Friday, October 27, 2006

Sen. Buzz Thomas Need To Stop Playing and Support DeVos by Akindele Akinyemi

State Senator Buzz Thomas is at it again. He is so desperately trying to support a asanine governor who thinks she has an urban plan for Detroit.

There is NO plan for Detroit. Period. The person that he is supporting does not even have a Urban plan for ANY urban community in Michigan.

Senator Thomas has attempted to answer my question of what has Gov. Granholm has done for Detroit.

He states the following from this week's Michigan Front Page newspaper:

The other action the governor has not participated in is immediatedly cutting funds to Detroit to solve budget problems.

This governor has cut revenue sharing from Detroit. This is a fact and even the Michigan Citizen reported that the Detroit City Council was looking into suing the State of Michigan to get back their portion of revenue sharing.

He also says:

Because of this, having Granholm as governor has been a refershing change.

Senator Thomas is NOT looking at the facts:

  • Since Jennifer Granholm has been governor, Michigan has lost nearly 100,000 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Since Governor Granholm introduced her “Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow Plan”, Michigan has lost nearly 40,000 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • In 2005, Michigan was the only state in the United States that was not hit by a hurricane to report a net job loss (Escanaba Daily Press, 2/8/06).
  • Overall hiring of college graduates in the State of Michigan will decrease by 43%. The rest of the country will see a 6% increase. (Collegiate Employment Research Institute, 2005-2006 Recruiting Trends Survey)
  • Michigan’s unemployment rate is 7.1%, this is the nation’s highest and is 50% above the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Michigan’s median income has dropped below the national average for the first time ever (Detroit News, 8/30/06).
  • In 2005 89,473 Michigan citizens filed for bankruptcy. This represented an all-time high in filings. (Detroit Free Press, 9/18/05; United States Bankruptcy Court)
  • From February 2004 to February 2006, the rate of home foreclosures in Michigan doubled to a rate that is 2 ½ times higher than the national average. (Muskegon Chronicle, 2/27/06)
  • Michigan’s foreclosure rate is now the 6th highest in the nation (Detroit News, 9/13/06).
  • Including Washington DC, Michigan ranks 51st in the nation in home values. (CNN Money, 12/1/05)
  • Detroit is the 2nd most impoverished city in the United States (Detroit Free Press, 8/30/2006).

So what is he talking about?

He goes on to say:

She has proposed sweeping changes to the insurance system in Michigan and I am proud to say that many of the suggestions came from close consultation with me and other members of the Detroit delegation.

There has not been any changes to insurance for that we are subsidizing for the rest of the State of Michigan in insurance rates. While he has proposed a bill to cut 20% in insurance we are still using our cousin's address in Battle Creek.

He goes on:

Gov. Granholm's economic plan is to fund more high-techand cutting edge projects throughout Michigan, and Detroit has benfitted from her economic plan.

What the hell is he talking about? Did he know the following?

Since Granholm introduced the “Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow Plan”, Michigan has lost nearly 40,000 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

· Since Granholm became governor, the state of Michigan has seen an increase in unemployment and has lost 84,200 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

· Since Granholm became governor, the state of Illinois has seen a decrease in unemployment and has gained 104,900 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

· Since Granholm became governor, the state of Pennsylvania has seen a decrease in unemployment and has gained 139,300 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

· Michigan now ranks 51st in job creation, being the ONLY STATE including Washington D.C., to lose jobs in the past year (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

To add on:

  • The educational level in Detroit is at a 6th grade level.
  • 10% of Detroiters only have a 4-year college degree.
  • 4% of Detroiters only have a graduate dgree.
  • 0.2% only have a doctorate degree.
  • 47% of Detroiters are functionally illerate.
  • Detroit leads the country in STDs.
  • The unemploymet rate in Detroit is 8%.
So what economic plan is Buzz Thomas talking about that benefits Detroit?

He also goes on to say the following:

Detroit Public Schools have benefitted by not being the target of budget cuts and by knowing that they will have their fair share or funding from Lansing. Imagine planning the school year when you lose millions of dollars in the middle of the year because the State of Michigan might arbitrarily cut your funding. That is no longer a concern for Detroit schools.

This is a weak and pitiful position to protect Governor Granholm. His homegilr, Gov. Granholm said this in a TV ad recently:

But here's what I won't do. I won't cut health care or schools, or make you pay more in taxes so that wealthy corporations can pay less.

It is a well known fact that Granholm was the first governor in over two decades to cut K-12 funding and has made cuts to higher education as well. All of this while proposing over $2 billion in tax increases.

  • As one of the first acts as governor, Granholm slashed K-12 funding by 3.8% (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 1/15/03).
  • During Governor Granholm’s tenure, funding for all 15 of Michigan’s public universities has been cut. (House Fiscal Agency, 2006)
  • Governor Granholm has cut Michigan universities by $150 million. (Higher Education Budgets, 2003-2006).
  • During Granholm’s tenure, Michigan colleges and universities increased tuition by nearly 50%. Last year alone, tuition in Michigan increased 12%, the third highest increase in the United States. (College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2005, 11/18/05; Detroit Free Press, 7/27/06).
  • Since being governor, Jennifer Granholm has increased fees and taxes on drivers licenses, vehicle registration renewals, business permits and cigarette and liquor sales (Executive Budgets, 2004-2007; Michigan Legislature Public Acts, 2003-2006).
  • Since Jennifer Granholm has been governor, she has VETOED 14 pieces of legislation that would have cut taxes for Michigan citizens and businesses (Michigan legislature, Public Act Tables, 2003-2006).

Governor Granholm promised to reduce class sizes, but today, class sizes in Michigan are larger than when they where when Granholm took office (Blueprint for Michigan pg.4, 9/02; Taxpayer Network 50 State Comparisons, 2002 and 2005).

Senator Thomas ends by saying:

Why would we want a change?

Because we have a governor who has lied, manipulated and deceived people on her pitiful and woeful record.

She claims DeVos has no health care plan. Hey BuzZ, can ANYONE in the Democratic Party answer the following:

  • The governor first announced the Michigan First Health Care Plan in her 2006 State of the State Address. Three years AFTER taking office. Despite the intrigue of legislative leaders who have asked for more details on the plan, none have come forth to date. (Gongwer 1/27/06)

  • Even Governor Granholm has said that at best, The Michigan First Health Care Plan will not be in effect until April of 2007. How does that help laid-off workers now? (Office of the Governor Press Release, 9/15/06).

  • Financing the entire plan is dependent upon $600 million that Michigan would receive in federal money. There is no guarantee that this money will be granted to the state and the governor has been anything but forthcoming about the specifics of the negotiations. (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 5/11/06)

  • The other $400 million of the plan is supposed to come from the state, but Granholm has given no ideas as to where the $400 million to fund the program. (Bay City Times, 5/10/06)

  • Even though legislative approval is necessary to implement the plan, no legislation has been introduced from the governor’s office (Detroit News, 10/23/06).

  • Even though federal approval of a waiver is necessary to implement the plan, no waiver request has been submitted to the federal government from the governor’s office (Detroit News,10/23/06).
Thanks a lot Buzz Thomas for trying to attempt to answer my question. However, the truth remains that Granholm cannot produce and this is a fact. Granholm even sold your good friend, Mayor Kilaptrick, up the river for Freman Hendrix in last year's mayorial election. She waffled on charter schools when Bob Thompson offered to build 15 charter high schools in Detroit. And hey, why are Blacks in YOUR PARTY following Mark Brewer, a person who has a history of railroading Blacks in the party and setting them up for failure (i.e. Amos Williams, Mary Waters and Butch Hollowell) and defended the Ku Klux Klan?

Buzz, your friend Granholm is so damn pitiful that she did not even have to common decency and respect to give Scott Bowen a phone call to let him know what was going with the AG nominations on AFTER she asked him to STEP down from a judgeship in Grand Rapids to run for Attorney General on HER behalf. Granholm sold him up the river. She did not even say I'm sorry for putting you through that hard work, stress and dedication. Not one single phone call. She left him to hang and dry and he made an public ass out of himself all across Michigan with billboards on every Interstate.

And she will sell you up the river too if you're not careful.

Remember, Granholm sold Benton Harbor, another Black community, up the river when the city burned for three whole days due to racial violence. She did NOTHING.

And I still have yet to hear from ANY Democratic precinct delegate, the Granholm team, MDP Network or Young Dems or union person on what Granholm has done for Detroit.

Sen. Thomas, come on over and support someone who will get the job done for us.


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