Archive for October, 2010

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for November, 1, 2010

  

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER, 2nd, 2010

 

Monroe Evening News Endorses Mary O’Neill

 Monroe County govern­ment faces challenges similar to those being faced at all levels of government: shrinking revenue and ris­ing costs. Over the next few years, the county board of com­missioners will be forced to make more difficult deci­sions that will affect directly services to constituents and require the most efficient uses of tax dollars. That’s why area residents should ponder carefully their decisions when they cast their ballots Nov. 2. Based on experience, re­cords and qualifications, The Evening News recommends the following candidate for election to the county board:

District 7 — Republican Mary A. O’Neill hopes to unseat incumbent Democrat John Fowler. Although Mr. Fowler has represented his district well and has been a partner in county problem solving, Mrs. O’Neill has some specific ideas about how to tackle county problems and her job as a school adminis­trator should bring valuable new insights to the board.

 

 

Democratic Closing Argument: Personal Attacks

Democratic candidates across the country are closing out the campaign with personal attacks on Republican candidates, sometimes digging up decades-old legal problems. As you watch this year’s ads — and I’ve been watching all too many lately — you’ll notice a striking difference between Democratic and Republican attack ads: Democrats are attacking over personal issues, Republicans are attacking over policy.

 

State Pension Funds that May Run Out of Money

I wonder if the Monroe County Commissioners know about this being as they robbed the pension fund last year to balance the budget and are contemplating doing it again this year as well?

 

State GOP looking for a new leader

It’s up for grabs as Ron Weiser current chairman, plans to step aside after the election.

Among some names being tossed around is outgoing Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, and outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop. Former candidate for governor Mike Bouchard all but sabotaged his own campaign by nominating Terri Lynn Land as his running mate in the primary! She would be the worst possible choice to lead the Michigan Republican Party and would likely alienate many conservative Republicans! On the other hand Mike Bishop would be the best of the names mentioned so far. He did a far job as Senate Majority Leader in having to deal the hand he was dealt in regard to the many Liberal Leaning Republican Senators currently in the Senate! Quite a few of those Senators were poster boys for the big state unions such as the MEA, SEIU, and other union institutional interest.

 

DRIC Documents Produce Calls for Investigation

Some Michigan politicians are outraged over the recent revealing documents obtained that are prompting calls for an investigation into the Michigan Department of Transportation. Just as expected, taxpayers hold onto your wallets! Senate Roll Call (502) 2009-2010 Department of Transportation budget in which taxpayer dollars will go toward funding part of the DRIC project. Click the link below to see how your representative voted http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=510082  The Department of Transportation has been a profoundly bad actor. The DRIC project, when you cut to the chase, is about a taking. It’s about a government bankrupting or attempting to bankrupt or intimidate or all of the above, a private business which they have no intention of reimbursing.
http://www.atv.ca/windsor/news_74188.aspx 
 

 

88 Percent of New 2011 Legislators ‘Political Careerists’

One oft-repeated rap against term limits is that the legislature now consists of inexperienced “amateurs.” In fact, from top to bottom, those who preside over Michigan’s government establishment are political careerists. This reality is illustrated by an analysis of candidates running for the 81 open seats in the state Legislature this year: 72 of the likely winners are already members-in-good-standing of the bipartisan political class.

 

Michigan Loses $2.5 billion Yearly Income; Right to Work States Gain Billions

Michigan lost $2.5 billion in income from 2007 to 2008 as people migrated out of the state, trailing only California ($4 billion) and New York ($2.52 billion) in lost income, according to a calculation by The Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization in Washington D.C., provides a “migration calculator” that can track where people are moving and taking their paychecks with them. The data comes from the IRS and its Statistics of Income division, according to The Tax Foundation. The migration data uses IRS tax returns from each year and includes social security numbers. That allows the IRS to track movement of taxpayers as well as income.

 http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/13790

 

From The Michigan Capitol

The Michigan Legislature adjourned after completing work on one of the larger budgets (K-12) for FY 2010 – 2011 which begins October 1.

 

School District Defends Its Neutrality in State House Race

The Northville Public School District issued a press release about a Republican Party campaign flier, calling it “false and reprehensible” because it claimed that a candidate benefited from the use of school district resources in her campaign. The issue stems from a press release Northville School District posted on its web site in February. That release announced School Board Member Joan Wadsworth’s decision to run for the 20th district seat in the state’s House of Representatives. The February link was under the heading “District News.” It read: “Wadsworth Launches Campaign.” The announcement was written on Northville Public Schools letterhead. After a call from Michigan Capitol Confidential, the district took it down voluntarily. I guess us taxpayers can help finance campaigns when we should be concentrating on our children’s education! 

 

Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas

The foreclosure crisis intensified across a majority of large U.S. metropolitan areas this summer, with Chicago and Seattle — cities outside of the states that have shouldered the worst of the housing downturn — seeing a sharp increase in foreclosure warnings.

 

NPR Fires Analyst for Saying Muslims Make Him Nervous

It’s coming to the point that we better watch what we say and keep our opinions to our self! NPR has fired longtime news analyst Juan Williams after he told the Fox News Channel that he gets nervous when he sees Muslims on airplanes.

 

Bureaucrats Irked: Heritage Finds They Are Paid Too Much

The Heritage Foundation has been at the forefront of the overpayment issue. Heritage research has found that the average federal employee earns an annual salary almost 60% higher than the average private-sector employee — $79,000 vs. $50,000. Even after controlling for education and experience, federal employees get paid significantly better — 22% more per hour, on average — than private-sector workers. Once you add up the benefits, the gap in total compensation rises even higher — 30% to 40% above comparable private-sector workers.

 

Free Phones & Free Minutes to Welfare Recipients

Just when you thought you had heard about everything here comes a new one!! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, our illustrious Congress quietly comes up with a new zinger to put their hands in your pockets, and pick them while you aren’t watching.  Isn’t this just wonderful!
http://teaparty.freedomworks.org/forum/topics/obama-phones-free-phones?commentId=3578713%3AComment%3A249934&xg_source=activity

 

Nevada voting machines automatically checking Harry Reid’s name

Voting machine technicians are SEIU members! Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid’s name on the ballot: Not to worry everything is on the up and up thanks to SEIU technicians that will put the “FIX” on them! 

 

History Lesson on Your Social Security Card

Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it.  Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts!!!

  

Letter to Editor writer on clerk/treasurer has it right

On Nov. 2, the City of Monroe is asking the voting public to amend the city charter in a way that affects one elected position and the arbitra­tion arrangement for both their police and fire departments. It also would eliminate the civil service board. The voting public in the city needs an understanding of these ballot initiatives. These changes affect everything from voter registra­tion to binding arbitration with public safety de­partments. Our city currently and since 1935 has had what is called binding arbitration between the city and the two public safety departments.

 

Our city charter provides the civil service board to settle labor disputes between the city and the police and fire departments. It was recognized that the fair settling of these disputes were in the public interest — police and firemen focused on their job and not labor disagreements more efficiently served the public. The proposed charter change would make the city manager both judge and jury in police and fire labor dis­putes. This is the most anti-labor proposal I have ever seen on a ballot proposal.

 

The charter also provided for a clerk/treasurer position that was designed and provided for this to be an elected position. Three of the five ballot proposals suggest making this an appointed posi­tion. Let me be clear on this, the city’s cost-cut­ting analysis suggested the elimination of this position, not a change from elected to appointed. Putting the clerk/treasurer in the hands of the city manager takes away our checks and bal­ances on the power of mayor and council. This is a consolidation of power from the voting public to the city manager and it serves only to politi­cize the position. As a community, we have ZERO savings in changing the clerk/treasurer to an appointed position. I ask that city residents vote NO on all of the city ballot proposals Nov. 2.
Monroe Resident

 

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

Thomas Jefferson 

 
 
 

 

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The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for October, 25, 2010

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.
http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=426124 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
While many polls are portending big losses for Democrats on Election Day, a new analysis on early voting offers a rare bit of good news for the party.
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/10/21/democrats-have-edge-in-number-of-early-votes-cast-analysis-find/
 
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.
Thomas Jefferson
 
  
 
 

 

 

 

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The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, October, 18, 2010

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.  
 
Opinion:
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
 
 

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The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for October, 11, 2010

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
In a devastating critique of electric cars just coming into showrooms, the co-founder of electric car maker Tesla says that electrics will never be more than a niche market. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and President Barack Obama have awarded billions in taxpayer dollars to battery companies and electric infrastructure.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100929/MIVIEW/9280336/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
 
 

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The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for October, 4, 2010

October 16 “SAVE OUR STATE RALLY”
4pm to 6pm Schoolcraft College Gym 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia
Jim Keena a tea party favorite & Thayrone X from WAAM radio

 

Unity Studios moves out of Allen Park
Well, here’s another Michigan film subsidy gone bad for the taxpayers of this state. Allen Park bought the property specifically for the studio with the promise of jobs to the tune of 27 million dollars. The studio will move to Detroit in a designated enterprise tax exempt zone. This is yet another failure to Michigan taxpayers with this endeavor that should have been eliminated in the recently completed state budget but was extended with an increase in funding to the tune of 21 million dollars more than the previous year! I guess we as taxpayers should be happy that they cut the funding for Pure Michigan advertising by 6.4 million
 
Find ways to repair dysfunctional Legislature
We need a fresh start, a structural realignment, a fundamental shift in the way things are done. This is true in Michigan’s State government, which has become so broken that nothing short of a major revision will position Michigan for a thriving future. Case in point: The Michigan Legislature was not envisioned as a full-time body in the 1963 Constitution, according to an analysis by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Yet, over time, it has gradually crept into full-time session, with more tinkering — and wheel-spinning — than Michigan may need these days.
 
Michigan Senate votes to increase Gas Tax
2010 Senate Bill 1267 Passed in the Senate on September 16, 2010, to continue to (Impose 7/8th cent gas tax for non-road spending ) (Senate Roll Call 417.) This gas and refined petroleum tax was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2010. The tax was originally levied for the cleanup of underground fuel tanks, but was diverted to other government spending following a 2004 “fund raid” enacted to avoid state spending cuts and reforms, and continues to be used for that purpose. The bill would extend the tax through 2012. Our legislators continue growing bigger government instead of making the necessary cuts to reduce the size and scope of it!
 
Michigan “Budget path “Not Sustainable” 
A recent report by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan examines the danger of balancing the state’s budget using federal stimulus money.  It argues that using $1.3 billion in federal funds and accelerating future revenue is a recipe for disaster.  When the stimulus money is not available, the state will be forced to make drastic budget cuts or enact large tax increases. 
The full report can be view here.
 
Court’s inaction allows illegal stealth unionization to continue
In a court order received yesterday afternoon, the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Human Services on behalf of home-based day care owners and “again failed to address key questions”.
 
Legislature’s “Early-Out Deal” no deal for taxpayers
Legislators celebrated a “victory” last week by passing a state employee early retirement scheme that generates upfront savings of just under $140 million (but at the expense of higher costs down the road). This will be used to fill in a gap between their desired 2011 government spending vs. expected revenue (aka “the deficit”). The measure lets politicians get back to the campaign trail, but in the long-term may cost taxpayers more overall, despite some “rosy scenario” projections that claim otherwise.
 
Michigan Economic Growth Authority preferential tax deal disputed
An ongoing investigation by the Mackinac Center into a preferential tax deal that was granted to a maker of solar panels in Saginaw has revealed that the company may have “misrepresented” information that was “critical” to the company receiving special help from state government as part of the company’s decision to move to Michigan rather than Texas.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/13636
 
Cash-Hungry State Turns to Tattoo Parlor Fees AKA “TAX INCREASE” for More Money
First it was the tanning salons, now the tattoo parlors, who’s next? I see some tanning salons going out of business will the tattoo parlors follow? While not a big fan of either this is about picking winners and losers in the business community!
 
Michigan: Family Income Falling the Fastest in the United States
Recent data reveals Michigan now ranks 37th in median family income. That is a 21.3% decline in just the last 9 years. In fact, per-family income has dropped over 6% in the last year alone. In 2000 Michigan ranked 16th, in the mid-1960’s Michigan was in the top five states for per-capita income.
 
Michigan Republican Senator Squawks at Stimulus Spending
Passed in the Republican lead Senate on September 29, 2010, to authorize spending $316 million granted to Michigan’s school budget by the “Edujobs” portion of the federal “Stimulus 2” bill passed by Congress in August, 2010. See also House Bill 6086, which depends on this one-time “stimulus” revenue to shift $208.4 million from school to the 2010-2011 community college budget. “The state GOP hits House candidates on federal stimulus spending.” Can you imagine that the state Grand Old Party is attacking House Democrats in our own State House for excessive spending of bailout money? Talking about calling the kettle black!
 
Solution to Mosque at Ground Zero
Whether or not you’re ok with a mosque near Ground Zero, this is a way of
showing tolerance! I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. The mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance. That is why I also propose, that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque thereby promoting tolerance within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs (which would be gay) “The Turban Cowboy” and the other being a topless bar “You Mecca Me Hot”.
 
Missionaries Acquitted of Inciting Crowd at Arab Festival in Dearborn
A jury acquitted four Christian missionaries accused of inciting a crowd while videotaping themselves proselytizing Muslims at the Dearborn Arab International Festival in June. Robert Muise, an attorney for the Thomas More Law Center who sucessfully defended the missionaries, also argued that his clients’ First Amendment rights were violated.
 
Dearborn Doctor sentenced for health care fraud, immigration & tax offenses
Ali S. Makki, a 51-year-old medical doctor from Dearborn, was sentenced today to serve 24 months in custody followed by three-years supervised release on three felony counts involving his fraud against the Medicare program, and making false statements in immigration and for filing a false tax return.
 
Obama administration to Make Internet Wiretaps Easier
Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday.
 
Fox news bows to the pressure from Obama Administration
Fox is already cowering down to the President. In response to President Obama’s complaint that FOX News doesn’t show enough Black and Hispanic people on their network, FOX has announced  that they will now air “America’s Most Wanted” TWICE a week.
 
Exorbitant card fees chip away at benefits for the unemployed
For millions of out-of-work Americans, the only thing keeping them fed, clothed and housed is the unemployment benefits they receive from the state. Yet in far too many cases, those badly-needed funds are being depleted by the very banks that issue the debit cards on which they receive their benefits.
 
Consumer confidence drops to lowest since February
Americans’ view of the economy turned grimmer in September amid escalating job worries, falling to the lowest point since February. The downbeat report, released Tuesday, raises more fears about the tenuous U.S. economic recovery. It also further underscores the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street; consumers’ confidence fell further even as stocks rebounded in September.
 
U.S. Postal Service rate hike rejected
The Postal Service’s bid to raise the cost of mailing a letter by 2 cents was rejected Thursday, denying the agency immediate relief from a worsening financial crisis. The Postal Service lost $3.8 billion last year and is headed toward an approximately $7 billion loss this year as people do more business on the Internet and the recession erodes the volume of marketing mail.
 
Senate Expands IRS Form 1099 Reporting Requirement to Include All Rental Property Owners, More than 10 million Americans are in for a rude awakening in January
Millions of Americans who own rental property are in for a bit of a rude awakening, beginning in January. Congress has presented a bill to President Obama that would expand the IRS Form 1099 reporting requirements set out in the health-care reform law to include private citizens who own rental property.
 
Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure
Robert LeFevre

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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