Friday, October 27, 2006

Stop Listening To The Michigan Citizen by Akindele Akinyemi


I have never seen ignorance at this level in Detroit before for a Democratic Governor that has lied on Statewide TV this election season.

The Michigan Citizen is a liberal newspaper that keeps Black people in the dark and keeps them scared of everything that is not hood related. This paper is one of the reasons why we cannot progress because our people are stuck on fear and intimidation of the "Republican Party." What's interesting about this paper is that while it brags about the historical accomplishments of African Americans in this country it purposely omits how African Americans were first Republicans and NOW there is a shift of young African Americans coming back to the Republican Party.

The Michigan Citizen will not share this information with you because they are afraid of loosing their power of fear over our people in this city. They want to keep us Democratic so we can continue our "Black thing" in Detroit.

The Michigan Citizen is reporting this week the following editorial:

Now we have Engler-times-five with the arrival of the Amway product trying to buy his way into office by spending millions in ads - Dick DeVos.

How come these pitiful, paranoid liberals who openly violate ethics by lying in their paper missed this critical fact:

There's a billionaire trying to buy the election in Michigan and this one is a Democrat. A very liberal Democrat who spends his money pushing an agenda that most families would find extreme.

Jon Stryker is the ultra-liberal billionaire scion of the Stryker family of Kalamazoo, and he has drawn a bull's eye around Michigan's families with his hidden agenda to elect lawmakers willing to rubber stamp his extreme agenda to legalize gay marriage, expand abortion on demand and unravel the social fabric that holds our communities together.

Stryker created Coalition for Progress in August and is spending millions to defeat pro-family, pro-life candidates — $3 million to date and counting. Here's what the Detroit Free Press wrote last month about CFP and Stryker:


Republicans denounced the ads — which are paid for by a Kalamazoo-based political action committee called the Coalition for Progress and whose scope is highly unusual for campaigns involving the Legislature — as lies. The founder of the Coalition for Progress is Kalamazoo billionaire and political activist Jon Stryker, rated by Forbes magazine in 2005 as the third wealthiest person in Michigan with a net worth of $2.1 billion.

This gay guy is trying to buy the election for Granholm but since the Michigan Citizen endorses and openly support gay and lesbian causes this does not suprise me.

Then they go on in the editorial:

If Detroiters think things got bad in the 1990s, just let DeVos creep into office. Right, right wing, ultra-conservative in a hypocritical way, religious fanatic, DeVos poses a threat to every woman, worker and student.

It does not suprise me that a liberal, paranoid newspaper like the Michigan Citizen would say this. Detroiters got it bad because of the following:

1. Black people in Detroit are practicing Black Power politically. Other races of people start with education and economics first.

2. Mayor Kilpatrick is a Democrat.

3. Both members of the House of Representatives in Detroit are Democrats.

4. There are 12 State Representatives that represent Detroit. 11 are Democrats.

5. All 5 State Senators that represent Detroit are Democrats.

6. The Detroit School Board are Democrats.

7. The Detroit City Council are Democrats.

8. Most Black Judges in Detroit are Democrats.

9. The Detroit Delegation of the Wayne County Commission are Democrats.

10. The Detroit Water Board representation are Democrats.

11. The Fannie Lou Hamer PAC are Democrats.

12. The Black Slate are Democrats.

13. The Eastside Slate are Democrats.

14. The Community Coalition are Democrats.

15. 97% of the precinct delegates in Detroit are Democrats.

16. The Wayne County Executive is a Democrat.

17. The Governor is a Democrat.

So we have Black power in Detroit. Since we have this Black power:

47% of the total population are functionally illerate.

10% of the population only have a 4-year college degree.

67% of Blacks in Detroit have a high school diploma. The other 33% do not.

31% of Blacks live in poverty in Detroit.

4% only have a graduate degree in detroit.

0.2% only have a doctorate degree in Detroit.

Detroit is ranked #2 in violent crimes in the United States. Flint is #4 in the U.S. Both cities are Black, Democratic and are 60 miles apart. In between BOTH of these cities is Pontiac. Pontiac is also a violent city that is Black and Democratic and is 25 miles from Detroit and 25 miles from Flint.

8% of Detroiters are unemployed.

Detroit have MORE schools that are not meeting AYP than any other school system in the State of Michigan (including charters).

We have not elected a Republican to office inside the city limits of Detroit since Keith Butler was elected to the Detroit City Council in the early 90s. So why are Black Democrats lying like hell to scare Blacks into voting for Granholm?

This is all due to Black power. Power to the People. Right on my brother and peace my sister.

Whatever.

The editorial continues:

Gov. Jennifer Granholm deserves credit for staving off GOP efforts to plunder the cities even more.

Ever since Granholm has been in office this is what has happened:


  • 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 2nd 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).

This is NOT done from the GOP but her OWN Democrats have done this to our state. Yet, the Michigan Citizen will not report this information to Blacks.

The editorial states the following:

Detroit still owns its water department thanks to her.

It is a well known fact in Lansing that she wanted to regionalize the water department. She was told my several advisors to look into this matter if she was re-elected for a second term. She would like to see a regionalized water board due to people she have discussed this with in Northville and Western Wayne County.

They also say:

There is a movement toward minimal universal health preventive care she champions.

The Michigan Citizen is NOT telling our brothers and sisters the truth. The facts are:

  • If Michigan’s 7.1% unemployment rate, equaled the national average of 4.6%, 110,000 more Michigan workers and their families would have health care coverage (Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Michigan is one of the nation’s unhealthiest states ranking among the nation’s leaders in heart disease, obesity, diabetes and smoking (Detroit News, 2/27/04).
  • 53,000 fewer Michigan citizens have health care coverage today than when Granholm became Governor (US Census Bureau).
  • More than 10% of Michigan citizens do not have any form of health care coverage (Detroit News, 10/23/06).

  • Ineffective management of the Medicaid program has cost the state as much as 10% of all Medicaid costs, as this money is wastefully spent. This cost the state $700 million in last year’s budget (Michigan State Department of Management and Budget).
  • Longtime Democratic supporter Stryker Corporation defrauded Medicare of a large sum of money after striking a back-door deal with a health care clinic that, among other unethical dealings, recommended unnecessary surgeries to patients in order to drive up sales of prosthetics sold by Stryker (WOOD TV, 9/24/06; United States District Court).
  • Principles of the Stryker Corporation have consistently supported and contributed money to Governor Granholm who has never hesitated to accept such support and contributions (Michigan Secretary of State, Campaign Finance Reports).
  • 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).

They even had the nerve to say this:

She has made a valiant effort to uphold public education.

Again, the Michigan Citizen is lying to uneducated Black people who read their tabloid magazine.

The facts:

According to annual “Smartest State” surveys from the Morgan Quinto Press, which measures and ranks K-12 education on 21 different factors, Michigan has dropped below seven other states since Jennifer Granholm became governor (http://www.morganquitno.com/edrank.htm).

· Before Jennifer Granholm took office in 2002, the percentage of Michigan high school graduates was 76.2% and had dropped to 74% (Urban Institute Educational Policy Center).

· During Governor Granholm’s tenure Michigan students NAEP math and reading scores have dropped (National Center for Education Statistics, Nation’s Report Card, Taxpayers Network).

· Class sizes under Governor Granholm’s watch have increased from 17.9 in 2002 to 18.5 in 2005 (Taxpayer Network Inc., 50 State Comparisons Editions 2002, 2005).

· This year, average MEAP scores dropped in every subject except for social studies (Detroit Free Press, 7/15/06).

Granholm even said in one of her TV ads the following:

I’ve demanded that schools notify parents immediately if their kids are having trouble to get parents more involved.

The facts:

The governor “demanded” this. Didn’t push the legislation through the legislature, didn’t work with legislative leaders, just “demanded” this bill pass. The truth is Granholm bowed out to the Michigan Education Association (MEA), a major campaign donor to the governor’s campaign, who opposed the idea. This is yet another example of Governor Granholm touting failure as success.

· By “demanding” parental notification, what Granholm means is that a press conference was held with State Representative Kathy Angerer introducing legislation that effectively went nowhere (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 6/6/06; Michigan Legislature, HB 6151).

· On the same day as Granholm’s press conference, the MEA spoke out against the idea. Al Short, the association’s director of government affairs said “No one has talked to me about this, at this point this is just a press release. I haven’t actually seen a bill yet…” (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 6/6/06).

· The bill continues to rest in the House Education Committee. Governor Granholm has taken no action to move the bill, outside of a media event.

As one of the first acts as governor, Granholm slashed K-12 funding by 3.8% (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 1/15/03).

· Currently, the Michigan ranks 50th in employment growth, 49th in business tax climate, 49th in income growth. (Bureau of Labor Statistics; Tax Foundation; Forbes Magazine).

· Earlier this year, Governor Granholm vetoed legislation that would have halved a small business tax known as the alternative tax. (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 2/3/06)

· In 2004, Governor Granholm vetoed a packet of 11 bills called the business start-up package. The legislation would have extended tax credits and exemptions for new and small businesses. (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 5/28/04)

· Despite claiming that she wants to repeal Michigan’s single business tax, Governor Granholm vetoed a bill earlier this year that would have accelerated that tax’s elimination. (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 3/31/06)

· Only 4% of small business owners in Michigan considered their business climate to be favorable. (Small Business Conditions Poll, 12/1/05)

· Michigan’s single business tax was rated to be the second worst business tax in the country. (Tax Foundation, 3/06)

The editorial continues:

We do believe that she gets a less radical legislature in Lansing than the Republican one she batled during her first four years, we will see and end to insurance redlining. That means Vote Tuesday, November 7th for Granholm for Governor.

Only the paranoid will believe this. Our people must support DeVos if hey want to see a turn around in Detroit.

The facts:

Dick DeVos’ efforts in turning the City of Grand Rapids around created thousands of jobs on various projects. Here’s the breakdown:
1. 555 jobs created from the Cherry Street Landing project.
2. 55 jobs created for full-time staffing of the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Convention Center.
3. 2,800 jobs created (Google X 2.8) from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
4. 650 jobs from Downtown Grand Rapids Bars and Restaurants.

· Alticor’s restructuring and investment in China resulted in the creation of 400 Michigan jobs supporting operations in the world’s largest consumer market (Detroit News Editorial, 9/13/06).

There is no excuse for NOT voting for DeVos. Anything less is failure.

Brothers and sisters, put down the Michigan Citizen, stop listening to garbage from this newspaper and vote for Dick DeVos if you want to see a turn around here in Detroit.















7 comments:

Afrknsci said...

Newspapers are tools of propaganda if the MI citizen is keeping people in the dark what is the free press and the news doing??It is always interesting to see you so-called "republican
conservative"Black folk relive historical archives but fail to realize that the GOP has undergone a sex change the GOP isnt conservative at all its a sham an you act as if it isnt...It is true that devos has spent much more than granholm in ads he has been running tv ads since april...I suscribe to the Mi citizen and the Mi chronicle because i like to support black journalists and also like to read about stories that would never make the unfree press...You say we should stop listening to the Mi citizen and listen to who??People are quick to discredit and degrade certain things while giving no alternatives...do you have a paper?? tv show??radio program?? just this blog to use as your hate therapy....my children have been in the Mi chronicle and the Mi citizen for academic achivements that the free press would dare not touch, but thats not parinoid talk because i submitted the info to all the papers and who do you think ran a positive story...do you attack metro times?DetNews?Oakland press?you only attack black.

You need to deactivate your willie lynch chip!!!

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FreeMan said...

Coopted Puppet - The Oppressor's 1st Response to Justice is to IGNORE it - Why don't you respond to the article in the Metro Times that Betsy Devos' the wife of the Republican candidate for Governor brother owns
BLACKWATER - the private paramilitary business that received Homeland Security Contracts in Iraq & New Orleans during Katrina Genocide
This is a campaign issue because there were allegations of human rights abuses by BLACKWATER in Iraq
This is a campaign issue because if Detroit suffers an attack on the border or a natural disaster will Devos if elected call for the National Guard or BLACKWATER?

akindele akinyemi said...

Coopted Puppet - The Oppressor's 1st Response to Justice is to IGNORE it - Why don't you respond to the article in the Metro Times that Betsy Devos' the wife of the Republican candidate for Governor brother owns
BLACKWATER - the private paramilitary business that received Homeland Security Contracts in Iraq & New Orleans during Katrina Genocide
This is a campaign issue because there were allegations of human rights abuses by BLACKWATER in Iraq
This is a campaign issue because if Detroit suffers an attack on the border or a natural disaster will Devos if elected call for the National Guard or BLACKWATER?

Coopted fool....I just spoke to Betsy DeVos not even 5 minutes ago in person..in Detroit on 6 Mile and Meyers (for those who think she do not come to Detroit..in the hood)and she said Blackwater caused NO genocide as falsely reported in the liberal press. There was no abuse as falsey reported and this was even verified by four Blacks sitting next to her who lived in New Orleans during the time Blackwater was down there.

So why are you lying uneducated FOOL?

You bitch and complain about Blackwater but the New Black Panther Party calls for the destruction of Israel, make racial threats towards others in the name of Black power. This is a para military group as well but you give them a free pass because of the color of their skin.

akindele akinyemi said...

The GOP has undergone a sex change? I have researched the history of the GOP and what they stood on yesterday is what they stood on today.

I read Black papers all across the country. However, I know for a fact that the Michigan Citizen have misquoted people, spin issues that are NOT relevant and have even made pitiful claims that were not true at all. This is what a tabloid DOES NOT a newspaper.

I used to print newspapers on collges campuses across the state back in the early 90s.

I was the producer and co-host of Black Slate Radio for 4 years on two stations.

Blogging is a new way of writing. It has been demonstrated to be far more effective than print media. Even Bankole Thompson, who is an editor at the Michigan Citizen, said this in his recent book.

I have attacked the Metro Times for their decadent liberal press. I have constantly raised hell to ALL three dailies that you talk about for having a slant when they report something.

I am only telling the truth. Most of our people hate it.

By the way...there is no such thing as willie lynch.

FreeMan said...

Coopted Puppet - there is a Big difference between the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (against Police Brutality) that (Afrikan) FBI Director Hoover called "the most dangerous security threat to the US" & began to kill & imprison Black Panthers - like Fred Hampton in Chicago & Geronimo Pratt in California
Remember the US under the Tuskegee Experiment tried to commit Genocide on Black Afrikans from the 1930s - 70s & the recent Black Afrikan Majority city New Orleans Genocide 8/29/05 Hurricane Katrina
BLACKWATER IS GOVERNMENT APPROVED - The Black Panthers are government disapproved
The Republican Party in 1877 betrayed Black Afrikans when they removed the Troops from the South that allowed Black Afrikans to suffer racial violence - The Republican Party in 2006 is Anti-Black Majority Afrikan
Yes there was a Willie Lynch in 1712 & you today use his Slave Control Principles on Black Afrikan people - today
The ownership of Blackwater by Betsy Devos' brother & Blackwater's Homeland Security Contracts are a Campaign issue

akindele akinyemi said...

Coopted Puppet - there is a Big difference between the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (against Police Brutality) that (Afrikan) FBI Director Hoover called "the most dangerous security threat to the US" & began to kill & imprison Black Panthers - like Fred Hampton in Chicago & Geronimo Pratt in California

I SAID the New Black Panther Party FOOL!!!! Even the Panthers of Old do nto associate themselves with Malik Shabazz. The have called the NBP "terrorists".


Remember the US under the Tuskegee Experiment tried to commit Genocide on Black Afrikans from the 1930s -

yes.


70s & the recent Black Afrikan Majority city New Orleans Genocide 8/29/05 Hurricane Katrina

whatever. too much spike lee. I have already uncovered your lie about his before.


BLACKWATER IS GOVERNMENT APPROVED - The Black Panthers are government disapproved

Again, I was not talking about the communist Black panther party but since you are on the subject it was not just the FBI that led to the destruction of the panthers in 1968-71 but their OWN members were undisciplined and self destructed as well.


The Republican Party in 1877 betrayed Black Afrikans when they removed the Troops from the South that allowed Black Afrikans to suffer racial violence -

that's your ONLY point about republicans of the past? A compromise? Meanwhile, you support a party that have a horrible record with Blacks leading up to 2006 and this has been verified by over 4 dozen scholars in academia TODAY nationwide.

The Republican Party in 2006 is Anti-Black Majority Afrikan

whatever. and young people are flocing to the party because.....


Yes there was a Willie Lynch in 1712 & you today use his Slave Control Principles on Black Afrikan people - today

no, there was NO willie lynch in HISTORY and even Paul Lee, a well known and respected scholar in the BLACK NATIONALIST community has verified this as well.


The ownership of Blackwater by Betsy Devos' brother & Blackwater's Homeland Security Contracts are a Campaign issue

who the hell is talking about blackwater other than the michigan citizen? Not even Granholm has brought this up!!!!!

You are such a damn fool.