Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sacred Cows

When I was in grade school a great deal was said about India, who was having difficulty feeding their population at that time, and the fact that they would not kill and eat their animals for religious reasons. This led to the idea of the Sacred Cow which was never to be harmed even though it could not be sustained.

Governor Granholm of Michigan gave her State of the State address last night and she at least has a realistic assessment of Michigan's problems but still, like most other people, cannot come up with a solution. She said school revenue cuts were off the table and were not even to be considered. As far as essential needs of the schools I agree, but I think we need to look at our school budgets and see exactly where the school money is going. There may be waste, redundancy, and perhaps even graft that can be cut out without seriously harming the school. Treating it as a sacred cow, not to be touched will not help the budget crunch our state is facing which in turn will hurt the students.

As far as new taxes go, she needs to tread very carefully. Michigan needs to improve itself as a place to invest and do business in and taxes is part of that problem.

Releasing elderly criminals from prison is another area to tread carefully. We need to be certain of two things: that they are no longer a threat and that they have served enough time to have a sense of justice in the time that they have done.

Finally I do have to agree with this.

Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi, said she found Granholm's address "impressive, but I kept waiting to hear how she would rejuvenate the economy. Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does."


Blogger ABFreedom said...

The private sector certainly does... somehow they have to make it attractive for businesses to move there, and set up.

9:21 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

The private sector creates most good jobs. The private sector will go where the taxes and regulations are lowest. Right now
that is offshore. The solution, as well as the problem is gov't.
China, Korea, etc. empower their
companies almost to the point of subsidy. We need to look into how to counter that.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Sounds like no sacred cows will be gored, and no real changes will occur. That's too bad, because Michigan used to be a great place to do business, and now has become a great place to avoid doing it.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I agree with BB. We certainly do need to solve the problem of so many jobs going overseas.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Well said!! My parents live in Michigan and I bet they would agree with all of this.

1:53 PM  

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