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A nickel a week savings on Michigan's no-fault insurance system

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

It was one of the more unique attempts to derail the GOP attempt to change the state's no fault car insurance system.

It came from Dan Pero and John Truscott.

Dan and John who?

They were two stalwarts in the John Engler administration. The dynamic duo fired off a two- page memo to House Republicans, at no charge, warning them they were playing with fire.

After confessing they receive "compensation" from the opponents of the bill, they launched into their insider's analysis of how the Republicans could lose control of the house next year.

It boils down to this being a win for the "wealthy insurance companies" and a loss for the taxpayers, they advised.

Nothing unusual about that but then they hit on the "nickel a week" argument.  And if any Democrats read that part, they should fire-off a thank you note to Batman and Robin.

Mr. Pero and Mr. Truscott recounted how their boss "ridiculed" their Democratic opponent Gov. Jim Blanchard for offering a lousy five cents a week in property tax relief.  In fact everywhere the challenger Mr. Engler went, he passed out a nickel to voters to underscore his point.  And the nickel guys won.

Fast forward to the debate over the "savings" from no-fault changes as the governor asserts.

"Not only are savings to drivers minuscule, they get a new permanent fee to replace their modest temporary cut." In other words they assert, "Your caucus will be set up like a ball on a hitting tee" and the inference is, the Democrats will wallop it down the fairway and win back house control.

You can see the no-fault "nickel" commercial being written right now.

The Republicans have to explain to the citizens why this is a good deal.  All the other side has to do is inflame citizens to oppose it and in the political trenches inflame beats explain almost every time.

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