Another Michigan Legislature Blunder
Here’s is just another blunder of our failed leadership in Lansing! The $25 million appropriation the Michigan Legislature approved for the 21st Century Jobs Fund should go to pay for the state’s “Pure Michigan” advertising campaign, instead of dipping into last year’s surplus. Both programs are complete failures that should be eliminated least we as a state can afford either of them! Borrow from one failure to support another, great leadership!
Michigan Teachers Union Poster Boy Republicans
The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest public school employee union has four Senate Republicans in their fold! Ron Jelinek, Roger Kahn, Mike Nofs, and
Randy Richardville all voted against a revision of the “teacher tenure” law to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness. All four have excepted campaign contributions from the MEA which is noted in Senate Roll Call 643 on December 2, 2009.
Many of our Michigan Senators Refuse to Stand Against “Ineffective Teachers”. Though a new state law
is supposed to make this easier, critics argue that all of the strict teacher tenure protections will remain in place and that these are a far greater impediment to getting the job done.
School Pension Reform Stalls in Senate
Although GOP senators cast blame for the failure at Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Democrats, Republican sources said that only 18 votes could be mustered for the measure, leaving it two votes shy of passage in a chamber where Republicans hold a 22-16 majority. 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, and Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi. Kahn, Nofs and Richardville have each received political donations
from the MEA in recent years.
Banksters of America show their Taxpayer Appreciation
After the taxpayer bank bailouts I walked into Bank of America to cancel my accounts. After being told by the teller that I would have to see a bank associate first and after a half hour wait, was asked why I wanted to cancel my accounts in which I told her because of the bailouts she told me I needed them! I promptly told her she had it backwards in fact if everybody should do what I was doing. Now I see not only did I make the right move, these same banksters are doing away with free checking and charging more fees than ever!
Judge OKs Obamacare Lawsuit to Continue
Grass-roots conservatives and GOP leaders rejoiced Thursday following a federal judge’s ruling that a multistate challenge to the constitutionality of Obamacare must be allowed to go forward. But here in Michigan a liberal Judge threw the case out. Like I said in a previous report article this is why we need to elect constitutional conservative Judges and get rid of the liberal one’s!
Governor Granholm Quoted in New York Times
Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm still doesn’t get it! Like her Democratic Colleagues that continue to put the blame on past leadership instead of finding and implementing solutions she is now adding the blame to the citizenry as well. The following quote is from her in the New York Times. “What I think many people are suffering from is a case of acute impatience,” Ms. Granholm said. “They want a quick fix. And they can’t stand the uncertainty that they find themselves in today. And they figure that any change is better than the status quo.” Maybe if we gave her another eight years we would then be really blown away?
GOP House Candidate Is One of Top Recipients for Teacher Union Money
Mike Callton is a candidate for the open 87th district state House seat, and is one of just three Republicans who have been endorsed by the MEA, the state’s largest teachers union. For someone who has yet to cast a single vote, Callton has also received an extraordinary amount of cash from the union – $5,000. This is more than the MEA has given the current Speaker of the House, and equal to the amount given to the current Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who has a lot more say-so on school spending than a new freshman (assuming Callton gets elected, which is expected in the predominantly GOP district).
The Consequences of the Federal Deficit
Some national experts give their views of the consequences of the federal deficit click the link below.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bailouts could hit $363 billion
That figure, projected through 2013, represents a worst-case scenario that assumes a double-dip recession, the Federal Housing Finance Agency says. The finance giants have so far received about $148 billion in taxpayer funds.
Democrats Have Edge in Early Voting Turnout
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.
The Big Election (Senate Majority Leader) That You Don’t Know About
The link below you will see the five top issues and how they voted where the leading candidates to lead the two Republican legislative caucuses differed from one another or from the majority of the other Republicans. Note on the “Smoking Ban” issue: Although Senator Richardville voted against this Bill he was quoted in the Monroe Evening News on the prior vote that didn’t pass that it was a shame that the Smoking Ban Bill wasn’t passed! When a Bill is considered and up for a vote politicians have a way to gage how many votes there are ahead of time whether it will pass or not and which way looks better for them come re-election time. The way this vote turned out it didn’t matter which way Senator Richardville voted it would have passed either way. So the only reason for the change of heart in this case was to not alienate and save face with the smoking voters! Also of note is that Senator Richardville offered an amendment that a special fee and license be required by private business owners to be exempt from this ban. This prompted the lead proponent of the Smoking Ban Bill Senator Ray Basham to write a letter to the editor condemning this amendment that was published in the Monroe Evening News!
Who will be the next Senate Majority Leader?
This is one of the most important and overlooked position’s in our state government by the voters and constituents! Under the Capitol dome, the most important and powerful positions are Speaker of the House and Senate majority Leader. Those two individuals really decide which bills get heard and which don’t. They are the ultimate “deciders” of whether a bill is put on the floor for an up or down vote. They also control the purse strings and decisions about tax and regulatory policy. So, who will it be, Randy Richardville or John Proos? Check their voting record by clicking the link below for John Proos http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=5344&Keywords=&op=Search
click this link for Randy Richardville http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=206&Keywords=&op=Search
then after researching these two voting records make your decision on who would be the best for this position. Call your representative and express your choice for it will make a difference!
Tea Party to Target Liberal Republican Senators in 2012
Tea-party activists have put these and other incumbents on notice that the anti-establishment sentiment defining this year’s politics will not end on Election Day 2010.
A Pension Perk for Michigan Political Appointees
This is not the first time politicians have introduced bills that would increase monthly pension payments by 16.7 percent for certain “political appointees.” House Bill 4605 http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=55481
Passed on December 5, 2002-2001 to enhance (raise) pension benefits to approximately 120 executive branch political appointees, legislative staffers, and gubernatorial employees. All our elected representatives voted in favor of this Bill both in the House and Senate. Is this looking out for the constituents best interest or only themselves? Vote em all out!
Michigan Senator’s want Citizen Spying Centers
You want more intrusive Government? You want bigger Government? Then keep electing and re-electing the same one’s into office as to represent you and your family! Introduced by Senators GARCIA, NOFS, PRUSI and CROPSEY Senate Bill 1404 (Create State “Intelligence Operations Center” (“fusion center”) to collect, evaluate, collate, and analyze information and intelligence that might “identify and address” a threat of terrorism or criminal activity, and disseminate it to police and public safety agencies. If passed this will just open the door to invade the privacy of law abiding citizens and create another government agency that the taxpayer’s will have to fund with yet more tax dollars at a time when we can’t meet an over bloated budget!
Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit filed against Southgate Judge
Ex-aide: Complaints about judge’s finances led to termination
We are seeing this in all townships, cities, counties, and state’s around the country. I would say this is more of the norm than just an isolated incident! Just look at the recent story in the City of Bell, Calif. where Politicians voted themselves some scandalous salaries and guaranteed annual raises. Right here in Monroe we have the questionable salary of the county’s Chief Financial Officer where cronyism and friendships are looking out for each other and not the citizens best interest!
Slaves to Green Ideology and the “Taxpayer Subsidy’s” that go along with it!
Growing up in America during the Cold War, most of us thought the biggest threat to our freedom was from communist Russia seeking to forcibly impose their totalitarian way of life on us. Turns out we were mistaken: The biggest threat to freedom in America is from within – the modern day green movement. The ruling class has decided that Americans left to their own devices will not do the right things to save the planet and therefore the force of government must be used to control almost all aspects of American life.
Why isn’t Mike Cox doing his job here in Michigan?
As other state attorneys general around the country step up to bat for their respective citizens, one AG has been noticeably missing – for a long time: Attorney General Mike Cox. While citizens of Michigan will remember his boisterous campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and his shameless sucking up to Tea Party groups, as well as his perpetually leading in the polls – culminating in reality with a third place finish – what citizens of Michigan will really remember about Mike Cox is his complete and utter failure to protect the people of this state from the rampant foreclosure fraud.
US Jobs Picture Worse Than Expected
The U.S. job market continued to move sideways in September. Overall, the economy lost 95,000 jobs in September. The world’s largest economy created only 64,000 private sector jobs last month. The previous two months saw a revised, 15,000 increase in the number of jobs lost. August’s total was revised to a loss of 57,000, slightly worse than the previously estimated 54,000. And July’s number was revised considerably more, to a loss of 66,000 from 54,000.
For many years, elections have come and gone where liberal Democrats and liberal Republicans won elections simply because they had more money and connections. It’s the same old story year after year but this year will be different. We can’t afford to let that happen any longer, especially in this critical 2010 midterm election. We need to vote out all the incumbents and start fresh! Our future, children’s future, and our grandchildren’s future depends on it. It is time for change that “We The People” want . . . we are sick of “politics as usual.”
The Wisdom of Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent, rock star and avid bow hunter from Michigan, was being interviewed by a liberal journalist, animal rights activist. The discussion came around to deer hunting. The journalist asked, ‘What do you think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him? Is it, ‘Are you my friend?’ or is it ‘Are you the one who killed my brother?
Nugent replied, ‘Deer aren’t capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is, what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away. They are very much like the Democrats in Congress.’ The interview ended.
Congressional Reform Act of 2010
Keeping Michigan Government Failures Secret
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. very open with predictions of success, growing more secretive with news of failure. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is very public about job creation details when it predicts success for one of its special tax deals. Not so much when those jobs fail to appear. The MEDC’s responses to requests for actual job creation data over the past half year shows a pattern of less transparency regarding actual jobs produced by companies. There are varying reasons given for the failure to produce the information. “The press releases are an absolute disconnect with reality.”
Eight Tax Cuts Set To Expire In 2011 will affect you!
In 2001 and 2003, President Bush enacted a series of tax cuts that lowered income taxes for just about everyone — not only the rich. These tax cuts will expire on December 31, 2010. So far, although both Democrats and Republicans have come up with plans to renew the tax cuts (with some changes), Congress has not actually taken action. Here’s a look at what will happen if Congress allows the Bush tax cuts to expire. (Find out more in A Concise History Of Changes In U.S. Tax Law.)
The Great Mortgage Mystery Why Keep Paying?
The big question from the mortgage meltdown isn’t why so many distressed homeowners are defaulting on their loans. It’s why any of them are still making payments.
No Social Security COLA again expected for 2011
As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits. But notice how your elected officials at the local, state, and federal level get their raise in pay and or benefits!
The Forgotten Man – Jon McNaughton
The truth, with no spin is this. We have a government that is spending our money and creating programs that don’t benefit all the people. That’s why government jobs grew by 10% and private sector shrunk to -7%. We are supposed to be the government, and the president and congress should listen to what we want, not the other way around. If we stay on this road, the number of people paying in will be less than the number receiving benefits, because of an entitlement program, that’s the truth! The federal government ignores the Constitution and tramples on the rights of citizens and the proper role of the 50 States, but when the state government protests, it is forced into Federal Court, and the federal government gets to decide if it did anything wrong. Do you see a problem with this? It is bad enough that the federal government rigs the game to make sure it wins, but watching Michigan State government officials go along with it, while they tell us they oppose it, really offends me.
Government’s Light Bulb Ban Is Just Plain Destructive
When the government picks winners and losers, it reduces the incentive for companies to innovate and increases the incentive for companies to lobby the government for special handouts and protections. When the government creates specific mandates and regulations, it purposely narrows the path businesses can take. These policies distort normal market forces and encourage government dependence.
More Than 100,000 Homes Repossessed in September
A total of 288,345 properties were repossessed during the quarter — an increase of 7% from the previous quarter and an increase of 22% from the third quarter of 2009. Also, 269,647 properties received default notices, and 372,445 properties were scheduled for foreclosure auctions. How could this be, aren’t we supposed to be out of this recession?
Applications for jobless benefits rise to 462K
More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first rise in three weeks and evidence that companies are reluctant to hire in a slow economy.
“Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard, why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king can.”
Benjamin Martin in The Patriot
Opinion: Grading Michigan’s Governor & Legislator’s
Oh the webs they weave in Lansing to the detriment of the taxpayer’s and our once great State! Where do I start? I could site a thousand or more examples but don’t want to bore the “sheeple” with facts unlike the popular TV shows which garner their attention much more than the representatives they elect. With votesmart being the keyword and I don’t mean what you hear on the local liberal news stations, read in the local liberal newspapers, or what friends and family may tell you without the research to back it up.
Most government’s whether local, state, or federal have websites as to obtain information on how we as citizens are being represented, although not easy to navigate and I think this is purposely intentional. With the Internet at our finger tips, don’t have access try your local library you pay for it, every citizen can research the one’s they vote for as to represent them. If this was done one would see clearly that what they are told by those running for the opportunity to represent them is usually not the case it’s just their election time rhetoric to persuade you to vote for them. Once in office they become lobbyist for the various special interest groups instead of lobbyist for you and your best interest because you see you do not have the financial resources to donate to their campaign re-election coffers!
In conclusion casting your vote for representation because it’s a friend, because you were told by a friend, a friend knows them, or just taking someone else’s recommendation is just not good enough for the representation we a citizens expect and deserve. If they have been in office and it’s clear they have been getting the job done of properly representing you, your family, and in the best interest of your community then fine, if not vote them out! It’s not about Democrats and Republicans it’s about the representation you should be receiving from your elected official who has gained your vote and trust. I can assure you with the research I have done that despite what you hear in the media that the two party’s dislike each other they in fact work together for their agenda and not yours!
By R. Al Bain
MESSA quietly changes policy to gouge more money from schools
Our fear is that many school boards will be attracted to the short-term savings, sign up for MESSA, then experience the horror of double-digit rate increases in subsequent years. Schools will pay more for employees if their family status changes during the year.
Granholm’s folly? Electric-car founder says electrics are not the future
State of Embarrassment: The Michigan Economic Development Authority
Governors often use their official State of the State addresses to do a little bragging, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s February, 2010 outing
was no exception. Unfortunately, what was intended as an “economic development” victory lap – citing companies expected to create jobs thanks to selective tax breaks and subsidies provided by her administration – has become a series of embarrassing blunders including Hangar42
studios (Grand Rapids), GlobalWatt, Inc
. (Saginaw), and Unity Studios
(Allen Park). an analysis of Michigan’s “flagship” incentive program (MEGA) revealed that less than 30 percent
of the jobs ever come to pass. Even that figure is just a strict accounting. Econometric analyses show MEGA creates no new net jobs. The MEDC should be eliminated and its many failed programs repealed in favor of across-the-board reforms.
Bad Week for Michigan Corporate Welfare Machine
On Thursday the plug was officially pulled
on a monumentally hyped film infrastructure deal in Allen Park called “Unity Studios.” There were no press releases from the Governor’s office or the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announcing the evaporation of the mirage, but they had plenty to say
when its promoters were granted their first batch of state corporate welfare promises in 2009:
‘Schizophrenic’ State Planning
Horse racing industry is both victim of state efforts to kill gambling and beneficiary of state efforts to subsidize gambling. Ronald Reagan once famously quipped that government economic experts have a simple motto: “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” When it comes to horse racing, Michigan government’s economic experts appear able to implement more than one of these seemingly contradictory plans at a time.
State Officials ‘Stretch’ the Law to Award Special Tax Deal to Troubled Business
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has been no stranger to controversy during this year, with perhaps the most exceptional case being its attempt to give a special tax deal to a company run by a convicted felon.
Kent ISD Resources Used to Promote a ‘Reception’ for Democrat Congressional Candidate
Violation of campaign finance law may have been committed, according to one analyst.
Michiganders’ income loss nation’s worst
Michigan residents suffered the worst drop in median income in the nation – 6.2% — between 2008 and 2009, according to new figures released this morning by the U.S. Census bureau.
The Fed and the United Nations
On November 8, 2002 Ben Bernanke publicly admitted to Milton Friedman that the Federal Reserve System had created the Great depression. Mr. Bernanke finished by saying, “You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.” It appears that Mr. Bernanke was lying. The Federal Reserve System caused the Great Depression by expanding the money supply much faster than the economy was expanding and creating easy credit.
Fraud Factories: Rep. Alan Grayson Explains the Foreclosure Fraud Crisis
My question is: Where has Mike Cox, Attorney General for the State of Michigan been during all the FRAUD foreclosures taking place in our state? I know that complaints have been filed with his office. Was Mike Cox just to busy campaigning for Governor? What about now?
How Your Political System Works
D.C. lobbyist Jimmy Williams joins Dylan Ratigan to discuss what most of us already know the political system is flawed and the current model of how our Congressional Representatives do business must be stopped.
TARP losses now estimated at $51 billion
The Obama administration on Tuesday estimated that the $700-billion financial bailout fund would cost taxpayers $51 billion.
President Obama & Hillary Clinton as VP for 2012?
The rumored Democratic “dream ticket” of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “on the table” for 2012, says journalist Bob Woodward. Clinton’s advisers see it as a “real possibility,” he says, and White House insiders may have discussed trading Vice President Joe Biden for Clinton to energize the Democratic base.
The Disgrace of the Ruling Class
We now have confirmation that Barack Obama truly loves poor people. Because he is creating so many of them. The Census Bureau reports that America suffers with more people in poverty now than ever before in its history of reporting on poverty — 44 million. That’s up nearly 4 million in the last year alone, with the poverty rate shooting up to 14.3%. One in seven Americans now suffers in poverty.
Michigan ObamaCare Lawsuit Rejected by Judge
A federal judge on Thursday upheld the authority of the federal government to require everyone to have health insurance, dealing a setback to groups seeking to block the new national health care. Judge George Caram Steeh who was appointed by President Clinton, and is [or was] President of the Arab American Bar Association, made the ruling Oct. 7th in Detroit. This is why we need to elect constitutional judges to the bench!
Stimulus Program Sent Checks to 89,000 Dead, Incarcerated People
This would be the same Government that will manage our Health Care! The federal government sent out checks to 89,000 dead or incarcerated people in 2009 as part of the $814 billion stimulus program. Some of the dead individuals had not received benefits in 30 years, and would be as old as 136 if they were alive today.
Candidate Angry Over Posting of Racy Photos
Democratic Virginia House candidate Krystal Ball (yes, that’s her real name) went on the offensive Wednesday after racy photos of her surfaced online this week.
America on the brink of a Second Revolution
OK, maybe most Americans just silently mimic the words, “we’re mad as hell, won’t take it any more.” But watch out: After November the campaign’s shrill rhetoric explodes into action. So thanks Tea Party, Vegas odds must favor a Second American Revolution. Actually, the revolution is already roaring, hot, it’s about time. The GOP and the Dems had more than a decade. But America’s worse off. We need a real revolution to restore sanity … or we can kiss democracy and capitalism good-bye, permanently.
Is the postal service going broke?
The post office asked for another rate increase on first-class stamps and wants to eliminate Saturday service. These are all attempts to get control of losses that could reach $240 billion over the next decade. John Dimsdale reports.
A Nation of Sheep will beget a Government of Wolves
Edward R. Murrow