A post by Pat
It’s not just the government sucking our blood here in Michigan.
The foreclosure rate is among the highest in the U.S. The unemployment rate is over 14% and rising. The core industry is collapsing. As people move out, non-taxpaying mosquitoes move in. In the unlikely case the mosquitoes will run out of abandoned or foreclosed homes to nestle in, the state, facing a $1.4 billion budget deficit, closed eight prisons to save $120 million. It’s a haven for all kinds of culprits. Like other states, Michigan is spending stimulus money to help the public sector first.
Mark Sheperdigian of Rose Pest Solutions in Troy says the summer pests are laying their eggs in foreclosed, half-finished and abandoned houses, The Detroit News reported Friday.
“You’ve got all these houses in foreclosure or abandoned all over,” Sheperdigian says. “And abandoned swimming pools? They get pretty green and can breed mosquitoes by the hundredweight.”
Cash-strapped communities across Metro Detroit are unable to fight the increased threat, the newspaper says.
Billions of federal stimulus dollars allocated to Michigan prevented devastating cuts to the state budget, including dramatic changes to the health care program for the poor, state officials told federal watchdogs.
The state is having trouble estimating the number of jobs created or saved by the funding, which it must start reporting to the federal government in October.
Michigan is using its $847 million in transportation stimulus funds primarily for pavement improvement and road-widening projects. Thatâ€™s because those projects can be started quickly enough to meet the time requirement and put people to work this year.
Alaska had its bridge to nowhere. Soon Michigan will have roads to nowhere.
Fitch Ratings cut its ratings on Michigan’s general-obligation bonds one notch, citing “significant deterioration of the state’s economic profile.”
Fitch said that plant rationalization and the job cuts will continue to pressure the employment situation in Michigan in the near term, adding that despite the “relatively orderly nature” of GM and Chrysler’s bankruptcies, uncertainty still remains about their success. GM emerged from Chapter 11 earlier Friday
Just like the abandoned swimming pools, the GM corporate logo could turn green apropos of their changing product line. Our President did promise change. Maybe the name of GM’s corporate HQ location should be changed to DEETroit apropos of the changing demographics.
Actually, mosquitoes and the grow big government type politicians plaguing us today have a lot in common. Both are oppressive pests with similar ambitions and both deserve a swat from their victims.
Mosquitoes’ lives may be ephemeral, their deaths almost always brutal. But during their transitory span, absolutely nothing will stand in the way of their two formidable guiding desires: to soak up human lifeblood, and to reproduce. —– A Mosquito’s Life, J.R. Churin