Whitmer Wednesday: This November, Michiganders Have A Choice, Do They Want More Freedom Or More Government In Their Lives

September 14 2022

“As Michiganders continue suffering the negative consequences of Joe Biden’s inflation – and subsequent inflation inaction – he instead chooses to visit Detroit to tout expensive vehicles that the average voter can’t afford,” said Gustavo Portela, MIGOP Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. “His policies led to historic inflation and record-setting gas prices, while his pal Gretchen Whitmer prolonged economic woes by refusing to pass relief measures. Michiganders are done with politicians who put their own political interests ahead of the people, and this November will forge a new future by electing Republicans in a sweeping red wave.”

BIDEN-WHITMER POLICIES SUFFOCATED MICHIGAN’S ECONOMY

  • Today, Joe Biden and his transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, are in Detroit attending the North American International Auto Show and Gretchen Whitmer is “ridin’ with Biden.”
  • As the November elections approach, Democrats are getting desperate to distract you from the harm the Biden and Whitmer administrations inflicted on Michiganders’ pocketbooks, safety and personal freedoms.
  • Inflation is wreaking havoc on Michiganders’ pocketbooks.
    • Nationally, consumer prices have risen by 8.3 percent in the last 12 months after marking the largest annual increase in 40 years.
    • In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metro area in the last 12 months:
      • The overall cost of living is up 8.6 percent, higher than the national average
      • The cost of food increased 13.9 percent
      • The cost of meat, poultry, fish and eggs increased by 9.5 percent
      • The cost of dairy products increased by 22.8 percent
      • The cost of household energy increased by 15.8 percent including a gas service cost spike of 34.8 percent
      • The cost of regular unleaded gasoline increased 20.9 percent
    • The City of Detroit is only predicting wages to rise by 4.1 percent this year which is less than half what is needed to keep up with inflation. 
    • The Senate Fiscal Agency predicted that Michiganders would effectively see a 4.4 percent income cut due to the cost of goods exceeding income growth. 
  • There are 90,400 fewer Michiganders working today compared to when Whitmer first took office.
    • This includes 23,400 manufacturing jobs, 14,500 retail jobs and 38,200 leisure and hospitality jobs.
  • Michigan has the 8th highest unemployment rate in the nation.
  • Michigan’s economic growth grinded to a halt in the 1st quarter 2022 as it registered only 0.1 percent GDP growth.
  • Michigan ranked 49th in the nation in individual income growth in 2021.

WHITMER LIED ABOUT CREATING AUTO JOBS

  • In a press release responding to the July jobs report, Whitmer falsely claimed she created 25,000 auto jobs where in fact Michigan has lost auto jobs in Whitmer.
    • The Detroit Free Press’ Clara Hendrickson analyzed this bogus claim on PolitiFact which rated Whitmer’s baseless assertion that she created 25,000 auto jobs as “mostly false.”
    • PolitiFact: “The state has not seen a net gain of 25,000 jobs since Whitmer took office. Data shows Michigan’s auto industry is still recovering from the massive job losses suffered during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
    • The Daily Wire: “Gretchen Whitmer Continues To Brag About Creating 25,000 Auto Jobs – But That’s Not True.”
    • The Washington Free Beacon: “Michigan Governor Won’t Stop Lying to Voters About Job Gains.”
  • In April, Stellantis announced that they will be opening up a second electric vehicle battery plant and chose Kokomo, Indiana over two locations in Michigan that also bid for the plant. 
    • The Detroit News: “The investment would mean Michigan has failed to win any battery plants from the transatlantic automaker’s first round of gigafactory investments.” 
    • Both Monroe County and Wayne County put in a bid for the factory. 
    • Stellantis chose Indiana because they provided favorable business incentives. 
    • Whitmer sat on $500 million in cash grants which Republicans in the legislature set aside to “help seal economic development deals.” 
  • In March, Stellantis and LG announced a $4.1 billion investment in Ontario building electric vehicle batteries in Windsor, just across the river from Detroit creating 2,500 Canadian jobs.
    • The Detroit News: “Michigan has missed out on another electric-vehicle battery plant – this time, to its neighbor across the Detroit River.
  • In 2021, Whitmer failed to place a bid on a Ford Motor Company electric vehicle expansion.

WHITMER CAMPAIGNED TO BE BIDEN’S VICE PRESIDENT

AFTER BIDEN BECAME PRESIDENT, WHITMER FOLLOWED HIS LEAD AND SUPPORTED HIS DISASTEROUS POLICIES

  • Biden and Whitmer prolonged getting Michiganders back to work.
    • Biden pushed for unemployment checks that prolonged unemployment by incentivizing workers not to return to work.
    • The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) improperly paid $8.5 billion in fraudulent or ineligible claims after the UIA invented four edibility criteria categories not authorized by the CARES act.
    • UIA knowingly paid out thousands of fraudulent claims after gutting the fraud investigation unit and stripping away even the basic fraud protection protocols.
  • Whitmer backed President Biden’s unconstitutional employer vaccine mandate. 
    • Whitmer initially opposed the mandate, telling business leaders in rural Montcalm County that the mandates are “a problem for all of us.” 
    • However, after pressure to conform, Whitmer got in line with the Biden talking points and backed the employer mandates saying “I appreciate what President Biden is trying to accomplish … It’s about saving lives. It’s about getting more people vaccinated.” 
  • Biden cancelled the Keystone pipeline which blocked thousands of good-paying American jobs, many of which were in construction.

MICHIGAN WILL NOT FORGET WHAT WHITMER AND THE DEMOCRATS DID TO ORDINARY MICHIGANDERS

  • Whitmer defied the will of the people, the legislature, the courts and the law when she shut down the state in one of the most pathetic power trips in recent American history.
    • Whitmer’s unconstitutional lockdown led to 37 percent of small businesses shutting their doors exceeding the national average of businesses who were forced to close during the pandemic.
    • According to an April 2021 study sponsored by Facebook, 36 percent of small businesses in Michigan laid of staff during the pandemic with 56 percent of those small businesses reported that they Laid off half or more of their staff.
  • Whitmer supported the “spirit” of defund the police movement and Garlin Gilchrist criticized cash bail.
    • Whitmer’s task force on jail and pretrial incarceration, which was co-chaired by Garlin Gilchrist, recommended that criminals are to be “presumptively” imposed sentences other than jail.
    • The Michigan State Police publicly released their annual crime report and the details in their report are truly shocking:
      • Violent crime in Michigan is up 12.7 percent from 2019.
      • Carjackings are up from 764 percent from 2019.
      • Assaults in police officers rose 31.7 percent from 2019.
      • Murders are up 30 percent from 2019.
      • Aggravated assaults are up 24.3 percent from 2019.
      • Motor vehicle thefts are up 20.9 percent from 2019.
    • State Farm insurance reported that they have seen a 492 percent increase in stolen catalytic converters.
      • Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ron Wiles: “It’s not just us, but other municipalities have caught people in the act. It’s not just one person or two people, there are teams going around not just Genesee County, but Shiawassee, Ogema, Livingston County, all in search of catalytic converters.”

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