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Michigan: Hire the Nerd Nov. 2

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The statistic Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder uses at the start of one of his campaign commercials and on his website is shocking: Every 10 minutes, Michigan loses another job.

Jobs have been the central issue in this campaign between governor hopefuls Snyder, the Ann Arbor “Nerd” venture capitalist, economic developer, and former CEO of Gateway computer; and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the Democrat who’s been called “America’s Angriest Mayor.”

Jobs should be the central issue in this campaign to take over the job of term-limited and unpopular Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Michigan’s unemployment rate is currently 13 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We have the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, right between #1 Nevada and #3 California.

Bernero did make news this week for attracting more General Motors jobs to Lansing’s GM factories. And Bernero’s city (which happens to be the state capital) has one of Michigan’s lowest unemployment rates.

Meanwhile, Snyder’s stance against the state’s film and TV industry tax credits — credits which are bringing a growing creative industry and positive publicity to a state which needs new industry and good publicity — troubles us. We’re also slightly concerned that the governorship would be Snyder’s first elected office.

Snyder has impressed us, however, with his focus on wanting to see and change our troubled state.

He and Bernero only debated once this fall. But ever since the primaries, Snyder has traveled to every county of Michigan, by RV, to question and be questioned by voters in town hall meetings. How many other candidates traveled to both peninsulas?

And just like the policy wonk nerd he’s always claimed to be, Snyder’s always had a simple 10-point plan for changing Michigan. It’s on his website. We haven’t seen or heard of a similar plan from Bernero — just angry campaign commercials and mud-slinging during the debate. Michigan needs a positive leader, not another angry talking head.

If Snyder’s popularity in the polls translates to votes this Tuesday, the Nerd should become Michigan’s head Nerd on Nov. 2. We at WSFAU believe that hiring Snyder as Michigan’s next governor is one of the best things to do to bring jobs — and good governance — back to this state.

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We’ve made a little change ….

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And now we’re masters of our own domain. 😉

The Internet domain “whatssofunnyaboutunemployment.com“, that is.

But never fear, WSFAU readers! You can still reach us at our old address, whatssofunnyaboutunemployment.wordpress.com. WordPress is so nice to forward our traffic for us like that. (They’re such gracious hosts.)

Either way, we’ll still report on unemployment news and views — and one woman’s continuing search for a job in this economy.

Written by Joanne

October 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

What I’ve been doing this fall

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Gee, it’s a little dusty in here. Guess it has been awhile since I’ve written. Sorry about that.

I’ve been busy this fall. I have had one or two short-term temporary jobs and some substitute teaching assignments. I’d prefer a full-time permanent job, but hey, it’s work and it’s money.

Toastmasters has also kept me busy. It’s fall speech contest season. I’m not competing; however I did organize one contest and am assisting with other contests. Until the end of this month.

Lastly, I just can’t stay out of The Apple Store. Against my better judgment, I bought another new toy there a couple of weeks ago. I’m really enjoying it and its various apps.

Written by Joanne

October 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm