September 7, 2009, - 12:49 pm

No $ for State Fair, But Millions for Muslims & Lefties: Mich Says Good-Bye to Historic State Fair

By Debbie Schlussel

Today isn’t just Labor Day, it’s the last day–forever–of the historic Michigan State Fair.  Yes, it’s a sad day in Michigan history.  And a sad day for me, given the great family memories I have of attending the State Fair, and given the State’s Muslim-funding priorities.

Michigan’s Tax-Funding Priorities:  OUT . . .


IN . . .


This is the 161st and last year of the State Fair because Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm a/k/a “the Governatrix Gran-HO” and legislators announced they will no longer subsidize the fair, a tribute to Michigan’s largest industry:  agriculture.  Gran-HO announced that Michigan doesn’t have the money to pick up the losses, as it annually does for the State Fair.  The amount was $360,000 in 2008.

Yet, while the State claims it’s slicing the budget everywhere and making “sacrifices” like the Fair, Michigan taxpayers somehow have plenty of money for Granholm’s Muslim friends and left-wing artists.

It’s sad for me because I have great memories of my Dad taking me and my siblings to the Fair when we were kids.  He took us to see the livestock and produce and the independent farmers who make those their living because he wanted us to appreciate the hard work of the farmers around our state and how they were the backbone of much of Michigan living.  As an adult, I took my little brother (12 years my junior) to the fair to show him the same and treat him to rides and other fun stuff.

But it’s even sadder, when you consider that Michigan–amid deficits and an ever-sinking desperate economy–gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to left-wing and Muslim artists through arts grants, and that it gave far more to the anti-Israel, Muslim-dominated Arab American National Museum and the Muslim-run Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS).

In 2008–the last year for which an annual report is available–ACCESS got $9.7 milllion in grants from the State of Michigan and the federal government (Bush’s HUD and State Dept. gave millions to ACCESS over the years), more than half its annual budget.  2009 levels are unlikely to be significantly lower.  For 2009-2010, ACCESS got a grant of $60o,000 from the State of Michigan as a “learning center.”  In 2009, ACCESS got $16,000 in art grants from the State.  And that doesn’t count the gazillions it gets from Michigan for “job training” (teaching Islamic terrorists how to get Commercial Driver’s Licenses and HazMat hauling certificates–yes, ACCESS really did that), health programs, etc.

But, as I’ve repeatedly told you on my site, ACCESS enables Muslim illegal aliens to come–and stay here, and helps Muslim pregnant aliens defraud Medicaid and have anchor babies here.  The organization is openly pro-Hezbollah and pro-HAMAS.  It was founded in the early ’70s to boycott Israel.  The Arab American National Museum–that your tax dollars (if you live anywhere in the U.S.) also fund–is a propaganda project of ACCESS.

That’s not to mention the millions  of dollars the State gives to left-wing agencies and programs all over the place.

Yup, no money (a paltry $360,000) for Michigan farmers to educate kids about what they do, exhibit their hard work, and for the State to honor and celebrate it’s largest industry.  But millions in cash for Muslim illegal aliens and their hate-propagating  enablers . . .  and their “museum.”

Wanna know why Michigan is ending our historic, time-honored State Fair?  Because we have to subsidize the invasion from within, instead.


The farmers and businessmen from the original Michigan State Fair of 1849–and the many State Fairs thereafter–are spinning in their graves.

Eight years after 9/11, it’s clear who won.  And it ain’t us.



As I’ve noted on this site many times, Michigan Gov. Gran-HO is tight with ACCESS and its founder Ismael Ahmed, whom she hired as her Michigan Dept. of Human Services chief.  But sleazy Michigan Republicans–especially the despicable Republican State Senators Mark Jansen and Mike Bishop, who railroaded Ahmed’s nomination through–unanimously supported Ahmed and spoke of him like he walked on water.  They are part of the problem in funding ACCESS and its museum, but turning their backs on our State’s farmers and families and kids who loved to attend the Michigan State Fair.

Double disgusting.

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30 Responses

Are you freaking kidding me? Wow! I just got involved with our local 4H group a couple of years ago. My husband and his family are huge fair people going back 532 years! This is insane! What kind of state doesn’t have a state fair??!?! Even California has a state fair!

cirrus1701 on September 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm

How can they not fund this? Are there going to be any groups out there to support the State Fair? In the federal stimulus package, Michigan is or has received money for the following:

Americorps Total Funding Available:
$201 million

NEA Job Preservation Grants Total Funding Available:
$50 million

Also, ACORN and Planned Parenthood (the baby killers) receive millions in federal money.

In Michigan, agriculture is the state’s second largest industry pulling in $63.7 billion annually. Sounds like the government on both the state and federal levels need to straighten out their priorities. Supporting the NEA and Planned Parenthood seem quite insignificant compared to helping Michigan’s second largest industry. However, Odopey needs his Hitler Youth styled Americorps to indoctrinate and brainwash our nation’s youth to dedicate their lives to the Obama-messiah’s socialistic vision for AmeriKa.

Jarhead on September 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Debbie, I predict your state politicians will continue to raise taxes and cut basic services for years to come, and continue to pay out to the Arab groups. Also, I predict that Michael Jackson gets disinterred and reburied in the next 3 years.

A1 on September 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I’ve only attended a couple of the years of the Michigan State Fair in the past 50 years–not going to bother me either way if this closes for good. This fair has a stigma of being unsafe to me–as do the fireworks on the riverfront, et al (probably from the various crimes we always hear about happening to suburbanites who happened to be there “enjoying the event”). Still, as a far as the issues you raise about the misplacing of our priorities and our muslim butt kissing, you do point out some serious outrages here. Would that more people understood just what ACCESS is about and other such parasitic organizations which train their sights on Jews and other freedom loving westerners for their terrorist targets.

BB on September 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm

360,000 is the salary for a single State of Michigan Dept. Information Technology executive (there are many)

netmillsmom on September 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Or the salary for a Community Organizer, as long as this organization isn’t for people who actually make money and keep the economy going. 😉

    Jarhead on September 8, 2009 at 11:22 am

Unbelievable, Debbie. Indiana just had a record 1 million attend the Indiana State Fair, which was extended for an additional weekend this year. Michigan is really changing and obviously not for the better. How sad.

Gary Welsh on September 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm

It makes me sick to read this Debbie – I live in Toronto but the same crap is going on here!! We will keep catering to these $#%%^%#$ and one fine day look out!!…they are like rats crawling from the sewers – as soon as there are enough of them they will start dictating – we shouldnt fianance anything to them!

BIG IRISH on September 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I just can’t wrap my head around the concept of a “state” sponsored fair. In my part of the country the fairs are run by a local fair organization using the profits they make running the fair. The profits belong to the fair organization not the government. I say privatize it but still call it the Michigan State Fair since it is in the state of Michigan. Government needs to be out of as many enterprises as we can kick it out of and keep it out of. I am beginning to think even the post office needs to be privatized.

Lillie on September 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm

My husband and I met at the Michigan State fair. In 1984.. married in 85.. Great memories. We were stuck on a ride together and it broke down for a bit…. I was scared as hell.

sharon on September 7, 2009 at 6:21 pm

i am from R.I.and my state is run by unions which have destroyed us with 51 million dollars in this state is anti-business with high taxes and 11%unemployment this is what democrats do,bankrupt us.if you are lucky maybe you can get rid of mz grandtheft.

bruce on September 7, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Sorry Debbie, but this kind of crap will continue to happen until the American people finally stand up and get rid of the liberal idiot politicians who infest our government. From what I’m seeing around the country, the people just might be ready to do that. (I hope)

WR: Well, first they need to read. Because you apparently didn’t read what I wrote. Which part of “Republicans” did you miss? It’s not just “liberal idiot politicians,” who couldn’t have done it on their own. The Republicans (many professed conservatives) railroaded Ismael Ahmed through and gave ACCESS a ton of money. NOT just the Democrats. Who do you think controlled the federal agencies that funded ACCESS for 8 of the last 8.5 years? As long as conservatives continue to reward Republicans–like they did Bush for two terms–this will continue. The Dems openly admit they fund these people. The Republicans pretend they’re for national security, when they aren’t. DS

White Rook on September 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Debbie, I’m not surprised that White Rook missed the last part of the article as did I. By the time you reach the end, your blood is boiling so bad it’s hard to see straight. The Republicant’s say it’s time to retake Congress. They had what, 8 years?, and did basically nothing. Looking at these so called conservatives maybey it’s no wonder so many voted for “hope and change”. Yeah, yeah…I know…true Conservative’s had no one to vote for in the first place 🙁

    theShadow on September 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm

It will probably be replaced with a diversity festival.

Sorrow01 on September 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Well, if you Michiganers keep voting these Democratic enablers and RINOs, then you get what you got, going against your own principles and throw everything you believe about America (and Michigan) outta the windows.

Keep doing that, Michiganers and In five years, Michigan will be renamed as the Islamic Republic of Michistan.

R: Sadly, it has nothing to do with “RINO”s or MIchigan. The fact is that several conservative Republicans in several states support Islamic officials and tax-funded programs. You must be new to this site, or you’d know about Joe Knollenberg (Hezbollah Joe), Darrell Issa (Jihad Darrell) of California, Dana Rohrabacher of California, etc.–all conservative and all enablers of Islam. The conservative “hero” in Congress–Thaddeus McCotter–gushed all over Islam at a CAIR meeting he attended. DS

Bobby'sBrain on September 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Debbie, I fully agree with you. When I said “liberal idiot politicians”, I meant ALL of them. Including RINO’s. As far as I’m concerned, they don’t truly represent Republican ideals. They are not Conservatives by any standard. I believe these people will do anything to get elected, including getting into bed with our enemies. The trouble is, too many of them are more worried about bad publicity than standing up for what’s right. That’s why here in California the Republican Party keeps telling us “we have to move to the center” in order to win elections. In other words, we have to become Democrats. Sorry, that’s not why I’m a Republican. Again, until we get rid of these idiots, we’re stuck with the current situation.

White Rook on September 7, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Thanks for the info. I wwas aware that my grandkids didn’t receive thier ususal premiums this year with their ribbons but was not told that the state fair had been cancelled.
Also, because the state must kick in some part of the funding for our county fairs, there was some speculation as to wether there would even be a county fair next year.
Fair week has been the highlight of summer for my kids and now grandkids. Always the innocent and good destroyed by “‘Rat” rule.

Molly Varboncoeur on September 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm

When I was a kid I asked my dad why we hadn’t gone to the state fair in a few years. He just said we didn’t have the time. Well later down the road I realized it was for safety. Yeah, it sucks that the muzzies are getting our money handed to them on a silver platter but the city of detroit can implode today and the crime rate for michigan would plummet with it. I went to one in California years ago and it was okay. The neighborhood it was located in was just a block away from a park where teens would process and sell drugs. GREAT!


Joe on September 8, 2009 at 12:16 am

I know how to save the Michigan State Fair!

Make one day of the fair a Muslim-Only day. I bet that would work!

Shy Guy on September 8, 2009 at 1:22 am

I am so sick of voting for who will do the least amount of damage to our country. What can we do?

Jarhead on September 8, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Vote for an independant or write in someone.

    Squirrel3D on September 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm

County fairs and State fairs are American as baseball and apple pie. These fairs bring people and communities together. I wonder if the state considered privatizing the fair and auction off the naming rights? However I wont go out on a limb and specifically say Muslims are one of the reason the state fair doesn’t exist. In general I agree on the fact that Lefties are getting their projects funded first. Can you say Obama Stimulus? Finding $360,000 in a budget as large as Michigan’s may not be that hard. I think the Governor and Democrats have a bias against rural communities and would rather cut them then cut their own programs.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 8, 2009 at 11:17 am

If they had moved the fair to a safer area years ago profits would have been good. Too many people became afraid to attend because of the area. It was the MICHIGAN state fair not the Detroit City fair. They could have moved it anywhere in the state. But with Granholm and Kwame`s special relationship that was never in the cards.

Hermster on September 8, 2009 at 11:25 am

Our own State Fair (California) had much lower attendance (not confirmed; just from eye witness crowd counts) because besides the confiscatory parking fees ($10) they raised the admission to $12. So your in for $22 befoire even paying for a 10,000 calorie midway dish.

But to your main point – it seems politicians of all strips don’t seem to have priorities right in an era of declining “revenue” – in our case don’t lay off a single state employee or possibly question any fossilized program – instead close state parks and lay off cops.

Bill B. on September 8, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Michigan clearly needs an independent taxpayer audit of the states finances, an investigation of all the giveaways and a statewide “class action” against all officials involved in this muslim raid on the public treasury. Any official…up to and including the governor…found complicit should be held personally financially responsible (no immunity), have their personal assets seized, be tried, convicted, imprisoned along with all officials of these phony muslim charities that exist for the sole purpose of “blood sucking” the taxpayers.

joesixpack31 on September 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I danced at the State Fair when I was four years old and five years every year after. I am so sad and mad that that has happened. Who can we write to show our disgust. Not Debbie Stabhernow. I live in Florida but have family in Michigan. But I still can write…..

bernadette on September 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Debbie Im did’nt hear anything about Obama telling AP not to N

bernadette on September 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Only one line appeared??? I was responding to the AP showing pictures of dying soldier.His Father was on Fox Sunday. and said he partly blamed the ROE for his sons death and so do I and thats the commander in chiefs orders. That gutless wonder in the Whitehouse.

bernadette on September 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm

This is the saddest news I have read in a long time relating to farming in America. Shameful.

FeFe on September 9, 2009 at 10:50 am

SHAME SHAME. Seems to me the people of Michigan had a chance to bring in a man who grew up and is a part of the MLM company that all others compare themselves to and has in fact shown a profit EVERY YEAR SINCE 1959 but… ,”Give me 4 more years and I’ll blow your socks off.” Jenny got reelected and it seems I recall, be it briefly, the State of Michigan was broke and ALL Government services shut down shortly after her election. Our savior in DC had Granholm on his Presidential Finance Committee Advisory Board for a while. Voters must look at the associations, past records and accomplishments and not the words they say for that’s just WORDS. To have not only a State Fair close in favor of far left idea spending is not just a loss to Michigan but to our Country. Such a SHAME!

Tommi P on September 9, 2009 at 10:55 am

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