Michigan’s economy is in the tank, and getting, as the president might say, tankier.
Businesses in the state are fleeing the area like the lactose intolerant after hearing an ice cream truck, and our unemployment rate is so high you’d have to take Doc Brown’s DeLorean back to 1929 (if you could afford enough gas to get the thing up to 88 mph) to find a similar example.
Why is Michigan in the tank? The Great Lake State is a stew of everything businesses hate. Itâ€™s heavily unionized, the government is run by buffoons, and the tax schemes are unpredictable and shift as furiously as a biker on a 20-speed riding on Lombard Street.
So when you’re hurting economically, what’s the first thing you should do? That’s right, raise taxes — again. I guess they don’t say our economy is “tanking” for nothing.
Our state government is considering a 9 cents per gallon additional gasoline tax to pay to fix roads that have the look and feel 1944 Berlin sidewalks after a B-17 raid.
Yes, the same bureaucrackheads who have already brought the state to its economic knees want us to pay even more for gas so they can screw up something else. It’s like having a kid at college.
“Dad, can you send $500 so I can buy books?”
“But what did you do with the $500 I sent you for books last week?”
He give you a fancy answer, but you know he bought beer. Michigan government has bought a lot of beer.
Keep in mind that these are many of the same state officials who put a petition on the State of Michigan website calling for a lowering of oil company profits so the price of gas would go down.
What Governor Granholm never mentioned about the “lower oil company profits now!” petition is that the state pension fund had $832 million invested in Exxon-Mobil stock. Essentially, the state was asking state employees to sign a petition to devalue their own pensions. Many of them gladly did just that.
So, this is the kind of intellect we’re up against. But then, we’re trapped here. If they tax gas any higher, we can’t afford to leave. If they don’t raise gas taxes, they won’t fix the roads and the moving vans will be entirely swallowed by potholes.
Of course, there are many people in this state, such as the woman quoted in the story linked above, who don’t mind paying more — missing entirely the larger picture. The number of people such as her has reached critical mass in Michigan, which explains why the same politicians who are the cause of our problems are continually re-elected to fix them.
What’s Einstein’s definition of insanity again?