Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Granholm Lands on Her Feet

There is little doubt that no other potential college professor in America will be better able to prepare undergraduates for an adulthood of tenuous employment than Jennifer Granholm.

It seems that Cal-Berkeley (Granholm's alma mater) will put that rare ability to test as it has hired the former first couple of Michigan to teaching stints.

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, will move to California to teach at the University of California, Berkeley, and together they’ll write a book about her experience leading Michigan during one of its worst economic episodes.

On his Web site, www.danmulhern.com, Mulhern today announced that Granholm will be a paid contributor to NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said they’ll both do public speaking through the Keppler’s Speakers Bureau in Virginia.
He says Granholm will join the Boalt School of Law and the Goldman School of Public Policy teaching classes on energy, industrial policy and governing during tough economic times.
In an interview with Politico.com published today, Granholm said her book and university classes she teaches will share a common theme: creating jobs and reviving U.S. manufacturing, and promoting clean energy industries.

“We want to be able to have the nation draw lessons, good and bad, about what can happen if the United States doesn’t take a more active role” in creating jobs,” she told Politico.com.
I hope civil minded democrats can forgive me for this one, but is that target rich or what?

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from reviewing Granholm's dismal record in Michigan, but it would be difficult to surmise exactly how she had any part in creating a single job outside of the public sector. Sure, she paraded around the state to a number of public events to tout the expansion or founding of businesses as a result of a public/private partnership. (See fascism.)

But, follow up reports on those gilded partnerships reveal vastly oversold projections while they completely ignore the overall job cost to society that result from taking money from individuals and employers in order to redistribute the confiscated monies to companies willing to do the government's bidding. (See fascism.)

As taxes rose, as fees rose, as public sector employment rose, as regulations grew more tangled and cumbersome, as residents fled, and while proposed expansions in business sectors that Granholm deemed distasteful were denied, Michigan became a slogan on bumper stickers around the rest of America. All of which, I suppose, give her exactly the necessary credentials to write a book "about her experience leading Michigan during one of its worst economic episodes."

Which leaves us with "Meet the Press." How long do you think it will be before her contributions to the program result in half the show's staff being laid off and NBC begging for a federal bailout?

Hey, we all have to stick with what we're good at.

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