I have to admit, you had me for a minute, Dick DeVos. You make some good points. Your commercials, what with you driving around southern Michigan, lamenting the disrepair our cities have fallen into;your interviews with our salt-of-the-earth, down-on-their-luck citizens, well, I thought about voting for you. Maybe we do need a change, I thought. It's no shock that our state isn't flourising right now – gas prices are high and people are trading in their Ford SUV's for petite Honda civics and mazda proteges, so our industry is floundering. The big 3 car companies, held by the balls by the UAW, have finally stopped giving a shit and so if workers aren't being laid off then they are scared they will be – college graduates can't find jobs within the state, tourism is shrinking and up and down streets in cities throughout our state, houses are for sale. It's not comfortable, to be a Michigan resident right now.
So naturally we look to our leader – our Canadian-born, can-never-be-president, clad-in-fabulous-pantsuits Jenninfer Granholm, and we wonder about her. We wonder if she's failing us, if all her rhetoric is meaningless in the face of a fading industry; a fading state. So you present us with a viable alternative and touching commercials and of course you seem like, you know, maybe not so bad. Even for a repubublican.
And then you go and allow the Free Press to publish part of your dense (and by dense I mean both thick and stupid) action plan, and, amazingly, IN ONE SENTENCE, you manage to so greviously offend both Wonderhusband and me that you lost our vote. Curtail healthcare for public school teachers? And tort reform (okay, so Sam's the one who is really bothered by this, prone as he is to rainmaker dreams…) – you lost our vote permanently.
Why you go after school teacher health insurance and the, yes faulty, but nonetheless necessary, tenure system, when you could take a braver stand and once and for all consider some serious union reform, I don't know. But I do know (and can only hope) that you lost a substantial number of votes today when you chose to align yourself with all the rest of the republican party by continually attacking teacher salaries and teacher benefits. I mean, my God, DeVos – these are people who have committed their lives to educating children – they allow their creativity to be stifled in the name of national test preparation, they suffer under the No Child Left Behind Act, which has done more to abandon children than any other legislation in our history; in the suburbs they tolerate pushing parents demanding perfect grades for their perfect children and in the inner city and rural areas they confront invasive, desperate poverty; they make less in one year than the autoworkers did in a quarter and still are accused of earning too much simply because they get eight weeks off a year; and you want to curtail their health insurance in order to save the state a little money?
You do deserve congratulations, though – I mean, you single-handledly turned our little household of two from apathetic about Granholm to supporters, and we are eager to spread the word. So. Enjoy your ridiculously polled margin today – because once people begin reading your fine print they're going to realize that Granholm isn't at fault for our crumbling economy – an old industry and old ways of thinking are.
I can't believe, Dick DeVos, that I ever liked you. We are so totally over.