America the PassiveDemocrats should be building statues of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, or at least giving away copies of her new book, "A Governor's Story."
BERKELEY, Calif. — Democrats should be building statues of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, or at least giving away copies of her new book, “A Governor’s Story.”It’s not that her eight years in Lansing were a roaring success. After all, the state was falling apart in the center of a national disaster, manufacturing jobs disappearing or moving overseas. But now that she is a “former,” teaching at her alma mater, the University of California, she has the freedom to talk about what she learned and say a number of things that need to be heard by Americans who can’t seem to get in their heads the idea that the world has changed. And that America has to change too.As she told Monica Davey of The New York Times last week, after years of cutting taxes and spending, alienating many of her Democratic supporters, especially union members:“Everything that is hitting the country hit Michigan first.“We tried all of those prescriptions too. We did everything that people would want us to do, and yet it didn’t work. Laissez-faire, passivity, tax cuts, hands-off does not work. And, really, that’s the lesson from this laboratory of democracy which is Michigan.”In fact, at a time when unemployment topped 14 percent in her state, the only thing that made the number a little better (11 percent) was the federal bailout of the automobile companies and stimulus funds directed to new-era companies. “The question is for the nation: Is there something that can happen now to prevent it from happening to the whole country and having a prolonged recession in the way that Michigan did?” Granholm added. “I think there are ways to stop it, but it can only happen with a partnership with the federal government, because individual states simply do not have the tools to compete against China or the globe.”Brian Dickerson, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, summarized the book this way:
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