Michigan has had it worse than a lot of states during the recession. But recent resurgence of the auto industry has restored some hope. And, the state has a new governor, Republican Rick Snyder.
CNN is reporting that Snyder intends to close half of Detroit's schools. Ok -- there is no doubt some financial wisdom behind this move. Still, I couldn't help but find some of Governor Snyder's acceptance speech comments somewhat... idk, ironic? hollow? not sure the correct word.
November 3, 2010
DETROIT, Mich. (WZZM)- Michigan has a new governor - one who promises to "reinvent Michigan."
Republican Rick Snyder, unknown one year ago, will be the state's top executive come January.
Snyder won with 58 % of the vote...The results really should surprise no one. With the state in recession for the past eight years, voters were ready for a change at the top of the state and they have one.
Snyder celebrated his victory at Detroit's Book Cadillac Westin hotel, a symbolic location because it's a piece of the state that's been reinvented, reinvigorated after 20 years of vacancy. "Reinventing Michigan was the theme of Snyder's campaign.
Snyder is a moderate, a businessman with no political experience who said he would be "one tough nerd." (But by closing so many schools isn't he denying future children the opportunity to be "nerds"?)
Snyder addressed the crowd inside the hotel's ballroom:
"It is time for us to come together as Michiganders, to stand up together to say here is the vision for the future. Here is a plan. Here's an attitude of action and a positive, forward looking inclusive fashion. And by doing that, by doing that in the foreseeable future, we will create more and better jobs. We will keep our young people here
(Well duh!! If they have no education they can't exactly leave for better opportunities, can they??)
and we will be a great state again. Thank you so much." Snyder said.
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