Rick Snyder has a new reelection ad out right now that is … how to put this … kinda pointless. So pointless, in fact that David Nir at Daily Kos describes it this way:
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s new ad may have some kind of message, but all it’s done for me is make me hungry.
The ad really doesn’t highlight anything about Gov. Snyder that prove he’s a good choice to lead our state. It features Stacey Marsh who worked with Rick Snyder at his Ann Arbor venture capital firm Ardesta. She and members of her immediate family have contributed nearly $15,000 to Gov. Snyder’s gubernatorial campaigns, earning her spot in the ad.
In the ad, she talks about Gov. Snyder is a great listener who likes family and thinks all of us here in Michigan are his family who he Just. Wants. To. Help.
It’s a slick redirect when you consider things like the fact that Gov. Snyder:
- Raised taxes on seniors.
- Cut funding for education.
- Undercut workers and their ability to bargain for fair wages and benefits by making Michigan a right to work state.
- Ended the earned income tax credit.
- Ended tax credits for charitable giving.
- Is spending taxpayer money marriage equality and the ability of same sex couples to jointly adopt their children in federal court.
Not exactly what one would call “help” for families. In fact, with “help” like that, maybe we could ask him to stop helping because it’s not … helping.
On the other hand, if you are a business person like Stacey Marsh, especially if you’re a former business associate, especially if you’re a campaign contributor, and even more especially if you’re a super-wealthy corporate tycoon, THEN there is clear evidence that Rick Snyder “really wants to help” you.
You can enjoy:
- A massive tax break.
- A demoralized workforce and an ever-decreasing wage trend.
- Lucrative state government contracts and other special treatment from the Snyder administration.
- Complete secrecy regarding your financial donations.
- Unparalled access to the Governor’s office and the ability to influence state policy and even state laws that are passed.
And, if you’re an actual family member, you can count on Rick Snyder to make sure you secure a no-bid contact worth tens of millions of dollars.
I guess it all comes down to your definition of “family”.
[Eclectameme by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]