Michigan Dem Gov Candidates Go “Full Bernie,” Embrace Extreme Agenda

With less than three months to go until Michigan Democrats choose their gubernatorial nominee, all three of the party’s major candidates are moving further to the left and further out-of-touch with average Michigan voters. A new Detroit News column by Nolan Finley blasts Shri Thanedar, Gretchen Whitmer, and Abdul El-Sayed for their economic proposals, highlighting their calls for job-killing tax hikes to pay for big government programs that the state can’t afford.

Finley describes Whitmer as “going full Bernie” with her plans to derail years of pro-growth policies while he also criticizes Thanedar and El-Sayed for promising huge expansions to government spending that could only be paid for through higher taxes on working families. By abandoning centrism and embracing extreme far-left policies, Michigan’s Democrat gubernatorial candidates continue to show how unfit they are to lead.

Nolan Finley writes for The Detroit News:

“During the Depression a hobo-inspired song called ‘The Big Rock Candy Mountain’ became popular, extolling the virtues of free stuff…

The Michigan Democratic Party should buy the rights to the tune and turn it into its theme song.

The three leading Democratic contenders for governor were already whistling the melody when they arrived on the island bearing blueprints for building Michigan into such a socialist utopia…

Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer is going full Bernie at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual policy conference here. She brought to the business-oriented gathering a plan to derail much of the pro-growth strategies of the Snyder years and replace them with cigarette trees and lemonade springs.

The so-called Better Skills, Better Jobs Plan for Michigan starts with what has become the prerequisite salute for every Democratic candidate in this election cycle: A $15 minimum wage. $15-an-hour whether you work in Detroit or Menominee, and regardless of whether your efforts produce 15 bucks of hourly value for your employer.

Whitmer, the supposed moderate in the Democratic primary race, is also promising two free years of college for every Michigan high school graduate. This signature Sanders plank might lure more young people into skills training programs and the pursuit of four-year degrees. Or it might turn our colleges into more expensive versions of Michigan’s dismal high schools, where most everybody attends, but only about 25 percent obtain the knowledge they need to succeed.

Other elements of her plan include a generous paid family leave policy ‘to promote a healthy workplace’ and assure that employers are very careful not to hire those workers who are most likely to take a leave.

And she’d repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law, which has removed the fear potential employers had of moving to Michigan and losing control of their business to a union…

Coming hard behind Whitmer is Shri Thanedar, who hopes to mimic Rick Snyder’s success in moving from the executive suite to the governor’s office, only by vowing not to bring sound business principles to government. Thanedar is adding free universal child care and pre-kindergarten to the confectionery heap.

His campaign may be struggling to catch up with the two front-runners, but don’t expect Abdul El-Sayed to offer up a contrast for Democratic voters who aren’t asking for cradle-to-grave government goodies.

The former Detroit health department director wants to offer us single-payer health insurance, I guess because Obamacare has worked out so well.

Now all these sweets aren’t really free. Somebody has to pay for them. Who? Thanedar speaks for the group: ‘By taxing corporations and millionaires.’

Well, of course. Those high income earners and big employers who avoided Michigan during its Lost Decade would never think about leaving and taking their jobs and dollars with them to Texas, Florida, Tennessee or another tax friendly state.”