Brooks Patterson goes off the deep end yet again
Take a look at these two Columns that appeared in the Oakland Press recently. One is by Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, and the other is by Oakland County Treasurer L. Brooks Patterson
Andy Meisner makes a reasoned appeal to values, temperment, and bipartisianship, while displaying a valid concern to the country's future in the next four years.
Brooks Patterson responded by personally attacking Andy Meisner with a variety of outrageous statements and didn't actually deal with the real concerns.
This is just further evidence that Brooks Patterson doesn't have the temperment or judgement to hold any office, let alone Oakland County Executive.
In Trump era, patriotic Americans must A.C.T.
By Andy Meisner
Now that the 45th presidency is underway, no doubt many Democrats, progressives, and even some Republicans are still in disbelief that the Oval Office is now occupied by the “Tweeter-in-Chief.”
Though the election has faded into the past, the red-hot campaign trail rhetoric persists, along with the boastful declarations, public feuding with fellow citizens, and lack of any thoughtful policy proposals or statements about the direction of the country, making this transition seem more than a little surreal.
I take solace in my belief that this President is a bona fide one-termer, if he doesn’t quit earlier. Executing the duties of President is fundamentally more complex and nuanced than campaigning for the office, and I predict he will falter under the weight of his own brashness, vulgarity, and hubris.
In the meantime, we cannot afford to sit idly by and simply watch as if this was merely a reality TV show. Those who believe that America can do better have no choice but to speak up, engage, and organize in hopes of a better tomorrow. The stakes are simply too high for us to sit back and let a disaster happen to this nation we hold dear, even if it is not of our making.
To that end, I respectfully submit that Americans of all stripes who feel unease as we enter into this new era have a duty to ACT. This means:
ACCOUNTABILITY: Within the public discourse, words must matter. The language we use must matter. Adherence to facts must matter. We must be guardians of the truth both in the public sphere and in our own actions and speech, insisting that our elected leaders traffic in the truth, and crying foul when they do not.
CO-AUTHOR: To the extent that the President and his Republican allies offer ideas that are in accordance with our values and help improve our country, we should commit to taking ownership of viable policy solutions. Investment in our infrastructure may be one example. With interest rates still at historically low levels, opportunity remains to finance public projects and save taxpayer dollars. Similarly, though proposals to reform the nation’s health care system remain unclear, the PEOTUS has indicated his interest in preserving Medicare and ensuring health insurance for every American. To the extent these sentiments are genuine we should help mold these ideas into policy.
TELL: We must articulate an alternate vision for the country and provide a contrast showing what we stand for. As we saw in the election, it’s not enough to shake our heads at nonsensical behavior and rhetoric and let it speak for itself. We can start by lifting up the Americans among us who have personal stories to tell, an authentic way to communicate our common values.
It is my hope that these thoughts are accepted in the spirit in which they offered, namely a genuine belief in the American promise and participatory democracy. Many smart and committed people are doing great work in the face of this sea-change and have strategic ideas about how to move forward. The discussion must continue, if only to remind ourselves that the future belongs to those who build it.
Andy Meisner is Oakland County treasurer.
Column: Treasurer’s Trump tantrum is telling
By L. Brooks Patterson
I want to respond to an editorial submitted by our erstwhile County Treasurer Andy Meisner. The President had been in office less than 24 hours and the self-appointed spokesman for the Democratic Party couldn’t wait to slam his performance. After 24 hours! I feel compelled to respond to him.
Andy suggested that “many Democrats, progressives (I love that choice of label) … are still in disbelief that the oval office is now occupied by the ‘Tweeter-in-Chief.’” In his eagerness to mock the President, Andy missed a very important point: Anger and disbelief are not justifications to call for burning down the White House.
Andy wrote, and I quote, “I take solace in my belief that this President (Trump) is a bona fide one-termer…” He must be reading the same polls that he quoted before the election.
“The stakes are simply too high for us to sit back and let this happen to this nation we hold dear…” I wasn’t sure if Andy was talking about the Obama years or the one day that Trump had been in office. One day and Andy has the prescience to predict the utter failure of this President.
Incredibly Andy went on, “To the extent that the President and his Republican allies offer ideas that are in accordance with our values and help improve our country, we should commit to taking ownership…” Excuse me, Andy, you may want to commit to support rather than grabbing control of ideas that were not yours. I’ll gladly give you the ownership of Obama’s eight years and as the Bean Counter-in-charge, you can have a field day figuring out how one man could rack up more debt than all the previous presidents combined.
At one point Andy said, “The language we use must matter. We must be guardians of the truth both in the public sphere and in our own actions and speech…” Really, tell that to Madonna. Tell that to the writer from “Saturday Night Live” who mocked and ridiculed Trump’s 10-year-old son. Andy, are there no limits on your attacks on the Trump family?
“We must articulate an alternate vision for the country and provide a contrast showing what we stand for.” The public knows what you stand for, that’s why you lost. Higher taxes, a more intrusive federal government, absolute destruction of the military, our international image degraded, a debt that will choke our grandkids, we know what you stood for. Just like the “unwashed masses” in Great Britain rose up and were heard on the Brexit vote, our silent majority rose up and spoke loud and clear on who they wanted to lead this country for the next four to eight years.
Why is Andy so upset with a guy like Trump in the White House? Is it because Trump has threatened to reduce the number of Syrian refugees coming to America — a dangerous immigration program that Andy supports? Andy, can you explain why Obama only allowed Muslim Syrians to immigrate to America while leaving hundreds of thousands of Christian Syrians in a death trap called their homeland?
Andy, I’ve got some closing advice. Go back to watching your late night shows so you can continue to pepper us with cute lines like “Tweeter-in-Chief.” Continue watching MSNBC and Chris Mathews so you can get your political facts right. And keep reading the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, so you know that you are not alone wallowing in your misery.
L. Brooks Patterson is Oakland County executive.