Michigan’s job situation is bleak. The Great Lake State has the second highest unemployment rate in the USA (second only to Nevada) but the Juju.com Job Search Difficulty Index shows that Michigan is the toughest state in which to find a job. When a job opportunity does open up, an average of 8.24 job seekers are available for it. And, Michigan’s unemployment rate has been in double digits for over two and a half years. The current unemployment number is 13.1%.
With that background, Mitt Romney’s endorsement today of an additional three GOP candidates in MI, along with an $8,400 donation from his PAC, is even more important:
“At a time when too many of our elected officials put special interests ahead of the public interest, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who are dedicated to enacting conservative policies that will get Michigan – and our nation – back on the right track. Michigan is fortunate to have so many strong candidates, and I am proud to announce these additional endorsements today.”
John Kupiec: John Kupiec, a small business owner, is now running to represent the 5th Congressional District of Michigan. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.johnkupiecforcongress.com.
Dr. Rob Steele: Dr. Rob Steele, a cardiologist, is now running to represent the 15th Congressional District of Michigan. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.robsteeleforcongress.com.
Ruth Johnson: Ruth Johnson currently serves as the Oakland County Clerk, and is now running to serve as Michigan’s next Secretary of State. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.rj4mi.com.
The PAC announced that it is sending Kupiec and Steele each a $2,500 contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns and that it is sending Johnson a $3,400 contribution toward her Secretary of State campaign.
Back on August 24th, Romney endorsed 11 Michigan candidates and donated a total of $28,400 to their campaigns. At the time of the endorsements, Gov Romney issued this statement:
“Rather than enacting policies that will strengthen our economy and put people back to work, too many of our leaders are instead focused on growing the size of government. It is more important than ever before that we have elected officials who will make the tough decisions needed to put Michigan – and our country – back on the right track, and that is why I am endorsing these candidates today.”
From Grow Jobs and Shrink Government – Op-ed by Mitt Romney 8/18/10
IT’S NOT happening the way President Obama had planned. Unemployment blew past his 8 percent ceiling and hasn’t looked back. Private sector investment in new jobs and capital has languished. Even the head of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, has resigned.
Almost every action the president has taken has deepened and lengthened the downturn. The private sector has retreated, frightened by his agenda and paralyzed by the uncertainty, lack of predictability, and outright hostility he has engendered.
His policies are anti-investment, anti-jobs, and anti-growth. Raising taxes — with a 15 percent hike on certain small business corporations, new taxes to pay for ObamaCare, and an increase on the dividend tax from 15 percent to nearly 40 percent — depresses new investment throughout the economy. Promoting an open-ended cap-and-trade tax dissuades expansion by employers in the energy sector. Bowing to the demands of unions to tilt the table in their favor — with proposals for card check and mandatory arbitration as well as the installation of a labor stooge at the National Labor Relations Board — chills new hiring.
Hostility toward foreign trade — by delaying agreements with Colombia and South Korea and by threatening punitive taxes on US businesses that compete abroad — stalls opportunities for new jobs at home. The so-called stimulus that focused on government spending and bailing out states and unions has boosted GDP only modestly and temporarily; the latest stimulus reincarnation will likely do no better. All the while, the president’s failure to address the looming deficits, national debt, unfunded entitlement liabilities, ballooning Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae liabilities, and incalculable government pension obligations causes employers and investors to ask whether the dollar will be worth very much in the future, and thus, they hold back. The policies of the president and congressional Democrats are job killers.
Help Gov Romney put America and Michigan back to work by supporting his PAC and the candidates he’s endorsed.
► Jayde Wyatt