The funny thing is they are blaming this on the Tea Party when the people implementing it were the LAST choice of the tea party in this state. Snyder only got in because the conservatives split the vote between Hoekstra, Bouchard, and Cox.
Virgo is just another worthless Democrat and wouldn't have done anything more than raise taxes, and people knew it. The thing is that Synder laid out everything he wants to do on his website and has since he announced his candidacy during the Super Bowl but many of these people didn't bother to take the time too read his site.
We knew which way the wind was blowing and we didn't want a religious fanatic (Hoekstra) or a hypocrite (Cox) in office. RTl screwed the conservatives, too, by endorsing Cox over Hoekstra, the latter of whom was far more faithful to their cause than the adulterer and Kwame whitewasher that everyone in metro Detroit knows Cox to be. The independents voted for Snyder, too.
I drive around Benton Harbor when I visit my sister in St. Joe. It's sad, it's different than the stark urban poverty that I see in Detroit every day. An EM is needed. The school district has lower test scores than Detroit! That is pretty bad, because BH is a pretty small town.
I like to drive by the House of David when I'm there. Those mansions that the cult built are beautiful, at least, the ones that are still standing.
There are a lot of reasons for the disparity between St. Joe and Benton Harbor, beyond just the racial factor. BH once had a Fisher Body plant, which was closed in the 80s. That was the start of the decline. They only have one major employer, Whirlpool, and most of the employees live in St. Joe or other little towns in the area. BH does not have any frontage on Lake Michigan, except for a small patch that is a public beach. St. Joe has all the beaches and the businesses that go along with them.
That part of Michigan has a great deal of agriculture, still, but there aren't many jobs associated with that anymore, due to harvesting machines and the like.
As far as Detroit Public Schools go, the DUers are believing the DFT line and not looking at anything else. Robert Bobb was appointed as emergency manager by Jennifer Granholm, a democrat. He got the teacher's union and the more stupid and loud parents pissed off by ending social promotions and forcing kids to successfully complete one grade before moving on to the next. Mayor Bing wants a different person in charge of the schools, but he still wants there to be an emergency manager running them.
The biggest thing that Bobb did, though, he did right away-he cleaned up all the corruption and crap that was going on with the district's payroll. There were teachers who had been fired or left their jobs years ago who were still receiving checks. He made all teachers show up and present current employee identification for one paycheck, so that they could clear up the situation regarding any who didn't show up. That really pissed off the union, although the Detroit PS teachers I know from church were glad that something was finally being done about the situation, despite the inconvenience.
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