Monday, August 21, 2006

DeVos' Nose Continues to Grow

I swear, DeVos is going to end up with a nose longer than Pinocchio's by election day. He's been called on the rug twice before by the Lansing State Journal and the Detroit Free Press for misrepresenting them and twisting their words, and his latest attack ad quickly brought responses from the media and bloggers that pointed out his blatant lies.

In spite of being soundly slapped down, the ads continue to air across Michigan. One point DeVos continues to push is that Granholm never went to Japan to meet with Honda officials when they were in their early stages of considering where to build their new plant. Well, Dick, pictures don't lie, and the Granholm team has the pictures to back up their words.
On July 29th, 2005, Governor Granholm traveled to Honda Motor Company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and gave her Michigan sales pitch to Hiroyuki Yoshino, Honda's Director and Advisor, and Hiroshi Oshima, the head of Honda's Corporate Communications. During her 2005 Japan jobs mission, she met with representatives of 150 Japanese automotive, biotech, and human sciences companies, landing firm commitments from 10 companies that are investing $116 million in Michigan.

In the past four years, she has convinced almost every other major automotive company -- including Nissan, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Toyota -- to make significant investments in Michigan. Unlike the previous administration (which did not court Honda and in fact stood by as the company built infrastructure and plants in other states), Governor Granholm made a strong pitch.
How do you explain that, Dick? You've refused to take a position on issue after issue, and now you're being called on the carpet again for lying. Call this woman's intuition, but it seems to me you don't really have anything of substance to offer voters.

3 comments:

Lew Scannon said...

One truth in DeVos latest radio commercials is when he points out it's time for new government in Lansing. The Republicans have been controlling both houses of the legislature for sometime, and it's time we sent them packing.
You see, Granholm is not a unitary executive (something I'm sure DeVos is striving for), she cannot write legislation, she can only sign it into law. I would like Mr. DeVos to point out one piece of legislation Granholm passed that has caused employers like Amway (excuse me, Alticor) to ship Michigan jobs overseas. Dick says this was a business decision, but I think if the multimillion dollar company (which is privately owned) was losing profits, maybe it's multi-millionaire president should have taken a pay cut. It was decisions like his that have cost Michigan more jobs. For every job industry has cut, five more jobs are lost in support.

Stephen said...

The economic impact of the struggles in the auto industry are a problem that has to be thought through a little more by a man from Texas considering I have not yet felt the effects of such a storm (no doubt I will though). It does however look as though the people of Michigan are moving forward swiftly with their heads high. Much can be said for the courage to take a political stand as Michigan residents like yourself do.

The rest of America could take a lesson on educating themselves on the issues and debating them in a manner that does not alientate others because of a view point held. I love to watch others debate graciously and open themselves to the possability of compromise or even a changing of a belief. (Kind of off the subject, but what would you expect from a guy living in the Texas political scene.)

Kathy said...

Lew, the media should asking DeVos what you point out: I would like Mr. DeVos to point out one piece of legislation Granholm passed that has caused employers like Amway (excuse me, Alticor) to ship Michigan jobs overseas. Dick says this was a business decision, but I think if the multimillion dollar company (which is privately owned) was losing profits, maybe it's multi-millionaire president should have taken a pay cut. It was decisions like his that have cost Michigan more jobs. For every job industry has cut, five more jobs are lost in support.

I've often wondered why you don't blog about DeVos? You have a lot to offer and great insight.

Stephen, thanks for the kind words. I try to keep a civil tone here and I'm blessed to have commenters who do the same, including you.