Nick Krieger (@nckrieger):
As Nate first pointed out yesterday, Nolan Finley of The Detroit News sure does an excellent job of regurgitating Lansing Republican talking points. Finley, in his column published last Thursday morning, claims that Michigan Democrats are "nostalgic" for the Granholm years, even through our state was supposedly "stifled by high taxes and over-regulation" during that period (his words, not mine). He clearly insinuates that Democrats were responsible for the "high taxes" and "over-regulation" to which he refers.
Finley has really outdone himself this time. Look, I'm no particular fan of Jennifer Granholm. I never was. But consider these facts:
1. Throughout the entire eight-year Granholm administration, the Republicans held a large majority in the Michigan Senate.
2. During the first four years of the Granholm administration, the Republicans controlled the Michigan House of Representatives as well.
3. At no time during the Granholm administration did the Democrats hold a majority of the seats on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), the legislative committee with the final say on "over-regulation" (to use Finley's word). The Republicans on JCAR could have intervened to stop any arbitrary, capricious, or unduly burdensome regulations. Curiously, however, they did not.
4. If there were "high taxes" during the Granholm administration, they were either (A) leftover vestiges of the Engler administration, or (B) enacted with the support of the Republican Senate. After all, as a matter of constitutional law, state taxes in Michigan can only be raised by the Legislature. Const 1963, art 9, sec 1; see also Const 1963, art 4, sec 32. At no time did the Democrats control both houses of the Michigan Legislature or have the power to increase taxes without Republican support.
All these facts are objective, verifiable, and well-documented. Has Nolan Finley forgotten them? Or is he just suffering from a convenient case of selective memory?
Nice try, Nolan. Why don't you think of something new to write about instead of constantly rehashing the same old garbage.