Thursday, May 17, 2007

Michigan Does Not Need Jobs Badly Enough

Actually nobody with more than three functioning brain cells would agree with that but this seems to be the opinion of one William Milliken, possibly the worst RINO in Michigan and certainly one of the worst in America. (William Milliken was Michigan's governor from 1969 to 1982; during his time in office Michigan went from one of the most prosperous states in the union to one of the least. Admittedly it wasn't entirely his fault but he failed to make the changes needed to stop the decline. He also bemoans that conservatives have taken over the GOP and has endorsed the Democratic candidate for every major office for many years, while retaining membership in the GOP.)

Kennecott Minerals Corp. wants to establish a nickel mine in Michigan and Milliken is lobbying against it. He has several valid concerns but he seems to be overlooking the most important concern of all. Michigan needs those jobs and the industrial revenues the mine would create and Michigan needs them badly. Rather than trying to stop the mine (God forbid we should get more of our own nickel here in America rather than export from some 3rd world country!) he should be bringing his concerns up and urging the company to mine in a manner that will prevent what he fears. In others responsible mining rather than "clear the earth" mining.

No. That won't do. The mine must be stopped. The Hell with Michigan's unemployed and underemployed.

One of the worst governors in our state's (and possibly our country's) history has this to say:

If Michigan were to allow this mine to set up shop, we would be carrying out a modern-day equivalent of the biblical story of Esau selling his birthright for a "mess of pottage."

We made great progress in the latter decades of the 20th Century reversing the old mind-set of exploiting our natural resources and cleaning up the mess at a later time.

Unfortunately, the Great Lakes face more threats today than ever before. Let's join all our voices with those of the citizens of the Upper Peninsula who are determined to protect their environment and the Great Lakes. Let's tell the DEQ in no uncertain terms we don't want this mine.

Milliken. Do us all a favor! Shut up! or better yet! Switch parties as you have been endorsing almost exclusively Democrats since the mid-80s.


Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Not sure how labor-intensive Nickel
mining is. Some of the cons are that mining is always a short-term thing (see your own upper pennisula, or the ghost towns of
Nevada, Montana, Idaho, etc) and it
tends to be messy (the nickel mines at Sudbury, Ontario were so toxic that for miles around, no vegetation grew-it was known as
'the moonscape' by disgusted Canucks). One the pro side of things, besides employment opportunity, the area tax-base would be enhanced, some high tech
jobs might be involved and there may be enhancement of local businesses. IMO, it's a mixed bag, but jobs are important.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you knew more about this mine, you'd know that the jobs will last only 6 years and will employ fewer than 100 people from Michigan. Not really worth sacrificing the Great Lakes.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

He's supposed to be a Republican? Good grief! He's worse than Ron Paul and that's bad enough!

I am so glad I have more than three brain cells, Shoprat. I'm happy about that. :)

Seriously, this liberal crap has somehow got to stop. Yes, I think protecting the environment is important too, but it seems that it's being put above the need of humans to earn a living. Have the idiots ever heard of "compromise"? I'm sure there's a way to do it responsibly, and I'm sure he's aware of that too. All he's concerned about is being loved by the enviro crowd. :(

10:26 PM  
Anonymous ChrisA said...

Michigan not having jobs is why I left. I grew up in southwest Michigan.

9:49 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Welcome ChrisA and thanks for visiting. I took a look at your blog and will probably being more attention to it.

10:24 PM  

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