Archive for September, 2010
S.O.S TEA Party Rally October 16, 2010
Speakers include Jim Keena – a TEA party favorite – and Thayrone X from WAAM radio.
Stealth Unionization Case of Home Day Care workers in Michigan
In August, Mackinac Center reporter Kathy Hoekstra uncovered a video where Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) boasted of her role in the unionization of home day care workers. How could some so called Michigan Republicans sponsor or co-sponsor such legislation? I’ll tell you, they are nothing more than Republicans in name only carrying the water for the Democrats, Unions, and their agenda’s in order to advance their political career’s! This is what’s called by some as working across the isle. So when you hear a Republican politician say I’m willing to reach across the isle to get things done you should know it means getting it done for them and not the one’s they are supposed to represent!
Michigan’s state budget faces long-term problems
Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the state’s legislative leaders will leave office at the end of the year having steered the state budget along a rocky road through one of the toughest economic eras in Michigan history. But they’re leaving a lot of difficult, long-range work unfinished for the folks taking over in 2011.
Tourism Industry Declined to Support Pure Michigan
Although the state doesn’t have the money to continue the Pure Michigan advertising campaign, the tourism industry didn’t believe advertising was something it wanted to pay for. The Pure Michigan campaign should be paid for by the people it directly benefits — the tourism industry. Without exception, representatives from a variety of tourism industry segments indicated their members and/or Boards would strongly oppose such an approach. But it’s OK that we the taxpayers can fund it for their benefit! Which politicians are getting their campaign coffers stuffed that voted in favor of it to begin with?
Billion-Dollar State Budget Hole, ‘Guaranteed Catastrophe’
Last fall at a Sarah Palin book signing in the Grand Rapids area, State Rep. Dave Agema sought out a reporter with a gloom-and-doom prediction: The state of Michigan was going to be in deep trouble once the stimulus money ran out. Now, a recent study by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan shows that the state budget will be without $1.6 billion in 2012 that was from one-time sources of revenue that will help balance the budget in 2011.
Broken Windows on Display in Michigan Senate Finance Committee
Mark Adler, a lobbyist for the Michigan Production Alliance, and Carrie Jones, the director of the Michigan Film Office, defended the state’s film subsidy program in a Senate Finance Committee meeting yesterday. To do so they employed a long-recognized economic fallacy, the “Broken Window” theory, which only considers economic activity that is “seen” while ignoring unseen economic costs.
The 600-Student District With the $300k Superintendent
A public school superintendent in a district with just 600 students made $300,000 in 2009 in total compensation, making his financial deal one of the most lucrative in the state.
City Officials Corruption
Don’t think for one minute this is only going on in the big cities like Detroit and Los Angeles! Look at the recent events right here in Monroe with the extension of the county chief financial officer and his $45,000.00 per year raise for the next two years with his job evaluation waved. This is just one example I’m sure there are many more that need and should be exposed!
The Only Reason Democrats Win Elections Is Because They Lie
No matter the situation, no matter how high the stakes, all Democrat politicians are willing to lie with every breath they take in order to get elected. This can also be said of most politicians of either party affiliation.
Obama’s finance team is recommending a transaction tax
The plan is to sneak it in after the November election to keep it under the radar. This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financial institution, Banks, Credit Unions, etc. ANY deposit you make, or move around within your account, I. e. transfer to, will have a 1% tax charged. If your pay check or your social Security or whatever is direct deposit, 1% tax charged. If you hand carry a check in to deposit, 1% tax charged, If you take cash in to deposit, 1% tax charged. This is from the man who promised that if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears open, you will be amazed at what you learn. Some will say aw it’s just 1%…remember once the tax is there they can raise it at will.
Burglary in Florida, You just can’t make this stuff up!
When southern Florida resident Nathan Radlich’s house was burglarized recently, thieves ignored his wide screen plasma TV, his VCR, and even left his Rolex watch.
This is exactly what’s wrong in Washington!
Here’s audio of D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton leaving a voicemail for a lobbyist.
I have to admire the guys’ guts for making this public. He’s in for it now.
Here’s her response, where she claims this voice mail is a
“standard request made by candidates to potential donors who do not know the candidates or their work”
Judge for yourself, but IMO this has shakedown written all over it.
As Dennis Miller so aptly said on his radio show,
“This is the ‘quo’ part of ‘quid pro quo’.”
This is Don Corleone calling .. Sonny’s mom wants an open casket.”
Even if you consider this a “standard request” isn’t this indicative of exactly what’s wrong in Washington?
“This is, uh, Eleanor Norton, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Uh, I noticed that you have given to uh, other colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. I am a, um, Senior Member, a twenty year veteran and am Chair of the Sub-committee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. I’m handling the largest economic development project in the United States now, the Homeland Security Compound of three buildings being built on the uh, old St. Elizabeth’s hospital site in the District of Columbia along with uh, fifteen other, uh, sites here for, that are part of the stimulus .
I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don’t have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it’s been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it’s been essentially in your sector.
I am, I’m simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds. And, I think it must have been me who hasn’t, frankly, uh, done my homework to ask for a contribution earlier. So I’m trying to make up for it by asking for one now, when we particularly, uh, need, uh contributions, particularly those of us who have the seniority and chairmanships and are in a position to raise the funds.
I’m asking you to give to Citizens for Eleanor Holmes Norton, PO Box 70626, DC, 20024. I’ll send you a follow-up note with appreciation for having heard me out. Thanks again.”
Quote of the Week: “A retired teacher paid $62,000 towards her pension and nothing, yes nothing, for full family medical, dental and vision coverage over her entire career. What will we pay her? $1.4 million in pension benefits and another $215,000 in health-care benefit premiums over her lifetime. Is it ‘fair’ for all of us and our children to have to pay for this excess?” -New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
9-1-1 phone tax “fund raid” Bill
Didn’t I just read recently they wanted to increase this tax on us?
They voted to take $7 million in each of the next two fiscal years from telephone tax money levied to pay for 9-1-1 emergency phone service infrastructure, and use it instead to avoid spending cuts and reforms. The infrastructure was completed several years ago, but in 2008 the tax was extended through 2014 anyway. This phone tax revenue was previously “raided” in 2004, and again in 2006. This is representation you can take to the poor house!
Recession Declared Over, but FedEx Plans 1,700 Layoffs
While the government declared the recession officially over FedEx announces 1,700 Layoffs. Something just doesn’t pass the smell test here! Foreclosures are still running high, jobs are scarce, the Banksters still aren’t loaning money all seems like propaganda and fuzzy math to me.
Is Recession Over? Household Balance Sheets Tell a Different Story
So the question becomes: have U.S. households repaired their balance sheets? If they haven’t — if they’re still burdened by excessive debt, low cash reserves and stagnant income growth — then the “end of the recession” loses much of its promise of solid recovery.
Blockbuster Bankruptcy 800 More Stores to Close
Hollywood Video, FedEx laying off 1,700 and the list goes on but we’re in a recovery and the recession was over in June of 2009! Right!
Kagan case: ‘Real Truth About Obama’
Just as the U.S. Senate was voting to install President Obama’s one-time solicitor general, Elena Kagan, on the U.S. Supreme Court bench, a case was discovered in which she represented the government against an organization called “The Real Truth About Obama.”
How the Obama Tax Hikes Affect Your Bottom Line
In 1819 Chief Justice John Marshall stated, “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” With the Obama tax hikes, we are fast approaching that limit.
ALIPAC Congratulates Americans for Defeating Dream Amnesty Bill
While Democratic Senators Reid and Durbin complain on the Senate floor about the latest defeat of the Dream Act Amnesty by a cloture vote that fell four votes short of the 60 needed to make it into law, ALIPAC is thanking supporters and all American activists and groups that rose up to defeat the bill.
The Fed Is Going All In: And So Should You
Ben Bernanke and his merry gang of banksters said that they will print as much money as needed in order to backstop the economic “recovery.” The Fed is willing to go “all in” with regard to the debasement of the U.S. Dollar. That is clear.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
Monroe’s Maniko gets two-year extension and pay raise!
“Royce is not anywhere close to being a financial expert,” Commissioner Jerry Oley said. “Over the past year, we have not even had marginal performance from (Mr. Maniko), and I believe this board truly recognizes this problem.” Mr. Sisk “telling the board that we don’t have to evaluate (Mr. Maniko) is a disservice to him and the board. We have evaluated the CFO (chief financial officer) my entire tenure on the board,” Mr. Oley said. “Mr. Sisk said it wasn’t important.” He also gets a pay raise of $45,000.00 per year from $105,000.00 to $150,000.00 at the expense to the taxpayers of Monroe County! Where is this citizen board he talked about in a recent letter to the editor comment where he states that the board of county commissioners can’t give raises?
Town Won’t Allow Tea Party to Celebrate U.S. Constitution in Town Square
Local officials in Ohio’s Andover Township have denied the use of their public square for a celebration of Constitution Day because of the “political affiliation” of its organizers.
“Gift to Unions” not Charter Schools
Many charter schools in Michigan will not be able to use about $15.5 million of federal dollars earmarked to prevent teacher layoffs because they use “contracted” staff, said a spokesman for charter schools.
State Battery-Plant Subsidy Is a “Risky Venture”
The governor and others are suggesting that a $383 million government-subsidized battery plant for Livonia will jump start the state’s struggling economy and create jobs. This is likely a highly exaggerated claim, according to two University of Michigan experts familiar with the battery industry.
Michigan Governor Touts Jobs Costing Taxpayers $113,000 Each
In her blog on the Huffington Post last Thursday, Gov. Jennifer Granholm laid out the details about Michigan landing North America’s largest advanced battery plant. But Gov. Granholm didn’t mention one fact: It was the $374 million price tag in federal and state subsidies it took to get A123 Systems to put its plant in Livonia.
G.O.P. Leaders Say Delaware Upset Hurts Senate Hopes
Oh really? Just because one of their status quo boy’s got knocked off! The Tea Party movement scored another victory on Tuesday, helping to propel a dissident Republican, Christine O’Donnell, to an upset win over Representative Michael N. Castle in the race for the United States Senate nomination in Delaware.
Democrats fret over John Dingell race
On Tuesday, the state party launched a Web site attacking his little-known GOP opponent, Rob Steele.
Path opened for road funds
Michigan might yet dodge a road-funding bullet. A budget agreement being finalized in the Capitol is designed to produce the $84 million that Michigan needs to avoid leaving $475 million in federal highway funds on the table in Washington.
Indymac Boys Get Sweetheart Deal
Check out the sweetheart deal the Indymac boys were given by the FDIC. The billion dollar question is…“Does the government really wanna clean up this mess? ” And just when you thought things were getting better. Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul. Huh?
Harry Reid Wants to Attach DREAM Act to Defense Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he wants to attach an amendment to an upcoming defense policy bill that would help young people in the country illegally become legal U.S. residents.
Milton Friedman – The Social Security Myth
Using Social Security as his prime example, Professor Friedman explodes the myth that the major expansions in government resulted from popular demand. In a speech delivered more than 30 years ago, he directly relates this dynamic to today’s health care debate.
A picture is worth a trillion($) words
Should we buy them larger screen computers – or – a ticket home, permanently? This is one of their THREE DAY WORK WEEKS that we all pay for. I am ready to start from the beginning by voting out all elected officials and not letting any them stay in office for more than two terms. No more lifelong healthcare, retirement, voting in their own pay raises, taking perks on our taxes, etc.
Obama Administration Speeding its Implementation of Collapsing America
Maintaining his corrupt policy of “say one thing to the American people and then do the opposite,” Dictator-in-Chief Obama remains true to his primary mission—collapse and destroy the USA and her people. Applying the directives of Saul Alinsky, the Cloward-Piven Strategy and—of course—Karl Marx, Obama and his merry band of demolishers are working feverishly to destroy the USA before a potentially new and more conservative-run House of Representatives takes the majority.
120 Days to Go Until the Largest Tax Hikes in History
In just 120 days, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011.
Feds Spent $800,000 of Economic Stimulus on African Genital-Washing Program
The study’s lead investigator Dr. Thomas J. Coates was the fourth highest-funded researcher in the country in 2002 and is currently conducting HIV research on three continents.CNSNews.com asked both Coates and NIMH the following question: “The Census Bureau says the median household income in the United States is $52,000. How would you explain to the average American mom and dad — who make $52,000 per year — that taxing them to pay for this grant was justified?”
Subsidize journalism with public funds? The bad idea that won’t go away
Ever since the Internet has thrown the private journalistic business model into disarray, the idea that perhaps public funding should be used to “save” private journalism has found purchase among some. I, as you might guess, wouldn’t be one of the “some.”
Debate on Net Neutrality Regulation & Pricing Freedom
Should the government or the free market set the price of getting on the Internet?
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them
Note: This weeks Bain Report is an abbreviated edition.
Opinion: 2010 Republican State Party Convention: By R. Al Bain
The 2010 Republican State Party Convention held last week at the MSU Breslin Center, East Lansing was a disorganized joke. This precinct delegate for one thinks that the power brokers of the state party purposely orchestrated this event the way they did because they knew that the Conservatives and Tea Party delegation had them outnumbered as to steer the Republican Party back to it’s original intent of it’s founding principles, traditions, and values.
I for one made a call to the Republican State Party two weeks prior to the convention seeking information and was told they were still working on the details. With a record number of republican precinct delegates filing for office in 2010 they had to know what to expect. I think they did that’s why it was so disorganized! They wanted to create confusion among the delegates as to retain the power and control of the status quo! They even tried to use the “union shenanigans” of taking away the right to a secret ballot on certain voting issues claiming they didn’t anticipate they needed to print ballots so they wanted to have a standing or hand count even when a majority of the delegates didn’t get their credentials.
The venue was terrible to say the least with one elderly lady falling trying to access the convention floor by traversing the steps at the Breslin Center that even a young person would find hard to navigate. She was put on a stretcher with a neck brace. The liberal media also used incorrect hype in their reporting with headlines reading “Tea Partiers” storm and crash convention gates. That was far from the truth. The truth is it was the State Republican Party leadership that caused all the disorganization not the delegates or Tea Partiers.
The Republican Party is broke and in desperate need of fresh new conservative leadership not the left leaning liberal moderates we have now! It’s long overdue for this change and we as true conservative republicans can only hope this happens sooner rather than later.
Political charades are nothing new in Michigan
The state’s major political parties can establish their own sham party aimed at disrupting elections and confusing voters. This happens at the local level as well.
Brian Calley and other GOP Convention Shenanigans
Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser proved he’s incapable of getting a balloon drop right. Hard to understand why he and the party are so eager to meddle in state policy when they can’t put on even the most basic of events such as a state party convention.
School District slices $1.7 Million more from budget; kids to feel the cuts
Our children suffer as the political powers continue to use them as pawns in a political chess game that’s all about convincing the public we need to raise taxes instead of cutting government.
DTE customers lose power in region unconfirmed Tornado spotted
Sources say they saw what appeared to be a Tornado Thursday, September, 2, 2010 rip through an area around I -75 and Fort Street about 3:30 p.m. An estimated 7,000 DTE Energy customers in the Carleton, Flat Rock, Gibraltar and Riverview areas lost service from this severe thunderstorm accompanied by high winds and lightning.
More than 3 Million Seniors may have to switch drug plans
A plan by Medicare to try to make it simpler for consumers to pick drug coverage could force 3 million seniors to switch plans next year whether they like it or not, says an independent analysis. That risks undercutting President Barack Obama’s promise that people can keep their health plans if they like them.
Feds sue Arizona sheriff in civil rights probe
At a news conference Thursday morning in downtown Phoenix, Sheriff Arpaio called the Justice Department‘s actions harrassment.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.