My Rant on the Michigan State Legislature’s Looming Shutdown

I am writing today because I am absolutely fed up with the entire Legislature of the State of Michigan. I am not just talking about Governor Jennifer Granholm, but also about EVERY single Republican, Democrat, and Independent who sits on the State Congress. It is outrageous to me that none of you people can put aside your absolutely petty and asinine partisan issues and settle this so that the people of this state will not suffer for your ignorance and mismanagement.

Michigan has suffered for years from mismanagement at every level. We are a state that effectively has a “last one out, please turn out the lights” (thanks, mom) sign as you leave our borders. Why is that? Simple: instead of following the lead of past generations and looking FORWARD in terms of manufacturing, industry, and developing technology, we have sat back and allowed industry (i.e. auto industry) that refuses to see what is going on around the world (i.e. global warming) to get tax breaks for doing nothing – but for least of all thinking small instead of looking large. It is a disgrace. Governor Granholm says that she has brought new technology industry to the state – true, Google did open up an office in Ann Arbor. Congratulations. One company, bringing how many jobs here? 100? 200? I have no idea how many it actually brought with it, but unless it is over 1,000, I have news for you: BIG DEAL. We are hemorrhaging people; Wyoming is drawing our young people — yes, that is right WYOMING. What? Are you kidding me? Heck, I am even considering leaving. I freelance, and that is considered a small business here…do you have any idea what rate I will be taxed at this year as a small business person? It is obscene.

I figure it this way: for every fire that burns out of control, for every person who calls 911 and gets slow service (some of whom will probably suffer dearly for it), and for every person who needs a service this state is supposed to provide – I hold each and every one of you responsible. You should be ashamed of yourselves — I know only that I am ashamed of each of you.

Oh, and one more thing — I guarantee you this: I will not vote for any of you who now occupy the seats that you do. I am done with each of you. I will not allow you to represent me any more. Hopefully my fellow constituents will do the same.

Shape up, or please – turn out the lights on YOUR way out.