Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sometimes I cannot resist

Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer holds her core constituents hostage in latest budget wrangling

I try to avoid political stuff. It just pisses off half the people. But sometimes I cannot resist.

Governor Witmer line-item vetoed transportation budget, for instance, in an effort to pressure legislature to increase spending. This used to be a sure-fire way to increase budget as MDOT would immediately close all of the highway rest stops. Now...there are fast food restaurants at every exit and it doesn't create as on the drivers.

So how does it hurt her core constituents?

Fence separating I-496 right-of-way from the residential neighborhood it runs through. I suspect that there are many other places where the fence needs attention. I-496 opened in the late 1960s and I suspect this is some of the original fencing.
The photo was taken 340 feet from an elementary school. Incidentally, the photo was sent to multiple state legislators who passed it along to MDOT. The legislators informed me that road maintenance belongs to the Executive Branch, that is, to Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
For the record, the photo was taken in zipcode 48915, a zipcode that boasts both Martin Luther King Bldv and West Malcolm X Street. Based on yard signs, I believe zipcode 48915 voted overwhelmingly for Whitmer.

But, hey, African-American kids don't vote, neither do they make campaign contributions.


  1. Yep, she figured damaging both Republican and her own core con stituent's interests was the way to go.

    The best part? As she campaigned on and pledged and was elected to "fix the damn roads", one of her veto cuts removes 400 million from road repair.

    You can't make this up.

  2. Governor Whitmer had best be hoping that her constituents aren't paying attention to what happened in Mexico when the Mayor of a village in Chiapas failed to follow thru on his promises to fix the roads. The citizens nabbed him, tied him to the back of a pickup and dragged him thru the streets.


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