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The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for November, 22, 2010

The Bain Report will not be published until the week beginning Monday, December 6, 2010. The Author of this report will be carrying the message of “Freedom and Liberty” to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for the next two weeks. 
 
The Conservative Evolution of Senator Randy Richardville?
Randy Richardville says he is tired of being described as a liberal Republican. The Michigan Republican state senator from Monroe says those critics are living in the past. “You have to look at the big picture and not just pick apart my voting record from six years ago,” Richardville said. The word chameleon (a changeable or inconstant person) comes to mind here. With this self proclaimed conservative the proof will be in the pudding!
 
How the Liberal Monroe News Looks at elected Representatives
Below you will read an editorial by this newspaper that obviously doesn’t do the research to back up their view! The statement made by this paper that, If you want a good laugh, just ask any local Democrat­ic Party stalwart if Randy Richardville is a liberal is unbelievable in that the Democrats are the one’s who got him re-elected!
If this newspaper would have done it’s due diligence in the research they would have seen prominent Democrats campaign contributions including the County Sheriff and County Prosecutor both Democrats and the Unions such as the Deputy Sheriffs, Troopers PAC,, SEIU, MEA, and a plethora of others! So their statement doesn’t hold true! Doesn’t anybody question why Kathy Angerer didn’t run?
The Port of Monroe job they mentioned was a posistion created just for Mr. Richardville to fill the gap between his House and Senate seats that no longer exists! This newspapers view is bias towards Monroe’s favorite son and I wonder about the connections within this newspaper and the disservice to it’s readers? With all the cronyism going on in Monroe County government all one has to do is read between the lines!
 
Monroe News Editorial:
Richardville’s promotion looks good for Michigan in Our view: To the point
 
But it also looks like a plus for Michigan as a whole. The reason is that Sen. Richard­ville, 51, has plenty of expe­rience in both the public and private sectors, along with a reputation for building bridges in the Legislature.  He served for six years in the House the maximum under term limits then had a short stint as econom­ic development director for the Port and City of Monroe and was elected in 2006 to his first Senate term.
 
Before he went to Lansing, he earned degrees in finance and man­agement and worked in the corporate world.  His conservative creden­tials are solid despite some puzzling attempts to paint him as a stealth liberal in the primary campaign. After all, he has a 96 percent rating from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and is staunchly pro-life and pro-gun.
 
If you want a good laugh, just ask any local Democrat­ic Party stalwart if Randy Richardville is a liberal. On the other hand, he has worked on some issues with organized labor. And he has not been pushing, as some conservatives have, to make Michigan a right-to-work state. It seems he has had a lot of training for his new leader­ship post. He was majority floor leader in his third term in the House.
 
In the Senate, he is president pro tempore, chairman of the Senate Banking and Financial Insti­tutions Committee and vice chairman of the Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee.  As majority leader, Sen. Richardville will have the job of setting legislative pri­orities in consultation with other lawmakers and the new governor’s office and of moving legislation along.
 
He says he will look at business tax reform and state regula­tion to improve the state business climate and will work on budget reform. “We expect our first 100 days to be very ambitious,” he says. All in all, it looks as if Sen. Richardville’s agenda, his credentials and his approach dovetail closely with that of the governor-elect. Mr. Snyder, meanwhile, has moved quickly to name his own team and fulfill his pledge to bring unity to state government.
 
This week he selected a Democrat, House Speaker Andy Dillon, as state treasurer. And Mr. Sny­der also named as his senior legislative adviser Dick Post­humus, who served eight year as lieutenant governor under John Engler and, be­fore that, as Senate majority leader.  Both Mr. Dillon and Mr. Posthumus have back­grounds in business, too. The new House speaker is an interesting choice. Jase Bolger, 39, of Marshall has only two years of legislative experience, having run in 2008 for the House in part because he was angry over passage of the Michigan Business Tax, which he said hurt his small business.
 
Congratulations to Sen. Richardville and good luck. Even though Repub­licans will control both legislative chambers and the governor’s office come Jan. Michigan faces a plethora of problems that will require bipartisan solutions. Senate Majority Leader Richard­ville will not have an easy job.
 
Michigan One of America’s ‘Most Governed’ States
A recent USA Today story showed the growth of pay for federal workers. It noted that those making more than $150,000 had increased ten-fold over the last five years, and doubled during just the first two years of the Obama Administration. But James Hohman, policy analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said the salaries and benefits of state and local governments should be more of an issue for Michigan taxpayers.
 
Frenchtown ups water rates again
For the second year in a row, water rates will go up again Jan. 1 in Frenchtown Township. Wasn’t there recently a rise in the cost of flood plan insurance? What about the city water on Post Road without a water district in place? There seems to be a lot of shenanigans going on in Frenchtown Township!
 
Former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee
Saul Anuzis to run for chairman of the Anuzis, 51, lost a bid to become RNC chairman in 2009, when former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele won the balloting. Steele, the RNC’s first African-American chair, has been a lightning rod for controversy during his term but he is thought to be interested in a second two-year term.
 
Experts Say Dollar to Devalue by 50 Percent
‘US banks steal money through inflation’
You know even if you look at bankers the funny thing is you could probably take three sectors of people, you can take counterfeiters or you can take people that rob convenient stores every day and you can take bankers and how they counterfeit money, and I guarantee you, you can quantify this, you can quantify the money that US fed reserve devalues US dollar by 50 percent a year and how much that stole from all the holders in the United States and you can quantify for the guy that’s counterfeiting.
 
Obama Wants Internet Security Czar
President Barack Obama wants to ramp-up Internet security with the establishment of a czar to oversee privacy. The administration plans a stronger legal effort to protect Internet privacy—including new laws and creation of a new position to oversee the effort, people familiar with the situation tell The Wall Street Journal.
 
 
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. 
Thomas Jefferson

 

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The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for November,15, 2010

Michigan Senator Randy Richardville of Monroe is voted next majority leader
The Senate Majority Caucus announced at a capitol news conference today that Randy Richardville was elected the new Senate majority leader when the next Legislature takes office in January. Let’s hope that his past voting record is not an indication of what legislation is passed and how it will affect Michigan citizens! We citizens cannot afford to have legislation that favors Union Institutional interest to the detriment of local municipalities and the citizens of Michigan as a whole. The citizens have made their intentions clear, they want a government that represents and respects their wishes not the special interest or what their elected representatives think is best for them! The proof will be in the pudding!
 
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid aren’t kidding
The “Lame Duck” session is their last chance to jam through freedom-stealing schemes like the DISCLOSE Act, Cap and Tax and the Police-Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill before the new Congress is sworn in. This smells like legislation Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) Monroe on January 20, 2010!
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2010-SB-1072

Monroe County Board: GOP big winners

BY JOSHUA KENNEDY – Evening News staff writer

When the next Monroe County Board of Commissioners convenes in January, it will be a decidedly different panel than in previ­ous years.

In January, there will be seven Republi­cans and two Democrats on the panel.

Five of the nine commissioners will be first-timers — three of those have never run for elected office before. Compare that with two years ago when voters re-installed the entire panel of incumbents.

Longtime commissioners Dale Zorn, a Re­publican, and Floreine Mentel, a Democrat, opted this time not to seek re-election. Their decisions not to run created the catalyst that has changed the makeup of the board — currently there are five Democrats and four Republicans.

Mr. Zorn, a 20-year incumbent, success­fully ran for state representative. His depar­ture created a heated battle — eight people ran against one another on the primary ballot — for his District 2 seat on the county board.

In that race, Republican David C. Hoffman handily defeated Democrat Ron Tuttle 3,723-1,982.

Mr. Hoffman, a Dundee contractor, ac­knowledged Tuesday night that assuming the seat held by Mr. Zorn the past 20 years will be a lot of work.

“They are certainly some very big shoes to fill,” Mr. Hoffman said. “But I’m sure going to work on it. I’m ready to go.”

Dr. Stephen Bell, a Republican from Car­leton, successfully beat incumbent Demo­crat Al Potratz for the District 3 seat on the board by 231 votes. Dr. Bell earned 3,198 to Mr. Potratz’s 2,967.

“Now we’re going to be held to fulfilling what we’ve been talking about,” Dr. Bell said. “Now there’s a certain obligation to perform. I think the country expects that it’s not going to be business as usual.

“There’ve been a whole lot of people like me who saw what was going on and said, ‘Enough.’ I’m jumping into the game here,” he said. “I think there needs to be a really different way that things are done.”

District 4 incumbent Commissioner Men­tel’s decision to leave the county board this year resulted in Democrat Robert Lambert pitted against Republican Daniel Donahue, who won the day. Mr. Donahue garnered 2,287 votes to Mr. Lambert’s 1,971.

“It’s a new chapter in my life,” the Mon­roe businessman said, adding that with the overwhelming majority of Republicans on the county panel, “we may be able to get some really neat things done for the county.

“We should be able to come up with some really good ideas that’ll be solid for the entire county. I’m excited to use my working skills to work with all of the commissioners to see if we can’t help move Monroe County forward,” he said.

In District 5, incumbent Democrat William Sisk – the current board chairman – staved off a challenge by Republican Martin Sel­vidge to retain his seat.

“It feels good,” Mr. Sisk said from his home Tuesday. “They put me back. I’m not taking this as a mandate. I’m taking this as a second chance to do better. I now have an­other shot to see if we can right this ship.”

Mr. Sisk secured 3,015 votes to Mr. Sel­vidge’s 2,173. Incumbent Democrat Jerry Oley nar­rowly defeated this-time Republican David Roberts to retain the District 6 seat in the duos fourth match-up. Mr. Roberts has run as a Democrat, an independent and now a Republican in his bid for the seat, which he held when Mr. Oley first ran for the job 10 years ago.

“This will be my sixth term,” Mr. Oley said. “I’m so proud that my constituents decided to put me back in there. I’ve been very capable of working with anyone. I’ve worked with the Republicans and the Demo­crats. I’m going to continue to do that.

“We have a job to do. And my constituents gave me a passing report card.”

Mr. Roberts, who lost by only 42 votes — 1,750–1,792 — said he doesn’t plan to chal­lenge the results.

“I knew it would be a challenge from the start. Monroe is Democrat, liberal. It’s tough to get in as a Republican,” Mr. Rob­erts said. “I consider myself a conservative Democrat. There’s no such thing anymore.

It was close. But close only counts in horse­shoes.”

In District 7, Republican Mary O’Neill defeated incumbent Democrat John Fowler by 70 votes or 2,581-2,511. And in District 8 Republican Jason Sheppard defeated incum­bent Democrat Connie Velliquette by just 36 votes.

He got 2,465 compared to her 2,429 votes.

“We’re going to start anew, rebuilding Monroe County and it starts today,” Mr.

Sheppard said. “With this new group of county commissioners we are going to stay focused and work with our Lansing govern­ment to put things into perspective here in Monroe County.”

Mrs. Velliquette, who is serving her sec­ond term on the panel and Tuesday night wouldn’t rule out a challenge to the election results, said she was caught up in a “chang­ing climate.”

“This is what happens in politics,” she said. “I feel it’s the tide. When the climate changes, you get caught up in it.”

Incumbent Republican commissioners J. Henry Lievens and R. LaMar Frederick were the only two not facing opposition Tuesday. They will be the senior Republi­cans on the board in January.

The 2011- 12 board
    J. HENRY LIEVENS

    DAVID HOFFMAN

   STEPHEN BELL

   DANIEL DONAHUE

    WILLIAM SISK

    JERRY OLEY
   MARY O’NEILL
   JASON SHEPPARD

   R. LAMAR FREDERICK
 

“We’re going to start anew, rebuilding Monroe County and it starts today.”
Jason Sheppard, new county commissioner
 
The 10 Fiscal Commandments of the Tea Party
In the latter days of Rome, the economy was crumbling, the emperor … would placate the mob with bread and circus — food and entertainment to placate them since the economy was in shambles and dwindling around them, Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul.
http://247wallst.com/2010/11/05/the-10-fiscal-commandments-of-the-tea-party/
 
Bush thinks Palin not fit to be President
He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin. Juan McLame would have lost no matter who he picked as a running mate in my opinion. Looks like the power brokers of the Republican Party not only used the Tea Partiers to regain power and control but are now concerned that they may be next? This statement by Bush will only continue the split within the Republican Party!
 
Attacking Sarah Palin and the tea party movement
Why have Democrats and left leaning Republicans been attacking Sarah Palin? They probably fear Sarah Palin just like they fear Ron Paul and the tea party movement. What do they really fear? They fear people who want to shrink the size of government. The tea party movement is all about shrinking the size and scope of government. Politicians like Harry Reid have become rich while in office. How did that happen? International bankers and the corporate elite have been paying politicians like Harry Reid to do their bidding.
 
DECLINE AND FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
There are numerous parallels between the end of the Roman Empire and the path the 226-year-old American republic is now on.
 
Why Main Street Doesn’t Buy Wall Street’s ‘Recovery’
If there are 20 workers participating in the economy, and 10 are unemployed, then the unemployment rate is 50%. If nine of those unemployed drop out and stop looking for work, they become “discouraged workers,” and the unemployment rate magically drops to 9%. Now there are 10 employed workers and only one officially unemployed person.
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/investing/main-street-doesnt-buy-wall-streets-recovery/19709730/

Milton Friedman Calls Bernanke a Liar
After criticism for engaging in a $600 billion “quantitative easing” program, in which the Federal Reserve will buy U.S. Treasury debt, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has invoked the name of Milton Friedman to defend his actions. The legendary Noble prize-winning economist is not alive to defend himself from Bernanke’s claims, but his seminal book on inflation is! Contrary to Bernankes assertions, Friedman argues in “Money Mischief” that the Feds direct purchases of U.S. Treasurys is nothing more than “pure inflation.” Friedman also explains that inflationary policies of the Fed have a “lag effect,” but when they do hit, they do tremendous harm to the stock market and the overall economy.
 
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. 
John Adams 

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The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for November, 8, 2010

2010 State Wide Election Results
 
Senate Republican Campaign Committee Donates to Colbeck
This is interesting! A Tea Party supported winner for the 7th Senate District Patrick Colbeck gained $44,000 from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee during this election cycle. Two questions come to mind here, who would benefit from this donation the most and will he abandon his Tea Party principles because of this donation? Being as only a hand full of Republicans are returning to the Senate I would suggest that who ever is running for the leadership role is trying to buy his vote for that position! See 7th District below
 
Tea Party’s Bite is as Big as its Bark
In April, an Associated Press analysis of the tea party movement concluded it was “unlikely to dramatically affect the congressional elections.” That analysis was carried by news sites and newspapers  throughout the country. The mainstream media, they thought we were a joke,” said Jason Gillman, a Traverse City tea party activist who won his election Tuesday as a County Commissioner. I knew we would have an impact at the first tea party in 2009. I saw people that were like me. I said, ‘You know what? We got something here. Then, the district took another decisive turn toward tea party influence when tea party-backed candidate Dan Benishek knocked off heavily favored GOP incumbent state Sen. Jason Allen, who had been labeled a RINO by critics. Benishek won the primary over Allen by just 15 votes.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/13950
 
CNBC’s Rick Santelli, with the inspiring speech that started it all
 
The Real Work Is After the Election
People sometimes ask if the Mackinac Center gets busier around election time. My answer is: “Not really. The real work is keeping the rascals accountable after they get elected.”
 
Toledo Beach Marina in LaSalle Township, Monroe County in foreclosure
Lenders have foreclosed on Toledo Beach Marina in LaSalle Township, but officials assert that it will continue operating for the foreseeable future. “I don’t think myself or the lender have any intent to shut the marina down,” said Peter D. Anzo, one of three limited partners who own the facility. “We think it’s a great facility and a great location. It’s no one’s intention to stop the operation of the marina whatsoever.” The Business closures just keep on a coming here in Monroe County!
 
Government’s Best Kept Financial Secret
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is a very little known, yet detailed presentation of a US governmental entity’s financial condition. The CAFR is also one of government’s best kept financial secrets, as these reports show that almost all governments have far more money than people would ever suspect. Literally hundreds of billions of dollars are available to governments in investment accounts that are never mentioned to the public, as verified in these publicly available government reports. Read the powerful essay below to find out how we may be in much less fiscal difficulty than you ever imagined.
 
Death of the American Dream
I remember growing up in a small community where the Pledge of Allegiance was said each morning without fail, and we were vehemently taught that America was the land of opportunity where even the poorest of men (or women) could become whatever they wanted.
 
10 Signs The U.S. is Becoming a Third World Country
The United States by every measure is hanging on by a thread to its First World status. Saddled by debt, engaged in wars on multiple fronts with a rising police state at home, declining economic productivity, and wild currency fluctuations all threaten America’s future.
http://www.activistpost.com/2010/08/10-signs-us-is-becoming-third-world.html
 
Home Prices Could Fall 20% More
For a while, it seemed the housing crisis had been averted. Earlier this year, prices started inching back up, foreclosures slowed and falling mortgage rates were expected to boost sales. The government’s housing credit of $8,000 helped cause a spike in home sales, but the effect quickly wore off.
 
Republican Tom DeLay corruption trial begins
DeLay is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of money laundering, he faces from five years to life in prison. The conspiracy charge carries a prison term of two to 20 years. DeLay and two associates — Jim Ellis and John Colyandro — are accused of taking $190,000 in corporate money collected by a state political action committee that DeLay started and illegally funneling it through the Republican National Committee in Washington to help elect Republican state legislative candidates in 2002.
 
Birth control could be free under new ObamaCare law
Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution might be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law.
 
Limbaugh Ranks Palin, Christie in Tie Atop List for 2012 Presidential Candidates
Firebrand conservative Rush Limbaugh ranks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a tie at 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 when asked to rate a list of the leading 2012 Republican presidential candidates, according to a Newsweek report. Limbaugh, who is on Newsweek’s cover this week for ranking first on a “Power 50” list of pundits and politicos, contends that a continued “hell-no” strategy is required to achieve the goals of the grass-roots conservative tea party movement.
http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Limbaugh-Palin-Christie-2012/2010/11/01/id/375545?s=al&promo_code=B0A0-1
 
Barbara Boxer scolds the General
A few months ago Barbara Boxer asked an Army general who was testifying in front of her senate committee to call her senator instead of ma’am because, she informed him, she worked so hard for that title. Well, David Zucker of Airplane and Naked Gun fame has made that the subject of his latest political ad.
 
Baby Boomers: Get Out of the Stock Market Now, the Rug is Being Pulled Out By Insiders
If you’re a baby boomer who still believes in the stock market since the financial collapse of 2008, listen up. The floor of this Ponzi scheme is about to drop out, leaving you punching a clock for some time to come and holding an empty retirement bag for your effort.  The engineered crash is coming and the elite are jumping ship in droves — you should join them and get out ASAP.
 
Why Are Elders Stirring the Tea Party Movement?
Media descriptions of the conservative movement’s protests are incomplete without references to a Walmart’s worth of wheelchairs and walkers amid a sea of gray heads. Surveys of tea party supporters have found that half are over age 55 and something like a third are 65 or older.
http://www.aolnews.com/elections/article/why-are-elders-stirring-the-tea-party-movement/19693144
 
Most Americans Say the Recession Isn’t Over Yet
Economists may say the most recent recession ended about 16 months ago, but most people aren’t buying it.
 
Why the Fed’s ‘Trickle-Down Economics’ Is Failing
The heart of the Federal Reserve’s policy to extricate the nation from the lasting grip of a deep recession is in essence a variation of what’s known as “trickle down economics.” The government aims to boost the net income of the wealthiest Americans, so that as these top earners spend, their wealth will “trickle down” to average Americans via service and production jobs.
 
Sen. Gregg Warns US: ‘We’re Greece’ in a Few Years
Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., warns that if the United States doesn’t quickly cut its deficit and debt, it will become like Greece in a few years.
 
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.
Thomas Jefferson
 
 

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