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Democrat Governors have a “Bridge” to Sell You.

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Posted on February 21 2010 10:40 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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The word of the day on the Sunday shows from Democrats was “bridge.”  The stimulus package, Governor Granholm of Michigan told Fox News Sunday viewers was just a “bridge” to get us through the tough times.

On This Week, prompted by softball questions from Terry Moran wondering how the Obama Administration failed to get credit for one of its “major accomplishments,” Governor Ed Rendell trumpeted a similar line.

Now that only 6% of the American people think the stimulus created jobs, the Democrat line is  It wasn’t supposed to create jobs or get us out of the recession, just to get us to the other side.

Besides confusing the stimulus and the auto company bailout, Granholm said that 42,000 people are now employed in Michigan who would not otherwise be.  Translation:  State government was able to keep from trimming about 8% of its workforce.  In Michigan, birthplace of the assembly line, there are now 500,000 manufacturing jobs and 600,000 people working for the government.

That’s probably why in polls I have done in SWING state senate districts in Michigan, Granholm has disapproval rates over 50% with “very unfavorable” scoring in the 20s, and her Lt. Governor just dropped out of the race to succeed his term limited boss.  And the Democrats laugh when the Right brings out Dick Cheney to argue our case?

Rendell claimed that 50,000 jobs were saved in Pennsylvania, a state with a similar makeup to Michigan—a union dominated Democrat state government.  These are jobs they can actually count as saved, as these governors know exactly what they would have had to do had their pals in Washington not bailed them out.

Granholm also touted her line that the stimulus package would create a “whole new sector” of private industry, in green jobs.  40,000 new jobs, she enthused.  Of course, the average job loss in Michigan throughout her 80-some months in office is 12,000 per month…  That we may NEVER make up for.

Rendell, who actually has a clue, admitted that state governments only got through one year with the bailout, and came to confessing that all the feds did was help profligate state governments kick their problems down the road for a year.

But left unsaid is the real goal of the “stimulus.”  Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats bailed out public employee unions last year, rewarding them for a job well done—in the previous election cycle.

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