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Patterson Wrong to Contemplate Gov. Bid

By Mike McGuinness, Chair, Oakland County Democratic Party
April 9, 2009

It’s now clear Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson won’t be running for Governor of Michigan. Yet, he is popping his own political trial balloon that he himself raised in the first month of his 48 month-long term -- in classy form, releasing a statement from Florida while on vacation. Patterson is having a difficult time justifying to the people of Oakland County that he should remain County Executive, let alone spend the next two years running for Governor.

Worse than saying "No" - The Pappageorge Solution

By Dr. Phil O'Dwyer, Chair
March 25, 2009

The current economic depression inherited by Obama is a formidable challenge that requires multiple responses at several levels. The "just say no" Republican members of Congress add a further layer of difficulty; they can't lead but won't get out of the way!

Protecting Taxpayers, Saving Money

By Sen. Carl Levin
March 5, 2009

We are just weeks into the new session of Congress, and we are moving forward with the Obama Administration on legislation to address the challenges facing our country. We have already renewed and expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program; passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; and passed the Investment and Recovery Act to create jobs across the nation.

Hypocrisy beyond limit

By Dr. Phil O'Dwyer, Chair
March 1, 2009

The new Mantra of the Republican party suggests a sudden and widespread conversion to a new economic perspective. Not since St. Paul on the road to Damascus have we witnessed anything so dramatic. The Republican change of heart occurred on Jan. 20th '09 which happens to be the day Obama was inaugurated.

The Falling Dollar and the Republican War

By Dr. Phil O'Dwyer, Chair
September 28, 2007

Throughout history, people have speculated about the future. The fact that they were seldom correct did not diminish their enthusiasm for the art of prediction. The latest to embark on this perilous journey is former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan. His new book is "The Age of Turbulence." This Libertarian-leaning Republican has no kind words for today’s crop of Republicans.

March Winds and April Showers Bring Forth the May Flowers

By Marilyn Stephan, Vice-Chair
May 12, 2007

The Winds of March could be characterized as those windbags who continue to shout, “NO NEW TAXES!” while the needs of people take a back seat to demands of business and the wealthy. April Showers, the constant downpour of criticism of anything the Democrats propose to solve the fiscal crisis in this state. And May Flowers may well sprout only as weeds - as the demands of war funding increase.

Heckuva Job, George!

By Dr. Phil O'Dwyer, Chair
May 12, 2007

We know first-hand in Michigan the disaster one man can cause when he has the blind support of his party. The John Engler legacy is everywhere: cutbacks, decline, reduced services, decimated personnel, etc. Amid all of the Republican whining about big government the current Granholm Budget is 39% lower than the last budget submitted by Engler. But the structural problems of the budget cannot be solved by cost cutting alone.

Time to Sharpen our Message

By Dr. Phil O'Dwyer, Chair
March 11, 2007

"Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words." – Apocrapha

Our airwaves are overrun with words; meaningless chatter with an appealing veneer designed to persuade, deceive, or destroy. Ideas, principles, and even political figures are advanced or attacked by the gurus of our time: the “spinmeisters.”