Gov. Jennifer Granholm — the charismatic, silver-tongued, Harvard Law School–trained Democratic executive (with no executive experience) who tried to remake Michigan as a “Green Belt” state via stimulus spending and windmills — brought the state to the precipice with a 2007 budget shutdown. Now we are watching Obama’s remake.
The similarities between the two crises are uncanny — but the crucial differences teach a lesson about constitutionally mandated balanced budgets and the need for conservatives to maintain a steely spine against tax increases. Americans can only hope their Republican representatives in Congress have the courage that GOPers in the Michigan state senate lacked.
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