Solutions now, please

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

There’s a new buzzword in Lansing. Bipartisanship.

You can be forgiven if you’re skeptical.  It’s the same buzzword that pops up in Lansing every fourth January. Politicians take the oath of office, and they begin giving voice to dreams they’ve fostered for months — dreams of a tranquil and harmonious state capital, where everyone gets along — because everyone agrees with them.

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Whitmer Talks, Lobbyists Walk

As a candidate, Gretchen Whitmer promised voters she’d be a champion for government transparency.  She’s off to a rough start.
 
Earlier this week, the Detroit Free Press reported that Whitmer’s appointee to head the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs just happens to be married to a prominent lobbyist with big money clients who regularly lobby the department.

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Building Bridges to Nowhere

In her inaugural address on Tuesday, Governor Whitmer proclaimed, “We may belong to different parties, but we are all here for the same reason. We are proud Michiganders, first and foremost.  And we owe it to the people we serve to cast partisanship aside. To roll up our sleeves. To build bridges together.”
 
It's a great sentiment. But will her actions match up with her rhetoric?
 
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A Republic, If We Can Keep It

We’ve got a Republic, if we can keep it.

That was Benjamin Franklin’s message to an inquiring public at our nation’s founding, and one no less true in the 21st century.
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A Republic, if we can keep it

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

In 1787 Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government the newly independent colonies had formed. “A Republic, if you can keep it,” he responded. More than 230 years have passed, and his challenge is every bit as prescient and important as it was in the 18th century.

The political left too often laments decisions they don’t like with cries of “democracy, democracy.” It is trendy and perhaps too easy these days for those on the political right to retort that “we are not a democracy.” In a meaningful sense, the right is correct; but maybe we’re not quite as correct as we think we are.

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Left outraged – OUTRAGED – that lawmakers make laws

Democracy is alive and well in Michigan.
 
Over the last three weeks, state lawmakers have been holding public hearings, attending public meetings, listening to voters, and casting public votes.

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Gretchen Whitmer's Media Allies Lower Expectations

"Fix the damn roads."
 
It’s just about all we heard from Gretchen Whitmer on the campaign trail, and pundits credit her passion for public infrastructure as a big part of her victory on Election Day.
 
It was her number one issue. Her top priority.  The thing she’s promised to work on first thing once she takes office.

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Keep your hands off my Constitution

Our institutions are under attack.
 
Leftists want to eliminate the electoral college and “redistribute” the allocation of Senators to restore “fairness” to the legislature, but many of them, like the socialist darling of the moment, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, can’t even name the three branches of government.
 
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Key for a Successful Whitmer Term? Focus on Results, Not Revenge

We’ve got a lot to be thankful for – which means we’ve got a lot on the line come January.

The last 8 years in Michigan have been marked by remarkable progress.  Unemployment is at record lows.  Job and income growth are through the roof.  The economy is booming, regulations have been slashed, and our population is rebounding.
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Democrats need results not revenge

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Shortly after ascending to the Presidency, Barack Obama, angry at his political opponents and with his eye already on the next election, weaponized the IRS against conservative groups and tea party organizations who opposed him.

Every morning, we wake up to a new spate of tweets from President Donald Trump, whose personal style and approach to governing couldn’t be more intentionally antagonistic or combative, in particular towards for-profit media.

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