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Michigan and the Democrats

Thursday, May 29, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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A letter to the editor in the Detroit Free Press:

Those who ridicule the need to count the results of Michigan’s 2008 primary miss the point. They underestimate the feelings of Michigan Democratic voters who are incensed because our votes were stolen from us twice: the 2000 presidential election and the 2008 primaries.

This is not a partisan issue of support for either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton. It is an outrage that the silly rules artificially imposed by the Democratic National Committee should trump the honest attempt of millions of voters to express their political choice.

If this stupidity prevails, these demoralized millions may just decide to drop out of the system and refuse to vote in future elections. After all, if your vote never seems to count, why bother?

Pundits can write all kinds of hogwash from their ivory towers. The reality is the voters themselves, and we are furious.

Robert Tell

Mr. Tell’s anger is shared by many other Michigan voters, and as that state’s economic woes continue to deepen, Senator McCain has an opportunity to turn a blue state red with straight talk about the need to slash taxes and invigorate manufacturing. Obama’s tax hikes would further burden the already reeling state, and the DNC’s absurd plan to take half the state’s convention votes away just underscores how oblivious Beltway liberal elites are to the actual concerns of voters. The party of the union member is about to strip one of its traditional fortresses of half of its power because Howard Dean wanted to be a power broker.

Ford is about to lay off as many as 10% of it salaried workers. GM’s stock is at its lowest level in a quarter century and is also reported to be about to engage in another round of restructuring. Michigan’s Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm, pushed through a massive set of tax hikes last year, and yet a new 300 million dollar deficit was announced this week. Can you imagine the impact of Obama’s tax hikes on this already reeling state?

Michigan is a sad experiment in letting Democrats set economic policy. It is also about to become a symbol of their bizarre ideas of political fairness when it comes to elections. Expect the fall’s campaign to center on the source of Michigan’s woes not only as Senators McCain and Obama compete for the state but also as a lesson for the rest of the country on how not to govern.

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