which he received not on his merits as a prospective employee of Amway (or Alticor, or whatever it's called today), but by his Daddy, and (3) he lies when he said he has the ONLY plan for the repeal of the SBT, see also LB Patterson's alleged Plan, which consists entirely of just getting rid of it. To me, a true "plan" would articulate what will be done to make up some of the lost revenue from such a repeal.

First and foremost I would like to demonstrate why we need either Republicans or conservative Democrats going to Lansing.

Liscombe mentions DeVos has not given us any reason to vote for him.

This is total nonsense. The reason why we vote for DeVos is plain and simple. To get rid of Granholm. Here is a governor that do not support expansion of educational choice and is a whore for the teacher unions.

Liscombe go on to mention the following:

He has never articulated how he has created ANY jobs, including his own, which he received not on his merits as a prospective employee of Amway (or Alticor, or whatever it's called today), but by his Daddy.

You know, I went to a Quixtar seminar a couple of months ago and even though I do not like to sell anything other than my own business I was impressed. What we have to realize is that we cannot rely on government to give us jobs anymore. We have to create jobs on our own. I wonder why Democrats (especially liberal ones) want us to depend on a larger system to take care of us when we should be owing up to personal responsibility.

The most important thing about this seminar I attended were (1) Black couples were in attendance (2) Black people had opened the door financially for themselves and (3) no one talked about welfare.

So while people discredit Dick DeVos on his so-called inability to create jobs he has been doing this since Genesis 1:1. What Liscombe fails to understand is the fact that the DeVos family have been instrumental in Michigan's economy for over 50 years. Can he say this about Granholm, who has not been able to bring jobs to Michigan?

He goes on to say the following:

He lies when he said he has the ONLY plan for the repeal of the SBT, see also LB Patterson's alleged Plan, which consists entirely of just getting rid of it. To me, a true "plan" would articulate what will be done to make up some of the lost revenue from such a repeal.

Granholm knows the real plan as well, however, since Lisocmbe's attacks are on DeVos we will focus there. The real plan is to replace a tax with no tax. The Mackinac Center on Public Policy have created solutions to this so-called crisis.

Liscombe also says the following:

The Republicans are even more to blame when you take into account the fact that the GOP has controlled the State Senate since 1983, the House for slightly less time than that, and the Governor's office from 1990 to 2002. This has put the Republicans squarely in full power of State Government for the majority of the last 30 years, during which our economic decline took root.

This is liberal talk. It is a known fact that unemployment under Former Gov. John Engler declined. In fact we are talking about just under 3%. How come Liscombe ignores the following on Gov. Granholm:

The United States unemployment rate is 4.6%, Michigan's is 6% (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Since Jennifer Granholm has become governor, Michigan has lost 89,000 jobs while the rest of the country gained 5 million jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Michigan's unemployment rate ranked 13th in the country when Granholm took office, it is now the 4th highest (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

In 2005, Michigan was the only state not hit by Hurricane Katrina that lost lobs (Escanaba Daily Press, 2/8/06).

In May 2006 alone, Michigan lost 19,200 jobs. Michigan was the only state not ravaged by a hurricane to lose jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Since Governor Granholm announced her "Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow Plan" Michigan has lost 34,200 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

These are hardcore facts not fiction.

He also shares a portion of his platform:

The first plank of this package would address the property tax issue. Detroit suffers from one of the highest property tax burdens in Southeast Michigan. This is one of the primary barriers to get new residents to relocate within the city. As a result, we have a majority of our residents who rent their homes. I propose that we offer a property tax incentive for those residents, and prospective residents, who purchase a home within the city, provided that they actually live in those homes for a period of years. Part and parcel of this tax break would be a gradual decrease in the base tax rate for all property owners in the city as the population of the city increases.

He cannot be serious about people moving back to Detroit. Why would anyone move back to the city after they have lost their loved ones to gunfire, stabbings and carjackings? Homes are being built all over Detroit but no one wants to move back because of the culture of death that lurks communities all across Detroit.

He continues:

The second bill of the Detroit Re-Population Package would be to target the practice of redlining by insurance companies. These companies constantly lobby to abrogate individuals' rights to jury trials in civil matters by statutorily limiting or eliminating their damages. What cuts one way, will certainly cut the other. Because auto insurance is mandatory in Michigan, it allows for their greater regulation by the state. I intend to study the profit margins of all auto insurance companies who provide coverage in the metro Detroit area to determine whether a higher profit margin is realized by insuring Detroit residents over suburban residents.

The common justification used by insurance companies for higher premiums in Detroit over the suburbs is that more claims are paid for losses in the city. By determining whether a higher profit is made by insuring Detroit drivers, we will see if that justification has any merit.

(1) How about asking this question: Where are OUR lobbyists in Lansing to fight for lowering insurance rates. (2) Have we ever thought about taking insurance companies to COURT as a class action lawsuit?

Liscombe continues:

An additional plank of the package would address the need for educated young professionals to remain in Detroit and Michigan after obtaining an education. What currently happens is that our young people attend one of the fine institutions of higher learning in the state, and then relocate to other states for employment. We currently provide money to students in the form of scholarships based upon their performance on the MEAP test. My concern is that we do not currently have a problem getting people to attend school in Michigan; we have a problem keeping them here after they matriculate.

Is this why Gov. Granholm came up with that Cool City nonsense? There is nothing on Earth that can keep me here in Detroit. He continues:


In order to address this issue, I propose taking some of the money currently earmarked for MEAP scholarships and create a fund that would provide the subsidization of student loan repayments after they graduate, provided that they stay within the city of Detroit or state of Michigan. This provides an incentive for people to use their education to improve the city and state by maintaining and increasing the population, with the corresponding increase in the tax base. We could also determine whether there is sufficient funding to provide this benefit for people from other states who wish to settle in Michigan. This will make Michigan a far more attractive place to live for young, educated professionals.

This sounds like a good idea but what if a couple, who may be recent graduates from a 4-year state institution, HAVE to move down South because of a job offer they cannot refuse but yet have to pay back on loans? Are they eligible or do they have to stay in Detroit or Michigan? I thought the idea here was to repopulate Detroit. Again, who the hell wants to stay here in this gutter?

An additional benefit would be that we, as the leaders of the state, could go to companies and market the fact that we have an educated population ready for them to employ as a bargaining tool to get them to locate their business here. This would potentially go a long way to lure business here to alleviate the burden on the state as a result of the struggling auto industry.

What is interesting to see is how his discussion shifts from Detroit to Michigan. He really wants say the following:

An additional benefit would be that we, as the leaders of the city of Detroit, could go to companies and market the fact that we have an educated population ready for them to employ as a bargaining tool to get them to locate their business here. This would potentially go a long way to lure business here to alleviate the burden on the state as a result of the struggling auto industry.

He cannot say this about Detroit because there is no educated population here. The majority are walking around in the dark. So, therefore, what jobs are willing to come here to hire this mythical educated population in Detroit? Even Dave Bing ha a concern about this and when he hooked up with Robert Thompson to create a new charter high school called Tech High the "educated" population called him an Uncle Tom.

Furthermore he stated in one post:

I would like to extend my congratulations to the state legislature for their recent act of bi-partisanship in passing the bill which increased the secondary education standards. This act, accomplished by Democrats and Republicans working together, now brings Michigan to the forefront of high school standards in the nation.

Did he even read this bill? He will be fuming when we finds out how people in Detroit will continue to vote name recognition and by popularity due to the fact this so-called revised bill STILL give 1/2 credits for civics education classes? In other words, our children are not graduating from high school understanding how public policy affects them daily.

The reality is that Ron is not a bad person at all and I have been friends with him a long time.

My recommendations:

(1) Liscombe should have considered running for Wayne County Commissioner District 4 against Jewel Ware. What I would have done was then set up a Hill-Liscombe campaign that would have dynamite.

(2) He should have ran in District 3, not 4, because he would have won hands down. We must prevent Bettie Cook-Scott from winning that seat. I am not even confortable with Carol Banks going to Lansing.

(2) I would like to see Liscombe work with Michigan Republicans on policy issues instead of criticizing them. He would be suprised how Michigan Republicans think along the lines like him.

(3) Get behind someone like Kimberly Hill, who is already bringing in jobs to the district, to show him the ropes legislatively so he will be prepared.

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