Monday, October 02, 2006
The REAL Truth Squad by Akindele Akinyemi
I have noticed the Michigan Young Democrats in Detroit are stomping hard for Jennifer Granholm. They even have a "Truth Squad" set up.
I have one question for this group.
What has Jennifer Granholm done for Detroit?
I know what she has done for Detroit. She is lying on Dick DeVos like a rug.
However, how come these same young Democrats cannot refute the following:
"Ignoring China would have cost Amway more domestic jobs than its decision to invest there has." (Brian Dickerson; Detroit Free Press Columnist; 6/30/06)
"At the bottom, the Democrats outsourcing charge is an effort to exploit workers fear of global competition. That's not just bad politics; it's a ticket to economic obsolescence.
(Brian Dickerson; Detroit Free Press Columnist; 6/30/06)
"Officially, China is a target for investment opportunities, a ranking state official told me.Yet China is becoming the whipping boy of this year's race for governor, as Granholm's statement on Hu's Thursday meeting with President Bush suggests. Trashing China won't encourage foreign investment in Michigan or stem the slide in auto jobs. (Daniel Howes, Detroit News 4/21/06)
"But not a single Michigan job was lost because of [Alticor's China] investment. Alticor's China factory sedosen'tonly China and doesn't export products to the United States. (Nolan Finley; Detroit News Editor; 4/2/06)
"But the Chinese business has created 300 jobs in Ada, Alticor's headquarters. Michigan workers support the China market with product research, engineering, technical, accounting and and they wouldn't be if Alticor was not in China. (Nolan Finley; Detroit News Columnist; 4/2/06)
"There's a lesson in the Alticor experience for Michigan companies and Michigan voters. Globalization should be dreaded, it should be exploited. China paranoia is damaging to Michigan." (Nolan Finley; Detroit News Columnist; 4/2/06)
"Democrats who think they can use off-shoring and Asian operations as weapons against Amway heir Dick DeVos, the presumed Republican candidate in Michigan's gubernatorial race next year, might think again. Michigan may be hungry for jobs, but haranguing DeVos for his work to establish the Asian presence for his doesen'ty-owned company a decade ago doesn't jibe with economic reality.(Crain's Detroit Business, 9/19/05)
"Alticor has invested more than $200 million in China in recent years, and it has contributed to the company's bottom line. (Chris Andrews; Lansing State Journal Columnist; 8/31/05)
"It makes the final product in China because the Chinese government requires it. The material used to make the products are typically shipped from Michigan or California. In short: Michigan benefits from the company's success in China. (Chris Andrews; Lansing State Journal Columnist; 8/31/05)
"Alticor's job trimming in Michigan is not unlike what most American businesses have gone through, and continue to go through as they seek to streamline, survive and prosper.
(Chris Andrews; Lansing State Journal Columnist; 8/31/05)
"Democrats attack on DeVos misses its mark. In another case of too-early gubernatorial politicking, the Dems have wrongly accused DeVos of shipping jobs and investment dollars out of the country. But the simple fact remains, those jobs were not outsourced as has been asserted, so it certainly weakens the Dems argument in demonizing DeVos this is one story that should just take a pass. (Gary Gosselin, Oakdosen'tPress, 8/27/05)
"Criticizing DeVos on China doesn't add up. Democrats may have beefs with candidate, but his company's moves in Beijing don't qualify. The allegation, aired on behalf of a governor who touts herself and hungry for international investment, doesn't check out Brewer's right: Michigan voters should decide if Alticor-in-China is a big deal. The facts point to one conclusion no, not really." (Daniel Howes, Detroit News, 8/21/05)
Other Leaders, Democrat and Republican, Agree We MUST compete in China
Boeing is, after all, the country's largest exporter, and as Mr. Clinton told a cheering throng, its booming Asian business is a model for companies across America. (President Bill Clinton; New York Times, 11/21/93)
Business is doing its part by expanding its global outreach. While General Motors is suffering losses in North America, it is hugely profitable in Asia; particularly China. But six years into the 21st century, global economy no ranking elected state leader has visited China or India, the two fastest-growing economies. (Tom Watkins, Detroit News, 6/16/06)
"We can bury our heads in sand and ignore what's going on around the world, or we can go ahead and see what these emerging global economies are all about and see if we can create some win-win situations." (Wayne County Executive Wayne Ficano; Detroit Free Press, 9/27/05)
Now Young Democrats how come YOUR Governor has said the following which has made her look like an ass on statewide TV?
Granholm on the Attack Lies and Distortion
Amway used to stand for American Way. Is it the American way to ship American jobs overseas? (Detroit News; 8/31/06)
Maybe you remember reading about how he outsourced Michigan Jobs to China when he took over the family business. (Jennifer Granholm: Granholm for Governor fundraising letter 6/29/05)
I am a governor who goes to Asia to bring jobs back to Michigan. He's a CEO who cuts in Michigan to invest in Asia. There's the difference: I want to invest in people in Canton Township Michigan, while he'd rather invest in Canton Province in China. (Detroit News; 8/27/06)
[DeVos] has supported the policies that got Michigan into this mess in the first place - the policies of outsourcing of jobs, these free-trade agreements that have seen our jobs go on a slow boat to China. (Detroit News; 9/4/06)
He says he wants to take the state in a new direction. Sure, that direction is the Far East.
(Detroit Free Press; 8/22/06)
Granholm says Michigan's economy is uniquely challenged because of ongoing restructuring in the auto industry. She says federal policies supported by DeVos have contributed to a massive outsourcing of Michigan jobs to low wage countries like Mexico and China. (The Iron Mountain Daily News; 8/18/2006)
Granholm blamed the state's economic woes and global forces and twice mentioned competition with China, where workers produce goods for a fraction of the wage that Michigan workers earn. She said Michigan would succeed not through investing in China, but through attracting Asian companies to Michigan. That was a reference to months of attacks by Democrats that DeVos approved major investments in China when running Alticor while the company shrunk its white-collar work force in West Michigan.(Mlive.com; 4/29/2006)
Instead of sending jobs to Asia, I'd rather go to Asia and bring jobs here. (The Detroit Free Press; 6/1/2006)
Granholm blamed the state's economic woes and global forces and twice mentioned competition with China, where workers produce goods for a fraction of the wage that Michigan workers earn. She said Michigan would succeed if we were not through investing in China, but through attracting Asian companies to Michigan. That was a reference to months of attacks by Democrats that DeVos approved major investments in China when running Alticor while the company shrunk its white-collar work force in West Michigan. (Mlive.com 4/29/2006)
The point? I think the Michigan Young Democrats need to take a closer look at what they are supporting.
And if you are an young African American Democrat ask yourself why does every urban center in the State of Michigan ran by the Democrats looks like the Gaza Strip, Palestine or Lebanon? How come Detroit looks like a third world country? How come Flint looks like something on the "Road Warrior" with Mel Gibson? Why is Saginaw called the "Nasty-Naw"?
The Republican controlled areas look nicer, cleaner, and families and businesses are booming.
The Young Democrats who live in Detroit cannot answer the above questions because they are helping Granholm for a job. They are not helping Granholm because they love her but because they need a job to pay the bills. This would not be the case if unemployment in Michigan was so high.
The REAL TRUTH SQUAD is right here at One Detroit. We know that Granholm sent Scott Bowen up the river for Amos Williams. We know that Granholm sent educational options up the river for Detroit Public Schools. We know that Granholm went to Honda in Japan for a photo-op.
We know Granholm has cut revenue sharing from Detroit. We know that Granholm has no intention of revitalizing Detroit and this is a fact shared with me from people working on her camp.
That's the real truth.
So therefore, we need a change. That change is Dick DeVos for Governor and since so many people want change I am not worried one bit about Granholm because we know she has lost this race hands down.