Charles Brown http://michiganradio.org en Stalled at the CAFE: How the federal government may end up hurting GM http://michiganradio.org/post/stalled-cafe-how-federal-government-may-end-hurting-gm <p>Here is a quiz:</p><p>The Obama Administration is responsible for:</p><p><strong>a)</strong> The financial rescue of General Motors;</p><p><strong>b)</strong> The future financial failure of General Motors;</p><p><strong>c)</strong> Both a) and b);</p><p><strong>d)</strong> None of the above.</p><p>You won’t find the correct answer in upside-down small print at the bottom of this blog.&nbsp; I am not quite sure myself what the right answer might be.&nbsp; But answer (b) might not be such an incredible response.</p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:06:19 +0000 Charles Brown 9090 at http://michiganradio.org Stalled at the CAFE: How the federal government may end up hurting GM Commentator Charles Brown 'truth-squads' Jennifer Granholm's DNC speech http://michiganradio.org/post/commentator-charles-brown-truth-squads-jennifer-granholms-dnc-speech <p>I made a point of tuning into C-SPAN on the last night of the Democratic National Convention.&nbsp; It wasn’t because I was looking forward to a political speech from Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria.&nbsp; Although in retrospect, Ms. Longoria’s speech was statesman-like in comparison to what went before her.</p><p>What I saw shocked me.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:11:03 +0000 Charles Brown 8993 at http://michiganradio.org Commentator Charles Brown 'truth-squads' Jennifer Granholm's DNC speech Hey NPR, what about those 500 economists for Romney? http://michiganradio.org/post/hey-npr-what-about-those-500-economists-romney <p>One of the best things about blogging for Michigan Radio is the pleasure of introducing you to an idea or a person that network listeners and viewers of the website haven’t seen anywhere else in public radio.</p><p>When I introduced myself to Michigan Radio’s webpage readers, I suggested that at one level, NPR news is hard to criticize; what you hear in broadcasts is mostly beyond reproach.</p><p>But sometimes a larger story awaits, in what you don’t hear on the air or see on the websites. A case in point:&nbsp; <a href="http://economistsforromney.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Economists for Romney</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Economists for Romney is a group of 500 national economists, who support for Mitt Romney’s economic plan, signing a public letter to the nation that begins, “We enthusiastically endorse Governor Mitt Romney’s economic plan to create jobs and restore economic growth while returning America to its tradition of economic freedom. The plan is based on proven principles: a more contained and less intrusive federal government, a greater reliance on the private sector, a broad expansion of opportunity without government favors for special interests, and respect for the rule of law including the decision-making authority of states and localities.” Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:07:14 +0000 Charles Brown 8750 at http://michiganradio.org Hey NPR, what about those 500 economists for Romney? Citizenship question easiest one to answer when I vote http://michiganradio.org/post/citizenship-question-easiest-one-answer-when-i-vote <p>When I voted on Tuesday, there were several things I needed to know.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:42:50 +0000 Charles Brown 8624 at http://michiganradio.org Citizenship question easiest one to answer when I vote What Troy Mayor Janice Daniels can learn from mayors who criticized Chick-fil-A http://michiganradio.org/post/what-troy-mayor-janice-daniels-can-learn-mayors-who-criticized-chick-fil <p>If I asked the well-informed Michigan Radio listeners to name the mayors of Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Flint and Grand Rapids, and those cities&#39; most critical electoral issues, I expect that very few could do it.</p><p>But naming the mayor of Troy, and her most pressing issue, is something most of us can easily do. That is because Troy mayor Janice Daniels is facing a recall election.&nbsp; And not just any recall; the reason Daniels faces a recall is that last summer, she posted this comment to her own Facebook page:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:29:12 +0000 Charles Brown 8537 at http://michiganradio.org What Troy Mayor Janice Daniels can learn from mayors who criticized Chick-fil-A The President and the Chief Justice: An ironic history http://michiganradio.org/post/president-and-chief-justice-ironic-history <p>Of all of the hyper-partisan episodes in the long political career of President Barack Obama, there is one that strikes me as being historically ironic.</p><p>In 2005, the then-junior Senator from Illinois voted against the confirmation of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. as Chief Justice of United States Supreme Court. It turned out to be Justice Roberts whose actions on that court saved President Obama&rsquo;s signature healthcare legislation.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:16:36 +0000 Charles Brown 8228 at http://michiganradio.org The President and the Chief Justice: An ironic history Confessions of an 'NPR conservative' http://michiganradio.org/post/confessions-npr-conservative <p>&ldquo;NPR Conservative.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>To some, that term might sound like an oxymoron straight from the writing staff of The Colbert Report.</p><p>It happens to be me.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:13:49 +0000 Charles Brown 8127 at http://michiganradio.org Confessions of an 'NPR conservative'