With all of Gov. Snyder’s “Comeback Kid” and “Road to Recovery” rhetoric, you’d think Republican candidates in Michigan would be piling on to support the idea that Michigan is on the rebound.
Not so with Republican candidate Mike Bishop who is running in Michigan’s 8th Congressional district to replace Mike Rogers. He had this to say recently:
Bishop, 47, is chief legal officer for International Bancard Corp., a payment processing company.
He said his company most likely won’t reach its goal of adding more than two dozen employees this year due to burdensome federal regulations and taxation. The Affordable Care Act — which he said he would support repealing — tops the onerous regulations list, he said.
“No one wants to invest in their companies right now. We fear corporate tax issues. We fear Obamacare,” Bishop said. “We fear all kinds of regulations. We’re almost penalized for hiring people.”
It’s typical Republican rhetoric and it flies directly in the face of Gov. Snyder’s “comeback” message. Bishop is hiding behind GOP scaremongering that is actually a pack of lies. The number of new regulations under the Obama administration is LESS than his predecessors. And, unless his company wasn’t already offering health insurance or was offering inferior insurance to its employees, their costs aren’t increasing under Obamacare.
Now, I will agree with Mike Bishop that things aren’t improving under Snyder. We still have the 5th highest unemployment rate in the country – a full 1.3 points above the national average – and the middle class and poor folk are being squeezed. But it has nothing to do with burdensome regulations and Obamacare.
I’m thinking that Gov. Snyder might want to have a word with Mike Bishop because Snyder’s entire campaign is based on the myth of Michigan as a comeback state. But statements like, “No one wants to invest in their companies right now”?
That’s not helping. LOL.