I wanted to take the time to talk to you about the importance of this upcoming election. IN about 48 hours African Americans are going to vote all across the State of Michigan to vote for their candidate of choice.
It's our right to vote and we should. However, we need to take a look at the most important race in the State of Michigan.
Governor Jennifer Granholm and Challenger Dick DeVos.
One Detroit has been consistently supporting Dick DeVos since January of this year. The reason? We feel that he is the best person for the job.
There is a serious crisis here in every urban community in the State of Michigan. I have been to every single urban center that is Democratically controlled. Since January, I have traveled to Saginaw, Flint, Muskegon, Hamtramck ,Ecorse, River Rouge, Inkster, Lansing, Pontiac, Kalamazoo, and just yesterday Benton Harbor, where I visited for the first time in 12 years.
ALL of these citites are suffering from the effects of the Granholm Administration. My Democratic collegues keep telling me that Gov. Granholm should be given more time. I keep telling them we are out of time.
I do not believe in that notion of Granholm should be given more time. In sports, a coach is given a very short amount of time to change a team around. If that coach does not deliver of what he/she was hired to do then that person is fired. Did you see what happened to John L. Smith of Michigan State University who was the head coach of the football team? He was fired because Ron Mason, the Athletic Director of MSU, felt that he was no longer a good fit.
When Granholm came into office in 2002 we felt she was a good fit and we had high hopes for her. But now, we can cleary see that this was a mistake.
There are other governors across the country tha came in at the same time as Gov. Granholm and they have turned their state's economies around. Yet, our people are giving Granholm excuses and excuses to keep her.
I have been saying that African Americans here in our urban communites across Michigan are so ingrained with the fear of change that we keep making the same mistakes. One person told me while I was putting up lawn signs for anoter candidate earlier this week that we should keep Granholm and "hope" she will change things.
Hope? That is a code word for fear and in some cases paranoia.
But the biggest thing I am having a serious problem with is lack of respect from Gov. Granholm in terms of respecting the African American community as a whole. I have asked SOMEONE to come forth (including e-mailing the Governor TWICE) to share with us her urban agenda. NO ONE in the Michigan Young Democrats, Granholm Camp, Democratic Precinct Delegates in SW Detroit or wherever, Sista to Sista, Labor to Labor, Neighbor to Neighbor, ANYONE has answered this question. However, Dick DeVos has come out with his Urban Turn Around agenda. For that alone, he has my respect.
The point? Granholm has a Gay and Lesbian agenda through her Cool Citites Initiative but NO URBAN agenda. Yet, 80% of Black people in Detroit will vote for her on Tuesday even though she has NO URBAN AGENDA. That is problematic even for someone with a high school diploma. And I am personally offended that someone who I voted and supported for in 2002 would not give us ANY CLUE of how we can move an urban agenda where African Americans live and raise their families.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has done a BETTER job in making business friendlier in terms of taxes in Oakland County than Granholm has done in Michigan.
The other problem is Granholm's inability to create a business friendly job climate for people in Michigan. For example, I have a friend who is trying to start a business in the City of Detroit. First, when he had questions he was referred to at least five different departments in city government before someone can answer his ONE question.
Then he has to fill out a 65 step process that each cost $250 a piece. He still may not get approved for a business license in the City of Detroit even though he has to pay all of this money.
This is a result of what you call a Single Business Tax, the same tax that Gov. Granholm vetoed earlier this year. It took a petition drive to get rid of it led by L. Brooks Patterson of Oakland County.
While Granholm is fooling around on this very sensitive issue Black owned businesses have gone under or moved out of state because of her inability to make Michigan a business friendly climate.
I also do not think that African Americans who plan on voting for Jennifer Granholm know this about her as well.
You know that commercial she has with the teddy bear? I think you need to look closer:
Granholm: When Dick DeVos was exposed for eliminating 1,000 jobs in Michigan and building an Amway factory in China, his campaign quickly came up with the excuse that Amway doesn’t sell anything in the United States.
ANOTHER LIE from Governor Granholm. With time winding down on this year’s election Granholm’s campaign is getting nervous and desperate and will say anything to smear Dick DeVos’ name and take focus off of the governor’s deplorable record. For what seems like the hundredth time, here is the truth about Dick DeVos and China:
(Source: Detroit Free Press, 3/26/06)
What has the press said about Granholm’s lies about China?
Granholm: See this teddy bear, bought in the U.S. from Dick DeVos’ company. What’s on the tag? Made in China.
To use the governor’s own words in 2002 “this attack is another 3-D strategy…to distort, distract and divide.” As there was no merit to a similar claim made by Michigan Democrats earlier this month, there is no merit to this latest claim.
Granholm: Why won’t Dick DeVos tell us the truth?
Dick DeVos is telling the truth, unfortunately Governor Granholm keeps distoring it. Why? Because the governor is hiding something, namely her despicable performance as the state’s CEO. The very idea that we’re discussing baseless lies instead of her “accomplishments” proves that point. Here’s a good look at the governor’s record:
This is the same exact Governor that went on Public Television almost a month ago on America Black Journal with Cliff Russell and looked this man in the eye and said:
"I had nothing to do with Scott Bowen losing his bid for Attorney General. I did not even ask him to run."
This is a bold face lie and everyone in the Michigan Democratic Party knows this.Granholm did not even call Scott Bowen to thank him for running, I'm sorry it did not work out, NOTHING. However, the same way she has sold her own friend up the river is the same way she has sold African Americans up the river in ANY urban community in Michigan by cutting revenue sharing in these cities that have an eroding tax base. She couldn't even get her other friend, Melvin Butch Hollowell, to become the first African American to run a major state party in the history of Michigan because it was blocked by Mark Brewer and the UAW.
The same UAW that Black people support in Detroit and pay union dues to they would not even support a Black man to become the head of a state party.
Detroit and Flint are ranked #2-3 respectively in violent crimes in the United States. These are African American cities and are controlled by Democrats.
And my immediate problem is those who are supporting the Governor in this race that are supposed to be "Black Grassroots" organizers. How come the Governor has a Michigan Economic Development Corporation office located in Shanghai, China but not one ANYWHERE on the Continent of Africa if she is so loyal to doing business with African people?
Again, where is her plan on the urban agenda? I have been asking this for seven weeks now with no response to this question.
Brothers and sisters do you remember this commerical about her mom? Look closer:
Granholm for Governor Ad
Granholm: “I was taught by one of the toughest economists the world has ever known, my mom.”
While the governor has been in office Michigan has continued to bottom out while every other state in the country is moving forward.
Granholm: “She never wasted a nickle, never just gave us money, we earned it. As governor, I've cut nearly $3 billion in waste, eliminated a $4 billion deficit and balanced the budget.”
Despite claims by the Granholm about being a “fiscal hawk”, the facts show that Granholm has been a fiscal sparrow. During the governor’s tenure, Granholm’s own proposed budgets show a $4 billion increase in the state’s budget. There is still plenty of government waste that Granholm has not eliminated and EVERY governor of Michigan is constitutionally required to balance the state budget. This task is hardly unprecedented.
Granholm: “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.”
Like most other promises Granholm has made, these were broken. 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.
Granholm: “My mom taught me to make tough choices and to tell people exactly where I stand.”
|Governor Granholm’s problem has never been telling Michigan citizens where she stands. Granholm’s problem is lies with inability to follow through. Governor Granholm has a broken promise on every policy issue from sand mining to protecting our citizens. It is time to put someone in the governor’s office who will produce results and whose actions will speak louder than words. |
Black people MUST support change in this state right now. I will ask you this one question. What has Governor Jennifer Granholm done for African Americans across the State of Michigan? I will give you 24 hours before Tuesday to answer this question.
If there is no response from anyone then I know that we are voting for the hell of it. You might as well NOT vote.
This is what the Bible calls Armaggedon. We are in the last days and times of this election cycle. The End of Days as I call it. African Americans can finally get involved with the global market by investing in places like Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa if we have a governor who supports what we are trying to accomplish. Economic prosperity.
African Americans can finally have a governor who shares the same traditional values as we do.
I would like for those who are reading this to take a look at this survey that was taken:
ABOUT BLACK AMERICANS - SOCIAL ISSUES
2004 Black Entertainment Television and CBS poll, 2003, April 2004, and November 2004 Gallup polls, 2001 L.A. Times poll, 2003 BAMPAC poll, 2001 & 2003 Gallup polls, September 2001 Zogby poll, 2001 ABC News/Beliefnet poll
69% prefer a larger government providing more services, 22% support limited government
Gay marriage: 64% oppose, 26% support, 10% don't knowBrothers and sisters, Dick DeVos is on OUR side on this issue. Jennifer Granholm supports same sex marriage. So why are you supporting a governor who cannot produce jobs but cannot support traditional marriages?
Abortion: 56% oppose abortion in most cases, 20% oppose in all casesAgain, Dick DeVos is on our side on this issue. Jennifer Granholm is supported by EMILY;s List (a pro-choice abortion group). Jennifer Granholm knows the following information as well:
AGAIN, why would you support Gov. Granholm when she supports YOUR OWN destruction? Where do we fit in terms of upholding our values when it comes to voting for a candidate that supports our values? Granholm does not support our values but DeVos does so why are we preparing to vote for Granholm?
Affirmative action programs should be: 76% say continued for foreseeable future, 15% phased over next few years, 3% ended now. Self-identified conservatives: 27% say end now or phase out
48% blame child poverty on parents' individual failures
73% believe race relations have somewhat or greatly improved
78% say they prefer to live in racially mixed neighborhoods
ABOUT BLACK AMERICANS - RELIGION
2004 Black Entertainment Television/CBS poll, 2003 & 2004 Pew Research Center surveys, 2003 Harris Poll, 2004 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly survey
71% Protestant, 15% non-denominational Christian, 7% Catholic, 4% no religion, 2% Muslim, 1% other
Evangelical Christian rate: 62% say Bible is God's literal word
Religious service attendance: 41% attend every week, 22% a few times a year, 19% once or twice a month, 12% almost every week, 6% never
96% believe in God
76% believe in the devil
86% believe in heaven
77% believe in hell
88% believe in Jesus Christ's resurrection
79% say soul survives after death
78% believe in the Virgin birth
90% believe in miracles
29% believe in reincarnation
Islam is fastest-growing religion (40% of U.S. Muslims are black)
USA has special protection from God: 58% yes, 28% no, 14% don't know
USA's strength & success is based on religious faith: 69% yes, 28% no
Must believe in God to be moral: 69% yes, 25% noDick DeVos is closer to African Americans in this category than Jennifer Granholm. Again, you will go vote for her on Tuesday even though she does not believe in the same values as you do.
ABOUT BLACK AMERICANS - EDUCATION
U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 JCPES survey
79% are high school graduates (vs. 14% in 1950)
17% are college graduates (vs. 2% in 1950). Women: 18%. Men: 16%
Top 5 states with largest % of black college grads: Vermont 35%, Montana 33%, New Hampshire 28%, Maine 23%, Idaho 22%
3% have post-college degrees
95% of black children ages 5 and 6 are enrolled in school (vs. 69% in 1954)
School vouchers: 57% support, 43% oppose
Best way for more black kids to receive a good education: 44% say change district boundaries, 40% more government money, 10% vouchers, 6% combo or other answer
81% believe too little money is spent on schools
School prayer: 79% support, 20% oppose, 1% don't knowDick DeVos has repeatedly said that the urban transformation of Detroit and other urban centers around Michigan will center around improving the educational system. This includes educational choices for parents and children. Jennifer Granholm said children and parents should have educational choices WITHIN the traditional public school system.
In other words, as long as large government is controlling the schools and teacher unions are reaping the benefits you can have educational choice.
That is a crisis and YOU know it.
Again, for the hundreth time, where is Granholm's urban agenda?
Brothers and sisters, the time has come for us to make history. As an educator, I am dying to open up my own school one day soon and teach on a college level to train my students for eladership positions within the educational choice movement.
I strongly feel that Dick DeVos is a much better person to lead the State of Michigan than Jennifer Granholm. I can already see those brothers and sisters who attend the International Detroit Black Expo blowing up their businesses and expanding not just in China, Japan and Germany but in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa thanks to a DeVos Administration that is committed to re-working the tax code here in Michigan to create a more business friendly climate.
DeVos is committed to education and we both share the same educational passion for change than Granholm. Granholm is so uncommitted to the educational choice movement here in Michigan and is extremely unfriendly to brothers and sisters who embrace educational options. And I hate it when the NAACP wants to battle me on this issue because it is a well known fact they they receive millions from the NEA to keep their mouths shut on educational options for children.
I would like to see Michigan change for once. It's a shame that NO ONE in the Granholm Camp or Michigan Democrats have dialogued with young Black conservatives like myself for change in Michigan. In fact, there are so many of us leaving Michigan (party affiliation does not matter) because we cannot find a job or raise a family. The Democrats continue to take Black people for granted. And when I hear Black people saying the Republican Party in Michigan has taken us for granted I tell them that they are lying because 90% of us never voted for a Republican candidate, even if that candidate was more friendlier and more qualified to change the state's economy than the Democratic challenger.
Some have told me that they cannot vote for DeVos but cannot give me a clear cut reason. Some of the "independent" voters who I know are saying I don't like Granholm but I'm not voting DeVos. Therefore, they are voting Granholm and that's sad when this woman has a Gay and Lesbian agenda but no Urban Agenda. It is so disrespectful just like One United Michigan has made this Affirmative Action thing a Democratic thing when it should be non-partisan.
Our people are so lazy when it comes to reading infomation on a candidate. It has been disasterous to vote Traditional Democratic when our cities look like hell. It's time for African Americans to compete in a global market themselves and Dick DeVos as Governor will give us the opportunity to do this. Granholm is telling us NOT to work in a global market but work here in Michigan. This will be the death of us if we continue this trend of not competing globally. Have Black people thought about outsourcing jobs to Africa as comapred to Europe or Mexico? Granholm does not want us to compete globaly but keep us locked in a bottle and every 4 years we are supposed to vote Democratic with the same old union rhetoric that keeps us from advancing in a ever changing world.
November 7th is the race between education and catastrophe. Either we are going to vote for change or vote for the end of our lives. A Granholm vote means we love poverty, we love crime and we love failing public schools. A DeVos vote means a transformation process.
Follow the One Detroit lead and give Dick DeVos a chance to transform Michigan and give us the opportunity to build our communites up.