Saturday, September 23, 2006
Granholm truth squad busting up yet another DeVos lie
http://www.granholmforgov.com/site/PageNavigator/truthsquad Granholm For Governor: Truth Squad: Giving Up This week the DeVos for Governor Campaign unleashed yet another attack against Governor Jennifer Granholm. In one advertisement, DeVos features Lee Iacocca. Unfortunately, Iacocca's statements are full of mistruths. We need to reach out and set the record straight. The Claim:Lee Iacocca: "A lot of people have given up on Michigan" The Truth: Never forget Michigan's problems stem from the unfair foreign trade and outsourcing policies supported by President Bush and lobbied for by Dick DeVos. (China Daily, January 30, 2000) Â· Lee Iacocca and Dick DeVos both supported NAFTA. Michigan lost more than 63,000 jobs due to NAFTA. (Manchester Guardian Weekly, December 12, 2001; Christian Science Monitor, September 20, 1993; Economic Policy Institute, "NAFTA's Cautionary Tale," July 20, 2005) The Claim:Lee Iacocca: "I haven't." The Truth:Lee Iacocca now lives in California. This commercial was filmed at his home there. The Claim:Lee Iacocca: "This guy is a Michigan manufacturer." The Truth: Dick DeVos chose China, NOT Michigan. On May 17, 2006, the Detroit News published a letter from the former Amway President himself. In the letter, Dick DeVos said his company invested $200 million in China. Â· Today, there are more Amway jobs in China than the company's home state of Michigan. Alticor's Media Blog admitted DeVos' China investment ended with 4,300 jobs in China. (Alticor Media Blog, April 13, 2006) The Claim: Lee Iacocca: "When others gave up on Michigan, he toughed it out, turned things around, made things happen." The Truth: Dick DeVos eliminated 1,400 Michigan jobs. (The Grand Rapids Press, September 17, 2006; Associated Press, June 22, 2006) Â· Dick DeVos was Amway CEO for eight years and in that time the company's revenue declined. It was the first decline in nearly a decade. (Detroit Free Press, November 21, 1998) The Claim:Lee Iacocca: The most important thing Dick DeVos makes is Michigan jobs. The Truth: There is no proof Dick DeVos is a jobs maker. It has now been over seven months since the DeVos Campaign told the Associated Press they would provide proof of creating / saving jobs in Michigan. The Michigan press is still waiting. (Associated Press, February 27, 2006) Man I wish I could buy the Truth Squad a pizza dinner cuz these dudes are on top of everything the Amway Dick puts out there and this is another example of how good these guys are. Once again Dick DeVos is trying to create an image Michigan is in trouble and he's riding in to save it( nevermind he supported policies that got Michigan in trouble in the first place) this time he got Lee Iacocca to spew the myth of DeVos being a Michigan businessman trying to save the state because he believes in it so much(excuse me while I puke up right wing sugar coated crap). My favorite part of the truth squad is where Iacocca claims he hasn't given up on Michigan yet he lives in California matter fact the Amway Dick filmedmed the Iacocca part of the ad in his Californian house.