Watching Snyder give the State of the State address was one of the more difficult things I’ve had to do as a blogger. I was sitting in the “free speech corral” just dying to throw things at the screen. Who is Rick Snyder to talk about inclusion when he’s attacked the LGBT community time after time after time? Where does he get off talking about education when he has defunded so much? And does he really believe that he caused the economic recovery that started before he took office? I really wanted to just rip my heart out of my chest and throw it at his face, but I’m sure he would have used it as proof that he was winning the hearts of liberals everywhere.
So it was with some difficulty that I narrowed this list down to three, but they are three fun ones that I’m sure you will enjoy.
Let’s start with The James Group Int. This group got a shout out as successful small business, whose success is due in large part to the smart business practices of Snyder and his puppet masters in the legislature. What was unsaid: The fact that The James Group Intl is an automotive supplier that was in a great deal of pain before the big three came back. Thank you, President Obama and Governor Granholm, for helping out a Detroit business that has won multiple “Supplier of the Year” awards from GM and Ford.
Next, let’s address that “stupid” Michigan Business Tax. Snyder nearly broke him arm patting himself on the back for getting rid of the MBT. What was left unsaid? Snyder’s LG Brian Calley was one of the key players in crafting the MBT. Oopsy.
Finally, let’s take a look at that crazy legislation dealing with outhouse toilet seats. Snyder referenced a Michigan law that required people to put outhouse toilet seats down, as an example of crazy legislation. He said he answers to a “higher authority” at home, and he doesn’t need a state law for that. What was unsaid? Snyder probably doesn’t have an outhouse at home, and the law doesn’t apply to his toilet. The Michigan legal definition of an outhouse is here. Put simply, an outhouse is one of those structures where there’s a bench that sits over a sanitation tank. There’s a hole in the bench, and if you are lucky, there are toilet seats covering the hole so that it doesn’t attract flies (or so that some wandering toddler doesn’t fall in … eesh)
The department shall promulgate rules governing the construction and maintenance of outhouses to safeguard the public health and to prevent the spread of disease and the existence of sources of contamination.
Public outhouses are actually pretty gross, and if you ever did any traveling in the UP prior to the late 70’s, you probably ended up using one at a state rest area. They didn’t have sanitation systems in place back then. It’s sick as hell to try to use one of these outhouses if the seats aren’t kept down.
Snyder, Snyder, pants on fire. Tsk tsk.