Dick DeVos Dove Hunt 2006November 5, 2006
There I was: hovering high above the Michigan interWeb like a proud but disappointed eagle when a fast-dodging mourning dove alerted me to this post by some bird-watcher guy. A bird watcher? With a political opinion? Hello in there, Mr. Red-breasted Nuthatch. Let’s leave politics to the politicians … and the soap guys.
Anyway, I have to stay on the move, carrying my message to Take Back Michigan (except for the Republican Legislature and Supreme Court) to a state weary of my ads and face. Since the Bird Man of Michigan was silly enough to license his little book report about Dick DeVos as Creative Commons, I’ll post it here followed by my devastating response! Also a video from The YouTube.
I don’t write much about politics here, although I follow it closely and with some passion. In case there are any undecided Michigan voters reading this, I feel it is my civic duty to provide some info on the Michigan gubernatorial race between incumbent Jennifer Granholm and her Republican challenger, Dick DeVos.
Dick DeVos scares me. His strongly religious and ultra-conservative support/activism scare me. His rabidly pro-business agenda scares me, in no small part because it threatens the environment.
In a vignette of the race, Grist provided insight into some of the anti-environmental organizations and initiatives supported by DeVos. It quoted a Sierra Club rep, who said “Almost nowhere else do you see a more striking contrast between a stellar, hard-won environmental record and an anti-environmental agenda.”
You can read DeVos’s environment plan yourself (PDF). It is 7 pages (with big pictures) that, like most of his “plans,” are full of platitudes and generalities and lack specifics. In contrast, you can read about Granholm’s past accomplishments and environmentally-related press releases. Granholm is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Clean Water Action. A coalition of environmentalists is campaigning for Granholm.
At Wikipedia, you can read a summary of the race. You’ll notice a few tidbits about DeVos:
- Many of DeVos’ critics, including some conservatives, propose that his leadership of highly controversial Alticor, the parent company of Amway and Quixtar, the world’s largest multi-level marketing organization, should disqualify him from holding public office at all.
- He supports the teaching of intelligent design in science classes.
- In an interview, DeVos said he would be thrilled if Roe vs. Wade was overturned.
Also at Wikipedia, you can read about Amway/Alticor’s heavy Republican leanings, and more ominously, the DeVos preoccupation with the dominionist political movement (scroll down a bit); the DeVos foundation is one of the single largest donators to specifically dominionist political groups in the U.S. (Dominionism is a trend in Protestant Christian evangelicalism and fundamentalism that seeks to establish specific political policies based on religious beliefs — read more here).
CREEPY! How about his theoretical strength, as a businessman? The Michigan Liberal sums up some key points on how DeVos has actually failed at business and quit other elected positons:
- When Dick DeVos became President of Amway, in 1993, Amway reported estimated retail sales of $4.5 billion. By 2002, sales had mushroomed by $0.00 to stay flat at $4.5 billion. Adjusted for inflation, sales at Alticor/Amway while the company was led by Dick DeVos actually fell by 19%.
- In 1990, DeVos was elected to the State Board of Education. He left two years into an eight-year term when he had missed about a fifth of the meetings and responsibilities at Amway demanded his attention.
- In 1996, then-Gov. John Engler appointed DeVos to the Grand Valley State University Board of Control. DeVos resigned four years later after missing 16 of 27 meetings. Business and his 2000 school voucher campaign were keeping him away.
This man should not hold political office. He’s not qualified and his ambitious plans are doggedly focused on jobs with few details on how he would carry out any of his initiatives. Granholm has struggled with a crisis in the auto industry and a contentious Republican legislature. I think she could have been more effective, but she is head and shoulders better than DeVos, who would be ruinous for Michigan. Vote for Jennifer Granholm on November 7.
Speaking of heads, for a biting, humorous, but informative look at DeVos, visit The Disembodied Head of Dick DeVos.
The picture used above is titled “blessings of peace“. Here are a bunch of pictures of Michigan’s Bird of Peace, the mourning dove.
From a hometown called “Run When You See Me Coming” here’s Quixtar – The Land of ill Will – on Dateline.
Kos-posted and Michliberalized! In a watchy mood? How about watching Holland Rep Peter “Share the Bomb” Hoekstra’s collossal A-Bomb Bollocks!