In early 2011, the word was out. Incoming Gov. Rick Snyder was going to change the “governmental culture” in Lansing. Yet, that culture remains virtually the same as it has been for decades. In spite of the brave assertion of two and a half years ago, it is neither significantly altered nor even shaken.
Government, under its most accurate definition, consists of more than just the politicians, bureaucrats, attorneys and bean-counters who receive their paychecks from the taxpayers. It also includes a myriad of lobbyists, associations, coalitions, public relations firms and political party functionaries that serve an array of special interests.