Referring to a prior article by the Editor of the Detroit News, It’s Reformers vs Spenders in State Face-Off, Lynn Jondahl , Spokesperson for a Better Michigan Future, Okemos states:
"Why not exploit their common commitment to seek agreement on solutions rather than a columnist-created war of "Reformers vs. Spenders"?"
There is no "common ground".
Here’s a little History lesson, for those of you ‘educated’ in the government run schools.
In the late 1930’s, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was desperate to find a common ground with Germany to avoid war. After his negotiation of the Munich Agreement, Chamberlin actually believed he had common ground with Germany prior to WW II. Upon his return from these negotiations he proclaimed he had found "common ground" with Germany that would guarantee "peace for our time". Obviously he was wrong, as is the article published in today’s Detroit News.
Churchill and Roosevelt thought they had "common ground" with Stalin (an icon of the "Progressive" movement) AFTER WW II.
However, when the Second World War ended, a Communist government was installed in Poland – in 1949 by Stalin’s order. Most Poles felt betrayed by their wartime allies. Many Polish soldiers refused to return to Poland, because of the Soviet repressions of Polish citizens.
On March 1, Roosevelt assured Congress that "I come from the Crimea with a firm belief that we have made a start on the road to a world of peace."
Isn’t that what Chamberlin said BEFORE WW II?
By March 21, 1947, Roosevelt’s Ambassador to the USSR Averell Harriman cabled Roosevelt that "we must come clearly to realize that the Soviet program is the establishment of totalitarianism, ending personal liberty and democracy as we know it." Two days later, Roosevelt began to admit that his view of Stalin had been excessively optimistic and that "Averell is right."
Fraudulent Polish elections, held in January 16, 1947 resulted in Poland’s official transformation to undemocratic communist state by 1949.
Following Yalta, in Moscow, when Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov expressed worry that the Yalta Agreement’s wording might impede Stalin’s plans, Stalin responded
"Never mind. We’ll do it our own way later." How "Obama (a current "Progressive" icon)" of him.
While the Soviet Union had already annexed several occupied countries as (or into) Soviet Socialist Republics, other countries in eastern Europe that it occupied were converted into Soviet-controlled satellite states, such as the People’s Republic of Poland, the People’s Republic of Hungary, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, the People’s Republic of Romania, the People’s Republic of Albania, and later East Germany from the Soviet zone of German occupation. Eventually the United States and the United Kingdom made concessions in recognizing the then Communist-dominated regions, sacrificing the substance of the Yalta Declaration, while it remained in form.
I.e. the United States found "common ground" was capitulation to Stalin.
End of History lesson.
Every time a "Progressive" uses the phrase " common commitment to seek agreement on solutions", the taxpayers better grasp their wallets tightly and strive mightily to retain what little Liberty they have remaining. History proves ‘COMMITMENT’, as defined by the "Progressives", is really CAPITULATION to their demands.
The authors of "Michigan’s Comeback Plan" are only "Progressives" who worship government, have no understanding of what it takes to run a profitable business, and make the economy prosper. They believe more government is the solution to all problems, and if that includes inflicting more misery on the taxpayers in doing so, that’s the taxpayers tough luck.
Then there are those, such as, the "Business Leaders of Michigan", who understand that government’s only role is to provide the smallest possible economic footprint on the back of Michigan’s businesses, facilitate the operation of the state with a minimalist government presence and spending, and let business prosper.
These are diametrically opposing points of view that cannot be ‘reconciled’.
It is only through the growth of business, not government, that Michigan will extricate itself from this swamp the "Progressives" have catapulted us.
It is obvious by their choice of names, i.e. "Business Leaders of Michigan" versus "Michigan’s Comeback Plan", that the Business Leaders have the real business experience to know what to do. Success in bringing Michigan back from the brink of economic catastrophe will not be achieved by feeding the taxpayers to the monster in Lansing and its associated union and other special interest sycophants – which is the core assumption of "Michigan’s Comeback Plan".