I really don’t understand his answer and what he means by “shared sacrifice.” It seems to me the Governor doesn’t really understand the concept of shared sacrifice, unless he means sharing between old people and poor people.
Certainly wealthy people in Michigan are not sharing in the sacrifice. They are benefiting from the sacrifice of the poor people and seniors in our state. How is that really sharing?
Q Governor, would you please explain what you mean by shared sacrifice?
A I’ve talked about that many times. When you have a billion and a half dollar budget deficit and a tough economy like this we need to be in this together. And many of us have to make, hopefully just in the short term some sacrifice where in the longer term by making that sacrifice we can correct some major structural problems that have existed in Michigan for years to decades and then we can all move forward in a positive way and we’re doing that in many respects with our tax and budget.
Q But you’re still hearing that the shared sacrifice is not really equally distributed.
A Again, we have a very large state. We have 10 million people. It was done in a thoughtful way to say let’s get this behind us so we can all move ahead. One of the reasons for showing a 2013 budget is it shows we didn’t need to make more cuts with the budget we proposed for 2012. So we can get this behind us and we’ll move forward. Because the key goal here in terms of building our economy back is not fighting over a shrinking pie, but growing the pie by more and better jobs. So the whole focus of our message here is focused on job creation and then we need to make that happen and the reforms we’re proposing are putting us on a positive path, which will help all of us.