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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.


Thoughts on a “jobless recovery”

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Earlier this morning, I saw Michigan’s governor on Meet the Press as part of a panel of politicians and other talking heads talking about the country’s “jobless recovery.”

I only caught the tail end of the discussion (I was coming home from church and eating a late breakfast). However, I tuned in just in time to see Gov. Granholm wax optimistic about recent (national?) monthly job loss numbers actually being down from where they were at the beginning of the year.

Well, she has a job here in Michigan (until her term ends, and then she’ll probably get some other cushy political appointment or consulting job).

I don’t have a full-time job here in Michigan. I may, reluctantly, leave Michigan, if I get a job in another state.

Even though employers seem reluctant to create new jobs — or replace the workers they laid off at the start of this slump — I’m trying to be optimistic that the economy will recover enough to create a job for me, and soon. My optimism varies: Some days, my (job) glass is half-full, some days, it’s half-empty. Some days, I just have half a glass.

But as I’ve been told, I only need one job.

Written by Joanne

December 13, 2009 at 11:58 am