Opinion: Virg Bernero has the track record Michigan needs for creating jobs
We have two candidates for governor in Michigan. Both know that Michigan’s No. 1, urgent priority is to get people back to work. Virg Bernero, as mayor of Lansing, has a record of innovative, concrete measures to encourage community-based business, and offers real measures to bring our behemoth of a bureaucracy into the modern world.
Rick Snyder appears to be taking the same line as Carly Fiorino, the (failed) head of Hewlett-Packard who’s now running for governor of California - ‘I’m a businessman, so by definition a hard-headed expert”- but does his business record bear that out? How many jobs were outsourced while he was in charge of Gateway?
Even the Republican Michigander (blog) complained that “While Snyder was in a leadership position, Gateway outsourced the computer components . it's also done extreme harm to our manufacturing base.” So again, that cool $6 million Snyder has been able to spend so far was “earned” (amassed?) at whose expense?
Perhaps more to the point, is that “business model” people find so seductive really a solution? Democratic governments are not run from the top down as corporations are. Trying to “run Lansing as if it were a business” does not take into account the balance of powers so wisely written into the Constitution. We need a governor who knows how to make the political system solve today’s problems, and Bernero is committed to doing that.
Janet T. Cannon Ann Arbor