If anyone believed in 2010, when Michigan voters drove out the Democrats who had led them through a decade of despair, that it signaled they were ready to embrace real change and the sacrifices and disruptions that come with it, well, they didn’t know this state.
Gov. Rick Snyder certainly wasn’t under the illusion that a people that had clung so tightly to their failed past would cheer a top-to-bottom remake of the state. He knew them too well. They wanted change, but without upsetting the status quo.
That’s impossible. Snyder knows it. And he’s determined to pull the painful thorn of inertia from Michigan’s paw, even if it means getting scratched and bitten.
The governor got swatted around over the past 10 days as the lame-duck Legislature sent him more than 100 bills, many of them pushing his agenda ahead another few dog years.
Among them were bills that defied Lansing policymakers for decades, including a regional transit authority for Metro Detroit and repeal of the personal property tax.