Monday, October 02, 2006

Why Granholm's Debate on TV Was A REAL Failure

Granholm's Claim:

Take away this. I will fight for every day citizens. My economic plan is about fighting for every day citizens, to be competitive in the economy. I am going to fight for you [Michigan's citizens].

The facts:

  • Since Jennifer Granholm has been governor, Michigan has lost 96,900 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).

  • Michigan’s unemployment rate is 7.1%, this is the nation’s highest and is 50% above the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Nearly 20% of Michigan’s children are living in poverty (Detroit Free Press, 8/30/06).

  • 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)

Granholm's Claim:

Many local units of government got cut, including police departments.

The facts:

FBI 2005 Updated Crime Statistics

(Source: Crime in the United States 2005, FBI Report, September 2006)

City

Total Law Enforcement Employees

Total Officers

2004

2005

Reduction

2004

2005

Reduction

Detroit

4,612

3,695

917 (-19%)

3,772

3,327

445(-12.8%)

Lansing

353

335

18 (-5.1%)

252

243

9 (-3.6%)

(Sources: Crime in the United States 2004, FBI Report; Crime in the United States 2005, FBI Report, September 2006)

Statewide:

·Michigan has seen the following increases from 2004-2005:

o Violent crime (12.3%)

§ 2nd highest rate of increase in the nation

§ Nationally, the rate of increase was only 2.3%

o Robbery (17.7%) –

§ 3rd highest rate of increase in the nation

§ Nationally, the rate of increase was only 3.9%

o Aggravated Assault (13.8%)

§ the 4th highest rate of increase in the nation

§ Nationally, the rate of increase was only 1.8%.

o Burglary (9.8%)

§ the highest increase in the nation

§ Nationally, the rate of increase was only 0.5%

o Property Crime (1%)

§ 12th highest increase in the country

§ Nationally, property crimes decreased at a rate of 1.5%

Flint

:

· 2,708 violent crimes in

Flint

last year

· 48 murders in

Flint

last year

· * Because of changes in the state/local agency's reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years' data

Lansing

:

· 1,407 violent crimes in

Lansing

last year.

Detroit

:

· 21,240 violent crimes in

Detroit

last year

· 354 murders in

Detroit

last year

· * Because of changes in the state/local agency's reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.

Granholm's Claim:

As Attorney General she's protected Michigan's citizens. When Selepak was released, it was a mistake.

The facts:

  • In January of this year, Granholm’s Department of Corrections made the mistake of releasing Patrick Selepak, a convict sentenced for multiple counts of domestic abuse, without a parole hearing. Once free, Selepak murdered three innocent Michiganders (Detroit Free Press 2/23/06).

  • An investigation stemming from the incident revealed that Granholm’s Department of Corrections repeated the Selepak mistake of releasing parolees without hearings on 40 other occasions. (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 4/18/06).

Granholm's Claim:

The old solutions to make us competitive in the job market aren't going to get us out of the problem. We need to invest in public education.

The facts:

  • During Governor Granholm’s tenure, funding for all 15 of Michigan’s public universities has gone down. (House Fiscal Agency, 2006)

· Since Governor Granholm has been in office, higher education spending has been cut by $300 million. (Detroit News, 6/26/05).


· During Granholm’s tenure, Michigan colleges and universities have been forced to increase tuition 40%. 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)


· All four of Governor Granholm’s proposed executive budgets have advocated for the elimination of the Tuition Assistance Program. The program provides scholarships for needy children to attend Michigan’s private colleges and universities. (Detroit Free Press, 2/13/06)


· Governor Granholm has repeatedly and consistently called for an end of the MEAP competitive scholarship that gives each student who exceeds that state’s expectations on standardized tests $3,000 to go to college. (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 3/10/05)


· Governor Granholm’s original merit scholarship proposal (very similar to her present proposal) would have been paid for on the backs of Michigan citizens as it would have resulted in tax and fee increases (MIRS Captiol Capsule, 1/30/3006).


· Governor Granholm’s plan to eventually provide every college student in Michigan with $4,000 to attend a Michigan college or university continues to lack an explanation as to how the scholarships will be funded.

  • A study by the House Fiscal Agency determined that the governor’s plan would bankrupt the Merit Scholarship Program by Fiscal Year 2011. (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 1/30/06)

  • Less than 20% of Michigan’s full-time 2-year degree community college students earn their degree within 3 years. (Austin, et al, Background Briefing for Higher Education and Economic Growth Commission, 2004)

  • Michigan ranks 39th in the country in citizens with a college degree. (Traverse City Record Eagle, 6/15/05)

  • Overall hiring of college graduates in the State of Michigan will decrease by 43%. (Collegiate Employment Research Institute, 2005-2006 Recruiting Trends Survey)

Granholm's Claim:

People are poor because of the challenges to Michigan's automotive and manufucturing sector. She's proud to raise the minimum wage.

The facts:

Republicans are in favor of a wage for all Michigan citizens that will make their lives more enjoyable. However, setting such a wage must be done responsibly in a way that does not force businesses to cut jobs from their payroll. A minimum wage is better than no wage.

  • Democrats widely supported a ballot initiative that would have not only increased Michigan’s minimum wage by nearly $2 an hour, but would have also increased the wage every year based on the rate of inflation (MIRS, Capitol Capsule, 2/13/06).

  • Michigan Republican countered by passing a bill through the Republican legislature that would increase the minimum wage by $2.25 an hour gradually over the course of two years without indexing the rate to inflation, a move nearly all businesses believed was more business-friendly (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 3/14/06).

  • “SBAM [Small Business Association of Michigan] remains unalterably opposed to a mandated minimum wage increase. It would raise costs for all small employers and, because it makes it more expensive to offer entry level jobs, would reduce employment opportunities for the very people a higher minimum wage is purported to help: unskilled or low skilled workers seeking to enter the workforce.” – Rob Fowler, SBAM President (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 3/9/06).

  • “The evidence proves that raising the minimum wage will kill Michigan jobs at a time when the state can ill afford to lose more jobs. However, if it's going to be raised, it should be the Legislature and the governor that does it. The wrong way is through a constitutional amendment.” – Michigan Restaurant Association Director Andy Deloney (MIRS Capitol Capsule, 3/9/06).

Granholm's claim:

In 1997 DeVos lobbied for a tax break, just for him.

The facts:

Dick DeVos has contributed to various Republican campaigns and charitable causes. However, to suggest that Dick agrees with everything that is done by these groups as a result is absurd. The game works both ways. Using this logic:

  • Governor Granholm signed the bill that was mentioned in this ad when the governor appeared with former President Bill Clinton last month (Detroit Free Press 8/16/06).

  • Governor Granholm believes that the United States government was guilty of the domestic terrorist attacks at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and the Oklahoma City bombing since she scheduled an appearance with the Reverend Jesse Jackson (Jackson, Speech to the AFL-CIO, December, 2001).

  • Governor Granholm believes that Americans are “possibly the dumbest people on the planet” since the governor appeared with Michael Moore earlier this year in Traverse City (New York Times Columnist David Brooks, 6/26/04).

  • Governor Granholm has created millions of jobs overseas since the governor has accepted campaign contributions from several companies that have engaged in such operations (Granholm for Governor Campaign Finance Reports, 2002-2006).

· Governor Granholm has kissed Britney Spears in front of a nationally televised audience by accepting campaign contributions from legendary diva Madonna Ciccone (Granholm for Governor Campaign Finance Report, 2006).

The citations that Granholm and the Democrats use in no way mentions Dick DeVos. Nor do they prove anything, except that Democrats in Washington, at the time had as much to do with this tax cut being passed as Republicans.


· The legislation that Granholm and the Democrats point to was signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Clinton appeared on the same stage as Granholm last month, where Granholm referred to him as “The most beloved man in the entire world” (Detroit Free Press, 8/16/06).


· The legislation that Granholm and the Democrats are referencing was the product of bipartisan negotiations (Wall Street Journal, 8/11/97).


· Granholm and the Democrats, through either ignorance or carelessness, have the wrong Dick DeVos. The “evidence” that is pointed out in the ad discusses contributions made to Congressional Republicans by Dick DeVos’ father, Richard DeVos. Not once does the article mention Dick DeVos (Associated Press, 10/28/98).

The amendment that was offered to the bill by then House Speaker Newt Gingrich was “intended to save several hundred jobs in Michigan.” Should the governor really be critical of this legislation?

Governor Granholm claims:

I'm not afraid of trade, but let's make sure that trade is fair.

The Facts:

  • The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and others released a study in 2004. According to it’s conclusions, only 34,500 total Michigan jobs have been outsourced, of the 243,500 jobs the governor admits the state lost just in manufacturing.

  • The study also concluded that only 1 out of 8 jobs being lost in Michigan is a result of international trade. Thus nearly 90% of jobs lost are not from international trade.

  • According to a recently held Michigan Manufacturer’s Association panel, it was stressed that the main reason for manufacturing job loss was not international trade agreements, but increased productivity (Novi News, 6/1/06).

  • The governor has repeatedly stated that Michigan’s economy is suffering as a result of trade agreements such as NAFTA. But what she will not say is that NAFTA was pushed by Vice President Al Gore, supported by Senator John Kerry, along with 128 other Congressional Democrats and was signed by President Bill Clinton. Despite this, the governor staunchly supported John Kerry in his 2004 Presidential bid (Congressional Voting Records).

  • Likewise, the bill to normalize trade with China, was supported by Senator John Kerry, Senator John Edwards, Senator Carl Levin along with 106 other Congressional Democrats and signed by President Bill Clinton. Despite this, the governor staunchly supported the Kerry/Edwards ticket in the 2004 Presidential Election, and gave a joint conference call with Senator Levin earlier this week (Congressional Voting Records).

  • CAFTA represents the second largest market for U.S. exports in Latin America. The United States trades more with these countries than with Australia or Brazil. The U.S. market is already largely open to imports from these countries, and this will level the playing field (United States Trade Representative and Department of Commerce).

Governor Granholm Claims:

She has a plan to create jobs today and tomorrow.

The facts:

  • Since Governor Jennifer Granholm has been in office, the unemployment rate in the United States has gone down from 5.8% to 4.6% (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Since Jennifer Granholm has been governor, the Bush fueled United States economy has created 5 million American jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Granholm claims:

We have a plan to create jobs today and tomorrow.

The Facts:

  • Since Governor Jennifer Granholm has been in office, the unemployment rate in the United States has gone down from 5.8% to 4.6% (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Since Jennifer Granholm has been governor, the Bush fueled United States economy has created 5 million American jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • The Bush Administration has achieved over $4 billion in tariff reductions from countries that the United States has completed or are negotiating Free Trade Agreements with (United States Trade Representative and Department of Commerce).

  • Can any Black Nationalist, Socialist, Democrat, Young Democrat, or whoever refute these claims? I am dying to hear your response to all of this. Let's do this instead. Don't respond because you have nothing to say.


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