Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Granholm Sound Bites by Akindele Akinyemi


Is there a reason why Granholm is biting off Jim Blanchard's speech from 1987?

Gov. James Blanchard 1987

That’s the same spirit we must unleash to master our next challenge — the challenge of rapid economic change — of global change.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm 2007

The world around us has changed, and it is not changing back.

Blanchard 1987

Four years ago, our state budget showed a $1.7 billion deficit.

Granholm 2007

In the four years since I first took office, I resolved billions in deficits — more than any governor before me.

Blanchard 1987

…as more people come to Michigan to find opportunity and to create more opportunity.

Granholm 2007

A Michigan of in-migration and innovation...

Blanchard 1987

When the people of Michigan put our minds, our hearts and our energy into any effort, together we can accomplish anything.

Granholm 2007

We did not arrive here in the same way or at the same time, but we are all here together, headed toward the same destination. We are One Michigan.

Blanchard 1987

It means continuing our efforts to diversify Michigan’s growing economy

Granholm 2007

We’ll continue to diversify our economy by pursuing growth in four promising sectors:

Blanchard 1987

Remember when Chrysler Corporation jobs were on the line in 1979? That’s the same Chrysler Corporation that just invested $3 billion in Michigan during the last year.

Granholm 2007

Though Ford had its worst financial year ever, the company is investing $6 billion to grow.

Blanchard 1987

We also have an economy that is more than just automobiles.

Granholm 2007

While our auto sector is contracting, other sectors are clearly seeing growth.

Blanchard 1987

We will implement a pre-school program for early education…

Granholm 2007

We’ll begin with an important expansion of early education.

Blanchard 1987

To have the brightest future of all, we need to use the talents of all — without regard to their race, religion, sex or income level.

Granholm 2007

If we fully embrace the mosaic that is Michigan, our diversity will help fuel our economic transformation.

Blanchard 1987

...we will make good on our commitment that any child in Michigan who wants to go to college will be able to afford to go to college.

Granholm 2007

College for all.

Blanchard 1987

Through our community colleges and job training efforts, we will make sure that Michigan workers are the most skilled, most flexible and most adaptive in the world.

Granholm 2007

We will provide free community college tuition to unemployed workers who want to learn the skills needed to fill high-demand jobs.

Source: Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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