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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.


The “I Need A Freakin Job” Movement

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The other day, while I was driving and listening to radio news about the president’s recent visit to Buffalo, the announcer mentioned someone posted a billboard President Obama would likely not see in Buffalo. “I Need A Freakin Job,” they said the billboard said.

“Well,” I said. “There’s a story for WSFAU! I’ll have to Google ‘I need a freaking job’ and see who posted that billboard. I was born in Buffalo …” (My parents and I only lived there until I was two, so I don’t remember Buffalo well.)

Early this morning, the billboard posters and their video hit Yahoo News. It wasn’t just one desperate unemployed guy begging Mr. Obama for a job. Turns out I Need A Freakin Job is a movement of young unemployed people who want social change — and renewed government attention on unemployment.

Of course, they have a web site.

And, naturally, I Need A Freakin Job has a quickly growing Facebook page/group.

Good luck, INAFJ.org. We hope you get the president’s attention — and  jobs. And I’ll say it along with you, for as long or as short a time as it takes: “I Need a Freakin’ Job!”

The State of the Jobs Union

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President Obama is now giving his first State of the Union address (last January’s address to Congress didn’t count) and he’s focusing on jobs.

Excellent, we say.

Early in tonight’s address the president called for a new jobs bill, $30 billion of small business funding, various business tax breaks, and a new small business tax credit.

Sounds good to us here at WSFAU, Mr. President. Because, as you said tonight, there are too many of us sending out resumes without result (or interviewing without result); too many of us who don’t know where our next meal is coming from.

We certainly agree this country needs a healthy and an innovative economy. A strong economy is the only thing which will get us all back to work — and keep us all working. Because we don’t accept second place for the United States of America either, Mr. President.

Dear Santa

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Santa Claus

North Pole (or Christmas, Mich.; or my local mall)

Dear Santa:

First of all, how are you? It’s been a long time since I’ve written you — besides that Tweet I sent you the other night. With all the electronics and computers you and the elves have to process, I figured you’d have a Twitter account.

I’ve been good. (Yes, I know everyone who writes you says they’ve been good. But do they even bother to ask how you are? Kind of childish of them, isn’t it?)

Santa, I’ve had quite a year since last Christmas. If you know when I’ve been sleeping, and when I’ve been awake (or if you’ve been reading WSFAU), you also know I’ve been unemployed. You also know I’m far from the only one in Michigan who’s unemployed.

As the leading Christmas gift-giving specialist, Santa, I know you handle many requests at this time of year. However, please give special consideration to this one:

Jobs, Santa. We need jobs here in Michigan. We need jobs here in America.

You’re a big seasonal employer. Everyone knows you hire toy making elves (and one wannabe dentist). For all I know you keep your workforce busy year-round. Perhaps you could offer some workforce development advice to businesspeople and our government.

There are many of us who could use a shiny new job under our Christmas tree this holiday season. So if you could find some room in your big red bag for some jobs, we’d appreciate it.

Merry Christmas, Santa.



Written by Joanne

December 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm