Give Thanks for What Unites Us

It’s time to decorate for the holidays, to gather with family and friends, to cook the turkey, watch some football, and complain about the weather.
 
In spite of the gray gloom outside and the usual unpredictable temperatures (and the very predictable Detroit Lions), we have a lot to be thankful for in Michigan:
  • Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, both champions for smarter government, personal liberty and the rule of law;

  • Strong conservative majorities in the state Legislature, who are working hard every day to protect the impressive gains Michigan has made since the Lost Decade; and

  • Michigan residents like you, who believe in liberty and help make Michigan a great place to live, work and raise our families.
As Michigan Freedom Fund Chairman Greg McNeilly writes in the Detroit News:   
“Finally, we are most thankful for you, the average Michigan resident who goes to work while it is still dark outside, participating in the greatest antipoverty program in mankind’s history: a free market. We are thankful for the vast majority of voters who refuse to let politicians divide us and who, while paying attention to politics, refuse to derive meaning from it; opting instead for purpose in family, friends and community.
 
“During the next year, America will be engaged in an intense debate. It will be an important debate. Passion is justified, intolerance is not. Let’s inaugurate this conversation at next week’s Thanksgiving dinner with reflections of gratitude and appreciation for what unites us.”
Get involved and stay involved. Exercise your constitutional rights. Make your voice heard. And always remember that what we have in common is greater than that which divides us.
 
Every day is another opportunity to work together, to build a future that every Michiganian can be proud of.

Sincerely,

Tony Daunt
Tony Daunt
Executive Director
Michigan Freedom Fund
Detroit News: Promises aren’t good enough
“The great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack … if men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
“And that dependency has been laid bare by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's vetoes and internal defunding of $1.5 billion in programs — everything from foster placement programs and college scholarships to subsidies for rural hospitals serving a high percentage of low-income residents with low-paying Medicaid and Medicare insurance plans.
 
“The impact has been magnified by the fact that the cuts came without any notice as Whitmer handed down $941 million in line-item vetoes on Sept. 30 followed by $625 million of internal budget transfers in the next days.”
“It’s still true, as Reagan noted in his speech, that government failures inevitably become the occasion for more government activism. In Reagan’s words, ‘For three decades, we have sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.’ Today, government mis-incentives drive up costs in the areas of health care, housing, and higher education. Nonetheless, the Left argues that the answer is more regulation or a complete government takeover.”

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