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Saturday, 1 January, 2011 4:10 PM

2010 was an interesting year of politics in Detroit and Michigan

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Dave Bing was sworn in as Detroit's mayor in January 2010.

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

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DETROIT -- The main headline story was the historical inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th and first-ever African-American President of the United States with the promise of change for America, which includes health care, education, job creation, and the stimulus package as part of his plan to fix the declining economy. Now, two years later, one of the top headline news stories was the Republican Party winning the midterm election, taking over the House of Representatives, yet the Democratic Party remains in control of the Senate -- battling over extending unemployment benefits and Bush tax cuts, putting Obama in the mediator position.

According to Michigan Messenger's Ed Brayton, the Republicans' view is completely inconsistent. Thirty to 35 percent either votes Democrats or Republicans, yet "they base who they vote for on a subjective sense of their own well-being.

"If they feel like things are going pretty well, they vote for the person in power," he continues. "If they don't feel like things are going well, they vote for the party or person out of power; they sometimes vote based on personal charisma and that is partially how Obama got elected."

Unemployment has been the second of the 10 Hot Year-End Searches of America Online, hitting the double digit -- a reasonable fear of permanent reality. Even though their Wall Street stock increased for the first time in two years, they're not even hiring. Though billions of money have been used to bailout banks and supporting the rich and powerful, half of it isn't even used to help the working and middle class keep their houses with foreclosure rates hitting an all-time high this year at 11.5 percent. "Technically, the recession is over, the economy is growing," Brayton said, "but it's still there for most people."

Detroit has been hit the hardest -- the loss of the manufacturing and automotive industry; Kwame Kilpatrick as the "poster boy" for notoriety; the possibility of crime victims still denied compensation due to the endless bureaucracy and red tape, and giving people jobs that they're not qualified for.

Newly-elected Governor Rick Snyder will have little control over the economy, Ed comments. "I do hold out some hope that he could fix the revenue problem," he goes on, "but with the Republicans in control of the legislature, we are likely only going to see more budget cuts. He's a pragmatic; my only hope is that he can raise the revenues."

But for now, though, the problems are so deep and so out of Mayor Bing's control, the situation has to be fixed for the first priority is cleaning up the massive corruption taking over the Motor City.

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Jennifer Granholm is all smiles after seeing the Ford Electric Focus. She completed her second and final term as Michigan Governor on Dec. 31, 2010.

 

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Rick Snyder won the general election to become Michigan's new governor. He will accept the oath of office on Jan. 1, 2011.

 

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