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IT'S THE ROADS STUPID

As you navigate the pothole paradise that the State of Michigan has become, reflect on the fact that some Roman Empire roads, such as the Fosse Way in Warwickshire, England are still in use TODAY, while being built in 43 AD. This makes the road 1971 years old, a bit more than Sheldon, Haggerty or Canton Center, although I doubt that the Roman Empire Public Works Department is still servicing it.  Sections of these roads and others in the state are deteriorating into rim bending, tire blowing, fire breathing avenues of despair. According to the  Detroit News, Michigan ranks last in per capita spending on Roads, the result which is evident to anyone of any political persuasion. However they do not amplify the fact that the Republicans have been in control of the State of Michigan for the last 4 years and are asking for 4 more. Bad roads go back a long way but after one complete 4 year term, Snyder and company own this statistic.
Now hear tell of an election coming up in November. We hear tell of income tax rebates for citizens coming out of the surplus, (gained by taxing old age pensioners and other delights) averaging about 80.00. Can there be a connection between the two??
When driving to work from Canton to Dearborn down Michigan avenue, I must chart out the course, changing lanes at particular points (get in right lane at the curve into Wayne) to avoid monster potholes. Just Wednesday over 10 cars blew out at Haggerty north of the railroad tracks. A literal boulevard of broken cars if not dreams. Evergreen Road south over Rouge River towards Michigan is completely unsurvivable.
Point here is that no state tax rebate is going to improve the quality of life in this state more than some TLC to our roads. ITS THE ROADS STUPID.
A blown tire, bent rim, suspension and alignment damage will cost much more than an 80.00 tax refund. The economic cost to the state and township is huge. Right to Work or sticking it to public employees has not filled one pothole-ever-.
The party in power in Michigan should resist such superficial election year pinatas and work across the isle to address issues such as this. There are more such issues, as plentiful as potholes on Canton Center Road.

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Brad Jensen February 21, 2014 at 09:10 AM
I don't blame Governor Snyder except to say that he has not provided the leadership to overcome the intransigence of the Republicans in the legislature. Governor Snyder has long been pushing for more funding for infrastructure. Even as a Democrat, I have to give him credit for that.
Jason Vorva February 21, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Well, there is only so much one can do. Maybe if the democrats would stand up for him on issues he works hard on (like saving cities for example..or the bridge), he could build more public support and THAT gets noticed in the Legislature.
Bruce Koldys February 21, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Brad if you are saying that in this case the tail is wagging the dog you are correct. Snyder is in theory the head of the Republican party in Michigan but in some cases the reactionary Republicans in legislature have wagged the dog, despite what might have been good instincts on the part of the governor. Remember right to work? Not on his agenda, but the legislature forced his hand. However the old saying that the fish stinks from the head down still applies.
Brad Jensen February 21, 2014 at 03:43 PM
How do you figure that Democrats didn't support the building of the bridge? It's right here, about half way down http://www.michigandems.com/2010-party It was the Republican legislature and Matty Moroun who opposed him, not the Democrats. If you think that the Republican legislature cares what the Democrats think, you are also wrong.
Brad Jensen February 21, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Bruce, Yes, I was very disappointed in the Governor caving on right to work. Governors have traditionally not been as partisan as other politicians and I thought that Snyder would be more independent given his positions on the bridge. He has also vetoed some of the more outrageous legislation coming from the ideologues in Lansing. In other cases, he has caved to his party. A mixed bag.
Robert February 22, 2014 at 04:55 PM
So let me make sure have thus correct; potholes are the specific fault of republicans in the state legislature. And this is all due to taxiing pensions, just like other states, and right to work? I guess the potholes we had during the socialist Grangholm days, where you were not able to work unless you joined a democrate controlled union were just my imagination? If you you want to tout your liberal, union scum bias run for office and stop complaining in your little blog world.
Brad Jensen February 22, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Granholm was four years ago. Roads deteriorate over time. You have to keep maintaining them. Whatever happened in the past, these are definitely Snyder's potholes.
Jason Vorva February 22, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Brad...wow. The neglect of decades is what we are facing. To hear you talk, zero has been spent on any roads. And also, roads everywhere have been brutalized by this winter..not just in michigan. States and local govt are going to be facing a real crisis of cost because of this. There is ZERO question that the GOP base and its legislators are a problem. And Snyder can only move them so much. Politics is what it is. But you flushed any credibility with that last comment. The state is in so much better shape..and there is ACTUALLY MONEY available. Notice how we are talking about what to do with SURPLUS funds, not how to pay a DEFICIT.
Jason Vorva February 22, 2014 at 08:07 PM
And I love how some of you love to keep rolling out RTW complaints...blame Bob King. He was warned that if he tried that initiative at the ballot box and failed..that the governor would not cover for him if the Legislature acted. He was warned. Go cry to him. Or maybe get your precious UAW to take his pension away.
Brad Jensen February 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Jason, sorry but you can't blame Granholm for the potholes this season. Of course money has been spent, they have been dumping Cold Patch into the potholes as they appear. This is only temporary and not a permanent fix. Who cares if there is money available if it is not being spent to fix the roads - the right way. There were things that could and should have been done over the last four years. Don't believe me, ask Snyder. He has been sounding the alarm. Unfortunately potholes do not fix themselves. You have to spend money to do it. It is just a question of priorities and the priorities of the legislature has been "rape insurance" and whether you can pray at football games.
Robert February 24, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Brad, have you ever heard about the Wayne County Road Commission? They are responsible for road care in our area save the local streets. Where exactly are they spending the money? They have no problem paying an unskilled union DOT worker $37 an hour to fill a hole with cold patch. So where are they? This has nothing to do with available funds, and everything to do with making our lives miserable so we’re more willing to pay additional taxes to the coffers, city, county, and I’ll give you this one; state. What’s really sad is that Snyder is far from a conservative republican; in fact he’s nothing but a RINO. But your alternative would be to put a liberal socialist in charge, who will tax the crap out of everyone, bloat the state government even more than it currently is, and drive even more companies out of state. If you really want to live in Detroit hop on I-96 before they shut it down, drive about 28 miles and you’ll find your utopia. It’s a fine jewel bought and paid for and paid for by democrats!
Brad Jensen February 24, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Wow. Don't know where to start with that. So potholes are just commie plot to take your tax money. Okey dokey. What's the price of tinfoil these days?
Robert February 24, 2014 at 04:11 PM
That's what makes you such a good little Trotsky Brad; you do not know how to critically think through things, but instead just report out the talking points your liberal cronies hand out.
Brad Jensen February 24, 2014 at 04:27 PM
I am always happy to have intelligent and thoughtful debate on the issues. And with that, I bid you good day.
Robert February 24, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Apparently only until you've lost the argument. That's okay Brad, it would be a be good conversation to have over a beer.
Brad Jensen February 24, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Only until it degenerates into name-calling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Rjn6W9jYk
Bruce Koldys February 25, 2014 at 07:41 AM
I have always wondered what would happen if our neighborhood association just bought some cold patch and patched that section of road in our sub that is dangerous. Sort of like adopt a pothole. Homeowner association dues have been spent on worse things........
Brad Jensen February 25, 2014 at 08:45 PM
My father lives on a dirt road and starting filling in a pothole in the street at the end of the drive. A road worker stopped by and told him he couldn't do that. "Arrest me", he said.

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