Governor Snyder Wrestles with Political Reality…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, October 29,  2011

Our governor, Rick Snyder, comes from the business world, not politics. It’s probably his chief virtue as far as Michigan voters are concerned. But the reality is that it leaves him unprepared at times. In this instance, a proposed second bridge to Canada at Detroit and a few miles from the existing Ambassador Bridge got bogged down and shot down in the state legislature recently. Some Democrats suddenly got concerned about neighborhoods near the new bridge (not that there hadn’t been plenty of time to raise concerns earlier) and many Republicans are basically on the payroll of the owner of the Ambassador Bridge (who obviously is very much opposed to the competition). Meanwhile, Canada is a little dumbfounded because they had already agreed to foot the bill to build the bridge. Yeah, I don’t get it either….

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