Archive for May, 2010

The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May, 31, 2010

Instead of Revamping Financial Structure, State just keeps moving money around
Michigan legislators have created budget overspending crises every year since 2002. Since tax rates rarely went down and since most spending is directly under their control, these deficits are largely a matter of the legislators wanting to spend more than they did the previous year. One example is Senator Richardville budget bills approved increases of $1,332,045,900 billion for fiscal 2008 verses 2007!
 
Richardville Votes to Transfer Road Tax Money to other purposes
It’s no wonder we have terrible roads! When the money we pay in taxes specifically for roads is diverted for other state spending! In a Monroe Evening News article in 2009 Senator Richardville stated the problem was with how the funds were allocated in the formula of Public Act 51. What he didn’t tell you was that he voted in favor of robbing these funds!
Passed in the Senate (37 to 0) on October 20, 2009, to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending. 
 
Cost of treating autism shocking
Legislation is pending so Senator Randy Richardville and a panel of experts and speakers will travel to several other cities in the coming weeks to gather facts on the disorder so to better understand the complexities of autism. This is nothing more than grandstanding on Senator Randy Richardville’s part for re-election! He is riding the coat tails of Representative Kathy Angerer who has been the one championing this issue. Representative Angerer is so devoted on the issue of autism she decided it was more important than to run for office. He did the same thing with the Secretary of State Office closure in Temperance where once again Representative Angerer took the lead!  He is also very much aware that right here in Monroe we have an individual with impeccable credentials in the field of autism and he has never once inquired with this individual about this issue! Seems to me if he was so concerned with the issue of autism he would have taken advantage of this person’s knowledge and experience in the field of autism! This is nothing short of pandering to the voters in this re-election year!
Credentials are an attestation of the qualifications, competence, or authority issued. Said individuals resume includes: 33 years of experience in education and Administration. Administrator of the largest center for students with Autism in the country. Responsible for balancing the centers budget. Committee participation in school systems. Board member Monroe County Mental Health Authority. Member of Wayne County Association Supervisors Special Education. Member of Council for Exceptional Children. Presentation speaker at the International Conference on autism in Beijing China. Presentation speaker to the Wisconsin Council for Children with Autism, Presenter to the Special Transportation In-service for Wayne County. Holds the following degrees: Associates Degree, Bachelors of Science Degree, Masters of Arts Degree, Education Specialist Degree, Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI.
 
Michigan Tax Burden Grows Despite Claims to the Contrary
Per capita figures make Michigan seem worse off by comparison to other states since population is less responsive to economic changes than are tax revenues. Still, Michigan’s per capita tax burden increased over the past decade.
 
Citizens in Utah unseat RINO (Republican in Name Only) Senator
This needs to happen here in Michigan! We have far to many Republican Representatives in Lansing who are beholding to the special interest, lobbyist, and unions and not the citizens they are supposed to represent!
 
Randy Richardville vs. R. Al Bain
R. Al Bain is contesting incumbent Randy Richardville in the Republican primary for State Senator Richardville’s 17th district seat. R. Al Bain is very well known in conservative circles in Monroe. Mr. Bain is known to be a staunch constitutionalist. R. Al Bain would never vote for let alone sponsor legislation that robs citizens of Michigan in order to give money to special interest groups as Senator Richardville’s record has shown!
 
Activists stunning Republican platform win in Maine
The effect it will have on Maine politics could be quite epic in scope. It has certainly stunned the Republican Party Establishment and the Maine media.
 
Lawmaker Says $150 Million in Unearned Tax Credits Given Out by State
Based on a review of the Auditor General’s report there is likely $100 million — $200 million of tax credits actually given out that were not earned by the businesses receiving them. The Auditor General only looked at 7 percent of the tax credit certificates in one year and found $2.6 million of likely unearned, but awarded tax credits anyway. The businesses didn’t really create the jobs they said they had in order to get the credits or the MEDC just gave them credits without checking on job creation numbers… but that was money out the door — money that should have remained in our state’s coffers to help alleviate the budget crisis.
 
Limits to be placed on ObamaCare insurance coverage for dependents
Regulations drafted by the Obama administration show that there is a limit to the new requirement that health plans allow families to keep young adults on their policies up to age 26. In addition, families can be charged more for coverage of the young adult to the extent individuals can be required to pay more under their health plan.
 
Obama Threatens Veto of Obamacare as Cost Estimates Soar Above $1 Trillion
The politically explosive revelation, which is likely to give new impetus to the GOP’s repeal movement, came after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the law potentially could add at least $115 billion to government healthcare spending over the next 10 years.
 
Obama Administration Targets Military for Pay Reductions
President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel. Our own Republican Senator Randy Richardville here in Monroe voted to cut the Military Veterans Benefits in the 2009-2010 appropriations Bill by 37.7 million dollars! Begs the question, what’s the difference between Obama’s administration and Richardville? Not much! They both support the Service Employees Internation Union (SEIU)!
 
U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade
The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush’s administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better. The Obama administration is attempting to use tactics and methods of gun control that will inflict major damage to our 2nd Amendment before US citizens even understand what has happened.
 
European Debt Crisis Will Eventually Hit U.S.
A weaker European economy could reduce demand for U.S. exports, as European consumers cut back their purchases of autos, appliances and other goods.
 
The Welfare State’s Death Spiral
What we’re seeing in Greece is the death spiral of the welfare state. This isn’t Greece’s problem alone, and that’s why its crisis has rattled global stock markets and threatens economic recovery. Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect. Aging populations have been promised huge health and retirement benefits, which countries haven’t fully covered with taxes. The reckoning has arrived in Greece, but it awaits most wealthy societies.
 
Conservative wins Republican Kentucky Senate race
Opinion polls have found voters in a sour mood fueled by distrust of Washington and worries that neither party is doing enough to rescue the economy and restrain government spending.
 
U.S. Debt Shock May Hit In 2018, Maybe As Soon As 2013
“Nobody knows when you bump up against the limit, but you know when it happens it will really hurt,” said fiscal watchdog Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
 
NFIB Confirms Health Care Law Bad For Workers
This is confirmation for every person worried about their job or looking for work, that the health care law is only making matters worse.  If it is bad for small businesses, it is bad for America, and this health care law is bad for both.  Instead of increasing costs and adding new mandates on employers, we need to lower their costs so they can start hiring again. With Michigan’s already high cost of doing business and tax burdens leveled on them, we need a total revamp of the Michigan Business Tax structure to promote jobs and make Michigan a place were businesses want to locate.
 
Bank of England Governor: US Faces Same Danger as Greece
The United States is facing the same fiscal problems as Greece, says Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England. King is not the only leading opinion-maker worried about the parlous fiscal state of the United States. Nouriel Roubini, appearing on Fox News, notes that the fiscal crisis started in 2007 with too much debt in the private sector.
 
DHS to States: Pleeease Spend This Money!
States don’t want to implement REAL ID, and the American people don’t want a national ID, but the DHS bureaucracy is rattling cages to try to get money spent purely for the sake of spending. It’s flabbergasting. As both the states and the Federal government face increasingly tough budgeting decisions, it is more important than ever that these available funds be utilized. Senator Randy Richardville serves on the Homeland Security committee.
 
Why the Stock Market Could Crash This Year
Investors wondering about the U.S. stock market’s future course are focusing on this question: Will the debt crisis ravaging European banks and the bursting of the Chinese housing bubble affect America’s economy and corporate profits? It’s becoming increasingly difficult to claim that these global storms won’t ever reach America’s shores. But even more worrying — the fundamentally unsound U.S. economy is in a poor state to withstand such shocks.
 
The People are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty
Thomas Jefferson
 
 

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The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May, 24, 2010

Tea Party Hijackers
Here’s a real slap in the face to the conservative Tea Party folks! State Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser late last month said about the Tea Party stuff, suggesting it was an “organized movement that e-mails each other back and forth.” Mr. Weiser concluded that the movement here “is not going to affect our elections in Michigan.”  Do I hear a challenge here?
 
Palin Urges Michigan Conservatives To Elect New Leaders
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin urged Michigan conservatives Saturday to look at upcoming state elections as opportunity to put their candidates in place and begin changing big government, cutting federal spending and repealing the new federal health care law.
 
Utah Senator Ousted At GOP Convention
Falls Victim To Growing Conservative Movement
This is what needs to happen in every state in order to receive the proper representation we as an electorate deserve and expect! Once-popular Republican Sen. Bob Bennett fell victim to a growing national conservative movement with his stunning defeat at Utah’s GOP convention. Here in Michigan we can do the same thing in our primary to ensure we have the most principled candidate representing our interest and not that of the lobbyist, special interest, and Union institutional interest! Don’t be fooled by the incumbent “Spin Masters” who claim to be “Constitutional Conservatives” when their voting record and campaign contributions show a different picture!
 
Richardville votes in favor to reduce high school graduation standards
This only continues the dumbing down of our children in public education. We as a society and parents should regret seeing this bill move forward. We should be encouraging the most from our children, not the minimum. This is part of the old School To Work, of Bill Clinton and Marc Tuckers of the 90s. By compressing four years into two (freshman and sophomore years), Tucker’s idea is to fast-track and minimize the high-school curriculum so that students do not receive in-depth instruction in World History, U. S. History, economics, government, higher math, the great classics of the world, and advanced science. Students would be bereft of the knowledge-base needed to cope with the adult problems of the world and certainly would neither make well-informed voters nor citizens. These students also would not have the flexibility and the knowledge-base to change vocations readily nor to get into college and be successful students. Students (encouraged by their naïve parents) who unknowingly succumb to Tucker’s devious plan would end up having a very shallow educational background and would be doomed to the career pathway they chose when young and immature.
 
Michigan voters look to unseat incumbent Republicans and Democrats
With Michigan’s 10 year and counting problems such as the economy, job loses, budget deficits, education cuts, and a host of “Bad Legislation” the citizens (voters) are more than ready for new representation in Lansing! Michigan voters may have finally reached the end of their rope and realized that you cannot expect the ones who helped create the problems fix them! It’s time for real change not the talk of it in the past. Democrats may be more forgiving of their career politicians than the Republicans of theirs.
 
Senate GOP Fumbles, May Approve $25.9 Billion Taxpayer Liability to Satisfy MEA
Negotiations are continuing between the Republican majority in the Michigan Senate and House Democrats on a modest school pension reform proposal recommended by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to help balance next year’s budget. Late reports suggest that GOP Senators may be ready to surrender on one particular demand from the Michigan Education Association that could load a new $25.9 billion liability onto taxpayers.
 
Legislative pay evidence of a larger problem
Michigan policymakers would like to raise taxes some $557 million in order to avoid structural reforms and spending cuts. Perhaps lawmakers should look at cutting their own paychecks first. Cutting legislative pay and benefits could save Michigan $11.1 million. Currently, legislators in Michigan receive a base pay of $79,650, plus another $12,000 annually for expenses. Leadership positions receive added compensation of between $5,500 and $27,000. Only California lawmakers get more.
 
Three Michigan Companies Get $121,000 from Michigan Microloan Fund
Our roads are the worst, our children’s education funding is being cut, the state budget is in serious trouble, but, we can still subsidies private industry? We absolutely need better representation out of our elected representatives in Lansing!
 
Spending Tobacco Revenue Like There’s No Tomorrow
Have our prudent and farsighted politicians recognized the temporary nature of this windfall and placed most of it in a reserve fund? No. In fact, every penny so far has been spent and they’ve actually borrowed against future settlement revenue to spend hundreds of millions on wrongheaded “economic development” programs, tourism industry subsidies and to avoid spending cuts. But the sharks began nibbling around the edges. In 2005, the Legislature created the “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidy program, a hodge-podge of spending with little oversight. To pay for it they borrowed $400 million against future tobacco settlement proceeds. To avoid spending cuts in the 2007 budget, the Legislature approved another $415 million in borrowing against future tobacco money. In 2008 they pulled out this same credit card, using it to buy $60 million in tourism ads (the “Pure Michigan” and related campaigns). How did your Representative vote? Mine, Sen. Richardville (R) Monroe hasn’t missed a yes vote on this one!
 
Budget hijinks make mockery of public campaign financing
Michigan legislators have been playing shell games with the state budget for so long that it’s hard to muster real indignation at their latest bookkeeping maneuver: diverting $7.2 million that was specifically earmarked for a public campaign financing fund to plug chronic shortfalls in state revenues.
 
MEA-owned insurance carrier using rate hikes to replenish coffers?
WOW!!! What a deal for the Teachers Union. Let me see, WE paid into their retirement fund and WE paid for their insurance, and WE pay their salaries. Now because MESSA, the MEA Teachers Union lost money in the market, we get to cover their losses for them??? MESSA loses millions through bad investments, pension costs
Last year MESSA reported having a fund reserve of $365 million, and the statewide average of its rate increase for schools was somewhere around six percent. But this year MESSA’s fund reserve has dwindled to a measly $259.5 million, and the average increase is expected to be 13.3 percent. “Many American companies would like to make up for the recession losses, and MESSA is one that has – thanks to the Michigan taxpayers. It has a license to steal from taxpayers!”
 
Newspaper Death Act
There is no shortage of bad ideas coming out of Lansing. Senate Bill 1285 introduced by Sen. Bruce Patterson, R-Canton, would require customers to pay a deposit on each newspaper they purchase equal to one-half the retail price of the newspaper. What possible benefit to the public could there be in requiring a newspaper deposit? He must have received some bad press to waste taxpayer time as to introduce this piece of legislation! Our elected incumbent lawmakers both Democrats or Republicans should have bigger taxpayer concerns than this!
 
Obama, fellow Socialists to ram through new amnesty bill soon!
The democrats are counting on the sub-class of US citizens who are permanent wards of the government to save their collective behinds this coming November at the polls. They are the Americans who depend on the government for their very existence. They vote for democrats because democrats promise them their continued dole every month.  The millions of illegal aliens, once granted citizenship, will, for the most part, join the millions in this sub-class and add their votes to the democrat side of the ballot. THAT is the reason for the Comprehensive Immigration Bill… or the New Amnesty Bill.
 
Divisive New Driver’s Licenses
After becoming one of only 10 states to issue a new kind of driver’s license with beefed-up security features, Nevada became the first to stop issuing them — a move that has delighted privacy advocates and outraged the governor. The state called a halt to the “Real ID-compliant” licenses after temporary regulations put into place by Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons ran out and legislators under pressure from Real ID opponents failed to approve permanent ones.
 
Is Rising U.S. Debt Inviting Trouble? Ask Japan
As Europe’s debt woes play out in a disturbing fashion, investors on this side of the Atlantic are wondering if the same thing could happen in America. With a public debt to GDP ratio of 90% and climbing, the U.S. isn’t so far behind Greece’s 115% mark, after all.
 
House Passes $6 Billion Cash for Caulkers Bill
Here’s another dandy boondoggle with taxpayers money! The H.R. 5019 bill, which still needs approval in the Senate, is a two-track program. Consumers using the Silver Star program would receive up-front rebates up to $3,000 for covering installation costs of such behind-the-scenes products as water heaters, air duct sealing, windows and doors. Under the Gold Start program, homeowners would be required to arrange for an energy audit and put all the measure in place, in order to receive up to $8,000 should they hit the energy conservation milestones as it relates to dollars saved.
 
Foreclosure Rates Rise in Most Cities
The first-quarter foreclosure report had good news for the worst off, and bad news for almost everyone else. In 14 of the metropolitan areas hit hardest by mortgage defaults, foreclosures declined from 2009. But nationally, 77% of cities saw foreclosures rise.
 
Freddie Mac Sees Home Prices Sliding and Asks for More Cash 
Freddie Mac (FRE) doesn’t expect a housing recovery any time soon. In fact, the government-backed mortgage-finance giant thinks home prices will fall further before they start climbing back up. Worse, Freddie says it now needs an additional injection of $10.6 billion of government funding.
 
FDIC Shuts Seven More Banks at a Cost of Over $7 Billion
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation closed seven more banks on Apr. 30, bringing the total to 64 for the year. The day was particularly expensive, costing the agency (taxpayers) just over $7 billion. CF Bancorp in Port Huron, Mich. was one of them.
 
After the IMF Bails Out Europe, the U.S. May Have to Bail Out the IMF
The fund probably doesn’t have the resources to bail out Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain. Which begs the question: Who rescues the IMF if it needs more stabilization funds to put out another fire? You guessed it. The U.S. (Taxpayers) is at the top of that list.
 
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government  Thomas Jefferson
 
 

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The Bain Report: :Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May 17, 2010

Richardville goes to bat for Union Interest again
This is just another example of how Sen. Richardville imposes the burden on Local Municipalities and Taxpayers in favor of Union interest as he goes to bat for Democratic Union interest over Republican colleagues. This is right from the Deputy Sheriff Association Website Deputy Sheriff Association of Michigan – Mike Bishop Reaching into Your Pocket to Balance State Budget. Republican Senator Mike Bishop (R) put together a “reform” proposal that would alter P.A. 312, to reduce the healthcare benefits, lower pay by 5% AND freeze it at that rate for 3 years through a constitutional amendment that he hopes to put on the ballot next year. However, Sen. Richardville offered an amendment to protect this Union and thwart Sen. Bishop’s proposal that was passed and signed into law by Gov. Granholm (D). Richardville also voted against an amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R)  2010 Senate Bill 1072 (Establish police or firefighter union binding arbitrator standards ) – Michigan Votes that would require the arbitrator to consider the financial ability of the community to pay and other general financial considerations when making their determinations. I guess the Unions campaign contributions mean more than the citizens he is supposed to represent. 
 
Senator Richardville opposes amendment to save Taxpayers Money
2010 Senate Bill 1163 – (Senate Roll Call 157) An election consolidation amendment that would restrict elections to August and November. Let me add that Senators McManus (R) and Brown (R) have offered similar legislation to consolidate elections. I commend them for these ideas. They are thinking along conservative lines, that government is wasting resources by holding duplicative, low-turnout elections. We should consolidate them to August and November. Senator Richardville opposed this amendment
Press Release: AMENDMENT DEFEATED BY MICHIGAN SENATE
(Senate Bill 888) that was introduced earlier this year that would consolidate elections to August and November of odd-numbered years, in conjunction with local municipal elections, in order to eliminate duplicative and costly stealth elections that continuously experience low voter turnout (defeated 10-27 vote). This would have saved Taxpayers money!
 
Richardville & other GOP Senators, SEIU Taxpayer Giveaways, Campaign Cash and More
Senate Bill 731 was co-sponsored by these Republican Senators: Roger Kahn, Bruce Patterson, Valde Garcia, Tony Stamas, Judson Gilbert, Mark Jansen, Randy Richardville, and Patricia Birkholz. It was also co-sponsored by the following Democratic Senators: Raymond Basham, Martha Scott, Dennis Olshove, Irma Clark-Coleman, Michael Switalski, Gilda Jacobs, Deborah Cherry and Gretchen Whitmer.
SB 731’s primary sponsor Sen. Jason Allen wants to bring SB 731 to a vote in the Senate Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs Committee to which it was referred, and which he chairs. If the bill passes the Republican Senate it will almost certainly be quickly endorsed by the Democratic House and signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
That would make this the second transfer of taxpayer dollars to the SEIU to receive official blessing in recent weeks. In November the Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved a questionable $2 million subsidy to a for-profit subsidiary of the union, to be located in the House district represented by Speaker of the Michigan House Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township. (The $3.7 million taxpayer wealth transfer that’s the subject of the Mackinac Center lawsuit benefits the UAW and AFSCME, two other politically powerful government employee unions.)
The $3.7 million number just happens to be the same as the $3.7 million that was cut from the Veterans Appropriations for 2009-2010 budget! Just a coincidence? This is just another shell game played with the taxpayers dollars by our representatives in Lansing all for campaign contributions and to benefit the Unions.
 
Richardville: Votes NO for Medicaid, college scholarships, schools, revenue sharing to local governments in Supplemental budget FY 2009-2010
Opposed an amendment for 2009 House Bill 4311 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget ). The amendment failed in the Senate (14 to 20) on November 5, 2009, to appropriate some $800 million for various spending items that were proposed but not included in the final FY 2009-2010 state budget, including $375 million more for Medicaid, $140 million for college scholarships, $159 million for schools, $55 million for revenue sharing to local governments, and more. [Vote Details and Comments]
 
Protest by Senator Cassis (R), under her constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18)
Senator Cassis (R), protested against the adoption of the amendments offered by Senator Richardville to Senate Bill No. 838 and moved that the statement she made during the discussion of the amendments be printed as her reasons for voting “no.”
Republican Senator Cassis’ statement is as follows:
I would like to comment on this specific amendment which removes language pertinent to the personal property tax credit, the R and D credit, the compensation credit, and the IT credit. My “no” vote reflects concerns regarding special interests continuing their special protections, their special earmarks, and this, in my opinion, reflects clear examples of corporate welfare. Specifically, this doesn’t pertain to all businesses; it is specific to the manufacturers. The manufacturers are the ones who have lobbied extensively tonight to pull out this savings to help balance the budget. These are the same manufacturers who were able to game the Michigan business tax, lowering their tax liability, and are receiving checks in the mail, shifting the tax burden to the rest of the business population, all the while, shedding, shedding jobs. Now they refuse to be fair. They speak for immunity from lowering their rebate checks, and let all others endure the cuts that are in this budget. I cannot in good conscience support these endeavors.
 
School Pension Reform Stalls in Senate
A plan to reform public school pensions and set them more in line with private-sector retirement standards — and thus save Michigan taxpayers an estimated $3.5 billion over the next 10 years — stalled in the Michigan Senate as that chamber prepared to leave for its spring break. Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1227, the school pension reform plan. He told the MIRS News that at least three Republicans were refusing to support the bills. Just two of those GOP votes would have provided the margin necessary for passage. Days earlier, MIRS quoted a “well placed source” that identified four Republican senators as possible “no” votes on SB 1227: Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek,  Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi. Kahn, Nofs and Richardville have each received political donations from the MEA in recent years. Nofs’ past support from the union — and his historical willingness to break from the GOP pack and cast votes in line with MEA concerns — led one Michigan Tea Party organization to circulate literature critical of the lawmaker’s record during his recent election. And late last year, both Nofs and Kahn were the only two Senate Republicans to refuse to vote for a proposal to change the Teacher Tenure Act and create a standard for removing “consistently ineffective” teachers. This education reform was also opposed by the MEA. Sen. Randy Richardville offered a watered down amendment that passed to the benefit of the MEA and consistently ineffective teachers.
 
Special Deals Yield Far Fewer Jobs Than Projected
On Aug. 31, 2009, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Michael LaFaive and James Hohman reviewed data from 219 credits from 1995 to 2004 involving the Michigan Economic Growth Authority. The MEGA agreements are tax incentives designed to induce businesses to locate in Michigan. In return for the tax incentives, the businesses pledge to create new jobs. The Mackinac Center found company projections of jobs seldom matched the real-life jobs created. In fact, their investigation of MEGA deals found that of the 61,043 jobs projected in news releases, companies only created 17,971 jobs. The Mackinac Center study states that for every 1,000 jobs companies projected they would create, about 294 jobs were actually created, on average — about 29 percent.
 
Lawmaker Says ‘Willful Neglect’ Is the Rule at Embattled State Agency
The state’s “flagship” economic development program may have doled out an estimated $150 million in tax credits erroneously in the last five years to companies that didn’t meet the criteria due to a lack of oversight, according to State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills.
 
Dr. David Kaiser on intentionally de-industrializing our economy
We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?
 
States Facing $90 Billion In Budget Shortfalls
Federal Stimulus money which was intended mainly to create new jobs but states gobbled up a good portion to plug their budget deficits. Now that stimulus money has been used up. Unlike the federal government, state governments cannot print extra money to cover their shortfalls. State governments cannot print extra money to cover their shortfalls. With the stimulus money gone, states are faced with an estimated $90 billion deficit. That can only be plugged with sharp cuts in services. State legislators will tell the citizens we have no choice but to raise your taxes! 
 
Is the Economy Headed for a Double Dip Recession? 
There has been a lot of speculation that the economy could be headed for a double-dip recession. Thursday’s 1,000 point fall didn’t help.
 
Stocks extend plunge on concerns about Greece
The stock market has had one of its most turbulent days ever. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 1,000 points in half an hour amid concerns that Greece’s debt problems could halt the world financial recovery.
 
Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign
The nazis greatly restricted tobacco advertising, banned smoking in most public buildings, increasingly restricted and regulated tobacco farmers growing abilities, and engaged in a sophisticated anti-smoking public relations campaign.
 
Michigan’s Smoking Ban
Business owners may be fined and restaurant and bar owners may lose their food or liquor licenses for violations of the smoking ban. What’s next no texting in restaurants and bars? Many people understand that when the government is allowed to go beyond what the constitution allows all of the citizens are losers. Nothing in the constitution of the United States allows the government to ban the use of a legal product in privately owned establishments. That is province of the owner of the establishment.
 
Anger Over Arizona Law Sends Thousands Into the Streets
including the estimated 12 million living illegally in the U.S.
A congressman was among 35 people arrested during a protest at the White House. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., was taking part in a civil disobedience demonstration.
 
Illegals Rally for Immigration Reform
Let me see if I understand this correctly? Illegals who are here illegally are protesting for immigration reform that would allow them to stay here legally after they came here illegally. Is this legal? So if I break the law and just say I won’t do it anymore then everything’s OK! If they are here illegally then deport them and let them do it the right way like all immigrants have in the past! No free passes for law breakers!
 
Federal Reserve Quietly Lobbies Against Audit the Fed
The Huffington Post ran a detailed article this morning outlining the Fed’s deceptive tactics against transparency. The effort to beat back the audit relies on playing two members of the same caucus — Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) — off each other. In order to obtain the documents, HuffPost agreed not to reveal the name of the Federal Reserve official who did the specific lobbying in question.
Watch Reps. Alan Grayson and Ron Paul Discuss “Audit the Fed” Amendment
 
Costly IRS Mandate Slipped into Health Bill
A few wording changes to the tax code’s section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare.
 
Joe the Plumber Elected to GOP Post in Ohio
The man — Samuel Wurzelbacher — is now a party committeeman, one of 400 who oversee the GOP in Ohio’s Lucas County, The Associated Press reported. He won his spot by a 38-23 vote in his Toledo precinct. This should serve notice to all RINOS within the Republican Party that the voters are paying attention!
 
GM Didn’t Really Pay U.S. Back
GM still owes $45.3 billion to the U.S. and $8.1 billion to Canada, money it received in exchange for shares in the company. GM said it hopes to repay those amounts with an eventual public stock offering, the AP reported. “It looks like [GM’s] announcement is really just an elaborate TARP money shuffle.” The repayment dollars haven’t come from GM selling cars but, instead, from a TARP account at the Treasury Department.” The Treasury Department is not being straightforward with taxpayers about its management of the $700-billion taxpayer-funded bailout program. It’s a shell game!
 
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object  
Thomas  Jefferson
 
 

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The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May 10, 2010

Speaker credits movement with forcing politicians out
Charles Barger, the main speaker at the event, said the tea-party movement has set its sights on career politicians. Mr. Barger greeted the crowd by saying “welcome to being part of the largest leaderless movement in America,” a reference to the hundreds of tea party rallies being held across the nation Thursday.
 
Bill would put all Charter Teachers into State Retirement system
Some in the Michigan charter public school community are keeping a wary eye on a proposal to require all charter school teachers to join the state retirement system. While MPSERS needs to be reformed, forcing charter teachers into the mix as a way to boost membership would not help, Naeyaert said, and also would take away an element of choice from both teachers and public school academies.
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE [April 14, 2010]
The following bill was read a third time: Senate Bill No. 1227, entitled A bill to amend 1980 PA 300, entitled The public school employees retirement act of 1979.
The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:
Roll Call No. 181 Yeas—22Allen Garcia Kuipers Richardville Birkholz George McManus Sanborn Bishop Gilbert Nofs Stamas Brown Hardiman Pappageorge Switalski Cassis Jansen Patterson Van  Woerkom. Looks like they are trying to fix the problem on the backs of Charter School Teachers?
 
Michigan’s debt to federal government for unemployment claims: $2.8B and counting
Unemployment extension pending in Senate would help estimated 100,000 Michigan residents whose benefits set to expire by year’s end. Michigan has been borrowing from the federal government to pay out unemployment insurance benefit claims since mid-2008, when its own trust fund became insolvent, and now owes the feds $2.8 billion.
 
Windmills Power Controversy on Great Lakes
What’s 410 feet tall, makes a humming sound and could be at a location near you soon? Answer: Wind turbines — an alternative source of power that is creating a stir on both sides of the state. Wind turbines are as tall as a 40-story building and 50-plus turbines will be clustered together in each field. Many of the questions residents have concerning financial and environmental impact have not been answered. Russ Harding, former director of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality and current director of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Property Rights Network, said the turbines would be a “huge visual intrusion.” And wind power is not efficient, Harding said. You can thank our own Senator Richardville for voting in favor of using our tax dollars in government subsidy’s for this endeavor! Allow the marketplace to determine economic feasibility. The only place for government is to monitor and encourage public opinion to regulate public safety and environmental quality, and properly enforce the will of the people.
 
Local Governments Lost $1.7B Because of Lehman
Lawmakers say Lehman Brothers’ historic collapse cost school districts and local governments millions, forcing many to make major cutbacks. Looks like they are trying to continue federal bailouts by injecting more money into Wall Street companies through fear tactics using the education system and the school districts as leverage for justification.
 
Jason Allen: Career Politician Wants Stupak’s Seat
Jason Allen is a forty-seven year old career politician from Michigan’s Grand Traverse County who became active in Republican politics while still in high school.  Some speculate he aspires to become governor of the state someday, which might explain his ‘hands-across-the aisle’, bipartisan mentality and willingness to cater to special interest groups and snake oil salesmen with deep pockets. Sound like another politician we know right here in Monroe County? Senator Richardville comes to mind!
 
State Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, mum on Campaign giving
Who contributed $75,000 to two accounts a mystery? State Sen. Jason Allen, the Legislature’s leading fundraiser, won’t comment on campaign finance reforms proposed by members of his political party and won’t reveal who contributed more than $75,000 to two accounts he created. Between 2003 and 2005, Allen, R-Traverse City, raised more than $600,000 in political contributions in five funds he controls. He said he supports more transparency for state campaign financing, but he hasn’t taken a position on any specific proposals. Like any of them would! They don’t want their constituents to see they are playing both sides of the fence all for personal gain and not what’s in the best interest of their constituents!
 
Granholm: High court nominee not have to be judge
WASHINGTON – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a potential candidate for the Supreme Court, thinks it’s a smart idea for President Barack Obama to consider someone who isn’t a judge now. I guess she would being as she’s term limited and on Obama’s short list!
 
Republicans suffering for 2008 bank bailout vote
Some of Congress’ staunchest conservatives voted two years ago to prop up the nation’s banking industry. At the time, they saw a threat to American business. Now the emergency is their own political survival. They should be! The Republicans started this bailout mess and the Democrats with Obama at the helm just took it to a higher level!
 
Will the VAT Lady Sing?
A cultural battle is under way in America, a battle between, “the culture of dependence and the culture of independence.” The culture of dependence is the belief by American liberalism that government can make better decisions for people than people can make for themselves. The U.S. has now created the largest government spending increases, takeovers, and regulation expansion in the past 65 years, since the end of World War II. It is going to get even worse, as the President’s budget plans to spend $45 trillion in the next 10 years, a 70% increase in spending over the last 10.
 
Health law’s heavy impact
Under the new health care bill – did you know that all real estate transactions are subject to a 3.8% “Sales Tax”? Governor Granholm of Michigan is trying to add a 5.5% sales tax to all estate sales, if that passes, when a homeowner sells a $200,000 home in Michigan they will be paying a $7,600 Healthcare tax to the Federal Government and a $11,000 sales tax to the State of Michigan, plus a transfer tax of $8.60 per thousand, $1,760, for a total of $20,320 in taxes. If you think real estate sales and foreclosures are bad now, just wait and see what happens in 2014.
 
THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR A POLITICIAN USE THE WORD “BILLION”
The next time you hear a politician use the word “billion” in a casual manner, think about whether you want the “politicians” spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases. Click link below
 
Zero – Obamacare’s links to conservative ideas
President Obama recently told Matt Lauer, anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, that his highly partisan health care law borrows ideas directly from The Heritage Foundation’s health care reform playbook. This is utterly false. As Heritage health policy analyst Bob Moffitt explains: The Obama health-care law “builds” on the Heritage health reform model only in the sense that, say, a double-quarter-pounder with cheese “builds” on the idea of a garden salad. Both have lettuce and tomato and may be called food, but the similarities end there. 
 
Romney to endorse Rubio over Crist for Fla. Senate
Is Romney just pandering for the Tea Party votes? Looks that way!
Romney’s PAC is contributing the maximum $5,000 allowed to Rubio’s campaign. In 2006, Romney flew to Tallahassee as head of the Republican Governors Association with a $1 million check to help Crist’s run for governor.
 
Obama will grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants
Fresh off his health care reform victory, President Barack Obama will quickly move to overturn the DOD’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy prohibiting sodomites from serving openly in the US military. He will also move to grant amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. These are Obama’s next two agenda items, as he attempts to fulfill his campaign promise to “remake America.”
 
CIA Columbia Obama Cover Up
Hon. James David Manning says Barack Hussein “The Long Legged Mack Daddy” Obama was a C.I.A operative who used Columbia University as a cover to go to Pakistan in 1981 when the CIA and the Mujahideen worked together against the Soviet Invasion. Obama supplied arms, logistics, and money using his Muslim background. Wonder if this has anything to do with nobody that went there ever heard of him during his so called time at Columbia? YouTube – CIA Columbia Obama Cover Up  For more information click the link here.  CIA Columbia Obama Cover Up
 
Bill Would Shun Obama Birth Certificate Requests
Hawaii lawmakers are moving closer to passing a measure allowing the state to ignore repeated requests for President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. If there was nothing to hide why make a big deal of it as to pass legislation? What about the sign in Kenya that says welcome to the birth place of Barack Obama? I guess the Kenya government is part of the so-called “birthers,” who claim Obama is ineligible to be president.
 
Debt panel leaders say everything is on the table
WASHINGTON – The leaders of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan debt commission say everything is on the table, from tax increases to spending cuts, as they prepare this week to begin meeting. Can you say TAX HIKE?
 
Chris Dodd’s Financial Legislation Troubling
Despite all the limited government rhetoric you’re hearing from the Republican Party these days, it appears that Senate Republican leaders, including Richard Shelby, are more than ready and willing to work with Chris Dodd to empower the Fed, add more layers of federal bureaucracy to our economy, and set the stage for future crises. For all the talk of “change” in D.C., our elected officials are following the same tired old script: if the federal government created the problem, the only solution must be to give it even more power.
 
Dick Morris Reveals Bombshell on Waco and Janet Reno
Dick Morris: “It’s never been said before” …Janet Reno to Clinton: “If you don’t appoint me, I’ll tell the truth about Waco”. On Hannity tonight Morris said that Clinton HAD to reappoint Reno to a 2nd term or she said she would tell the truth on Waco… He wouldn’t say what that was. Reno Told Clinton She Stays On or She Blows Whistle of the Waco
Disaster.
 
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate Thomas Jefferson
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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