What I’d like to hear a politician say for once


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  1. Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Sorry this is hard to read. I transcribed it, though. Here’s what it says.

    One wonders what would happen if a governor had the balls to say, “We’re not going to be the cheapest state in the union for you to do business in. If the bottom line is all you care about, we’re not going to be competitive with Mexico. We’re not even going to try. Where other states are slashing and burning, we’re going to invest. That means investing in out kids’ education by guaranteeing smaller classroom sizes, and better equipped teachers. That means investing in mass transit, affordable health care, vibrant cities, and protecting our environmental resources. If you want to join us here, where we have the brightest, happiest people in the nation, we’d love to have you, but we’re not going to loose any sleep over it if you want to be somewhere else. We’re going focus our job creation efforts on growing the businesses that we already have, and supporting our home-grown entrepreneurs, giving them the tools they need to be successful. And, in order to fund these activities, we’re asking people in our state to do two things. We’re asking them to pay a little bit more in taxes, and we’re asking them to invest in state savings bonds. This is a critical moment in American history. We’ve tried cutting taxes, and it hasn’t given us the kind of communities that we’ve wanted to raise our families in. What it’s brought us are transient industries that have just wanted to make a buck at our expense, and move on. Well, I think, working together, we can do better…”

  2. Ted
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I would vote for a politician in a cardboard suit.

  3. Josh
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I’d vote for you. Maybe you should send that to everybody. In the country, I mean.

  4. moor orka
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Not to split hairs, but that’s pretty much exactly what I’d prefer to hear voters say.

    As an aside, it does seem to speak fairly directly to the film incentives. It’s not an issue I’m passionate about, but I haven’t heard anyone yet talk about the issue in terms of “supporting our home-grown entrepreneurs” as opposed to luring the Hollywood establishment in with cheap rent. If we have the talent and work ethic, why not just make our own damn movies?

  5. gary
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    There’s no such thing as a state savings bond. Mark is suggesting we fund Michigan through a Ponzi scheme.

  6. abe newman
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Nice try, but I generally vote based up fear.

  7. Knox
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    It would be kind of cool if states could issue bonds. I think people around the country would like to invest in a state that took a gamble on it’s people, education, investment on infrastructure, etc.

  8. Edward
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    I’d settle for one who was up front as to his/her personal motivations for seeking the office. The bar is pretty low for me.

  9. wetdolphinmissile
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    agreed Mark

  10. Chairman Meow
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    “For the first time in history, a Washington Post-ABC News poll has found that a majority of Americans support gay marriage. In 2006, support for gay marriage was at only 36 percent, but now 53 percent of American respondents believe it should be legal.”

  11. Kim
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    I also read about a poll that said, if the election were held today, Obama and Palin would lose to Charlie Sheen.

    And, no, I’m not equating gay marriage to Charlie Sheen.

  12. Rex
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Mark for Governor.

  13. Ez Marsay
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink


  14. Edward
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Seriously, though, why doesn’t someone somewhere say this? I may be way off, but I think that if someone had stepped up and said it, he’d win a lot of support from people around the country. I don’t know that people would necessarily move there, but they’d definitely take notice, the same way crackpots around the country are rallying around Christ Christie for playing hardball with teachers.

  15. Ez Marsay
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Edward, I think one of our hugest problems, as progressives, is what we’re working against. Specifically, two things:

    –multibillionaires/Citizens United vs FEC/etc., who want nothing more than to gut public sector unions. Why? It’s harder and harder for Berserk Free Market Capitalism to produce profits for shareholders, and the privatization of public education is one of the last frontiers of potential domestic capital expansion (invasion)
    –as if that didn’t require some finesse in understanding and believing, we’ve also got this fucking *sisyphean* task of convincing not only your run-of-the-mill Democrat neighbor, but also of convincing people galvanized by the Tea Party that, not only are they advocating for the wrong savior . . . there is no fucking savior, as Obama is demonstrating.

    In other words, as long as we can’t convince *a majority* of Americans that corporate warfare will be the death of not only our environment, but also of its democracies, then it doesn’t matter at all who’s governor–especially of a state like Michigan, which has almost no history of progressive traction, as opposed to Wisconsin which, for example, almost sent La Follette to the White House.

    All of which to say: fuck Snyder, and fuck Granholm before him. Let’s get to work, starting here in Ypsilanti.

  16. Eel
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I want to hear new politicians say that they’re truly dedicated to public funding, and vow not to take a dollar of special interest money.

    I want to hear old politicians groveling and begging not to be sent to prison.

  17. Posted March 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know that states couldn’t issue bonds. I think it would be pretty cool if people could essentially buy stock in different states as a way of showing support.

  18. Posted March 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I think Charlie Sheen should marry Emilio Estevez.
    And then run for governor of Kentucky.

  19. Ale Roka
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    That was real nice. I like your pictures. They make your posts seem less human, and therefore, more endearing.

    I want to hear freshman elected officials admit they have virtually no idea what they’re doing and, upon reaching office, find issues are far more complicated than their campaign ideology anticipated.

  20. tommy
    Posted March 19, 2011 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Mark – Municipal Bonds are pretty much the same thing, although on a smaller more targeted scale. What I think may work is something like the State Bank of North Dakota, where they use the state’s assets as collateral in support of their mission. Great concept. Check it out when you get a chance


  21. Glen S.
    Posted March 19, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    @ tommy

    As I recall, Virg Bernero proposed something very similar for Michigan. It would have been interesting to see how that worked out …

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