For those who say that history is boring and irrelevant ... just look around, and read or listen to the media. A few examples:
"Rick Snyder, the businessman who moved from the boardroom to the state’s executive office, called for historic changes in the government and culture of Michigan in his first State of the State address Wednesday." (Detroit News, 1/20/11)
In a story comparing Miguel Cabrera's stats at this point in his career to Hank Greenburg: "According to baseball historian Bob Broeg, 'Except for Ted Williams, no hitter of prominence lost as much time to military service as did Greenberg.'" (Detroit Free Press, 1/16/11)
"Among those who didn't pop out of their seats at the suggestion of a MBT repeal was one of the taxes' authors, Sen. Steve BIEDA (D-Warren), the House Tax Policy Committee Chair in 2007. Bieda said he'd like to see some changes to the MBT, too, but he said he wants to make sure that the business tax burden doesn't get put on the backs of ordinary citizens. 'I've heard this before with the Single Business Tax (SBT). They eliminated it without a replacement on the table and we ended up with the MBT,' said Bieda. 'I don't like to see history repeat itself.'" (MIRS 1/19/11)
"'In recent history, the opposing party used their response to criticize and undermine the governor. That's not why I am here tonight,'" said Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) in the Democrat's formal response after the State of the State." (Gongwer 1/19/11)
Of course, we are making history right now -- with every moment that passes -- so it must be something important, right?