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Eight days before a historic landslide defeat of his ballot proposal that was supposed to fix Michigan’s embarrassing crumbling roads, Republican Governor Rick Snyder told Bloomberg News that his decision to run for president would come “anywhere in the next couple months or so.” The self-described “nerd” governor said he would base his decision on his family’s feelings and the field of candidates.
Two days after the ballot blunder that would change the Michigan Constitution to raise the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent for education; revenue sharing and an increase in the earned income tax credit, increase vehicle registration fees and turn them into nondeductible excise taxes, increase the fuel tax which would be used for the first two years to pay off old road debts before getting any new roads, and would automatically enact ten more pieces of legislation; the Michigan governor said he had decided not to run for president. His lies about how the proposal would provide safer roads were not lost on the electorate.
Half-Baked Campaign Promises
Applauded across the nation as a pragmatist and seeker of bipartisanship, even receiving awards for those classifications, the “Governerd,” as he has come to be called, believes he is effective through “relentless positive action,” a phrase he uses to sell every half-baked progressive liberty-stripping measure that he has endorsed and on which he has aggressively campaigned.
Snyder has the dishonor of being the only Republican governor besides New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who refused to fight Obamacare in the courts. In a long fight between Snyder, the people, and their representatives, he won Medicaid Expansion in Michigan by threatening wavering Republican lawmakers with primary opponents and loss of funding. His “pragmatic and bipartisan” approach to arguing on behalf of the Obama administration made it clear that he would probably have been the lone Republican vote in favor of Obamacare.
His immigration policy is simply, “more, more, more” and is defined by his request to the Obama administration to set aside 50,000 EB-2 visas and through his Office of New Americans, is working on making Michigan an EB-5 regional center, meaning Michigan will be a destination for Chinese investors who seek to flee their country, and make little pockets of China with their own crafted cities as they have tried in Milan, Michigan.
He supports Common Core, he wants America to stop using coal, he will not stand up for the child in the womb
Snyder’s energy policy really energizes him, and he sounds like a giddy EPA official when he talks about it. It can be summed up in his remarks from the unveiling of his 10-year energy plan: “The most affordable energy you can ever get is the energy you never use.” This, from a Republican governor in the state once known as the “engine of the world.”
Supports Common Core, Weak Defender of Life, Marriage, & Second Amendment
He supports Common Core, he wants America to stop using coal, he will not stand up for the child in the womb, he refuses to fight a court ruling that declared Michigan’s constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman unconstitutional, he vetoed a bill that would repeal gun-free zones and another that would respect due process and gun rights displaying less than a modicum of knowledge of the Second Amendment, he vetoed voter ID bills, lowered the business tax but replaced it with increased individual income tax, embraces light rail, approves of picking winners and losers through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and subsidizing the film industry, the list goes on and on.
There is very little evidence to support the claim that Snyder is a Republican, unless of course you listen to one of the Party’s paid consultants or one who is in the Party’s chain of command, those who constantly remind anyone who begins to doubt his party affiliation that he signed Right-To-Work legislation. One signature that simply said people should not be forced to join a union, is supposed to suffice for all of his conservative credentials.
Politicians like Snyder are changing the nature of the Republican Party and conservatives should rejoice now that the long discussion of him being presidential, vice presidential, or cabinet material has thankfully come to an abrupt end.
To be clear, Snyder has never called himself a conservative so there is no real argument that he claims to be one. However, he does claim to be a Republican, which in Michigan just means you’re a politician with a business degree and an outsized dislike for the hoi polloi. A disjointed Democrat machine that relies mainly on visits from Barack Obama for its cohesiveness is no match for the often fascistic exuberance of the Michigan Republican Party and its “public-private partnerships,” otherwise known as cronyism and corruption.
Politicians like Snyder are changing the nature of the Republican Party and conservatives should rejoice now that the long discussion of him being presidential, vice presidential, or cabinet material has thankfully come to an abrupt end. The work of the Republican machine to reinstate him as governor last fall immediately led to discussions of raising taxes before the year’s end. Yet, after a 4 to 1 defeat of his bipartisan tax increasing proposal, he refuses to see that the electorate is sending him and the rest of the crony capitalists in Lansing, Michigan a message: “Don’t raise my taxes.” Instead, Snyder insists that the proposal was too complicated or complex to be understood fully by the electorate, showing his true colors.
Republicans like Snyder do not believe in self-governance, in bending to the consent of the governed, nor in any interpretation of the word, “republican” and it is finally leading to his own undoing, as well as the undoing of the party that embraced him.
A Republican like Snyder who believes that voters are willy-nilly wandering into a polling place to vote on something they know nothing about is deliberately trying to not say what he really thinks – that voters are too stupid to understand government, and people like him are simply held back by a restrictive system of governance. Republicans like Snyder do not believe in self-governance, in bending to the consent of the governed, nor in any interpretation of the word, “republican” and it is finally leading to his own undoing, as well as the undoing of the party that embraced him.
Voters are ticked off at both parties because neither is championing the people. The artificial blather of the Democrats with well-designed targeting matches the artificial blather and well-designed glossy mailings of the Republicans. And in the end, voters see the Democrats as the party representing the poor, having more programs and benefits to their name, and see Republicans as the party helping corporations who have more programs and benefits than they do, while the voter is asked to pay for both.
Yet as long as there are RINOs who display zero adherence to party philosophy, conservatives will continue to have a fight on both fronts: against their own party and the Left. As long as politicians like Snyder remain in power,
Yet as long as there are RINOs who display zero adherence to party philosophy, conservatives will continue to have a fight on both fronts: against their own party and the Left. As long as politicians like Snyder remain in power, massive amounts of energy to bloody and break the spirit of those appealing to the average voter will continue to be expended.
Down with politicians like Snyder, and may their disastrous policies politically covered with the fraudulent mask of bipartisanship and pragmatism be their political epitaph.
Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, blue collar, wife, mom, political writer, humorist, conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki
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