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Monday, October 24, 2016

When PPP Polls announced on Monday that I — an anonymous Twitter account — was leading a sitting congressman 23-22 in a poll for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat, I thought, “Wait till people find out I’m on Facebook, too.”

But I wasn’t surprised.

The Wolverine State has gone blue in every presidential election since Bill Clinton. But in 2010, in the midst of the worst economy in half a century and what would clearly have been a Great Depression in our state if the auto industry didn’t survive, Republicans swept into power — erasing Democratic gains from 2006 and 2008, winning 9 of the state’s 14 House seats, all state-level offices, and solid majorities in both houses of the state legislature.

Like victorious Republicans in purple states across the U.S., Michigan’s GOP redrew the electoral map to make their new spoils nearly impossible to lose. They then went about conducting an experiment fit for a Mel Brooks movie, testing how far they could go and still keep their safe seats.

State Republicans raised taxes on seniors and the poor while cutting them for big corporations. As they defunded localities, they sent in unelected bureaucrats to “solve” financial crises conservative policies helped create. And though the auto rescue and good union jobs are the only true glimmers of recovery in our state, Republicans used a lame-duck session to launch an unprecedented attack on unions in a state built by the labor movement.

On a federal level, Michiganders sent guys like Rep. Justin Amash to the House of Representatives. The freshman congressman voted for Paul Ryan’s first budget — which privatized Medicare and Social Security — then voted against the House Budget Chair’s second budget because it didn’t cut fast enough.

Here’s The New Republic‘s Jonathan Cohn describing Ryan’s budget:

Many millions of working-age Americans would lose health insurance. Senior citizens would anguish over whether to pay their rent or their medical bills, in a way they haven’t since the 1960s. Government would be so starved of resources that, by 2050, it wouldn’t have enough money for core functions like food inspections and highway maintenance.

Amash didn’t think that would happen quickly enough.

Here’s a guy from a blue state in a barely safe district who wants to push Paul Ryan — vice-presidential nominee on a ticket that lost Michigan by 9.5 percent — further to the right.

In a recent interview, Amash said that young people know Social Security won’t be around for them. That’s only possible if young people vote for people like Justin Amash. Social Security is completely solvent for two decades — after that, raising the payroll tax cap on those in the top few percent would fix it forever.

But somber, fallacious proclamations of government’s futility are the trademark tactic of a libertarian movement that sees Amash as a rising star. They promise “liberty” by creating a government small enough to make sure wage slavery is inevitable.

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  • robertblair3174

    I haven’t seen all of his stuff, but just the first read looks promising. I’d consider running, but I REALLY hate fundraising. We need SOMEBODY who refuses to be bought off, and will work for regular people (Even in spite of themselves)

    • idamag

      Absolutely. The GOP had an excellent candidate in John Huntsman, but Huntsman wasn’t rich enough or crazy enough to get the nomination.

      • robertblair3174

        Your reply looks like you haven’t read the article. It’s about a replacement for (Retiring) Senator Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat

    • sigrid28

      I would encourage a woman to replace Carl Levin, who used his lame duck status yesterday to undermine chances for an independent judicial branch to adjudicate the 26,000 cases of rape in the military. Levin decided the military could not change fast enough to include an independent system to handle these thousands of cases, so as to take them out of the chain of command.

      By contrast, people from Michigan should be able to understand without any difficulty just how quickly millions of American citizens can handle radical change, having endured their state legislature’s Republican power grab for every civil right Michiganders once thought they could depend on–even the assurance that elected officials would govern the localities that elected them. Presto-chango! Now the Republican legislature in Michigan can install a dictator to run your bankrupt city no matter who was elected, a practice that has so far disenfranchised mostly minority voters. They should join up with women to give these outrageous Republicans in-name-only a run for their money.

  • Catskinner

    Actually, the Republican Party is about the only hope Michigan has for a future.

    • TheSkalawag929

      Yeah if you call a Madd Maxx type of environment a future.

    • Dump The GOP In 2014

      Is that what they tell you on Fox news, you Republicans are so far a touch with reality you all need to seek professional help.

  • R. DuFresne

    Its like the GOP empty chair in reverse. LOL too funny

  • Lovefacts

    Love it. Every time the GOP gains power, it over-reaches. Unlike the Dems which have moved toward the center–win or lose, the GOP keeps moving further right.