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It came from beyond…

November 7, 2006

Attack of the Killer Heads

In a time of darkness, when Hope seemed to have gone out for a pack of smokes and ended up on a boat to China, when television seemed to have become nothing more than an ad delivery service, when the most flawed candidate in the history of our state seemed like a credible threat, well, in those days the people of Michigan finally got a chance to have their say.

Vote, people, and get your friends, relatives and total strangers to do the same.

Michigan’s future isn’t for sale.

UPDATES GALORE:

Ominous music to hum on Election Day!

Kos Posted with a Kattle Kart o’ Komments!!

Michigan Liberal with a … multitude of meh???!!!

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Dick DeVos Dove Hunt 2006

November 5, 2006

Dick DeVos Michigan Dove Hunt 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.

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Michigan’s Dick Devos is WAY beyond Top Secret!

October 30, 2006

Dick Devos is WAY beyond Top Secret!

The campaign is in the home stretch and before things get too crazy, I would like to direct your attention to the phenomenal success of my Campaign for Secrecy! All you h8ers who think that Tricky Dicky can’t do anything right better take a look at my Plan for Secrecy 5.6: The Business of Dick Devos is none of your Business, Michigan:

DeVos won’t release tax returns: “Republican candidate for governor Dick DeVos, a member of one of America’s richest families, says he will not release his entire income tax returns. He says he will provide some summaries of his wealth.” Summaries should be good enough for the people of Michigan and if they’re not, TOO BAD!

How Dick Devos will pay for Michigan tax cuts: While my $2 or $3 billion dollars in tax cuts got slammed by Governor Granholm in the debates, only a few articles got written on the subject, I never was forced to answer the question in the debates and it appears that most everyone is in favor of my “I’ll Figure it out Later” strategy. Don’t ask, cause I won’t tell!

Dick Devos tells Michigan newspapers NOTHING! Michigan Press Association? Can we get this outlawed?

How poor of a communicator is Dick DeVos? How cavalier is the gubernatorial candidate toward the public’s right to know? …

“Thank you for your interest in Dick DeVos’ campaign for change. We respect that your organization is engaged in the public arena. People coming together to address issues is a quintessential American right and tradition. At this time, we will not be responding to your questionnaire.”

No, no — thank you, Mr. DeVos, for reminding us of a quintessential press obligation to inform the public to expect the same dismissive treatment from a DeVos administration.

Amway and the Bermuda Tax Haven: “Over the last 3 years, the Michigan Legislature, controlled by Republicans who support the Amway Guy, has enacted laws designating Bermuda as a tax haven country five separate times.” What does it say that a news search for “Amway Bermuda Tax Haven” produces THREE articles and that all of these articles are just about the accusation? I don’t know but I can tell you that Dirty Dick is smiling all the way to the nameless, tax sheltered bank!

The DeVos Alterra Lie: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel could figure out that “Alterra board chairman Jerry L. Tubergen is executive director of the RDV Corp., the investment vehicle of the DeVos Family, which owns 20% of Alterra.” It’s not a lie if nobody cares!

Dick DeVos and the Magic Apples: Nobody has even heard about this! Like Alterra, only with apples!

Funding the Far Right: In addition to being the largest contributor to George Bush’s re-election and giving money to Tom Delay, the DeVos family has given millions of dollars to organizations that are working to promote rightwing policy through a network of organizations doing advocacy, educational, and legal work. I’m just happy nobody has picked up on the fact that Dick Devos is a Republican! That could be damaging!!

Dick Devos Support for School Vouchers: “Dick DeVos Jr. has used his family’s fortune and status to create an intricate national network of non-profits, political action committees and federal groups known as 527s that effectively fund the political arm of the school voucher movement.” Devos & family are still funding these efforts in other states. If you close your eyes and stick your fingers in your ears, you might have a career as an investigative journalist!

Secret Religious and Social Agendas of Dick DeVos: Whether it’s Intelligent design, undermining the rights of gays, re-criminalizing abortion or breaking down the wall separating church from state, it’s no secret that Dick Devos has a secret agenda. Can I say it’s a matter of personal faith and keep it secret if my faith says that I have to impose it on you?

Disembodied Headquarters would like to thank DemWave for his mad research skillz. His ability to use The Google coupled with something called “curiosity” make us happy that he is not working for a newspaper or TV station.
Don’t forget that Dick Devos is a quitter!

Kross-posted to Kos 

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Dick Devos is a Quitter!

October 29, 2006

Dick Devos is a Quitter

There are some who say that Michigan Candidate for Governor Dick Devos is a Quitter.

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News Release: How Dick Devos will pay for Michigan tax cuts

October 22, 2006

How Dick Devos will pay for Michigan tax cuts

There has been great consternation and outcry in radio and television, asking “Mr. Dick DeVos, how the heck are you going to pay for the $3.5 billion or more in tax cuts you are promising?

Actually, nobody seems to be asking that but IN CASE THEY DO, let me say loudly and unequivocally: This is all the Governor’s fault. Granted, Job-loss Jenny’s failed policies did not directly cause the implosion of the auto industry. Apparently skyrocketing retirement costs, lower labor costs in other states and countries, and competition from companies who weren’t focusing everything on making and marketing gigantic gas hogs did that. Still, nobody can deny that our Gal Governor DID fail miserably in replacing the tens of thousands of jobs lost in the auto industry and related sectors.

What’s more, our Liberal Leader Lady has some sort of “plan” in place. She is saying things like “In five years, you’re going to be blown away by the strength and diversity of Michigan’s transformed economy.” (1) and “In this first round of funding, 500 companies applied … 500 companies who want to come to Michigan and to grow in Michigan and hire tens of thousands of people in Michigan in areas that won’t be outsourced. And so my friends, we are thrilled with how this economic plan is working.“(2)

Blown away? Thrilled? Is this the kind of optimism Michigan needs? Heck no! Four years to recover from the collapse of Michigan’s #1 industry since 1939 is four years too long! We can’t afford to wait – we require immediate results. We also require everyone to be as upset and pessimistic about the future as possible. It would also be nice if the Detroit Tigers lost the baseball series quickly so that our campaign can get maximum mileage out of our “empty Comerica Park” ads. (3) You could also all buy some soap.
In conclusion and and addressing once and for all how Dick Devos will pay for his tax cuts I want to say: Read my lips, it’s the Governor’s fault!

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Footnotes…

(1) 2006 State of the State Address
http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-39899—,00.html

(2) Actual speech at the 2006 MDP Convention
https://secure2.convio.net/gfg/video/Convention_JMG.mov or
http://www.granholmforgov.com/site/PageServer?pagename=convention2006

(3) “Go” Tigers! Empty Comerica Park:
See “Twice” on http://www.devosforgovernor.com/Multimedia/VLog/
and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfNLDeMwIG8

(4) I know that after all this, your big question is: Where the heck can I get myself a tricked out flying typewriter like yours??!!

See the ad referenced above from YouTube.

Media Coverage of this Momentous Announcement

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Episode 69: In which the space-time continuum & the fourth wall are shattered by the venality of Dick Devos

October 19, 2006

Do What the OTHER Head Sez…
Greetings inhabitants of Earth 7723-Q. I am The Disembodied Head of Another Dick Devos, summoned here by the outrageous venality and baseness of your Dick Devos. I should explain that my world and my Dick Devos are quite different than yours. In my world “Mr. Dick” is beloved by all as a philanthropist and champion for social justice. His crowning achievement is an organization called “Amway” though which better-off people at the top of the pyramid seek to enrich the lives of their less fortunate “downline” by helping them in all ways to reach their full potential as human beings. I am told that your Earth’s Amway is more concerned with soap.

But I digress. There was a news item in one of your papers regarding a recent debate:

“Mr. Devos, if you have a beef with me, bring it on, I can take it. Use my name. But let’s leave the names of deceased children out of this,” Granholm said. “But if you’re determined to pick a fight, I hope you pick on someone your own size.”

Devos did not respond to that challenge during the debate, but said afterward that some of these children who died were the responsibility of the state, and it was the fault of the administration that they lost their lives.

“They deserve the dignity to have their names mentioned,” he said.

This caused something inside the Disembodied Head of your Disembodied Head of Dick Devos to snap. He began screaming “Yes, by all means, let’s dignify their tragic deaths by dragging them and their families and friends through the media! And can we get a photo-op with one of the little tricycles that they will never ride again … to add more dignity??!!”

Your Head then set to meddling with complex machinery and somehow tore a hole in space and time, summoning me here. I gave him a tricycle which seems to have calmed him down.

Now I am a gentle Head, not given to harsh words or judgement, but let me say that I am appalled by the actions of your Dick Devos. Using dead children or adults as political poker chips is frankly ghoulish and so far from “Governor-like” as to be utterly beyond my comprehension. To suggest that this cheap political trick somehow lends “dignity” to their memories … I suspect there are not the words for it in my world OR yours.

Your world is strange and frightens me, but I will remain here for a short while to answer questions and eat some deep fried cheese sticks, which are forbidden in my world. Besides, your Disembodied Head appears quite taken with his new tricycle and will likely be unavailable for most of the day.

What other people are saying…

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Liveblogging Debate #3: Dick Devos vs. Jennifer Granholm

October 17, 2006

Scary Debate 3 Starring Dick Devos
I think the first thing the public saw at the third Michigan Gubernatorial Debate from Dick Devos was a bold new look, a look that said “I have glasses, I’m smart.” My handlers agreed that they made me look like a Goober, which is a clear step toward gubernatorial. Look for more exciting initiatives soon! Then there was some cheering for the local baseball club. Baseball? What’s the deal with that? Give me a rousing game of Jarts any day.

The Governor said she’d enact her 21st Century Jobs Fund as the one piece of legislation she’d pick to turn Michigan around. Then she challenged me to stop using the images of dead children for my commercials and to “pick on somebody my own size”. A low blow for sure as I believe size is judged by your works and my works at Amway and elsewhere are quite unique. Then I answered the actual question ’cause I’m not gonna dodge the tough questions and said I would adopt my economic plan that I put forth. It has 134 specific ideas ranging from #37: Keep sharp pencils AWAY from eyes to #113: Chinese workers will work for 1/50th of what a Michigan worker will. Food for thought, people! I also hammered the Gov for investing in research. Bunch of pointy-head geeks in a lab – like THAT ever produced anything.

Then Steven Clark asked me if I was insulted by being compared to George Bush in the morph ad. Hell yes! I mean no. I didn’t specifically mention That Guy in the White House by name (if I can’t show pictures of dead children, then she shouldn’t be able to mention him) but nobody should be insulted by being compared to any President. Except that guy. The Gov suggested that free trade agreements and a Bush Administration that is not standing up for our automotive sector are the root. She also said I have been one of George Bush’s biggest financial backers and personally lobbied for the passage of these free trade agreements that have so devastated Michigan’s economy. Well, true, but that’s not the point. The point is that companies in OTHER states are doing fine. The Governor’s saying that Michigan is the only state in the country that’s the automotive capital of the world, that it’s not “rocket science” as to why Michigan is uniquely challenged. I say “TOUGH!” – quit whining about Ford, GM & Chrysler all being in Michigan – you should have thought of that before you ran for Governor!

Then a bunch of people emailed that “they don’t trust Dick Devos” and “Dick Devos is trying to buy his way into the Governorship”. As a citizen of Michigan I would find insulting if someone suggested I could be bought. Sure, I’m spending more than any candidate ever has in Michigan, but that’s just because I’m rich and accustomed to buying anything I want. I then cite the Detroit News. I love that paper.

Wshew. Softball on smoking question. Dick Devos supports choice on smoking. Appeal to everyone, say nothing. The Gov then tries to shift the focus to healthcare. Dodging the softball and answering a harder question, typical. She asks me about my plan, so I shift the focus and attack her. Anyone see a pattern? Question > Governor Answer > Rebuttal > Attack Governor > Check Fly > Repeat.

The Jobs Killing SBT comes up. The Gov has some “plan” for replacing it and then attacks my $1 or $2 billion dollar hole I’d leave. I say “gross receipts tax” and “gross profits tax” and “replace the revenue”. That sounds like a plan to me! She then attacks me for incorporating my subsidiaries in Bermuda to avoid paying US taxes. I am profoundly disappointed. Not answering or refuting, but very disappointed.

Then it’s time for the voters to talk with us. We are instructed to stay behind our podiums for the safety of all. A woman says her family business and schools are struggling. Hey, I have a family business too! I point out that she’s never had the struggles that business people like us have faced. I can identify with this woman! I transformed a multi-million dollar company (Amway) into a slightly smaller multi-million dollar company (Alticor).

Then a young woman asks the Gov what she’s going to do about college education. She talks about her increased Merit scholarship, standards increases and then says she inherited a $4 billion budget deficit from my predecessor and had to cut more out of state government than any governor in the history of Michigan. Hello? Yesterday! I accuse her of cutting from education. I am not at all clear on this inherited $4 billion budget deficit thing. She asks how I will cut money and increase investment.

Then some guy asks about trash from Canada. I am opposed to trash dumping. I blame the Governor. She blames the Feds. I say “we need to go to Washington to get things done”. Dick Devos knows Washington and how to get things done there. It’s a complex thing involving briefcases and drop points and lots and lots of junkets. Junkets for junk! Then she talks about the Interstate Commerce Clause in the Constitution and says raise fees and increase recycling. I attack her for a drop in recycling. I don’t answer HOW I will get it done, but I will get it done. Trust me.

Next is a question about education funding. The Gov talks about investing in K-12 is at record levels and making sense of health care through her Michigan First health care initiative. She also asks me how I will balance the budget. Hello? Balanced budget? I say the K-12 system is suffering and struggling. I tout my involvement in K-12 education. She comes back and attacks me on my involvement in the voucher movement and says that even now I am investing in the voucher movement in seven other states. True, but not in Michigan … yet.

Then I proceed to whomp the Gov’s butt on manufacturing. She says she’ll reduce the Personal property tax by 35% but I say it’s gotta be all of it. Not gonna tell you how I’ll pay for it. Think of it as a “tax surprise party”.

The next topic is Detroit, she points out a lot of specific things like Tech Town and Next Energy, investing in affordable housing, cost of insurance. I say education is the key. People argued, the Governor did nothing. She then asks if I would support a reinstatement of the inheritance tax for the 800 wealthiest families in the state so that that funding can go to hire police and fire firefighters. Yeah, that’s me. Not gonna dignify that with a response.

We then offer our closing statements. I go first and attack, attack, attack and rain doom and gloom on Michigan. I point to less police officers on the street, totally unaware that the Federal policing grant is the reason. It’s not my job to know facts, it’s my job to be the Promiser!

Governor Granholm closes with “There are tremendous, large contrasts in this race. Large contrasts. I’m somebody who has fought for you, for all citizens. He’s somebody who has stood on the other side of the things I’ve fought for. I’ve fought to create jobs here and diversify our economy here in Michigan—he’s eliminated 1400 jobs in Michigan when he was CEO of Amway. I’ve fought the policies of outsourcing and unfair trade of George Bush. He’s George Bush—one of George Bush’s biggest backers and has supported those unfair trade practices that have hurt us. I went to Asia to bring home 22 companies, 1000 jobs and $200 million in investment—he went to Asia and invested $200 million and created thousands of jobs there.”

She says I’m George Bush when in fact it’s easy to tell the difference between Dick Devos and Dubya.

I win – 3 for 3, baby! I’m like the Dimaggio Ordonez of debating! MVP!!

Some Debate Links (for the masochists)

  • Granholm – DeVos 3rd debate transcription Kommie Kittie turns my own words against me.
  • Outside it’s America: 3rd Debate Links Whacko Zacko DID watch Wife Swap but has all the links. Crap, if I had known I could just read or watch it today, I could have too. The Trackback Zack then disses the Detroit News for writing: “What’s the problem with cutting another $1 billion in the budget to attract more jobs to Michigan with lower business taxes if she already has cut $4 billion in a $41 billion budget?” saying “Gee, what’s a billion here, a billion there?” I don’t get it either. A billion here, billion in Bermuda. It’s only money people and have plenty of it. If the state comes up short, I’m sure we can find some places to cut. Schools, roads, police, who cares. The important thing is to CUT TAXES FOR DICK DEVOS AND HIS RICH FRIENDS!
  • The Michigan Moderate Militia has the full debate transcript (boring!) Flight Commander Ferguson says “Word on the street is that Amway Guy walked away pissed after taking questions about him using the names of deceased children in his attacks. Supposedly he hit or punched the car as he was getting in.” Yeah. The Governor attacks me for dragging dead children through the mud. If we can’t use dead children in our attack ads, then this isn’t the America Dick Devos wants.
  • Christine Barry went toe-to-toe with Raging Bullard himself. I’m not kidding, he’s “Raging Bullard” with a little De Niro guy and everything. It’s kind of sweet, really. Christine sums up my platform well: “If you want a Governor who is going to gut Michigan and declare every man for himself, then you should vote for DeVos.”
  • The Isabella County Democratic Party says Last Two Minutes Wins Governor Re-Election. I wasn’t aware that Diebold was a Democrat donor. Zing!

Fear the Head, people!