TV ads by Shri have covered a range of topics, from highlighting his immigration status, his affinity for Michiganders, to his desired policy outcomes, Shri is supposed to be “just like me.”
Though Shri was unsure of which party’s nomination to run for, he has styled himself as the “most progressive candidate for governor.” I detect a hint of pander. If you don’t know if you’re a republican or democrat and proceed to advocate outlandish policy objectives, you might be fishing for support. It’s entirely plausible that Shri Thanedar genuinely holds these “progressive” views, but even admitted socialists strain to get much traction on these views alone.
Here is a selection of Thanedar’s proposals as described in a series of TV ads and his website.
-Medicare for all
-Paid parental leave
-Taxing the wealthy
-$15 minimum wage
-Free college tuition
-Student loan forgiveness
-Closing charter schools
-Establish year round schooling options
-Fix the potholes
-Increase Planned Parenthood funding
-Eliminating bail for domestic violence
-Free university classes for seniors
-Assault weapons ban
-Sanctuary state status
-Release of all prisoners convicted of marijuana offenses
When dealing with federal policies, I prefer to leave arguments to what is constitutional, eschewing what is good or bad policy. States are different. Our system empowers state governments to take on more roles as well as different roles. This is where the prudence of the policy must be discussed.
On a variety of fiscal measures, Michigan is a middle of the pack state. On some measures it’s better off than other states and in other measures it’s worse off. Shri’s asinine policies make even the good measurements irrelevant.
These policies are not feasible. With the exception of four of those issues, every policy mentioned is dependent on revenue i.e. the age-old question of who is going to pay for it. States put themselves in a very odd position when they want to spend their way to better quality of life.
Every attempt to steal earnings from workers results in significant backlash. Taxation is a funny thing when viewed in the grand scheme of fifty different states. Citizens cannot be compelled to remain in a state when taxes go up or when a government’s credit rating is terrible.
It’s a poor business model to rely on compelled acquiescence to theft from individuals who have no legal obligation to remain in the state.
If people vote for Shri and Shri wins, people will vote against him by moving out of the state. The exodus of individuals from progressive states is proof that progressive policies drive people away, increasing the burden on those who remain, and harming those who the progressive policies were supposed to help.
I am surprised enough Michiganders tolerate our oppressive auto-insurance regime.
Two of Shri’s proposals are odious to the Federal Constitution and the Michigan Constitution. One is obvious, the Assault Weapons Ban. This violates the Second Amendment, but it also violates Michigan’s Constitution. The state constitution explicitly protects the right of the PERSON to bear arms in defense of himself and the state. The second violates the Michigan State Constitution in that all misdemeanors are bailable by sufficient sureties. In most states, and in Michigan, domestic violence is a misdemeanor.
Two more of the proposals are just ignorant. Raising the minimum wage is a terrible idea when you can’t compel businesses to…
A: refrain from firing workers.
B: refrain from pushing the added cost to the consumer.
Releasing those convicted of “non-violent” marijuana offenses is ignorant of the nature of criminal convictions. Pot possession is an easy low-level offense to plea down to. People in jail or prison for pot are not a bunch of high school drops out who like to smoke recreationally; many are drug dealers, impaired drivers, and other unsavory individuals who took a plea for a lesser offense.
If this were a state like Illinois, I might be scared that Shri could win. However, his progressive ideas are a laughing stock, incongruous to the very Middle America populace that is Michigan. He may be able to woo the far-left, but that will be it.