“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

John F. Kennedy

 

a new Michigan future

Over the last thirty years, we have witnessed an unacceptable decline in the fundamental promise of America: opportunity for all. A generation ago, earning enough to afford a home, take an occasional vacation up north and send your kids to college wasn’t out of reach. The middle class was strong. The fight for social justice was actively engaged. That’s changed, as Michiganders have faced a continued tough economic climate, but today’s reality doesn’t have to be our future.

I have been all around this state and have looked into the faces of the indomitable people in our cities, building their lives, struggling for prosperity, against inconceivable odds. I have heard parents sharing the dreams they have for their children - they still want their kids to have a shot at a better life than their own- they want them to have bright futures, full of hope. I have also been in classrooms at our K-12 schools and in our universities and have heard the dreams of our young people . . . every day, they remind me why we have to fight for an America where when you work hard and play by the rules, dreams of success can still come true.

We expect more from our national leaders than we’ve been getting lately, and frankly we deserve more! Let’s explore together whether we can give Michigan a new generation of leadership and restore the promise of the American dream.