My sincere gratitude to the candidates for Secretary of State!
At a time when these folks are burning the candle at both ends, are no doubt exhausted, but are looking at the future of Michigan as well as to their own futures it is doubly appreciated that they would take the time to formulate answers to what some may not consider of vital importance.
I am certain that each of us has had a time in our lives when we can look back and if not doubt, at least second guess, decisions we made for ourselves and our families. And then know that there is no guarantee that even if you put every bit of energy and resource into that effort that you will be successful. It is, after all, a contest.
A couple of housekeeping notes: When I read over the last question I realized I had omitted Anne's last remark (in the interest of saving space, I think.) She went on to say "No one should have to work on their birthday!" and she had a big grin on her face. It was the end of the interview and we both relaxed. Anne has a fine sense of humor that isn't always apparent because she is serious about the job.
I am sorry that we had a mix-up with email communication to start with Cam. He has always been a straight shooter and a good friend. I shouldn't have "needled" him as I would have had it been just between us. Glad we got it straightened out. Sooner or later he will publish some of the books he is carrying around in his head.
And as for Michelle--I am so glad she is running for a statewide office giving me a reason to make a new friend. She has had such an interesting life already and has such a long way to go. (No gray yet.)
I hope you all get an opportunity to meet these candidates, any one of which will do a great job for us. Maybe reading these questions will motivate you to attend an event where they may be speaking especially if you'd rather stay home.
So tomorrow is the first day of the rest of our lives and I need to get a few things off my chest that have been piling up like:
Letterman, now that Leno is gone for awhile, is sure the King of Mean. A guy who flaunted his bad behavior ridiculing Sarah Palin's daughter? The nerve!
And who is surprised that Obama is on the Celebrity list? He's a pretty good actor, after all. I don't even understand his comment that we "lost our values after 9/11."
We have a local Chrysler dealer who lost his franchise making lemonade out of that lemon by a television ad which says he is having a "government ordered sell out."
Telling it like it is. This whole car thing is a house of cards.
Question: How long do we give "talk" to show results? How many tests will Iran make before they capitulate? How many times will China laugh in Geithner's face before he can convince them he's really the smart one? Does next summer on the ice ring a bell?
Today Obama said "don't spend what you don't have." He's gotta be kidding! Since we have to borrow fifty cents for every dollar we spend isn't this the height of hypocrisy?
And last for tonight, we need to talk about Medicare and Social Security being social welfare programs. Doesn't anyone look at a pay stub? That's 15% of your pay going to Social Security! (I'm not sure of the percentage for Medicare.) Anyhow, if they can't stop stealing from the Social Security what do they expect? These programs are pretty much bought and paid for by us!
Shall we start on interviews for the gubernatorial race? Would you like to submit questions? When we do that we will probably take only one question at a time since there are so many candidates. Let me know what you're thinking.