Sunday, August 27, 2006

A West Coast Opinion of DeVos

Make that a west coast of Michigan opinion from Lew Scannon, who didn't hold back in his criticism of Dick DeVos.
The number one reason the automakers are hurting is a direct result of outsourcing, something that candidate DeVos has supported through donations to The Mackinac Center,the Acton Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Hudson Institute, all major foundations advocating outsourcing of American jobs.

Look at it this way: If a large corporation lays off 1500 American workers and outsources their jobs, the ripple effect across the economy is detrimental. 1500 people on lay-off aren't going to buy 1500 new cars, houses, furniture, or appliances. That means less orders for those, which means the manufacturers have to lay off people. Not only that, but the community suffers as well. Grocery stores don't sell as many groceries, bar and restaurant business slows, people forgo seeing the doctor because they can no longer afford it, so cuts have to be made in these fields as well. Now, the original company that outsourced the jobs finds it orders down, so it has to lay-off more workers, beginning the whole downward spiral again. [...]

DeVos likes to talk about leadership, and how our state needs a leader, neglecting to mention that he cut 1400 jobs as President of Amway, a company that has invested over $100 million in China over the past five years. So much for someone investing in Michigan's future. The only future DeVos cares about is his own.
What kinds of jobs has DeVos created here in Michigan? According to Lew...
Since leaving Amway, the only jobs DeVos has created, besides the time Betsy paid some people to protest outside Fountain Street Church while Michael Moore was inside giving a free speech, have been in the field of PAC's.

DeVos's pet project is getting public funding for private schools, either through vouchers or tax cuts. If he was really concerned about Michigan's future, he would put an effort into making our public schools better by putting tax money into, not taking it away from them.
What does Lew think about DeVos and the GOP?
Face it, if DeVos were really honest, he'd mention his connections to Bush and Tom Delay (who held a conference on DeVos's yacht), but he doesn't want voters to know the real Dick. Dick is a Republican, the same people who have been running the legislature for years. Granholm is not a unitary executive, she can only sign bills passed by the legislature. She inherited a budget deficit from John "Fat Boy" Engler, who in turn inherited a budget surplus from his predecessor Jim Blanchard. But the problem is not the politicians, it's the greedy bastards like Dick DeVos who have sacrificed Michigan's labor force so they can attain more wealth...
Lew also worked at Amway headquarters at one time. Click here to read about the "heckuva job" Amway did honoring the first anniversary of 9/11.

3 comments:

Mike Bogle said...

I must admit that I haven't been keeping up on this DeVos character, but from the sound of things he's a public servant the public could do without. Seems to be a lot of that going around these days...

Zack Pohl said...

Good find, Kathy

Lew Scannon said...

Thanks for the link! DeVos has a lot of people in this half of the state snowballed, but they live in a city where almost every public venue bears his last name. Sure, they have created a lot of jobs. A lot of low paying jobs in the service industry.