Jul 14, 2009

Rightwing blog blacks out the past eight years

How quickly they forget.
President Obama will be in Michigan today to deliver a speech at Macomb Community College's South Campus in Warren where he will unveil a major policy initiative that will help put Michigan’s auto workers back to work.

The President will announce today an initiative to invest $12 billion in community colleges nationwide over the next 10 years. According to the Associated Press, “White House officials say the move will help President Obama achieve his goal of increasing enrollment by 5 million students by 2020, bringing the total to 11 million students.” As Michigan tries to diversify its economy for the first time as the state’s largest employer, the auto industry, has lost market share to the point that two of the Big 3 have suffered bankruptcy during the national recession; community colleges have become a valuable tool.

In 2007, Gov. Granholm launched No Worker Left Behind that will enable workers to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in the fast-changing global economy of the 21st Century that is central to Michigan’s strategy for economic transformation. It provides up to two years of tuition to people who have received a layoff notice. Since it was launched, more than 61,434 displaced workers have entered training through NWLB. President Obama’s initiative will augment that program.

As you can imagine, the President is so popular that the demand for people wanting to see him is tremendous. Tickets to his appearance were given away to MCC students and faculty through a lottery, according to the Detroit News. Now, you can imagine what a relief this would be to Michigan, but the official unofficial Michigan Republican blog is ignoring that and instead focusing on who will attend the rally.

He is pushing the lie that it is a “glorified press conference in front of a sycophantic press corps and select invite-only Democratic Party big-wigs.” Where was he when Bush appearances were only handpicked supporters? Where was he when anyone who may question his appearance was put as far away as possible in a “free speech zone?” I guarantee Bush never held a lottery to give way tickets. The audiences were handpicked.

The Republicans of course, are going to hold a rally complete with signs. I can’t wait to see what kind of racist signs they think of this time.

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