Some thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

I can haz inspiration?

The classic response we hear from Obama-haters after he gives any speech is, “Yeah, he gives a great speech but…” And, surely, last night was a great speech. It was more than a great speech, it was an inspirational speech. Never before has a national politician spoken so openly and plainly about the unfairness in our economic system. This speech went beyond populism; it asked us to engage our brains and look at things from a common sense standpoint.

Which, of course, why Obama-haters (a) didn’t hear the same speech as the rest of us and (b) didn’t understand the concepts President Obama was talking about.…

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Day 3 – First quarter fundraising drive

Wait, you don’t get paid for this?

The tip jar was pretty quiet yesterday but I am very thankful to those of you that have contributed so far.

It surprises people that I don’t get much income from my blogging. As I was walking up to the Capitol building last week with my wife Anne C. Savage and co-blogger at Blogging for Michigan, Christine Barry, we ran into the reporting crew from Reporter Ryan Stanton asked me, in essence, how much of my income comes from my blog. He was surprised to learn that it’s almost nothing.

Another thing I hear a lot is “I don’t know how you do it” and “Where do you find time to put up 4, 5, 6 posts a day?” and “I don’t know when you sleep”.…

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While you were sleeping, President Obama authorized a daring hostage rescue

Chewing gum AND walking. A refreshing president.

While you were sleeping and after giving an incredibly inspiring State of the State address, President Obama was busy overseeing/authorizing an daring hostage rescue of an American in Somalia and a Danish national.

U.S. special operations forces have rescued a kidnapped American aid worker and her Danish colleague in Somalia, the White House and officials with the aid organization said Wednesday. During the raid, all nine captors were killed.

Jessica Buchanan, 32, and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, were abducted by a group of armed men in the Somali town of Galkayo in late October.

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When will the latest racist reference to Obama be the last? – Republican calls him a “tar baby”

What. The. Hell.

Are you like me? Every time you hear some troglodyte Republican politician use a blatantly offensive racist comment about President Obama, do you think to yourself, “That’s just an anomaly. That won’t happen again.”?

When some moron fowarded an email depicting President Obama as an African witch doctor, did you think, “Aw, geez. That’ll be the last we see of that.”?

When some cretin Republican California mayor sent out a cartoon with a picture of watermelons growing on the White House lawn, did you think, “That will never happen again.”?

Well, who knows, maybe the latest incident, U.S.

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John Boehner: President Obama is “pathetic” and “un-American”

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say ANYTHING

Remember that whole “you must support the president” thing we used to hear incessantly during the Bush administration? Bumper stickers demanding we “support the president”?

Then what the hell is THIS?

House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday forcefully denounced the Democrats’ campaign theme that they are for the middle class and Republicans are for the wealthy – saying the politics the president is running on are “almost un-American.”

“This is a president who said I’m not going to be a divider, I’m going to be a uniter, and running on the politics of division and envy is – to me it’s almost un-American,” said Boehner.

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Mitt Romney’s “Michigan Problem”

Regrets, I’ve had a few…

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has a problem. A Michigan Problem. It’s not just that he penned an op-ed for the New York Times calling for the bankruptcy of our domestic vehicle manufacturers. It’s not just that he then doubled down on that statement in one of the presidential debates. It’s not just that, as former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm put it, if he had been president in 2009, our state would be far worse off than it is now (and it ain’t in very good shape at the moment as it is.)

No, it’s also because just last December, he mocked the technology behind latest piece of awesomeness to come out of Detroit: the Ford Fusion.…

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Day 2 – First quarter fundraising drive


Hi, it’s me again. I got up early so I could bring you a new story about Highland Park schools and the letter our Governor sent to parents in that school district. The letter was clearly aimed at riling them up and encouraging them to demand their elected officials willingly step aside to let the state come in and run their affairs.

Want to know how the Detroit Free Press reported that? With the headline “Highland Park Schools in jeopardy of closing, governor says in letter”. No mention of the fact that the Highland Park School board has already put in place a deficit elimination plan.…

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Governor Snyder sends letter to Highland Park school parents: BE AFRAID!

Warning, Warning! Danger, Will Robinson!

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took the unprecedented step of sending a personal letter (pdf) to the parents of the Highland Park school system.

Dear Parent,
As a parent of a Highland Park School District (HPS) student, you are probably aware of the dire financial situation that exists in HPS. Over the past few weeks, together with the Departments of Treasury and Education and a review team, we have been attempting to work with your local school officials to address this situation.

There is absolutely no question that the finances of HPS have reached a crisis stage.

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