DETROIT – November is approaching and that means people are subjected to candidate advertising of all shape and form. Flyers, door-to-door pamphlets, commercials and those obnoxious road signs that they seem to litter all over the side of the road are everywhere. The biggest topics for this election? Abortion and the economic crisis with the stagnant growth in jobs, and the candidates for Michigan governor-Rick Snyder (Republican) and Virg Bernero (Democract)-are pulling out all of their tricks for the coveted spot.
Rick Snyder is known for his “tough nerd” nickname, presumably given to himself. He is a businessman with on-the-fence ideals that pull both from the right and left wings. Regardless, Snyder chose the Republican flag to fly and did so by spending lots of money on television advertising mostly from his own pocket. Snyder’s biggest concern is creating more jobs for Michigan, banning abortion and stopping same-sex marriage.
For the Democratic Party, Virg Bernero is a very obvious choice. Though Virg also feels a need to create more jobs for Michigan that is where his similarities with Snyder end. Bernero is a spokesman for the middle class and supports an anti-Wall Street view with an emphasis on more unions. Unlike Snyder, Virg has a political background having been once a mayor of Lansing, state senator and Ingham County commissioner. He is pro-choice, wants to aid the very vital middle class and a better education for Michigan.
Despite these candidates, I feel we are doomed with either one—there’s no winning for the common man. Michigan has a track record of questionable people in high seats of power. Though this is on a smaller scale, the giant scar Kwame Kilpatrick left is still lingering in people’s minds as well as in the local news. It’s a reminder that, regardless of promises, politicians can be selfish and misleading once granted their power. It’s a stereotype everywhere.
One has to question Snyder’s campaign. He is a businessman who was once CEO of the technology giant Gateway. The man is very ambitious, what with his rather impressive business portfolio and three different degrees from University of Michigan before the age of twenty-three. Is this validation really for him or Michigan?
On the flipside, Bernero is a loud, passionate man that has had flip-flopping ideals in the past. Though he was cited as being a very pleasant mayor for Lansing, the capitol is still in shambles. Also, Bernero’s supporters have been on unstable ground and ultimately filed for bankruptcy (Chrysler and GM). Can this man really help the failing job market in this state?
I foresee a rather mediocre term in the near-future, regardless of who wins. Michigan needs years of reform and change, and the current response to it has been hesitant at best. While the rest of the country begins to embark on an alternative energy campaign, local commercials shunned it for a pro-oil stance, and shortly thereafter, was the oil spill in Battle Creek. Most Michiganders are stuck in the past, reveling in the days of automobile industry-unfortunately, that is long gone.
Snyder and Bernero are merely stepping stones, the true light at the end of the tunnel isn’t for another few years in Michigan.
The Detroit Free Press (Online)
Virg Bernero’s Main Website
USA Today (Online)