Matty’s Gonna Getcha Governerd, Good
“Oh, I’m gonna getcha, I’m gonna getcha real good
Yeah, you can betcha, oh, I’m gonna getcha
(I’m gonna getcha) just like I should, I’ll getcha good
Oh, I’m gonna getcha good!”
OMG. The Governerd is in big trouble, huge trouble. His video on Youtube in which he “calls out” the Ambassador Bridge in his Town Hall meeting that was posted on April 25, 2012 has around 775 views. It is not a boffo hit, more like a stinko!
“Credit Card Al” has almost 7000 views, most of which came from this small Burg called Windsor, not the entire State of Michigan.
The first Bridge Company commercial that I posted on Windsor Square got almost 3000 page views.
For whatever reason, the border file dominates the Governerd’s thinking. Sure there was a Town Hall Meeting with lots of issues but here is what the Governerd posted on his Facebook page:
“Rick Snyder For Michigan
Apr 25, 2012 6:25pm
In this video Gov. Rick Snyder lays out the economic reasons why Michigan need a new bridge to Canada and calls out the Ambassador Bridge Company for misleading the public in order to protect its monopoly.
The governor made the remarks during an online town hall meeting in response to a question submitted on Facebook (Posted by RK)”
Do you see what I mean? Even the Social Media cannot help the Governerd. He just can’t attract very much attention. It must be the after-effect of his SOS speech that bored just about everyone to sleep.
Sigh, I don’t think that I have done this before but I am going to fisk the video:
1) We are going to build that bridge yet. It’s the right thing to do.
Actually Governerd, the People will decide whether or not you build the DRIC bridge. The Legislature has already said no to you but you have had to think more than twice about trying to endrun them. Now, do you think you have the guts to endrun the People? That would be political suicide for you and for members of the State Republican Party who will be running in the fall elections. It would also damage the Romney campaign for President. You know that and so do your sycophants. Referendum anyone!
To impose the Boondoggle costs of the DRIC project on taxpayers on both sides of the border is not the right thing to do. It is the wrong thing.
2) one special interest is opposed to it, the Ambassador Bridge company
How can the owners of the existing crossing be considered a “special interest.” After all, it is their business that you are seeking to destroy.
Why haven’t you told us who finances the Army of Special Interest lobbyists that you called upon after the Mackinac conference last year to oppose the Bridge Company? Who are the anonymous donors who can provide unlimited monies to your Funds? Please tell us for whom Tom Shields works.
3) they have spent upwards of $5 million running misleading ads
The only way that they can get their point across with the sycophantic media not telling the public about relevant pieces of information is by buying ad space. Don’t blame them, blame your media friends who keep publicizing their commercials.
You still have not told us what is misleading about their ads. They seem to be quite effective though considering everybody is blaming your drop in voter approval on them. Can you imagine what will happen to you after the Referendum is placed on the ballot. Oh, you probably can!
4) they have no competition
You keep forgetting that whatever rights that they have were granted to them by the Governments. There are statutes that govern their business operation. As far as competition goes, talk to the Tunnel and the Blue Water Bridge.
You know as well as I do that any foreign P3 operator needs to eliminate competition if they are to move forward. Nothing can jeopardize their profits.
5) jobs are in the best interest of Michiganders, not only the construction jobs, but about international trade
If the second Ambassador Bridge is built, then all of those jobs will be available as well. You keep on forgetting that.
6) Michigan is halfway between Montréal and Chicago and with a circle around that area, it is a third of the North American economy.
It was a good thing that he came to a meeting in Windsor because he can then tell his sycophants how to read a map properly. They kept saying that Ambassador Bridge traffic was dumping into Downtown Windsor when in fact it was not. It was the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel that was the guilty party.
He is getting closer in his map-reading. He is probably using a Chinese GPS device. The halfway point is actually around London, Ontario.
Someone must be reading my Articles. Take a look at what I wrote before:
“Frankly, he is about as wrong geographically as he is financially about DRIC:
“Snyder said that if you drew a circle using Montreal and Chicago as the circumference points, the Detroit-Windsor areas would be right in the middle.” (Windsor Star January 11, 2012)
He was probably given that information by the same people who told him that Bridge Company traffic went into downtown Windsor. It is actually the Tunnel traffic.
No wonder they have no roadmap for moving DRIC forward.
Oh yes, the halfway point is around London, Ontario, about 200Km east of Windsor.”
7) Canada will advance up to $550 million to pay for the Michigan infrastructure costs of doing this deal with no obligation to pay it back. It is paid out of the tolls from the bridge
I have talked about this non–legally binding Letter of Intent so many times already that you know how I feel about it. Not a cent has been allocated for it yet and Michigan MUST pass the legislation Canada needs first! As for repayment from the tolls, don’t be silly.
It is no wonder that a “default” clause found its way into the Governerd’s DRIC/P3 Bills.
8 ) “That’s a pretty good deal folks.” “You don’t get a better deal than that.”
Sounds like a used car salesman to me. Or, rather it is something that the big-name ISPs did when the Internet first started… Sign on the dotted line and stay with them for “X” number of years and get a free Gateway computer. Now that was a pretty good deal… But not for the consumer.
9) still working on arranging that those dollars will be used as federal matching dollars to do road projects in every corner of Michigan
Wait a minute. I thought there was a “unique agreement” already signed with FHWA. The Governerd should know how to do this by now. After all, MDOT has already used $50 million of Bridge Company toll credits to plug a $200 million hole in the Governerd’s Transportation Budget.
10) as far as the public sector competing with the private sector, the [DRIC] bridge itself is built and financed by a private party. That’s free enterprise.
It is hardly free enterprise when Governments will provide government guaranteed subsidies or availability payments to the foreign P3 operator. It is hardly free enterprise when the Governments force one private party out of business to help out another.
But it will be free enterprise and Governments will not want to know about it when the foreign P3 operator charges the sun and the moon for tolls since they will have a government-backed monopoly with little control over price.
I really do think that the Governerd needs to be careful about posting videos with so many questionable comments. Surely, he does not want to see more Bridge Company commercials to counter his remarks. If the Governerd’s approval rating was hurt by the ones that were previously aired as is claimed, imagine what the next batch could do to the Governerd’s VP and Presidential ambitions.
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