More than the primary, it’s the economy

February 27, 2012
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The end of this week is likely to seem deafeningly quiet in Michigan as GOP presidential hopefuls pack their bags for Super Tuesday March 6 — one day after which very nearly half of all states will count a decisive number of delegates for the Republican nod as the nominee for president of the United States.

Surely this is reason for Mr. Speaker Newt Gingrich to have stayed south of the Michigan state line: Ohio alone offers more than twice the delegate numbers that Michigan proffers this week, especially after the GOP deleted Michigan delegates as punishment for a primary held before Super Tuesday.

One might hope that the disgusting rancor and incivility of the debates and political ads will be diminished after March 6, allowing voters the opportunity to distinguish between vitally important discourse of policy and plans, rather than what has been more akin to the bleacher section of a March Madness game (no offense intended).

Organizations and media businesses in Michigan that have offered opinions as to the best candidate in this GOP presidential race have done so while gagging on words rather than with ringing endorsement.

It must be noted on this day prior to the Michigan primary election that perhaps even more important than 30 delegates is the example this state makes to the rest of the nation in its profound economic recovery — and to that end, Gov. Rick Snyder’s comparatively quiet abilities.

The headlines of his tenure have reflected historic changes in regulatory and tax policies and strategies — not manipulation, party in-fighting or even two-party name-calling fights. The only (and repeating) headline reflecting comment has been his mantra: relentless positive action. All three words are missing in any national conversation.

It is equally interesting that Gov. Snyder has accomplished much built on his repeated refusal to become a “politician” and the freedom it has allowed him to accomplish his objectives without regard to the demands of special interests for which promises must be kept to afford political longevity. Snyder has eschewed the old system, and perhaps that, too, shows the nation a flicker of what is to come … or could.

In regard to Michigan’s continued economic growth, Business Leaders for Michigan released a strategy to accelerate the economic growth of Michigan’s cities and regions, and was prepared by Public Sector Consultants and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

BLM President/CEO Doug Rothwell noted “Michigan’s metro regions benchmark competitively to national peers on economic performance and assets.” Accelerating that growth, according to the survey, depends on “investment increases in manufacturing-innovation infrastructure by increasing funding for programs that expand research partnerships between large manufacturers and universities, training manufacturing-oriented researchers and engineers, and better supporting small manufacturers to take advantage of new ideas and new technologies.”

The group also counts on immigrant entrepreneurial ability and emphasis on elementary and secondary education.

These are the business realities for Michigan, and sustaining recovery.

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