As of today, Rick Snyder has been our Governor for three months. To mark the occasion, the Michigan Democratic Party released the following video.
While I appreciate that they’re trying to get the word out about the administration’s agenda, I had hoped for something a little more substantive. Maybe I’m naive, but I’d hoped that our Democratic leaders might come forward with something like…. ummmm…. a viable alternative to Snyder’s proposed budget. I know that fear motivates, and that the State Democratic party will likely get some traction with this piece, but where does it really get us in the end?
I’m not suggesting that we don’t acknowledge the reality of the situation, which probably really does warrant a creepy, ominous soundtrack and some stark black and white imagery, but I don’t think that, in and of itself, is enough. What I’d love to see is some respected, adult-looking figure laying out what the Snyder plan means for Michigan, and then offering a viable alternative. And I think the people of Michigan would welcome it. I think the people of Michigan would like, for a change, to have something to rally around and be for, instead of just having one more thing to be against.
If I were the chair of the Michigan Democratic party, I’d be talking about joining the rest of the civilized world and rewriting our regressive tax code so that a disproportionate amount of the burden doesn’t fall on the shoulders of the working poor. I’d also be talking about savings that could be had through prison reform, and the shoring up of loopholes in our corporate tax code. And, of course, I’d be talking about our investments in education and transportation infrastructure, and the dividends that they would pay in the future.
But, instead, we’re spending our time promoting the Snyder boogeyman in hopes of driving increased donations to the Democratic party.
And, as long as I’m handing out ideas to the Michigan Democratic Party, I think they should also be investing the time and resources necessary to identify young political talent, and develop it. The state of our Democratic party in Michigan is absolutely criminal. We should have a deep bench of people ready to take on this Republican Governor. Instead, we have to rely on Michael Moore to do the fighting for us. We need people of stature that are taken seriously, and that takes time – time that we don’t have.
Sorry for venting, but I can’t believe that we still haven’t seen a comprehensive Democratic proposal to balance the budget. I guess we’re to busy making scary videos.